「金融無職列島」 (Kinyū Mushoku Rettō)
“Islands of Unemployment Cash-lending”
So many questions, yet so little answers. After finally unearthing the history behind Lina and Shuu’s father, Keiichirou, I’ve realized the show likes to tiptoe all around the issue, never actually diving straight into the truth. Some might believe that there’s not really much to question, as it is what it is by face value. Put simply, the two had an affair, the result was Kuranosuke, and eventually Shuu’s father had to take him in due to unexplained circumstances. Previously I had thought there could be a chance that Kuranosuke was only Lina’s child, but then Keiichirou would have little to no obligation to take him in, except for courtesy or blackmail. Ultimately, everything rides down to the exact reason Lina had to bring Kuranosuke in, which I had thought they would explain in the opening scene, but it didn’t happen. It’s like they tease you with scenes, but only give a small bit of info to egg you on to watch future episodes. It’s great isn’t it?
The Amamizu-kan continues to be in danger of being snatched up by Shoko Inari, who has tangled Shuu into her little web of lies. After much deliberation with the glasses, the two finally meet up, and Inari shows him the planted pictures. Clever thing is, she doesn’t outright state that she’s going to blackmail him, but knows that he knows how dangerous this situation really is. She even tells him that she won’t say a word, but it’s kind of funny how obvious the whole thing looks from a different perspective. First of all, Shuu obviously had his eyes closed, unknowingly posing for the picture, so that should immediately raise some flags for suspicion. And she “felt” she needed to take the pictures to commemorate the night? Also another weak reason. Regardless whether or not he knows that she knows, or she knows that he knows, the predicament is obvious, and will certainly come into play if and when Kuranosuke manages to purchase the complex. The penultimate battle between brothers is still inevitable, only changed slightly. Will Kuranosuke stand down to help Shuu not become exposed? Will Shuu take a sacrifice in order to save Tsukimi? How could they possibly finish this story with justice in only four episodes? Are they still even following the manga?
But yes, while being caught in an unprepared situation, Kuranosuke decides to buy the complex for all it’s worth in order to oppose Inari. With three figure salaries (lol), and Chieko not wanting to sell her 200,000 yen dolls, it becomes a chase to come up with a fast plan to acquire money. Having known the secret of Shuu’s trauma, Kuranosuke attempts to blackmail Keiichirou for the money but fails as he reveals he only got to second base that day (second base being caressing, first being kissing). See, now this is what I’m talking about by walking around the issue! You can say he implies that he did more later on (making Kuranosuke their son), but he doesn’t exactly say it outright, which just makes me highly suspicious that there’s a deeper reason here beneath what’s been shown. There’s also the calmness of Kuranosuke to all of this, which makes me question exactly how much he knows. Perhaps he’s just a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode and meltdown. Due to his rebellious nature, maybe that’s how his character is written to eventually be.
Despite all the plot movement, the romance element of the series is not forgotten in the least. After Inari’s visit to the Amamizu-kan, the glasses found in the bags prove Tsukimi’s worst fear; Shuu is really with Inari, and are even “doing it.” Even then, she didn’t break down into tears until hearing Kuranosuke come up with the same conclusion himself, which was quite heart breaking. It’s almost cruel to see a person fall for someone so much being stuck in an unfavorable position, and can do nothing to reach the others heart. However, Kuranosuke gets some massive influence points on the love chart of Tsukimi by comforting her. Don’t understand? I’ve made one for you. See, if that kiss had gone through before Mayaya rudely interrupted, the meter would’ve broken the charts. I can’t believe he’s still denying he likes her, even after how extremely close he went for a kiss. What a tsundere.