Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen Episode 5


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  1. Noc says:

    I love grandpa Yakumo :'(

    Since you asked, I also never got the feeling Yakumo was ‘in love’ with Miyo the way most would think. If anything, he always seemed more in love with Sukeroku…but I think it was the warmth of his affection for Sukeroku that made the difference. It was more comforting and familiar to the audience, whereas his relation with Miyo was always strangely chilly.

    But I do think he cared for Miyo and loved her in some sense. The word he uses to call out to her near the end of this episode in Japanese is ‘itoshi’, which while translated as ‘beloved’ can also read ‘dear’, ‘precious’, ‘cherished’…it’s a very versatile word that refers not to a romantic or sexual partner specifically, but rather simply someone or something that the speaker cares for deeply. I think Yakumo’s love for both Miyo and Sukeroku fall under this broad spectrum that is neither completely romantic nor familial, but is still very much there. Miyo just…wasn’t good for him. They were too similar in the worst of ways. Yakumo wasn’t good for her either, and he knew that, which is likely why he never expressed any anger over her running off with Sukeroku.

    That’s how I worked it out in my head, anyways.

    • Berry says:

      Ok see I didn’t want to be the only one thinking that way. Basically I agree with everything you said. But I just keep remembering the scene he had with Miyo before the accident where he kisses her and that still doesn’t sit right with me. :|
      But yes, I don’t think he loved Miyo romantically, but he still did love her. It was overall a bad relationship.

      • Noc says:

        Yeah, I watched that scene and was like whaaaat? Felt super strange to me. But then I thought, maybe he was just taking that action for her sake – when she started crying, knowing he didn’t come to help her, he decided to try comforting her in a way she’s always wanted… but then it backfired, spurring her on instead of pacifying her.

        Or something? Might be a bit of a stretch. They’re all such complicated characters, I love it.

        • Berry says:

          Yeah I guess. Well, that’s one of my favorite things about this series. Complicated characters done well is so nice. :)

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