「Chapter.20 贈られたもの1 / Chapter.21 贈られたもの2」 (Chapter.20 Okuraretamono 1 / Chapter.21 Okuraretamono 2)
“Chapters.20 Things Given 1 / Chapter.21 Things Given 2”
While the lack of my favorite three sisters still bothers me, this week’s episode finally gave me exactly what I wanted from Rei.
Letting It All Out
Before we talk about Rei’s foster sister who doesn’t even deserve a name at this point, let me talk about the highlight of this week’s episode (well, highlight for me at least). Ever since we got past episode two and I understood the crappy situation Rei’s been placed in, I’ve been praying for a moment where Rei would just let it all out and be completely honest with himself. We’ve gotten glimpses of little cracks in that tough outer shell of his, but seeing all of it completely fall apart felt like this show was giving me an early Christmas present. Seeing Rei finally let it all out felt so satisfying that I can barely describe the amount of emotion that flew threw me as he screamed out at the world. Toss in how he also finally admitted that there’s something inside of him that fights to the bitter end (and who can blame him when life literally ripped his entire family away from him!?) and everything thing we’ve seen up to this point starts to make a lot more sense. From the bouts of depression (or maybe we can call it guilt now) to being unable to face himself, it’s all starting to finally come together! All-in-all, a pretty fantastic ending to a rather unremarkable episode that setup extremely well for next week’s based on the preview.
I literally have no words to describe how angry I am. Can you imagine being a professional in any sport and having to deal with someone who would actively try to sabotage you before every single game? I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of stress Rei must deal with before any of his large matches. And you know what makes it even worse? It’s his freaking sister of all people. Blood related or not, family is family and it infuriates me what she’ll go this far out of her way to ruin that scared familial bond.
With all my emotions ready to spill out of me, I can’t wait for next week’s episode. With Rei finally opening up and the return of my favorite three sisters just over the horizon, I fully expect next week’s episode to bring me to tears. Man, what a wonderful Christmas Day it’ll be next week. In any case, I’ll catch you guys here next week where I hope you’ll have some tissues prepared. See you!