「だっちいこで / みんなで行こう」 (Dacchi Ikode / Minna de Ikou)
“Let’s All Go Together”
If this week’s episode is any indication of what’s to come, I think I’m going to die from loss of electrolytes next week.
The Times Are A Changing
This episode left me completely speechless to the point where I’m having trouble figuring out what to write — but let’s try anyways! It’s been quite some time since we first saw Handa deck the Art Director square in the jaw after criticizing his first-place submission and in that time we’ve watched this city boy grow both himself and his calligraphy. Watching him discover all the little things that we all tend to forget about as we get caught up in “living” out our lives and using those lessons to culture his calligraphy into something unique to himself made every single episode so awesome. Among the highs and the lows, there’s already been a valuable lesson by the end of things and my favorite by far has to be the moment he realized that life is all about finding the strength to keep going.
So yeah, you can bet I was a bit lost for words when Handa decided to suddenly leave without saying anything. Sure he might have justified it by thinking it’s easier to leave without proper goodbyes to soften the emotional blows but I just can’t forgive him for not even mentioning something to Naru. Because as his official partner in crime / village customs consultant, it drives me crazy thinking about just how sad and then extra sad Naru will be after she realizes Handa is gone and didn’t even tell her beforehand.
Living the Village Life
I couldn’t really think about what to say about this episode that I didn’t already say in the previous paragraph but as I calmed down a bit, reality smacked me straight in the face. If you really think about what it’s like to live in a rural village, do you think you could actually survive without the basic essentials we all take for granted? I sure as hell probably would have some serious complaints if I had to go without the “basics” like a car and the internet. So seeing how Handa is a professional prize winning calligraphist from Tokyo whose life was completely revolved around his work, maybe it’s been a little unrealistic of us to believe he’d actually want to stay in a rural village for an extended period of time.
Picture a Sad Naru as you look Toward the Future
I love this show. It has its highs and its lows but next week’s episode might be one of the highest or lowest. With Handa technically out of the picture and Naru on the verge of discovering his disappearance, my heart starts to ache as I picture her reaction. At this point, I’m clinging onto the hope that maybe all of this is just a ploy and Handa will come running back down that dirt road after realizing that leaving is a mistake. One can hope, right? RIGHT!?
Until then, see you next week!