「静かな生活」 (Shizuka na Seikatsu)
“The Quiet Life”
Since episode 2, everyone’s probably been asking the same question… Who is this infamous girlfriend? Is she the mastermind behind all the monsters? Is she actually someone we already know? Is she really a man? Or is she perhaps… dead? I remember reading a lot of theories of how Gotou’s girlfriend could be one leading all the monsters attacks, but I don’t remember reading too many comments that talked about the possibilities of her being dead. Of course, that doesn’t mean that nobody guessed it, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it. Or rather, I was hoping that she’d be more of a protagonist (or antagonist) in the story. As it turns out (for everyone who hasn’t seen the episode – or care to) Gotou’s girlfriend disappeared a year or so ago and until now, he’s been talking to himself. Technically, he’s been texting himself. Masayoshi and Mari find out and it’s a devastating blow to all of them. It’s a mixture of pity and sudden realization that Gotou might be more mentally unstable than he seems. It’s a depressing hit to the story and sh*t just got real again…
After the initial shock settled in, I felt a huge surge of different emotions for Gotou. For one, I definitely pitied him – because a tragic love story is always going to hit me in that soft spot. His girlfriend disappeared without any reason (not to mention that her body was never found) and he was left alone to wallow in his self-pity. Gotou just didn’t seem like the type of man who would break down like that and he simply felt so put together with his whole life ahead of him. This is such a great example of how deceiving people can be; just when you think you know them, they actually have a closet full of skeletons behind them. Not that Gotou’s a murderer or anything, but he’s just not as stable as everyone thought. He has his own insecurities and regrets and this is his way of getting through it. I feel bad for him, but I can see where he’s coming from and even worse, I understand how it must feel to miss someone so badly that you end up talking to yourself. At the very least, it’s not depression and he hasn’t started doing drugs or committing suicide, but it’s not healthy to continue living life in your own world. I can imagine the need to fill this void that your ex left behind, but I can’t imagine desperately missing someone for the rest of your life – enough to fabricate their existence. Gotou needs someone to help him get through this and I think that’s where Mari might come in. Oh that’d be an interesting development!
So life moves on 6 months later after the monsters attack… and unlike Gotou and his girlfriend, the rest of the world is moving forward. They’re thinking of forming a government unit for the world with Masayoshi as President! What is this world coming to? But it’s like the Prime Minister said, nothing like a little fear to bring the world together and united for a single cause. I can’t imagine how a “World Government” could be sustainable in the world, but it’d be interesting to see what happens if Masayoshi actually leads it. Everyone else seemed to end up in a good place as well – with the Flamengers living their life and Mari and gang continuing their musical careers. I thought this episode was very well suited for a finale… but life for Masayoshi doesn’t seem that easily settled. Just when I thought all was going to go back to “normal”, a new boy introduces himself as an old friend. At first I thought he was a character that I’d recognize, but I don’t… so maybe there is still “evil out there”. To me, it suggests that nothing can be perfect (with the lack of crime and “drama” in the world) and Masayoshi’s life, just isn’t meant to be quiet. Chaos will follow him wherever he goes, so it’d be interesting to see if this arc is as crazy as the last. I’m hoping not but with Samurai Flamenco, you just don’t know.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: All that anticipation for Gotou’s gf has finally been revealed! #didyouguessright? #samumenco