「たりないふたり」 (Tarinai Futari)
For me, the most important part of the episode was the whole conversation between Tanaka, Dobu, and Odokawa. Finally revealing how it all connects between the three. Of course, Odokawa had no idea what they were talking about, but he promptly apologizes to get the situation under control, which he almost unavoidably can not. Then after Tanaka gets so flustered he pulls the trigger and ends up hurting Dobu. I could swear I saw the life fly out of his eyes, but that’s just me, he could still be alive. But I highly doubt it. It all ends up conveniently working out for Odokawa as after Tanaka flys of deeper into madness unable to cope with the remorse of killing an actual person over something he is now unable to remember. Tanaka is unable to find words for the thing that made him start all of this in the first place. His psyche will forever fascinate me. It was certainly unexpected how he just dove off the deep end in those final moments after pulling the trigger.
Big Bro Diamond seemingly got beat up by Yano and Sekiguchi, but during his conversation with Little Bro Diamond he shows the same rubber duckie that Odokawa has, he mentions it’s a charm ‘The Organization’ gives you after you outgrow the limit of being able to remain financially supported from being a child of an accident. It’s the same plushie Odokawa has, and now makes sense why they deposit so much importance on it.
Another important tidbit of the episode was when Yano stopped rapping, I found it genuinely interesting that they broke away from his character. As after he stops rapping it’s when things start going south. It was a little touch that made the episode all the better. And gave Yano the actual ability to talk, just outside of rhymes. It’s not so much a quirk, but rather he wants to talk in raps, and when he doesn’t it’s because he’s been taken outside of his psyche.
The N-1 competition kinda goes south when Shigakai starts going off script and putting all of his regrets out into the wild. We didn’t get to see the reaction of Baba, but if the preview is anything to go by, they seem to be going to have a heartfelt conversation that might lead to their ultimate separation. The final episode seems to be ready to tie all of the loose ends together. But overall this event tied the hook of this show, and that’s the Tanaka storyline. Next episode we might get to experience the final threads of Tanaka and how it all ties together to the overall plot.
Someone inside of Dobu’s organization is the one who scammed him of his ¥10K, thankfully it seems he was able to take the eraser with him. So all comes full circle.
As I said, the hook story of this show (for me at least) was sort of finished this episode, but some final threads are sure to be tied up next episode. Overall a great episode for this series, and a much-needed closure on the story that hooked me in the first place.
What did you think of this episode? Let me know in the comments, this has been a thrill ride throwing out theories and getting to speculate with all of you. Seeing some of them come true and others miss the mark! But all of it was quite fun!
See you next week for the finale of Odd Taxi!