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「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!

 

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September 5, 2011 at 2:28 am
42 comments »
  • September 5, 2011 at 3:08 amAmiena

    The reason why Ko refused to drink coffee was amazing! Oh my goodness that’s dedication and patience right there.

    Takako shouting killer was fun to see too. It made me squeal with laughter for some reason ^^”

  • September 5, 2011 at 3:28 amlucci

    “I’m not gonna watch porno with you, don’t worry”

    Actually I was worried about that too haha XD Ohana’s mom you MILF!

    • September 5, 2011 at 11:13 amRickyMack

      when she said: no one’s here so i’m going to borrow this desk, i was wondering: what for?!?!?!

    • September 6, 2011 at 8:35 pmc2710

      dangerous moments!

    • September 9, 2011 at 7:55 amrufe

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who was thinking all that…

  • September 5, 2011 at 3:39 amfragb85

    There’s some interesting moments this episode. Ohana bonding with her new aunt and Ko meeting up with Ohana’s mom. The former was pretty meh, but is nice to see Ko again especially the whole dramatic cliffhanger. Its nice to be excited for the show again.

    “I’m not about to watch a porn with you”. That line just cracked me up. For a minute there, I thought Ko might be sexually harrased by her.

    • September 5, 2011 at 7:45 amlkaze

      The funniest part will be he actually expecting Ohana mom harass him.

      • September 5, 2011 at 12:59 pmStranger

        Pretty certain that many people wouldn’t terribly mind being sexually harassed by her.

  • September 5, 2011 at 3:58 amSerapita

    Despite all the cool factors throw his way, I still hate Ko with a passion. :/

    And I hope Okami-san won’t end up like the grandma in Summer Wars, given the states she’s in the next episode preview… I wonder what it means by Final Boss. For Enishi? For Ohana? For Takako?

  • September 5, 2011 at 4:01 amewok40k

    It is amazing how the studio managed to bring absent character back into the story (Ko-chan) and unlikeable, hard-nosed businesswoman (Takako) finds the perfect opportunity to prove her worth to Kisuiso… and surprisingly befriend Ohana.
    Also bonus comic points for “MILF meets her daughters BF” scenes between Satsuki and Ko-chan… I almost fell off the chair when she asked if he was afraid she will turn some porn on… and then again when he told her she was the most beautiful of all…, his friends mom’s. Talk about roundabout compliment!
    Also it takes some moments from back episodes to remeber for us (Minchi tasting the spinach that she hates – remeber the Ohana’s penalty? And the movie test shots…)

    • September 5, 2011 at 5:15 amfragb85

      You’re right about the spinach. I completely forgot about that until you mentioned it. That was indeed a nice call back. Reminded me of Minchi when she was likable.

  • September 5, 2011 at 6:00 amQuong

    the lights lighting up reminds me about the bon bori ( <— is that what its called i forget) festival lights …i find all the major bits in this show is when the lights light up =__= its like look for it…light light up yep this is a important bit!

  • September 5, 2011 at 6:30 amKinny Riddle

    Perhaps I’m not as romantic as you Takaii, but from an objective/cynical point of view, it’s only been less than a year or so since Ohana moved out of Tokyo, not to mention both Ko and Ohana are in the same darn country the size of California. So of course it’s plausible that Ko still decided to stake out and wait and see what happens.

    If it’s more than 3 years and nothing comes out of it, somehow I doubt it. So this could be Ohana’s last chance.

    • September 5, 2011 at 11:09 aminfo600

      they did said that Ohana has been working @ Kissuiso for 6 months during last week’s episode…(that or the translation’s been terrible)

    • September 5, 2011 at 10:07 pmSaya

      Honestly I do kind of get it. Even if its only been six months, with little to no physical contact you can start feeling really distant from the other person and your feelings for them may numb.

      1 year is already pushing it, 3 years is just ridiculous…unless you’re in an unrealistic asian drama.

  • September 5, 2011 at 6:57 amStereoman

    I’m actually starting to like Takako now. Used to hate her with passion in the first half lol. Anyway, I’m expecting a fantastic Ko x Ohana ending! :D

  • September 5, 2011 at 7:02 amx

    Nice episode. The end is near. Don’t see why everything Ko or anybody else does seem to become such a big deal around here XD . I don’t see what they do as anything unusual. This story started when they are in high school and they are still in high school. Only about one year has passed (or less? I think?). Few if any of the characters have really changed throughout this anime. The thing that has changed is the situations and relationships between the characters. Which is pretty impressive in my opinion, for the short amount of time that has pass. Well, there are not that many episodes left, and we can finally say goodbye. Next up will be a new season of anime, with a new set of shows for us to love/hate/gripe/etc.

    • September 5, 2011 at 7:57 amlkaze

      “there are not that many episodes left, and we can finally say goodbye. Next up will be a new season of anime, with a new set of shows for us to love/hate/gripe/etc.”

      Next season is going to come soon, is probably the best news I can get from this anime. It’s just sad that this anime turn out to be so bland(yes,you are bland Kou) when it has such a great potential in it.

  • September 5, 2011 at 7:33 amRyougaZell

    Is this a 24 or 26 episode series? I forgot…

  • September 5, 2011 at 7:55 amlkaze

    The anime finally reach the arc we all wanted soooo badly from the beginning of the season. I can safely say that I love this episode with although there are some thing happen a bit too ideal for my taste(like how easily they found the person conned Takako) but still bearable.

