Hanasaku Iroha – 13
「四十万の女～傷心MIX～」 (Shijima no Onna ~Shoushin Mix~)
“The Shijima Women ~ Heartbreak MIX ~”
I never expected the curveball that this episode threw at us. I was expecting something along the lines where Satsuki would gracefully walk into Kissuiso and get living crap slapped out of her face. Instead, I was graced with one of the most heartwarming episodes thus far and saw a side of Okami that I thought wouldn’t be revealed for quite some time.
While Okami may come off as cold and stern a times, it’s clear where her heart lies. After witnessing her devotion to Kissuiso and seeing just how far she’ll go to please the customer, it was a huge relief to watch that she still places her family in high regard. Sure it might have originally been under the guise of trying to please the customer, but her intentions were clear as day. I personally was really curious about just how bad things were between Satsuki and Okami. Apparently, a little bit of sake and a daughter/granddaughter is enough to overlook the inherent problems that might exist. Either that or it would seem that both Okami and Satsuki are pretty heavy drinkers! However, I’d like to believe that it was Ohana getting drunk off of juice that brought the two together.
On the other hand, Okami’s two children seem to have personalities on opposite ends of the spectrum — Satsuki on the wild side with Enishi ending up on the wimpy side. As the flashbacks started to roll in, it was easy to see where her resentment for Okami would come from. But as I watched her give out all kinds of good advice and compliments to all the staff, I’d like to say that by the end of this series things might patch themselves up and bring a broken family together. I don’t know about you but it was pretty heartwarming listening to Okami talk about how she had envisioned Kissuiso being run by Satsuki with Ohana at her side. Any self respecting parent is always working to provide the best future for their children and I think Satsuki just noticed what her mother has been trying to do.
With things ending on a positive note, the preview sequence had me questioning just how bad things are about to get from here. With Ohana’s heart finally able to accept that Ko might not share the same feelings as she does, hearing someone (Minko) ask if someone (Tohru?) is going to ask someone (Ohana?) out got my heart racing. Can you imagine just how bad things would get if Tooru tried to have a relationship with Ohana? Besides the fact that Ohana is technically exiting a relationship and that they’re co-workers, I don’t want to watch Minko relapse into hating Ohana. Seeing how they’re finally so friendly now, it’d be disappointing to watch all their hard work go to waste.