「強い…思い…」 (Tsuyoi… Omoi…)
The long awaited explanation for Rea’s distant and alcoholic mother… And it turns out that she isn’t even Rea’s mother at all! Aria is Danichirou’s second wife (Rea’s stepmother) and she definitely lives up to the typical image of one. I pitied Aria more and more as the episode aired and it really showed how desperate she was for her husband’s attention. She was clearly drowning in alcohol as a result. It makes me wonder though… was she simply sex-deprived or did she actually love him?
I don’t think the episode thoroughly explained why Aria was so
attracted to desperate for Danichirou. Initially I thought it was because she wanted to marry into a wealthy family, but later on I realized it was probably because he represented the one person she couldn’t attract (in that way). This started as a challenge for her; trying to get his attention and being extremely devoted even after his wife passed away. Although I figured that her intentions weren’t entirely pure, I still felt bad for all her efforts that went unnoticed.
It wasn’t until Aria saw how much Danichirou loved his daughter that the realization hit her. Does he see his first wife in his daughter? That’s the impression I got… and although I still feel that it’s twisted and terribly inappropriate, it’s almost like a mental disorder that I can’t blame him for. He lost his wife at a young age and he tries to grasp on to the only thing she left behind. Which also reminds me, if she was 15 and he was at least 20, his wife must’ve given birth at a very young age? Idon’teven…. And I would also like to point out that the gloves also make their appearance again! This has to be some form of symbolism to represent his heart and the people he loves (being his first wife and Rea).
It’s definitely sad that the Sanka family has so many psychological and relationship issues. I’m surprised that Rea has managed to survive this long without developing her own problems. From her sex-deprived stepmother to her obsessive father, it’s actually very unrealistic to see Rea so relatively “normal” compared to the rest of her family. When the scene showed Danichirou’s decision to stand in front of his family and marry his wife regardless of her heritage, I thought this was a good foreshadowing of Chihiro and Rea’s relationship. Does this mean Chihiro will be doing something along the same lines to take Rea away? Judging from the preview, it looks more to be a fencing match though.
After last week’s disappointing episode, I thought Sankarea really kicked it up a notch with its storytelling methods this week. Aside from the interesting family background, the way that Aria told the story through portraits was quite unique and brought the story back to the present. The scene that revealed to Aria how much Danichirou loved his daughter, was very impactful – the animation of her eye made it very clear what she was feeling. This episode definitely made up for last week’s lack of story development… We even catch a glimpse of Rea and we’ll see her rescue attempt in 2 weeks.
Note: The next Sankarea episode (ep 11) will air on June 21st 2012.