「オンデ / 念仏踊り」 (Onde / Nenbutsu Odori)
“Buddhist Prayer Dance”
Again, this week’s episode managed to bring out all the feels. Maybe it’s because I can relate closely with Handa or maybe it’s because Naru is such a powerful character on and off screen — all I know is that this show has made me shed more manly tears than I’ll ever openly admit.
The Mystery of Naru’s Parents
This week’s episode brought up a really interesting question that’s been on my mind but didn’t really want an answer too because of all the sad things it could bring. The question being just where are Naru’s parents? At first I always thought they must have been super busy like her grandpa but their absence during the grave visit conjures some pretty sad thoughts. Toss in how everyone seems to be avoiding the topic and you have the makings of a mystery that would wreck your emotions. At this point though, it could be just about anything and I’m hoping the show makes an effort to answer the question sometime soon. Until then, I’ll just believe that maybe they’re on some sort of adventure in the city trying to make a better life for themselves and the daughter that’s waiting for them to return.
Is It Worth Itl?
This second one get’s a bit personal but I personally have always loved spending time with kids younger than me. Be it babysitting or teaching them something that’ll enrich their life — I’m the one who’s on the ground playing with everyone. As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve slowly learned the harsh reality that everything you think you’re imparting on someone could completely be for naught. Can you imagine seeing some kid you’ve babysat for years completely not remember who you are? If you can’t, I’ll just tell you it feels pretty shitty.
Anyways, the thought of “is anything I do really meaningful?” has crossed my mind a lot recently and somehow turned into exactly what Handa said — even if I didn’t do anything that person or thing would probably end up the same, right? OF COURSE NOT. If there was anything this episode helped me remember, it’s that everything you do has meaning and pays huge dividends in the end. While it may not be tangible or even recognizable, there’s always something gained. Always.
With each and every episode doing a fantastic job of building on top of each other, I can’t wait to see what’s in-store for us down the homestretch. Between Handa and his goals in life and Naru’s parents, it feels like there’s more than, if not too much material for four more episodes. No matter what happens though, I’m sure we’ll have some sort of grand finish.
P.S. Sorry if these posts have been getting too personal. Something about this show manages to just click with me and I can’t help but write about it. Besides that, thanks for your continued support <3.