「友達の母親。」 (Tomodachi no Hahaoya.)
“A Friend’s Mom”
After a few slower episodes, Isshuukan Friends picks up the pace by hitting us with a double whammy of feels — and on Mother’s Day no less!
I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of strength it takes for someone like Fujimiya’s mom to stay positive. Her cheerful and friendly daughter has turned into a shadow of herself; trying to deal with whatever trauma she suffered when she was young. She knows something’s wrong but is unable to do anything about it. And as someone who cherishes the bond I have with my parents, I know I would feel crushed if I had a daughter who I couldn’t help.
But instead of wallowing around and feeling bad about the situation, I love how she’s able to move forward and keep a positive attitude as she tries to come up with an answer. She doesn’t force Fujimiya into facing whatever terrors she’s trying to ignore but takes the initiative to do what she can when her daughter takes the first step — all with a smile on her face.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m a sucker for any story that involves parents and their children. Besides working up an emotion inside of me that I can’t seem to effectively put into words, I tend to think about what I would do if I were placed into a similar situation. Together, it’s an awkward feeling that floats between sadness and guilt that’s super effective at getting the waterworks flowing.
What could Fujimiya be ignoring?
Just as Shoubro said a few episodes back, there has to be a reason behind Fujimiya being unable to remember her friends. While we still don’t know the specifics behind what happened, it feels like we’re beginning to go down a rather dark path. Something about the combination of a car accident and Fujimiya leaping out into the street just doesn’t sound good to me.
Shoubro and Hase
I think Zanibas/Stilts brought this up during the podcast (which should be released fairly soon) but I thought it’d be good to make a remark against how I said something along the lines of Hase’s driving me insane with how he behaves. Seeing how Hase is a prime example of a “beta”, I think his awkward actions and rash decisions are pretty fitting for his character — unlike other shows where the same things happen in an effort to move the plot forward (or backwards). Throw in Shoubro who’s able to give some wise words of advice when Hase’s on the verge of making a horrible decision while not babying him too much and you have a great pair of characters.
We’ve finally hit the halfway point and I think we’re in a prime position for the story to start tackling whatever Fujimiya’s subconsciously hiding. With a great group of friends ready to provide whatever support she needs, I’m as nervous as I am excited to see what’s in store for us down the road.