「プレミアムシート（特別料金はかかりません）」 (Puremiamu Shīto (Tokubetsu Ryōkin wa Kakarimasen))
“Premium Seat (No Extra Charge)”
A classic demonstration of how two people can mean the best for each other, but struggle to find the best way to help out until they’re candid enough to have an open heart to heart. We had Tohru insisting one bite of her cooked tail would restore Kobayashi’s terrible physical condition, which like any sane person would if asked to eat the flesh of someone they care about, Kobayashi was very much against. We also had Kobayashi struggling to figure out the best way of approaching Tohru about her past, a conversation with the Dragon of Demise and her company’s CEO proving to be the turning point.
Honestly, this was also a hard lesson for me to learn as a person. You can mean the best, and not have it really be appreciated. We’re often told actions speak louder than words, and to do things for others before waiting to be asked. But I wouldn’t fault the person who is subject to generosity. In fairness, they never asked for it. Perhaps they had more specific needs or qualms that should have been taken into consideration. What can I say? Have some courage. You would be surprised how hard it seems, yet how easy it actually is when you come to the process of directly discussing matters like mature adults.
Putting aside mini Tohru – who I’d even daresay is cuter than Kanna – learning about Tohru’s past was somewhat harrowing. She had crazy burdens of expectation placed upon her shoulders by virtue of her identity. Her father never asked much of her and had hoped she’d grow up as her own free person. But that was never going to be a reality. Her identity demanding chaotic conflict that she detested, and her heart desiring peace between all, she makes a choice to try and defeat the Gods on her own terms and gets smited out of the skies.
Whether that decision was correct or not, and with hindsight, it’s incorrect because Tohru was essentially throwing away her own life, it leads her to a fulfilling life for once on Earth amongst these humans who she had once regarded as foolish. ‘Everything happens for a reason’. I’m not really a believer in the destiny aspect in that statement. But I do believe that people can take the things that happen, good or bad, and use them it as a platform to make the future what they will. Simply put, Tohru exercised her self-determination to break through these chains of fate shackling her down. And with the likes of Naruto vs Neji echoing the same message, I want to confidently say that’s something all of us can do as well.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!