「Nothing Venture Nothing Win」
Want to know why I love this show much? Week by week, P.A. Works manages to do something amazing each and every episode. The value of a hard earned dollar is something that isn’t preached as often as it should, and I am overjoyed that Ohana demonstrated one of the best character traits to have — modesty. I’m sure that she totally understands that her pay isn’t the best in the world, but to look at things with a half glass full prospective and really appreciate what she has just blew me away. While most high school kids demanding money like it’s something that just appears, Ohana’s attitude toward money and how to make it worth its value is a breath of fresh air.
On the other hand, Takako (Tsunematsu Ayumi) is probably a good representation of the other end of the spectrum. To start things off, it’s no wonder why Okami deems her useless! She doesn’t take the time to really weigh the consequences of her actions, which could lead to some really sticky results. The costumes themselves aren’t really a horrible idea (they’re still pretty bad), but with an Okami that focuses on being as polite to the customer as possible, how wouldn’t flaunting one’s body not directly conflict with Okami’s wishes? Not only that, but did you see that family that had to experience the costumes? That husband looked like he already had enough on his plate, and those glaring looks from his spouse and daughter probably made things even worse. If anything, I’d expect someone who went to college for management to be a little warier of her actions. Maybe I should recommend a certain book written by a man named Peter Drucker. I’ve heard it does wonders for those who use it outside of the normal business environment too.
Denroku or Beanman (Cho) is probably the least outspoken character in this whole show, yet every time he appears he leaves a memorable impression. His hidden and soft exterior feels like it’s hiding a very confident and caring heart. He runs everything behind the scenes, so I’m confident that he knows better than anyone about the status of the inn. In the grand scheme of things, I suppose you could call him another mentor for Ohana. Leading her to the room full of amazing vintage kimonos wouldn’t mean anything unless she had the initiative to do something with them. Like I said earlier, Ohana’s attitude toward certain things is so refreshing that it completely balances out that dense side of hers. Makes you wonder if our Okami acted the same way back in her youth…
It feels like Okami is finally letting down a little bit of that tough exterior of hers. Her words don’t seem to sting as much as they used to, and her insults feel a lot milder as well. I’m not sure what was running through her mind watching Ohana and Nakochi proudly display her works of art, but I’m sure it brought a smile to her face (even if WE didn’t see it). On the relationship forefront, I’m not sure where Tohru’s heart is leading him. Apparently, he finds either Ohana or Nakochi attractive. That scene focusing on him taking an embarassing peek at the two during the fail cosplay attempt only reinforces the idea that he may like Ohana. Minchi, I think you’re in a very dangerous situation right now.
ED2: 「月影とブランコ」 (Tsukikage to Puranko) by nano.RIPE
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