*Sorry for this rather late post. Been busy with work and yeah, JLPT. I hope I’ll pass lol~
So let’s see what this episode offered us. More revelations and some of you might have predicted the little twist at the ending. I can’t say that I saw it coming but I did have a nagging feeling that something wasn’t 100% right with Noguchi. He was portrayed as this really nice husband and from the outside, he seemed to care a lot for his wife. More often than not, this kind of people tend to hold a dark secret. Yes, you guessed it. Domestic violence.
And now I can finally understand what drew Nishizaki towards Noguchi’s wife, Naoko. Both of them suffered the same damage that stripped their human pride away and only the both of them could understand each others’ feelings. Remember the novel Nishizaki wrote? Remember both Ando and Nozomi who read it but couldn’t quite grasp the story? Well, Naoko understood right away that the ‘caged bird’ was meant to be Nishizaki himself. At one point, he mentioned he’d rather be eaten than to stay caged forever.
Ando and Nozomi continued to keep in touch with the Noguchis. Well, even if they didn’t want to, Noguchi and Naoko kept inviting them over either for a drink or to play shogi. Nozomi became Noguchi’s brain in shogi. He’d ask for her advice on the defense/attack moves whenever he plays with Ando (without Ando’s knowledge of course).
Fans of Ando x Nozomi, you’re gonna love this episode. If you’re shipping them there were quite a few moments which I found sweet. For example, the both of them going to the temple on New Year’s and Ando getting the license just so Nozomi could join him to wipe the windows at skyscrapers.
I totally didn’t see this coming.
Nozomi confessed to Takano that she had stomach cancer surgery 3 years ago and recently it had relapsed. Hence, she quit her job to work out her personal affairs. It didn’t look very optimistic either. When I saw this scene, I was like “Are you kidding me?! Please not let this be true! She’d suffered and now cancer?! Another year to live?! #&%%$(@$(@%$#!”
Yes, thank you scriptwriters for giving such a depressed life to our main character here. I don’t even know how to root for her anymore. You can’t do anything about cancer. Not when it’s at a stage where she can only live at most another year.
Arghhhh…I was planning to sleep earlier tonight but looks like I need to watch the next one now.
Brb with another post for ep7.