「君と一緒に（まあ気が合えばですが）」 (Kimi to Issho ni (Mā Ki ga Aeba Desu ga))
“Together With You (Well, If We Get Along)”
History Between Elma and Tohru
Where do we even begin. Turns out these dorogons have even more of a history way past their first encounter in Japan, which starts off around some place in what was presumably North Africa or the Middle East. Tohru seems very jaded and skeptical of Elma’s intentions, believing she must have had some ulterior motive of subjugating humans to the dominion of her draconic pantheon. Such as consuming human sacrifices like Quetzcoatl did. Nope, turns out Elma is every bit as simple as we’ve seen so far. Truly earnest, and driven by food. Yes, she lives to eat, a sentiment I can greatly relate with.
Even though it was extremely harsh, one can appreciate Tohru’s intentions of tearing down an arrangement mired in sophistry, where Elma ignores the killings and inequality derived from the zealous religious order emanating from worship towards her. She lost sight of her original intentions of stopping human conflict, just because she would turn a blind eye as long as they provided delicious food. I do feel sympathetic towards Elma, because she’s honestly just a simple dorogon with easy to fulfil needs that aren’t too demanding. But that doesn’t give her a free pass to ignoring ongoing atrocities. Tohru had to do what she did, because she definitely considered Elma a friend to be held at a higher standard. So it’s pretty much as Kobayashi says – they can only fight like this because they care about each other.
Even today, Elma lives for food. And as a hard working member at the same company as Kobayashi, her lifestyle has become infinitely more honest compared to those days. So with the benefit of hindsight, we can say that Tohru did the right thing.
Iruru Gets a Part Time Job
I think any teenager or young adult that has ever intended on having a chill summer can relate to Iruru being scolded by Tohru. That was me back in the days, when I wanted to enjoy my summer after exams. Nope. It’s time to get myself into society to get a taste of what being a working and productive person is like. So Iruru sets off to find a part time job. Fortunately, she’s able to find one to her tastes as an assistant at the sweet shop a little distance from the market precinct.
Perhaps grandmas know best. Because I actually suspect her decision to hire Iruru might have had an ulterior motive. Namely regarding her grandson, who gets confused over his grandmother hiring an adult man based on the large t-shirt he’s tasked to carry over, only for the penny to drop when he sees Iruru’s badonkers. My conspiracy theory is that she either wanted to tempt Take-chan into helping out, by using an attractive girl close to his age. Or that she’s straight up trying to ensure that great grandkids happen sooner or later.
Regardless of her motives, Take is absolutely flustered by Iruru. While he doubted Iruru to begin with, observing her for a day is enough to inform him that her intentions are nothing but pure where she just wants to spread joy to children – an earnest quality that captivates him. Maybe there’s some slight perversions, but I can sense something gentle and sweet blossoming here. He’s awkward and ended up face planting into her bosom. However he’s not trying to actively creep on Iruru, looks out for her where he can and isn’t trying to take advantage of his position as her senior. Outside of some fondness, Iruru seems generally apathetic. However, I have hope this relationship is going to grow and I look forwards to seeing where it goes.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!