「Chapter.34 銀の糸 / Chapter.35 水面 / Chapter.36 青い夜の底」 (Chapter. 34 Gin no Ito / Chapter.35 Minamo / Chapter.36 Aoiyoru no Soko)
“Chapter.34 Silver Thread / Chapter.35 Water’s Surface / Chapter. 36 Base of the Blue Night”
I can feel it — change is coming.
It’s been a long time coming, but this week’s episode really highlighted just how much Rei has matured in the past few weeks. Moving past his loss against Shimada and coming back with his head held up high, it’s been fun getting to see Rei at his best. And while it may not necessarily be revolving around Shogi, I think something can be said about how he’s been handling real life. For me though, I think what piqued my interest the most is split between Kyouko and how Rei views and treats our three favorite sisters.
Starting with Kyouko, it’s been one hell of a rollercoaster since we first saw her face on screen. Acting as a major negative force that’s been hindering Rei since the first cour, I never thought the girl I wanted to see run straight into a lamppost would become a character I’d deeply empathize with. From the problems she has at home to the insecurities she struggles to deal with, I’m glad to see that she’s just as broken as the rest of us and just ventured down a different path to handle it. And as much as I hate it when she tries to use Rei for her own benefit, I catch myself always wishing that maybe their conversation might turn into one of two siblings talking to each other. Because if there’s one thing that I would really love to see, it would be for Kyouko (and Rei by extension) to get some sort of redemption moment that would help bring the two together.
Luckily, too much of that would probably get really annoying and to supplement my need for some good feels we have our three sisters who always make whatever episode they’re in just that much better. And after a cour and a half of getting to see just how much they treasure Rei, it’s been so heartwarming to see Rei understand just how much he cares about them. And even though the story at the moment has our sisters on the sideline, I can’t wait for the moment when Rei gets to return the favor to them by allowing them to be family that he can lean on. Because if there’s anything that would solidify everything for me, it would be for Rei, Momo, Hina, and Akari to just be one big happy family.
With Shimada’s first match already finished and everything else in his life about to boil over, I can’t wait to see where things go from this point. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys then. See you!