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Warning: There will be spoilers so if you haven’t watched ep8, I’d advise not to continue reading this post. A major plot twist is revealed in these episodes.
The earlier episodes left me unsatisfied due to the overuse of bitchy one-dimensional rich housewives and relegating Miho to a typical damsel in distress role. Then they landed a major twist in ep7, which I think is quite clever and probably can save all the disastrous choices in the screenplay before (except ep3, that episode alone is unsalvageable). I’m trying hard to enjoy this show for Nanako and Miho so I’m hanging on to see how it unfolds, crossing my fingers for a better second half.
So it turns out that Aki’s husband is actually divorced and has a kid. His ex-wife is none other than Yumiko. And get this; Kazuki is Yumiko’s son. Aki is just a step-mom and that makes her child with Kenichi is little Sora. So there, BOOM! Stuffs start making sense and this has become some sort of personal revenge.
Yumiko’s true intention remains unclear at this point even though we know how she is connected to Kenichi. Her dark history is still unknown. Is this merely ‘wanting to return to Kazuki’s life as his real mother’ or she has more evil thoughts in mind?
Another thing is, Kazuki has always been bullied by his former classmates. That would explain why he didn’t stand up for Aki in ep2. However, there’s something that still bothers me. Now, I’ve never been bullied before so I’m probably not in the right position to comment. But anyways, I’m just wondering, since he moved to a new place now, there’s no need to indulge their requests or even meet them anymore, right? So why is he still lingering with them? He could’ve just ignored them.
I appreciate Kouhei trying to be helpful but hm, I still can’t care less about his affection towards Aki.
Episode 8 continues with the rich housewives making Aki’s life miserable again by exposing her ‘affair’ with Kouhei. Stalker much? After a brawl, she hits her head and has to be hospitalized. Yumiko gets a chance to step in and cook food for her family, revealing Aki’s intention of divorce to Kenichi at the same time.
One question: If Yumiko’s been watching since 3 years ago as she claimed, why didn’t she do something about Kazuki’s bullies and waited THREE WHOLE YEARS? She could’ve just sent an anonymous message to trigger Aki or Kenichi to look into the matter, right? Ugh…
And she still scolds Aki for not noticing when all she did was watch and did nothing?! (another screenwriting flaw)
Aki, please grow a spine! You gotta fight back for what you deserve!
At least I’m glad about one thing from this episode. Kenichi finally makes his stand to stay together with Aki no matter what.
I’m sure Kazuki’s not that dumb lmao to just go along with Yumiko’s request: Abandon Aki if he wants to know about his real mother. The thing is, he could listen to whatever Yumiko has to say, and he could still return to his family if he wants. Well, I hope he’s not that dumb though. Even if he finds out that Yumiko’s his real mother, that doesn’t change the fact Aki has been in his life for the last 13 years, as his step-mother.
The backdrop of the show however still doesn’t seem to interest me. They don’t make me care or worry about the kids being kidnapped. I don’t think the kids are really in any danger seeing how all the kids are actually victims of some sort in their own families. So obviously, the kidnapper’s trying to help and probably kept the kids somewhere safe, away from their irresponsible parents (just a guess).
But yes, I’m curious about Kenichi’s history with Yumiko, that bloody bathroom we saw in first episode, what was that about? What triggered their divorce? There better be a really good reason for this.
Onto the next episode!