「復讐するは、まかないにあり」 (Fukushu Suru wa, Makanai ni Ari)
“Vengeance is a Staff Meal”
I never knew it was possible for a show to extract such a powerful emotional response from me in just the second episode. Somehow, someway, Ohana is turning into my favorite character, ever. I swear, it has to be that never give up attitude that keeps grabbing my attention.
I had the feeling that her mother was irresponsible, but I never expected her to have such a horrible impact on Ohana. Those feelings of trying to face things all by yourself are probably one of the loneliest things anyone can experience, but to accept that ideal and live by it is something that words probably can’t even describe. To make things even worse, I can’t even begin to fathom the pain of knowing that the closest person in one’s life, their parents, are the reason why they can no longer depend on the world. Watching Ohana recall the memories of being “that” kid, the one whose parents didn’t give a damn, really hit me straight in the heart.
While the opening sequence hinted at their friendship, I could finally see Ohana and Minko (Omigawa Chiaki) slowly becoming friends. However, I was still hoping Ohana would thrust her fist at Minko’s face for being such an arrogant bitch. Feelings can be misunderstood, situations can work against against your favor, but unrelentingly telling someone to die is something that just shouldn’t be said. I suppose Minko picturing Ohana actually dying might be the equivalent of getting a punch to the face, but it would have felt so much better to see a physical one.
All in all, it’s a little weird watching Ohana and Minko play out their roles. Both of them are trying their hardest to become the person they want to become, except they handle things so differently. It’s painfully obvious that Minko is the type of person who tries their best, but her attitude just makes her so unappealing. (I bet it’s not even how she normally acts either!) On the other hand, Ohana is also fighting to prove herself, but in such a different way. Watching her go out of her way to protect her new friends is something I can strongly agree with. But while it might feel like I don’t like Minko as a character, I believe that she’s also probably a good person inside. Probably.
With Okami (Sui) spouting a bunch of wisdom this week, I could feel the feelings flowing. While I could be totally wrong, watching her take small peeks at Ohana and even giving her a small compliment felt like she was giving her a mental hug. While the comments about careless effort only causing problems were spot on, it still stings to watch her be so tough with Ohana. Take note that I said tough and not cruel — I don’t think the comments were made without Ohana’s benefit in mind.
After feeling like I went through Ohana’s entire life in the span of half an hour, I’m really sad that I have to wait another week to get more of this show. At the rate we’re going, I get the feeling that some life changing moments are in store for us. Where’s my profound life changing answer?!