Hanasaku Iroha – 17
“Pool On the Hill”
As much as I wish it didn’t happen, I can’t believe that I was right about something! With my predictions usually miles from the mark, it feels pretty amazing being right not only once, but twice! The first being Ohana’s drive to work when help is needed, even when she’s on vacation! And the second was my guess that this Isami Tetsuo would end up being some sort of fraud.
But boy, when you’re hauling around a whole camera crew with fancy equipment and really pretty actors, it really gives you the feeling that you’re dealing with a professional. But I’d have to say that my doubts came from how lenient Isami was with all of Enishi’s requests. Seeing how he’s not even the director, how can he have so much control over something that’s not even his?
When the movie crew started to drive off, I had this feeling in the bottom of my stomach. The feeling that something really bad was about to happen. But even with the revelation that Isami was running a scam to pay off his debts, it surprised me how the effects on Kissuiso weren’t what the episode focused on. After brushing off that problem like it almost never happened, it instead focused on the relationships between Okami, Enishi, Satsuki, and Takako.
Even though you could consider the Shijima family pretty broken in some aspects, especially the relationship between Okami and Satsuki, it seems like problems that have been around for years are finally beginning to patch themselves up. In a stark contrast to how she was in the beginning of this series, I was surprised just how soft and motherly Okami was with Enishi. I was taken back when she decided to put her role as a mother in-front of her responsibility as Okami for a bit.
As a few of you commented that Enishi might be a siscon, I’d have to disagree entirely. If you look at the age, personality, and general difference between Enishi and Satsuki, can you imagine which child a work orientated mother would be more inclined toward? With talks of how Enishi will inherit Kissuiso always brought up whenever Satsuki and Okami are together, I can’t imagine how bad the falling out between the two was — since it’s clear that Okami really wanted Satsuki to be the one who would succeed her. If you ask me, I think Enishi was deprived of attention as a little kid. While his attitude and clumsiness might just be a part of him, I think he’s just looking for a little attention from the mother and sister he loves.
In a mere 17 episodes, Takako managed to change from the annoying advisor who threw in random English to emphasize points to the advisor who’s trying her hardest to help out Enishi. I’ll admit that I’ve never been a fan of her character, but I’m starting to think that Enishi and his need for recognition may be a large reason why so many crazy ideas were allowed to come to fruition! Either ways, the look in her eyes and the fear in her voice only helped confirm how she’s been working this entire time for the sake of Kissuiso. In spite of the fact that some of her ideas have been complete garbage, had this movie deal been legitimate, it may have brought the publicity that Kissuiso really needs.
According the preview, next week’s episode should have lots of Nako. Be it with her family, trying on clothes, with Ohana, or as a mermaid, I’m excited for anything with more Nako!