「無冠の剣王I」 (Mukan no Ken Ou I)
“An Uncrowned Champion I”
I think I can see where this is going, and I have no problems with it.
Calm Before The Storm
As a primer to the finale, this episode was freaking fantastic. With a nice mix of everything that made Rakudai one of the more enjoyable shows of the season, I don’t think we could have asked for much more (since I don’t think there would have been enough time to fit it in, haha).
Anyways, I absolutely loved seeing the true down-to-earth Todou Touka and her fellow student council members. Because if I remember correctly, I had the image that she was a fierce leader who compelled people to move through her actions rather than through speech. However, the ditzy and clumsy student council president was a pleasant surprise that caught me completely off guard. The thing is, I feel like I should have saw this coming. Based off of every single character we’ve been introduced to this far, they never end up being like what their first impression implies. In Touka’s case, I was very happy to see she’s a very kind and passionate person who finds strength through being the best person she can be. Something that I think is going to play a really big role next week, but we’ll get into that in a few paragraphs.
After such a euphoric first half, the sharp 180 that occurred after hit me like a ton of bricks. I wondered how that picture was going to catch up to our couple, but I never expected it’d be used as a ploy to separate Ikki from the positive things in his life. That said, they really hit Ikki right where it mattered and you have to tip your hat off to just how effective their tactic was. Not wanting to give them any more credit than needed though, you could feel the sleaze and corruption surrounding that building and I was really hoping someone was going to get a fist to the face.
It’s rare that we see it, but anytime I see anything related to the relationship between a father and their son, it hits me straight in the chest. So even though the whole encounter with Ikki and his dad felt super rushed, watching Ikki realize the truth and the subsequent breakdown hit me like a ton of bricks. There’s something precious about the relationship you share with your parents and in Ikki’s case, his drive to surpass his father’s expectation embodied him so tightly that it’s a miracle he didn’t just give up completely.
God, I hate it when parents are complete asshats to their children. Partly because it was their decision to bring their kid into the world and partly because it’s not like you can choose who your parents are.
After this week’s episode, there’s just one thing I’m hoping for next week, and that’s for Ikki to discover just what it is that drives him to be the best Ikki he can be. He’s hit rock bottom and his mind is clouded, but he probably has the perfect opponent to help him clear his troubled soul. So, as I impatiently wait for next week’s episode, I hope I’ll catch all of you here, possibly with a ton of tissues in hand.
See you next week!