Hanasaku Iroha – 23
「夢のおとしまえ」 (Yume no Otoshimae)
“Compensation for the Dream”
I didn’t know how P.A. Works would bring things together but when a brilliant studio hunkers down and starts gathering all the pieces they scattered back together, I can see a brilliant ending across the horizon. But along the way, I’m expecting there to be some rough and bumpy moments — moments so rough that I’m going to bleed my tear ducts dry.
It still surprises me how well Ko was just reintegrated back into the story. Having been missing for nearly 90% of all the episodes that have aired thus far, I loved just how natural it felt watching him just appear out of nowhere. But even better than just reappearing, it’s quite touching to finally get a clear answer on where Ko’s intentions lie.
The hurdles that are involved with a long distance relationship still boggle my mind when I think about it. Especially when you know that you won’t be able to have that physical contact to reassure yourself that everything will be all right. But to see that Ko’s managed to stay strong and is still willing to wait for Ohana’s answer says a lot about his character. If you take a second to think how fickle emotions can be, it’s like Ko has nerves of steel or something.
I was also loving all the Aunt and Niece moments between Takako and Ohana. It’s a little strange to think about how they were enemies just a few months ago and now they’re related by law. Awkward feelings aside, I’m glad that Takako has turned out to be a pretty reliable person when the time calls for it. As much as her engrish bothers me, her “Never Give Up!” and amazing takedown on Tetsuo was quite superb.
So here’s what I can see for the future. I don’t think there are any problems left other than Ohana’s relationship and figuring out how to save Kissusio. Seeing how the episode ended right when Ohana and Ko made eye contact as the sun started peeking from the clouds, I’m hoping for something good to happen between to the two next week. However, next week’s episode title leads me to believe that Okami will be the main focus of the episode. This would be fine and dandy, except I’d like for this one-sided love to finally blossom into a true relationship!