Ahahahaha! You know last week I rambled on about how it could assassins and all that jazz, but nah, never mind it’s just Matsuba creating a ruckus as usual! Honestly I should know better by now these things aren’t necessarily as intense as it appears! This is also why while I am freaking out about the final scene of the episode, I am also trying to restrain myself from going wild with speculations. Of course the first thing that came to mind when we saw the blond dude was: “SHIT. DANGER DANGER DANGER!” Of course he could be licking his lips in anticipate the meals Aoi would cook, as oppose to her simply being a delicious Human he would like to prey on. Especially since now that she has successfully helped Orio-ya attain the Tengu’s precious liquor, as she has produced results, Ranmaru may be more inclined to make use of her as she told him to since she knows they need her. Nonetheless, I am still terrified of who this dude might be and how Aoi might become a target. God, I am glad Oodanna is close-by.
This week’s episode focused on Hatori’s and Matsuba’s strained relationship. It is an understatement to say it was an emotional one. The truth is, both of them messed up. We learned Hatori was just a good kid looking out for his mother, and decided to get back at his father for constantly being an ass to his wife (and he was, no excuses. I am disappointed in you Matsuba!). However he went the wrong way about when he stole the Tengu’s liquor and sold it to an outsider. As result he was banished from Mt. Shumon and disowned, which resulted him being unable to be by his mother’s side when she died from an illness. Matsuba regreted his actions, but was too stubborn to admit it. Seriously, he could have at least given Hatori permission to see his mother. He had the nerve to say Hatori didn’t come to see her after he was the one to kick him out!
It turns out the reason why Sasara’s Gameni tasted different was because instead of making it bone-filled, she made it boneless in consideration of the children’s safety so they wouldn’t choke on it. Unfortunately Matsuba was too selfish to notice her efforts. God damn it old man. Still, their story was definitely a bittersweet one. I am glad the Matsuba and Hatori were able to patch things up by putting their mistakes behind them, and how Hatori was brought back into the Tengu Clan again, and was able to obtain the liquor, even though he couldn’t tell him why he needed it.
Speaking of which, I was surprised about that not even the neighbouring Hachiyo’s know about this ceremony. It really is a top secret mission, which only makes gathering the national treasures all the more difficult task to complete. Of course while some may think it would be a lot easier to just tell the others the truth, we also have to bear in mind the other Hachiyo could exploit them for it, and use it as a means to gain power over their precious resources. Why Oodanna who is considered an outsider knows about the truth, most likely has to do with his relationship with Ginji.
Although the episode revolved around Hatori and Matsuba, the family theme extended to Aoi as well. She was envious of the fact Hatori was able to experience a dish filled with his mother’s love. That being said, I do want to quickly note, while we have heard Aoi loves her mother’s curry, there is a difference between a dish that will filled with love, and a dish made for the sole purpose of eating. It is safe to assume that her mother never did such thing, and Aoi simply ate what was given to her, and her mother’s curry just happened to be her favourite.
They also addressed how Aoi’s feelings for Oodanna has developed as well, which is nice because it hasn’t gone unnoticed that she has stopped shutting him down when it comes to him calling her his wife. The truth is, hearing that makes her think about how happy it could make her if someone like that was her family. This scene choked me up a bit because it just goes to show how lonely Aoi has been, and how badly she wishes she had a family she could call her own. At the same time, it makes me excited and even more emotional thinking about the reception she will receive when she finally returns to Tenjin-ya Inn. She will discover she has a whole family waiting and worrying for her! I expect myself to be a sobbing wreck when that happens.
The show is doing an excellent job of checking off the things on my headcanon’s wish lists I would like to see between Oodanna and Aoi. Honestly after all the fluff we got in last week’s episode, I didn’t think we would get too much in this episode. Boy am I happy to be wrong! I can’t tell you how ecstatic I was when Aoi asked Oodanna to help her cook. As soon as Oodanna promised the secret meetings, cooking together was something that was quickly added to my wish list of things I want to see my OTP, so we have yet another fluff scene to cross off the list! And frankly, I am not used to my ships being spoiled like this. Heck I am so content with what we are getting, I wouldn’t be upset if we don’t get a kiss in this adaption. Crazy, I know, but as someone who loves slow-burn romance, I have quite a bit of patience when it comes to waiting for it to finally happen.
Season 2 please?
Oodanna’s reaction when Aoi asked him to help her out had to be the most adorable thing he has done yet. He admitted he has always been jealous of Ginji being able to do that. However to do so, they had to clip his glorious nails (AHAHAHA), it was so cute, he just reminded himself they’ll grow back. Indeed! But hey, at least nobody was around to deny him from finally helping out! God they are so cute together!!!!!
It was also so cute to see Oodanna dressed up as a Tengu ahaha! Matsuba and Hatori finally caught him out since he wasn’t going to stand by and do nothing when Aoi was clearly unwell. Truth to be told, that surprised me. I mean, I always wondered whether or not Aoi would fall ill if she used too much spiritual power, and perhaps we saw just that. Although a day had already passed, Aoi has been keeping herself busy, and hasn’t had the time to properly recuperate after using such power for the first time. Oodanna had medicine prepared for her, so it is likely to he foresaw this happening at some point or another.
Next week, I suppose we may be meeting the new character! I wonder how he will shake things up. I suspect he is one of the other Hachiyo VIP guest they need to please. We will have to see whether or not he is someone who will make agreeable demands…