「すれちがう思い」 (Surechigau omoi)
If we get past that though, the episode was a good setup for the incoming resolutions of Hasegawa and Marie. Sawaki finally uses his useful power to set things straight with Marie and her father, which I really appreciate–the more microbe action, the better! My only concern is that nobody even blinked at how the messages appeared. There was a hint that the grandfather was in the loop, possibly even having the same powers as Sawaki, but everyone else seems too focused on saving the wine to even care! It’s Moyashimon though, so focusing on the small stuff isn’t so bad when the microbes save the day.
As for the actual resolution starts…they were expected, but they worked. The show begun dropping hints two episodes ago at how Ryuuta was in a similar situation to Hasegawa, but for him to finally resolve things out in the open was a positive. I feel really sorry for the guy since he gives off this ‘forever alone’ vibe. Hasegawa has a future after this…but Ryuuta, oh Ryuuta. Get on a healthy diet and exercise! Become a family man!
It’s good that both Hasegawa and Ryuuta can move on after this false vacation, or so it seems. There is a high probability that Hasegawa’s father will interfere with the flow, but as good must prevail in the end, such interference would be temporary. This will probably be the last of Hasegawa’s major troubles for the entire series, allowing more focus on the remaining characters and their struggles with love and belonging *cough*Yuuki*cough*.
One thing I want to mention relating to this is that the resolution with Marie still seems to be up in the air. I can see the show trying to pull a fast one by making up an excuse like ‘Marie needs the education at Agriculture University to help out her father!’ to introduce her as a recurring character, but I can also see the safe route of her staying to help her father in Burgundy as a equally likely option. It was an interesting twist with the introduction of a physical handicap for Marie’s father, and it definitely wasn’t something I was expecting in the slightest. Though I can only guess at why he can’t consume alcohol, it makes for an interesting contrast between aspiring dreams and physical limitations. Although Marie coming to Japan would create some interesting drama dynamic with Yuuki, her staying at home would be a satisfying resolution as well. However, Yuuki drama is to be expected either way, as I expect she’ll find out about Marie somehow.
It’s been a good few weeks in France, but I think it’s time to come back and give the other characters some more love before the season closes. Despite my hesitations at the beginning of the second season, I have grown to become content with the pacing in the second half. Hopefully, like last season with Yuuki coming out, there’ll be something amazing to finish off the series near the end! I expect nothing less Moyashimon, nothing less!
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