「この世界に私は」 (Kono Sekai ni, Watashi wa)
“In This World, I…”
Although we cannot dismiss the possibility of Kotoura’s mother coming back to cause even greater drama, her presence in this episode was fairly light, with more focus on Kotoura’s ever happy life. In this world, Kotoura appreciates and treasures her happiness with everyone, simply for the fact that she knows what her life was like without them. It might not have been the most explicit message, but the subtle juxtaposition of Kotoura’s past and present has executed itself well. At the beginning of this series, I felt it would be a tragedy if the show decided to lay low on the drama, but seeing Kotoura be happy and around a crazy group of friends and family isn’t so bad an alternative.
I don’t exaggerate when I call them crazy though…it may actually be an understatement. First it was theme parks and personal chefs, but now it’s progressed to striking oil and spontaneous aphrodisiacs! Each episode of Kotoura-san has progressively become more ridiculous, departing from extreme sadness and heartache to extreme shenanigans. Alone these characters are a treat to watch, but the interactions they often share with each other have been the real treat this show. Kotoura may be suffocating at times due to the craziness of her life, but in fact it is that energy that sustains her and continues to melt away the painful emotional scars, as seen by her slow acceptance of her mother and the relationship they share. While it is hard to forgive Kotoura’s mother for still holding a grudge after all of these years, I hope that the show does reveal some sort of reconciliation between them, even if it is a bittersweet farewell.
Aside from the main plot, we got to see more of Mifune’s and Muroto’s shared past together, when Muroto was a boss and Mifune was a target of cruel bullying. Though brief, it explains Mifune’s desire for Muroto’s attention while still conveniently leaving Muroto’s reasons for going cold on Mifune for another day. Although one cannot be too sure about Mifune’s intentions on revealing this information to Kotoura, Mifune’s revelations through these purposeful flashbacks should help pave justification for any non-altruistic acts Mifune should attempt in the future. That shouldn’t be too hard though, for Muroto, though apparently uncaring, will most likely come to knock sense into her if the time should come.
Meanwhile, Moritani and Manabe have their own crazy events happening…starting with a terribly convenient aphrodisiac. I’ll admit, I laughed obnoxiously hard when Moritani was molesting Manabe…and laughed even harder when Moritani got really confused the day after–the two of them openly express their guilt and shame (Manabe even feels ashamed of being ‘physically’ dirty), which strangely leads back to Kotoura lecturing them not to be sexual deviants. Apart from their saucy night, Moritani and Manabe continue to show the pureness of their friendship, with Manabe maintaining it and Moritani building it up. Her character has made an amazing transformation from ultimate bitch to the most conscious-ridden friend in Kotoura’s life. She still has those thoughts that tempt pretty much everyone in a friendship, but her insistence on openly resisting yet acknowledging those moments make her a very endearing character to be sympathized with. The honesty (and physical self-harm) that she exudes have, at least in my eyes, redeemed her as a character. Although not as close yet to Manabe’s powerhouse of caring, Moritani will eventually get up there, if in her own suffering way.
While a bit too rushing towards the conclusion and perhaps a bit too light on the dramatic focus, Kotoura-san’s latest episode has performed well at the scene-by-scene stage. It’s good to hope for the drama that is to come, but it’s also beneficial to see the happiness that mostly everyone, not just Kotoura, gets to experience.
Sorry for being late for this episode! I was on recovery from working on three midterms and a project this week…so burnout was inevitable!