Out of all the guys, Baremoto is unquestionably the one I have the most gripes with. I would’ve thought that the fire incident back in Shonan was enough to turn his character around, but someone still has to teach him “bros before hoes” it seems. Literally. I don’t mind how he developed a thing for the prostitute he slept with back in episode seventeen, but getting money out of his friends by using their unspoken trust is a completely different story. What’s more, Suppon wasn’t even mad about how Baremoto tricked him into lending him money by inviting him over for dinner and using some rosy story about trying to become a lawyer, only to find out from his twin brothers Kazuo and Tatsuo that he’s been using all the money he can scam from people and steal from their mother to “visit” Eri (Kawakami Maiko), yet Baremoto has the nerve to lash out at him about not understanding his situation because he doesn’t have a family or a woman.
If I were in Suppon’s shoes, I would’ve given Baremoto a mouthful (and then some) for throwing away their friendship and using his own family for his unrequited love with a prostitute, especially with the way he hit a sore spot of Suppon’s by bringing up the fact that he has no family. I was speechless at the sound of that and wanted to punch Baremoto myself for being such an inconsiderate and self-centered bastard. It’s one thing to be blinded by love and doing a few stupid things, but Baremoto gotten to the point that he’s willing to betray everyone. Quite frankly, he looks like a lost cause that’s not even worth saving at this point. Compared to Joe’s decision to break off ties in his pursuit of a singing career, Baremoto’s one to use his friends’ trust in him to scam money out of them is far worse since it actually drags down everyone with him.
In retrospect, Joe’s was hurtful in the sense that he wanted to end his friendship with the other guys, but Baremoto’s is downright backstabbing betrayal no matter how you look at it. Stuff like that just doesn’t sit well with me, so I won’t deny that I was very pleased to see Heitai try to beat some sense into him. More so than the actual money Heitai lent him, it was pretty clear that he was pissed about how stupid Baremoto had become and how he had chosen a prostitute above everything else, including the friends he’s been through thick and thin with over the years. It’s still pretty unbelievable that Baremoto was still adamant about his decision even in the face of Mario, Suppon, and Heitai, which further reiterated to me how far he had fallen. From the looks of the preview, he’s not going to learn anything from the well-warranted beating that Heitai gave him either, meaning he’s going to try and run away with Eri.
Judging from his interactions with her earlier, I’m still skeptical about how sincere Eri was about running away with him in the first place. All that I am sure of is that when Baremoto stumbles in life yet again, his friends will be there to pick him up. Suppon looks like he’ll be the first one there too, despite being the one who was hurt the most by Baremoto’s actions. I swear though, this better be the last time he screws up because I don’t know if I’d be able to forgive someone for a second betrayal let alone a third one. What epic fail.