Meiji Tokyo Renka Episode 10
This week it was Ougai’s turn to be feeling in the dumps. He was feeling crushed with being unable to finish his story due to being unable to confront his past. He was also feeling depressed because had actually figured out (on his own) that Mei was supposed to disappear on the next full moon (not realizing she has been granted permission to stay). But as it turns out, the woman (Elise) who haunts him is in fact not a ghost, but a manifestation of his regrets.
The story he is writing tells the heartbreaking tale of a woman he fell in love with while he had studied abroad, and had considered spending the rest of their lives together. However people were against it, and he broke it off with her and returned home, alone. While meeting Mei has opened up his heart once more, he is still haunted by his regrets, making it difficult for him to write. But with Mei’s support, assuring him she will read it no matter what kind of story it is, and won’t be mad if can’t finish it, she was able to help lift his heavy heart.
I have to say, although it wasn’t perfect, this episode was certainly one of the more solid ones we have seen. But I still believe this episode could have been a lot more heart-wrenching for me to watch had I actually been invested in Ougai’s character. And it is a shame, because for the first time, I actually cared and was interested in his story. I liked the premise of it, and sympathized with his regrets and heartache, but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough. Had they actually dedicated some time fleshing out his character, I am sure Ougai would have grown on me, especially since I really liked seeing his more vulnerable and softer side we got to see this week too. In fact, I would say this is the most “human” we have seen him of the entire series. And what makes it more frustrating about this, is that somehow, Syunso is more fleshed out than him! We have seen a variety of sides from him, where as Ougai has been more or less the same until this week’s episode. This is a perfect example of too little, too late.
But Ougai wasn’t the only one who suffered this episode. Syunso experienced his own heartbreak too, and it’s about to get even worse. For the lot of us who are all suffering from second-lead syndrome, gosh we are in for a world of pain. Not only did we see Syunso acknowledges that Mei loves Ougai, and selflessly assist Mei in finding Ougai, and even tried to comfort her (WHO ELSE CHEERED WHEN HE HUGGED HER?!), but we also learn that he is losing his eyesight. DARN IT ALL! It was just when he thought he could paint the Black Cat again too, but when his vision when south, that darn cat was prancing around just outside of his room. JUSTICE FOR SYUNSO STOP MAKING HIM SUFFER! Q____Q That being said, I am really happy to see that Syunso will be in the spotlight next week, but man it’s gonna hurt like a bitch isn’t it! Regardless, I am looking forward to it!
Random Note of the Week: Ougai’s reaction when Mei asked him how his novel is coming along, is the exact face of every writer who is asked the same.