「やさしいかみさま」 (Yasashii Kami-sama)
“A Kind God”
Oh boy, if there was ever a half hour block guaranteed to get people raging, this would be it. Who knew Kuzu would actually take the plunge and have Narumi not only confess to Akane, but propose marriage? And marriage that Akane actually agreed to. Once you let it all sink in, we can get started.
I guessed last week that Narumi would propose marriage given the indications of his seriousness, but I didn’t expect it this soon. Considering Narumi’s inclinations towards Akane and his actions (i.e. the accepting of her sexual adventures) it was a foregone conclusion for me. Naturally this seems confusing to some, but like last time if the cuck angle is ignored there is logic here. Narumi holds true unconditional love and effectively sees Akane for “herself”—the trappings and behaviour are just facets of her soul to him per say. While there’s definitely an argument for motherly influences here, personally I just see Narumi falling in love for Akane’s appearance (both physical and outward personality) and enjoying love for what it is. He simply wants his love to live a happy life and experience it with her, no catches or conditions. A little quixotic maybe, but an honourable desire easily separating Narumi from the rest.
It’s this uniqueness of Narumi which ultimately drew Akane in. I mentioned it last time, but Narumi’s blunt acceptance of Akane’s lifestyle shattered Akane’s understanding of men. Like Narumi, all her flings wanted her for their own, but those guys experienced overt jealousy and possessiveness—Akane had to be theirs, and no one else’s. Akane believes all men must act in this manner, so when one turns up who doesn’t, it stimulates emotions she never had before, emotions making the otherwise boring Narumi interesting. Given Narumi perceived and treated her so differently from the rest, it was only a matter of time until Akane discovered the feeling Mugi could never induce in her. Although the progression from these realizations to the marriage proposal was arguably too quick, the end result I believe would not have changed regardless. Narumi, for all intents and purposes, was the one.
What Narumi’s actions in particular showcase, however, is why Mugi never stood a chance. Mugi loved Akane much like Narumi, but he remained like the other flings where once he had her she had to stop fooling around. Mugi believed he could eventually free Akane from her “boredom”, but by changing her out of that state. This is what ensured he never could truly have her. Unlike Narumi who provided Akane with a new experience, a mystery to solve, and the image of a new life, Mugi only offered the same as before, albeit in a different package. While the marriage bomb was what finally opened Mugi up to this reality, personally I think he knew it all along, and was simply waiting for his thoughts/fears to be confirmed. Does not take away the pain of losing the one he loved, but Mugi probably knew well in advance what the result would be.
With Narumi single handily solving the last relationship conundrum of the show, Kuzu looks headed back to familiar ground for its final week with Hanabi and Mugi. Both characters have suffered and subsequently changed, but it remains to be seen if their plan for a true relationship will materialize. While it would sweet seeing Hanabi and Mugi pair off again in the wake of their discoveries, I can see their personal changes actually being that sweet moment and both characters mutually deciding to go off their own way. Given Kuzu’s theme has increasingly become “all people can change”, the finale will certainly—in one way or another—see that message off.