「涙の板前慕情」 (Namida no Itamae Bojou)
“Tearful Chef Romance”
Who saw it coming? I saw it coming. Throughout the entire episode, it would be hard to say that things didn’t feel a bit too pushy at times. From Ohana’s recklessness to Minchi’s extremely hard head, all these things come together to make an episode that will make you want to rip your hair out. But in a good way, sort of.
I guess that I can’t blame Ohana and Minchi entirely, since all of this ridiculousness started with Jiroumaru and that big mouth of his. In all sincerity, I can’t believe that everyone started playing along with his story so easily. Especially after his past psychotic break and attempts at suicide, one would think that people would be a little wearier when taking information from him. I’ll give it to him that his suspicions sound entirely probable, and if put in the same situation I’d probably react the same way, but watching everyone (even Minchi) let their imaginations run wild made for a partially hair-ripping episode.
Luckily, the latter half of the episode had so much background story that it balanced all the crazy from the beginning. After finally filling in some of the gaps in Minchi’s back story, it becomes a lot easier to sympathize for her. Sure it’s possible to feel bad for her because her crush is apparently getting stolen from her, but boy does it ramp up the stakes when you know why she’s so crushing on him so hard. If Tohru wasn’t so dense, I think it’d be pretty hard to miss just how badly Minchi wants him. It’s a shame that from the looks of things, his eyes are focused somewhere else. Could you even imagine a love triangle involving Ohana, Ko, and Tohru? To all the guys out there, feelings can bloom from the smallest of encounters!
Like I said earlier, most of the episode was partially hair-ripping until the end, where I’ll admit I raged for a bit. After sitting through that embarassing conversation between Ohana and Minchi over Tohru’s strong points, it felt like a smack in the face to hear that everything was a big misunderstanding. I mean Ohana ran all the way to Fukuya, fighting a grey heron all along the way. Plus she made herself look like a complete jerk in hopes to take back Tohru — only to discover Tohru didn’t need saving at all.
Amongst all the really dumb misunderstandings, there were some impressive moments stuffed into the end of the episode. Besides Minchi finally accepting Ohana as one of her friends (which was really, really cute) who would have thought Tohru would have complimented Ohana at the end? After acknowledging all of Ohana’s hard-work and effort to bring him back, albeit in a slightly roundabout way, I swear I caught the hint of some affection coming from his words.
With random jokes about closing the inn, the Bonbori festival coming up, and Ohana’s relationship with Ko nowhere near resolved, I can’t see any specific direction this show could take. If the preview is any indication, it sounds like another foul mouthed person is coming along. Using my powerful skills of deduction, I’m willing to bet my money that something financially related to the inn will be coming into play soon. I mean, they wouldn’t just show Okami making random jokes of those magnitude for no reason, right?