Hanasaku Iroha – 21
「蘇る、死ね」 (Yomigaeru, Shine)
“Rebirth of the word Die“
After somewhat redeeming her character back during the movie arc, I was sorely disappointed with all the backtracking Takako’s done this week. After years of fooling around at Kissuiso trying to implement ridiculous ideas at the expense of the people who work there, I don’t know how she’d expect Okami to just let the past go. We’re talking about a woman who has put her family second to providing the best service possible to the inn’s customers!
At the same time, I’m starting to question Takako’s intent behind marrying Enishi. I’ve heard of brides that start thinking way too much before a wedding causing them to act weird and such but what does inheriting the inn have anything to do with marrying Enishi? I thought at first she might be feeling responsible for putting so much stress on Enishi with their wedding preparations, but the moment her expression changed when she thought Okami was going to entrust them with the inn was the moment I was ready to explode.
Luckily, there was a heartwarming flashback to Okami’s younger days when she was the one who was about to get married to tide me over before I raged at Takako. Besides landing a pretty good looking husband, Kissuiso itself, and a hardworking and loyal friend, her words for what a spouse is for really echoed throughout my heart, “Marriage is a promise not to let your spouse be alone, ever again.” You know, for someone who’s lived and endured so much, it’s quite amazing how Okami isn’t some bitter old woman out to hurt those around her.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Ohana was the one who ended up inheriting Kissuiso? Whether it is with Ko, Tohru, or some other guy, it’d make for a pretty impressive wedding gift wouldn’t it? Either ways, I felt a little short changed with the love triangle drama this week. I had thoroughly expected Tohru to spill the beans on whether or not he likes Ohana! Instead we get Minko jumping to conclusions and losing her cool, which led to one of the dirtiest looks I’ve seen in a while (Elfen Lied came to mind). Hopefully, Ohana’s honesty cleared Minko’s head a little bit since I don’t think I’ve seen such an adorable face on her either.
Judging from the preview shots, it looks like the wedding will continue on. As this show continues to troll my imagination with shots that could go one way or another, I’m happy that those strong and happy feelings I felt from the earlier episodes are quickly flooding back.