This week’s episode had my spinning thinking about all the things that could happen.
After last week’s amazing episode that really put into perspective just what kind of relationship Akira and Kondou have together, this week’s did a damn good job at following up and giving us just the right amount of alone time with the two. And no, I don’t mean alone time in some kind of erotic sense. Alone time in the sense that they were able to just spend time with one another and really get a handle on each other as a person.
That said, if there was someone who the show was focusing on, I think we can all agree that Kondou was the man of the hour. With more and more of his back story slowly being revealed, it’s clear that as a middle aged man, he definitely has some regrets for not being able to do the things he wanted to do. Whether those feelings stem from jealously, pride, or just plain old fear, I thought it was absolutely amazing how we got to see Kondou side step all of that in favor of possibly giving it one more go at trying to achieve the dreams he had all but given up.
If I can take a second here to dive into real talk, Kondou’s experiences this week hit me on a whole different level than your typical episode. Seeing myself in him during his flashbacks, I spent most of the episode wondering if I was going to end up like him. Can you imagine waking up one day and having a tough time looking back at the way you’ve handled things in your life? As the mistakes piled on and one bad decision after another leads you down a path that you ultimately might be unable to handle? Honestly it’s a thought that scared the pants off of me especially when I considered that I’m not the spry spring chicken I used to be.
Except, as if the story could tell that this was all getting a little too real, we got to see Kondou face his fears head on. Even if it was during an inner monologue, watching him drop the analogy of a safe bird’s nest never seeing the sun made it feel as if we were watching him be reborn into that younger self of his. A self that will hopefully be able to bring back that passion and spark from his earlier days.
Anyways, thanks for tuning in week after week everyone! Things might have got a little crazy there, but I think the great thing about this show is that there are so many ways of interpreting what happens that everyone watching can hopefully get something out of it. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!