「東京にいます / よせおっ」 (Tokyo Ni Imasu / Yoseo)
“I Am In Tokyo”
I’m not sure if this week’s episode was supposed to emotional but I’ll tell you all about that after I find some tissues.
Handa’s Home life
After spending the entirety of the show in the countryside, it was a little odd seeing Handa back in the bustling subways of Tokyo. Full of people who care about you as much as they do about some garbage rolling around on the street, everything in the city had a very unwelcoming attitude about it. That said, if there was one positive thing about Handa suddenly running back home, it would be watching him demonstrate to everyone just how much he’s grown. From humbling himself in-front of the very man who he got so infuriated with he punched right in the face to openly expressing his gratitude to others for thinking about him, the stark contrast between what Handa is now compared to where he was only a few months ago is crazy! All I know for sure is that I’ll never get sick of seeing people act surprised when Handa shows them some genuine emotions.
While I’ll go on a huge tangent next week about how amazing the people who surround him are, I have to give major props to the Art Director for being such an upbeat gentleman. He doesn’t seem like the kind of person to give someone a free lunch so you you have to love how he originally intended to lecture some humility into Handa had he not surprised him with such a sincere apology. At the same time, you have to give him some props for playing off whatever anger he had after Handa for dowsed him in tea!
The Feels, Takaii Edition
I don’t know about you but I was on the verge of tears the moment I heard Naru’s voice squeak over Kawafuji’s phone. While the scene itself had a really upbeat feel to it, something about knowing Handa wasn’t with everyone in the village felt awfully bittersweet. Listening to each person take turns to give their words of encouragement didn’t help but when Naru finally got her chance to talk I couldn’t stop the tears any longer. I mean, how could you!? The odd part though is that with such a big disconnect between how I felt and how I thought the episode wanted me to feel, I can’t figure out if I’m just being overly emotional or something. Someone, help pls.
GOD DAMNIT WHAT A CLIFFHANGER. Teasing us with a fade to black just as Handa reveals his masterpiece “Stone Wall”, I have to compliment the director of the anime for instilling a rage within me I didn’t think was possible. All jokes aside, it looks like next week’s episode is going to be a doozy. With a crucial turning point in Handa’s life about to occur as well as his lack of an answer when Miwa asked him about returning to the village earlier in the episode, I can’t help but feel next week is going to rob me of all my tears. See you then! ><