Hanasaku Iroha – 16
「あの空、この空」 (Ano Sora, Kono Sora)
“That Sky, This Sky”
I can vaguely remember an episode that focused on Enishi, but that one pales in comparison with this week’s. While he may outspoken and looked down upon by others, it is quite surprising how invested he can get when something’s on the line. I’m sure it helped a whole bunch that Okami gave him her approval for his movie project, and when she went as far as giving him full reign over it, it started to feel like Enishi was changing into a different person.
Without that gloomy aura floating around him, Enishi becomes a really likable character. Not only is he the one directing others around (as he should be), but he’s doing it without having a power trip. With his own thoughts, and not other people’s flowing out of him, I couldn’t help but feel that his new sense of authority somehow managed to put the reins on Takako’s insanity. It was a surprise to hear that they had went to college together, since it normally feels like the two are miles apart. However, it finally makes sense why Enishi tries so hard to keep Takako around, right?
I don’t know about you guys, but I had this feeling in the pit of my stomach that this Isami Tetsuo would end up being a fake. Even after the film crew and actors started to flood in it was hard to believe that things were going so smoothly. I’m sure we’re in store for a bunch of laughs when Ohana and Nako (maybe even Minko) make it on screen. Still, I’d love for my suspicions to be washed away and the movie that features Kissuiso to be a bit hit, but the doubts are still there. I still don’t remember Isami introducing the director in person and with Enishi having so many personal conditions for the movie; wouldn’t it be crazy if he was actually the director?
So that’s where the preview sounds came from! If there’s one thing that this show does well, it’s leaving us hanging for more with really good cliffhangers. I’m going out on a limb and assuming the camera was panning on Okami’s office, which would lead one to believe something serious may have happened to her since I think it’d take a hell-storm to stop her from providing stellar customer service. But if you try to draw information from the preview, it looks like next week’s episode focuses on none other than Takako. You know, she originally came off as a character I thought it’d be okay to hate. But for some reason, she didn’t give off with that arrogant vibe. It could have been Enishi’s renewed enthusiasm or it could have been that one of her ideas are actually working, but it looks like we’re going to get some more back-story on her next week.