Hanasaku Iroha – 24
「ラスボスは四十万スイ」 (Rasubosu wa Shijima Sui)
“Last Boss — Shijima Sui”
Even when given the opportunity to resolve all the problems in the world, I’m baffled by how Ohana didn’t utilize the almost perfect chance she was given to reveal everything she had to offer to Ko. She even went as far as covering his mouth to prevent him from uttering those three simple words — only to give up right at the last moment! If the writers were aiming to never resolve the conflict between the two, they’re doing a great job. Maybe I should be hoping for Ko to just give the girl a hug when she’s crying! However, I do give him a few points for that impressive “I FINALLY MADE PROGRESS!” yell.
As we all know that the episode’s title had the words Okami and Final Boss in it, one would think that this would end up being an episode about somehow trying to change her mind about closing Kissuiso. While there may have been a few close brushes to an all out battle, it was a little surprising that no one jumped in to try to put Okami in her place. Be it from fear or respect, nothing ever alluded to what was about to happen.
As I’ve learned firsthand, the owner of an establishment has no reason to ever explain themselves to anyone who works below them. Sure it may clear up misunderstandings or drive the last spike into an order but it’s rather fascinating how most employees are never told what things are meant but are supposed to figure out for themselves what things are supposed to mean.
I’m going to assume that most people were just as furious as Ohana with Okami’s recent decisions and attitude toward Kissuiso. And had the last part of the episode never happened, I’d still be like all those other people/employees that don’t get the chance to hear what actually goes on within their manager’s brain. No, Kissusio isn’t closing because of the rough economy or the inherent problems it has. It’s closing because I think it’s the best way to save everyone’s dreams from being devoured by my selfish one.
While my interpretation might not be the best, that’s what I took away from it. Who would have thought our stern and strict Okami would end up being the single person who was looking out for everyone’s best interests?
But man was it such a twist when the end of the episode rolled around. I can feel it in my bones, but I think that Enishi’s rampage to prove his worth to Okami is going to end up not only hurting him but everyone at Kissuiso. Especially since they are all misinformed about Okami’s reasoning for closing the place, I feel like they’re fighting a battle not only for the wrong reason but against the wrong person. At this point, I think Enishi needs a good Okami slap to the face to clear that smug attitude of his.
P.S. I thought it was impressive how Okami managed to organize that huge bathing area without touching anything. If only I had half her skills! And I wish I could bathe as quick as her!