    My only concern now is can I safely say this is a good anime? Because in my opinion all the side character arc should not be put into this anime. I felt that a great deal of potential is lost here.

    • September 5, 2011 at 8:23 amx

      Well, it could have turned out worst. After watching the first episode, I was tempted to drop this right away since I suspected it was either going to be just bland or really frustrating to watch. It turned out to be mostly just bland for me. If it went the other direction, it might have become more like that penguin show, but without the penguins (I would have dropped it in no time). Maybe this would have been more appreciated as a J-Drama series or something, but I found it entertaining enough to watch it till the end (though I did decide to stop watching it midway for a couple of episodes before picking it up again).

      • September 5, 2011 at 8:51 amlkaze

        Penguin show without penguin. That’s funny. Been some times since I last watch PenguinDrum. Might catch up when and if I found the time.

        For Hanasaku, only a super duper ending could save this anime from my “watch once and forget” list.

      • September 5, 2011 at 9:17 amx

        @lkaze well I’m thinking of dropping the penguin if the next episode doesn’t have anything compelling to continue to watch. Would be good too, I get more time for next season’s anime.

  • September 5, 2011 at 8:23 aminnerchihiro

    Ookami? Dare I say she looks like she’s on her death bed in that preview? No T_T
    Anyway, amazing episode. Really brought everything back in prospective.

  • September 5, 2011 at 8:24 amMrRei

    That was a beautiful cliffhanger there. It’s like time-stops-when-you’ve-seen-the-one-you-long-for moment.

    • September 5, 2011 at 9:26 amAzarelHikaru

      I swear I broke into a huge grin when I saw that scene. A mix of excitement and relief. I felt like I had watched the series just waiting for this moment. XD

  • September 5, 2011 at 9:50 ameuler271

    I don’t know why but I believe sui is gonna die

  • September 5, 2011 at 11:15 aminfo600

    coming from my comment in LiA…

    currently I felt that the storylines are starting to merge together, with Ohana’s newly minted au- I mean ‘big sister’ Takako shining off the Shijima women’s spirit in pursuit of that producer…

    …and with some time to mull over, it seems that almost everyone’s enthusiasm was misplaced in the beginning now has shifted into their proper place (Sui and Beanman are the exception…) and I think we’re seeing Ohana’s character finish rebuilding…

    @ Takaii: they were streetlights, not the sun…

  • September 5, 2011 at 9:14 pmToasty

    I’m loving how they use the piano arrangement of the opening song as the background music during the last few minutes of the episode right to the point that they met.

  • September 5, 2011 at 9:39 pmSaya

    I don’t why people keep saying Ko is bland, he might not have a crazily exciting personality but I find his scenes/episodes and his interactions with Ohana the most memorable parts of the series. They’re the only parts worth re-watching for me.

    I kind of liked how they made use of the boring side character arcs, yeah they’re still boring but at least the have some sort of purpose in the final arc and aren’t completely plonked there for filler space.

    Any yeah Sui looks like she’s going to die or at least get really sick/exhausted.

  • September 6, 2011 at 2:01 amAnon

    Ko haters seem to be coming back in full force everywhere.

  • September 6, 2011 at 9:37 amFoofiebeast

    Just gimme one satisfying Minchi Tohru plot advance before the show ends and I’ll be able to leave it peacefully.

  • September 6, 2011 at 11:42 amBilly D

    Wow, the bridge scene… This is really one of the best anime I’ve watched in years. And I’ve been watching anime since I was 4 years old. Watched stuffs like the Golden Match warrior, the UC Gundam-s, the earliest Gainax and Studio-C stuffs (before they were even formed; those producers/directors were active already).

    Ohana’s original, it’s fun, it’s life-inspiring. It reminds me of some classic American films, but without the bullshit, sexual implications, and violence. Two thumbs up.

    • September 6, 2011 at 11:46 amBilly D

      Actually, it was the golden lighter warrior, or as wiki says, “Golden_Warrior_Gold_Lightan”… And that ROBOFEST anime, with short films from every cutting edge director back in the 80s, I watched it on LD (if you know what I’m talking about, Laserdisc, huge DVD with less compression). The quality of that film-mesh was WOW.

      I’m saying Ohana compares to them, but this certainly is collectible.

  • September 6, 2011 at 2:08 pmYuumei

    I really enjoyed this episode. For me, this show hasn’t been as great as people are saying but it’s still good. It was nice seeing the plots come together but I’m still expecting more. Looking forward to the next episode and some confrontations.

  • September 7, 2011 at 3:52 amTopboy

    Sure,out of nowhere.No wonder why Kou nearly given up on ohana.Just like I said in last episode comment, 4-5 text messages from Ohana throughout the series is so much painful.

  • September 7, 2011 at 5:25 amc2710

    oh and the aunt-in-law’s slam looks very familiar…. looks like an aikido slam

  • September 7, 2011 at 8:39 amcerby

    I almost got teary-eyed at the last part :<

    Man, I hate cliffhangers.

  • September 7, 2011 at 6:01 pmGia V.

    Is it really one-sided if they both feel the same?

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    let’s fest this up ;_;

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