「Chapter.39 夜を往く / Chapter.40 京都(1)」 (Chapter.39 Yoru wo Iku / Chapter.40 Kyouto(1))
“Chapter.39 Through the Night / Chapter.40 Kyoto (1)”
Sorry for the late post guys! New job is kicking my butt and making me feel a little like Shimada.
If there’s something that 3-gatsu does well, it’s setting up really depressing stories that always begin with some sort positive lure. And if what happened with Rei wasn’t enough, I don’t think my body was ready for what happened to Shimada. Growing up in a small rural village that didn’t have many (if any) kids around his age, it was nice to see he found solace diving into the depths of Shogi. Using his knowledge and skills, it felt almost like a rag to riches story as we watched him escape the clutches of his tiny village as he moved closer and closer to sprawling big city. Except, instead of ending with a bang that would send him off into the cherry sunset, we instead got to see the harsh reality of life. A reality that doesn’t necessarily care about how much effort you’ve put in or how much you’ve sacrificed and instead favors the geniuses who have the extra “oomph” built right into them.
I don’t know about you but if I had a peer like Souya to contend with, I’m not sure if I could keep moving forward. And as much as I’m an optimist who believes you can overcome nearly any struggle with enough hard work and determination, this show is slowly converting me into a realist that questions whether or not putting in the extra effort is worth it or not.
That said, I’m glad to see that Shimada is still trying his damndest to fight against his losing position. With a weak constitution and a humiliating 0-4 loss streak staring him right in the face, how can you not root for a guy that is give it his all? Toss in the guidance he’s provided to Rei both by breaking him down and building him up and I’d call you crazy if you weren’t rooting for Shimada.
Hopefully things go better for him next week. I’m not sure what I’m going to do if he ends up losing and ends up having to face his elders at home.
Rei’s Growth and Looking Ahead
Even though he may be a little irresponsible when it comes to his own health, it’s nice to see that Rei is actually a fully functioning human being that has the skills to take care of others. Something that actually says a lot about his character as a person or rather the characteristics he’s been hiding for quite some time now. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll either be jumping for joy with Shimada’s first win or well, you know.
See you then!