Mondai no Aru Restaurant ep 6 [review]


Episode 6 is another great offer. I’m telling you, this show is fast becoming my favorite of the season. Ouroboros is my bias but this show surpasses it because of its endearing nature. The characters are fun to watch and their interactions, even better.

I’ll point out some scenes of interest for this episode.

Mondai no Aru Restaurant ep06 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_06.40_[2015.03.03_01.47.24]You get to see Haiji falling head over heels for a foreign customer who happened to be Karasumori’s ex-boyfriend. What are the odds, really?

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You get to see Tamako, Kyoko and Chika smelling their own feet, then forcing Haiji to have a sniff too.

Mondai no Aru Restaurant ep06 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_09.24_[2015.03.03_01.19.28]You get to see everyone freaking out over an old wooden spoon and the ensuing ‘curses’.

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In the midst of all the comic reliefs, there are serious matters as well. Although it was unintentional, Hoshino recommended Nitta to a place where he thought there’d be people interested in ventures. The place was actually where girls gather to amuse men. Nitta fell victim once again. She crawled back to the restaurant, still holding her head high and all that Todai shit, but this time, everyone knew she’s back for sure.

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The scene where the guys were chatting about Nitta at the playhouse was tough to listen to. It was degrading and I don’t know how Nitta could even bear it. Tamako as usual, decided to discuss the matter with Hoshino.

Mondai no Aru Restaurant ep06 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_20.48_[2015.03.03_01.50.31]That girl talk between Tamako and Nitta in the room was both amusing and sad? This time, Tamako had support from Kawana who appeared with a bruised eye and revealed that she was hit by Ikebe. I thought that was totally awesome. It’s not total win yet but a small step to shame the men for what they did. As how it’s supposed to be anyway. It’s good enough she didn’t file a lawsuit against Ikebe. I actually thought she should! But at least Kawana quit and joined Tamako’s gang instead. That counted as a first step for someone like Kawana who always gets along with whatever’s being thrown at her.

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I also realized how fun this episode was after Kawana joined the gang at bistro fou. I thought she was annoying in the first few episodes but she’s now really a joy to watch.

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Then jdrama god Sakamoto Yuji unleashed his powers again in this episode when he gave us that umbrella thief story Tamako told Monji. There’s a saying called ignorance is bliss. But when the society becomes more ignorant, that also means, more people will suffer. Sure, it’s not your problem and so there’s no need to even bother, but what if it’s you, your next of kin or a friend? By then, you’d wish someone actually cared.

There are vinyl umbrellas in an umbrella stand.
First, a thief comes along and takes one of those umbrellas and leaves.
After that, another person comes and leaves with an umbrella.
But that’s not the person’s umbrella, since that person’s umbrella was already stolen.
The next person comes along and takes someone else’s umbrella without realizing it.
The next person and the person after that also take someone else’s umbrella and leaves.
Until finally, there’s no more umbrella left for the last person.
Despite bringing an umbrella, the last person has to go home getting soaked in the rain.
I think that, the second and third person, although not intentionally, are umbrella thieves as well.
I won’t say they’re responsible.
I won’t say they should apologize.
But they should have verified whether that umbrella was really theirs.
They should’ve thought about the person who went home soaked in the rain.
Are you trying to say that I’m the second or third umbrella thief?
It’s not only you. We all are. Me too.

And then Karasumori threw another surprise and said something powerful which I never would’ve expected from her. She’s this wine lady lingering at the restaurant for me, but guess what, she’s an attorney! Her lines moved me so much, especially that final sentence below.

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At restaurants, life is festive, joyful and where happy events congregate.
At the other job, life is sad, painful, unpleasant things congregate.
Running a restaurant is a very important job.
But the world isn’t made of just flower fields.
Someone has to reach out to people drowning in mud.
If you avert your eyes and just complain, those people in the mud would become isolated.
Someone has to go in the mud with them.
That’s what this other job is.
You can’t take revenge by just being angry.
You can also take revenge by living happily and cleanly.
Tanaka, you strive to live happily and cleanly.
Me, I’ll do the angry part.

3-piece earphones need to be invented. This scene literally asks for it.

Mondai no Aru Restaurant ep06 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_45.09_[2015.03.02_13.07.01]Seriously, Schubert? Really? haha

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