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Confession: It’s a miracle I haven’t dropped this show yet. To be honest, I thought for sure by episode 4 the girls are going to piss me off with their constant lamentations about horrible love lives but guess what, here I am, still hanging on ^^;; Barely after ep5 though.
Let’s talk about episode 4 first.
I quite liked ep4 because the girls aren’t going kyaa!!! as often as say, the pilot. This is probably the most subdued episode so far, with more contemplation and coming to senses. I see considerable character development for Rinko and her two friends as well. In fact, surprisingly, Rinko’s the one leading the pack. Bearing KEY’s lecture like a cross on her back from the end of ep3, Rinko does some very serious thinking and begins to reassess her girls’ night/talk and ‘what ifs’.
This is also the first time we see a fight between the girls, leading to a period of silence. The turn for a more serious tone makes me reconsider my plan of dropping the show. It’s true this drama reeks of generic rom-com tropes with the girls acting like high school teens despite being 30, hyped up whenever an ikemen appears, running wild fantasies in their heads and when reality strikes hard, they resort to girls’ night to sooth their broken souls.
What made me stay however are perhaps the cast and I shamefully admit,
the comedy still makes me grin at time (but it gets tiring in ep5). Maybe the background music helps (especially the upbeat drumming) whenever the girls start getting excited over something. Maybe it’s also because I know they’re going to have their dreams crushed so bad that watching them so hyped up initially only to hit Earth hard is somehow hilarious.
Onto the girls’ individual dilemmas.
Kaori still frustrates me a lot. Knowing full well that Ryo has a model girlfriend and using her whenever the girlfriend is away, she still goes along with whatever he wants. Perhaps loneliness can drive a person to do irrational actions but I don’t see how she’s going to end up happy. Maybe Ryo would dump the girlfriend to be with her again but that part where he chases Kaori out of his apartment when his girlfriend calls to tell him she’s back earlier than expected, obviously shows that Ryo is not the right guy. To see Kaori still clinging to that hope is driving me nuts. NUTS!
As for Koyuki, it’s still bearable because she is led to believe that Marui is really separated from his wife. Albeit it’s also her fault for not checking in detail and trusts Marui completely like a fool. At the very least, she finds out before she does anything silly because apparently, Marui already has a kid and the second is underway with his wife heavily pregnant.
As for Rinko and KEY, nothing much happens between the two in this episode, which is surprising when things escalated pretty fast for them in previous episodes. A good change of pace though. It’s nice to see a more mature conversation between these two, mostly thanks to KEY. Rinko stands firm on protecting her friends and declares that she’ll continue to have girls’ night with them on the basis that it’s fun. It may seem like she’s going back to square one but at least she now has a clearer mindset and knows what she wants instead of a previous wavering Rinko. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with girls’ night because we all need to unwind, just so long as they don’t let their fantasies run too wild (but we all know that’s not going to happen right?).
Which brings us to episode 5.
Okay, I felt sorry for Rinko here. I really do. She’s been working her ass off in hopes of getting a steady job, sacrificing sleep only to be told she’s still not good enough. Among the three, Rinko’s situation is much dire (I still question her ability to purchase highly fashionable winter wear). It there’s one thing they don’t compromise in this drama, it’s the fashion but Kaori’s stylist should do better. At times, it’s as if Nana Eikura’s draped in a piece of loose cloth with no cutting whatsoever.
In the midst of her depression, Rinko finds comfort in a newfound friend! Mokomichi Hayami has joined the cast as a bar owner, Yuichi Okuda. That head to two evaluation is really hilarious.
Sometimes I’m wondering why the hell am I still watching this show. It’s so full of moronic fantasies high school students would have and not a 30 year old. But why…why do I still laugh whenever I see Rinko doing reactions like these?
Alright, serious talk. It’s not all rosy for Rinko. Troubled by the interminable stroke of bad luck with her job and dull love life, he comforts her. We see a difference between him and how KEY reacts to Rinko’s depression. KEY decides to not approach her while Yuichi takes the initiative to bring her for a meal and unwind.
I’m sure KEY is worried but when Rinko first got the bad news, it’s probably more appropriate to leave her alone. Then again, there’s a love-hate relationship between these two so this may explain KEY’s reaction.
See, this is what you need to stop doing, Rinko! Just because a guy says he’s single and jokes with “Wanna marry me?” it doesn’t mean anything! And how long do you even know Yuichi? You’ve only met him several days ago! Yuichi sure has the gallantry any women would want but he’s still basically a stranger!
I can’t with these girls at times sigh
How many times are they going to do this?
Also there’s no brake in this show.
“Will you be my girlfriend?”
Let’s see how long this will last lmao
KEY is like Rinko’s stern guardian angel. He’s constantly reminding her of what reality is and Rinko is not facing it. I think she’s always looking for a way to escape real world with love fantasies.
Well obviously they’re gonna end up together anyway we just have to wait till the end for it.
We got a glimpse of KEY’s past with his supposed deceased wife. Apparently, she’s actually his teacher and dying. They’re not in any relationship but because she was telling how her dream was to be a bride, KEY granted her wish.
As for the Koyuki ughhhh
Just because he apologizes for hiding the fact that he has a kid with a heavily pregnant wife, you forgave him and kissed him?! Even if he’s not in good terms with the wife, the second child is underway!!!
I really thought Koyuki’s the smartest among them all. But yeah…doesn’t look like it anymore. This is just about the dumbest thing ever!
Kaori used to be my least favorable character but at least she’s gaining more control over the situation with Ryo, refraining herself from entertaining him.
These girls make some of the worst decisions ever in their love life. I’m not dropping it yet but this episode nearly pushed me over the edge. Episode 4 was looking great and then to see both Rinko and Koyuki fall into the abyss is infuriating.
THE GIRLS NEED TO SLOW DOWN A BIT.