「Chapter.9 契約 / Chapter.10 カッコーの巣の上で」 (Chapter.9 Keiyaku / Chapter.10 Kakkoo no Su no Uede)
“Chapter 9 Agreement / Chapter 10 Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
This week’s episode was something I’ve been dying to see. We finally get a glimpse into the specifics behind Rei’s situation and just what happened to make him the person he is today.
Loss and Destruction
I started writing this paragraph with the intent of trying to comment on how horrible it must be trying to deal with the loss of your entire family, but I couldn’t get through the first few sentences without getting lost in a mess of trying to figure out how to properly explain what was going on in my mind. If I were to pick the point that kept coming back though, it would have to be dealing with all the fallout that comes along with death. Ignoring the obvious part of holding a funeral, there’s all the “real life” related things like handling assets, reassigning responsibility for things like loans, and little things like custody for children left behind in the wake of a huge accident.
In Rei’s case, I never thought he’d have such a sad story for what happened to him after losing his family. In what I thought was a fantastic situation where his dad’s best friend took him in when his biological family wouldn’t do it, turned sour rather quickly when I saw the affect it had on the family he became a part of. Seeing how Rei was trying his best to become a part of his new shogi family, it’s almost a little sad that all of his effort ended up doing the opposite of what he wanted. In what should have been a happy family with three shogi kids turned into a hostile environment where Ayumu ended up hiding in his room while Kyouko was physically abusing Rei. And the worst part of it all is I’m not sure how I’m supposed to feel since everyone involved seems to be in a garbage situation. I say that because even though Rei might view himself as a cuckoo that ended up devouring the family that took him in, I’d say that’s far from what exactly happened.
With a big chunk of the story finally revealed but still leaving a to be explained, I can’t wait to see where next week’s episode picks up. Sure, even though it may look like things are going to be extra happy-go-lucky to make up for this weeks, I’m willing to bet there’ll be a handful of interesting things for our minds to think about. See you next week!