「踏むなっつってんだろが！」 (Fumuna Ttsutendarouga!)
“She Said Don’t Step on Them!”
Sometimes meeting the person you idolize is a mistake.
As with most shoujo stories, I love it when the main protagonist’s close friends get an episode or two to dive into their backstory and explain to us just how they became such good friends with the protagonist. In Arisa’s case, I loved how we got to clearly see (or will hopefully see) just how much she’s changed since meeting Tohru and learning just what happened to the her prized idol the Crimson Butterfly.
Looking back at it, it’s kind of crazy how much of a 180 Arisa managed to have between meeting Tohru and the present day. If I remember correctly during the New Years episode, she was enjoying herself while she spent time with her dad — even going as far as gently joking with her dad about his second beer. With that knowledge in mind, it’s kind of crazy to see how different things were when she was younger. With her household in a pretty rough state and a father who coped with his struggles through alcohol, it’s not too difficult to see how Arisa went down the path of joining a female gang.
That said, what I think was the most engaging part of the story was getting a glimpse at the moment where Arisa realized just what she was missing in her life and that her previous actions didn’t exclude her from also finding what Tohru’s mom also found. It’s tough for me to accurately describe the feelings that I felt, but I think it was something about how it was easy to relate to how angry she felt and how you could really feel all of it just welling up in your chest. A feeling that’s usually reserved when someone wrongs you personally and you just want to smack them across the head with a 2×4.
As a two-parter, it looks like we’ll have to wait until next week to see just how Arisa’s story closes out. Something that, if I’m being honest, I’m happy to see the show give ample time too since I’m really enjoying the story. That said, next week’s episode title leads me to believe it’ll have something to do with Hanajima — hopefully it doesn’t affect how Arisa closes out her story! In any case, see you guys next week!