「上手くいくさ」 (Umaku Iku sa)
“It’ll Be Fine”
I don’t know if it’s just the subtle way this series shifts between the present and flashbacks or if I’m just used to it being more obvious, but those transitions are evidently a key part of the screenplay that I should be taking better notice of. As some people kindly pointed out to me last time, the lead-in to the kidnapping of a shogunate retainer’s son was the first venture of the soon-to-be-created House of Five Leaves. Interestingly enough, it all started out for Okinu’s sake and later transpired into the group’s regular money-making scheme. That said, the history behind their gang turned out to be so whimsical and spur of the moment-like that it sort of goes to show how little everyone really knows about Yaichi. I still get the feeling that Otake knows the most, but for now it seems like the vast majority of our protagonists will be in for a bit of a surprise down the stretch.
As for Masa’s Edo disease, it turned out to be a sickness that lead to his loss of appetite and motor skills after all. They didn’t go on to explain the details behind it, other than pointing out how he needs to get away from the city for a while in order to recover. That’s perfectly fine though, as I was more interested in the backstory about Ume’s past in another gang while Masa was staying at the Elder’s place (his name is literally “retired person”). Given the Elder’s soft-spoken and kind nature, it was surprising to learn that he was one of the gang leaders who allowed Ume to leave for the sake of Okinu, following the death of her mother to illness. However, it appears he doesn’t give that type of special treatment for everyone, namely to one former gang member named Senkichi (Nakai Kazuya), which is why Ume is still working with Yaichi to earn money.
Much like the Elder pointed out, I can’t say I agree with the sense of responsibility and guilt Ume feels towards helping Senkichi and his current family out for not getting the same preferential treatment, but it looks like that’s going to be the focus next episode, as the other ex-gang member whom Senkichi is paying off with Ume’s money to leave him and his family alone is out to collect more money. With Masa looking like he’s on his way to recovering, I wonder if he’ll have a hand in helping free Ume from his seemingly lifelong burden.
* Since the characters are somewhat generic-looking in this series, I admit I mistook Senkichi for Matsu at first. -__-