「Chapter.30 月光 / Chapter.31 自我のカタマリ」 (Chapter.30 Gekkou / Chapter.31 Jiga no Katamari)
“Chapter.30 Moonlight / Chapter.31 Lump of Ego”
I’m so happy we finally got an episode that gave us some more insight into Kyouko.
The struggles of being the unsuccessful child in a family is a god awful feeling, especially if you’re the eldest. The thought of failing your parents and being unable to accomplish the hope and dreams they set out for you can drive even the toughest people off the edge. Which is exactly why I left this episode with a completely different opinion of the “evil” older sister that spent her time making Rei’s life more difficult than it needed to be. Honestly, when you try to see things from Kyouko’s perspective, it’s not too hard to see where all that nastiness comes from and how it isn’t necessarily all her fault. At a young age, can you imagine the pain of letting down your shogi obsessed father while simultaneously watching all the passion you thought was coming your way now being directed at your adopted younger brother? In one fell swoop it’s like your world was turned completely upside down without even giving you a chance to prepare for the fall. But you know what the worst part of it all is? Judging from what we saw in that flashback when Rei announced he’d leave home instead, it really feels like their dad tried his best to adjust his expectations in a failed attempt to prevent all this from happening. Like Rei said, his father loves all of his children and even if Kyouko can’t see it, there’s no denying their dad wouldn’t want his children to find their own form of happiness even if it didn’t involve shogi.
Anyways, what I’m trying to basically get across is just how fun this show can be when we get some great moments that help define or redefine the characters we thought we knew. And in this week’s case, it gives me hope that Kyouko might turn into a positive force that’ll help Rei find the answers he needs to move forward.
Man, who would have thought that the final matches of the tournament would be so intense? With Gotoh and Shimada bringing out their A-game, I thought it was a nice tough to add some dramatic sound effects every time they brought a piece down. Honestly, the whole thing would probably have been even better if I actually understood what was going on — but then again I guess it goes to show you how interesting something can become with the right use of angles and sounds!
With various plot points about to veer straight into one another it looks like we’re going to be in for a big episode sometime soon. From Kyouko and Gotoh to Rei’s confidence and our favorite three sisters badly needing some air time, wouldn’t it be nice if this all somehow came together to the point where Rei actually manages to win big time? Anyways, I’ll see you guys next week where Rei hopefully does enough catch up work to graduate on time. See you then!