Even Dan’ichiro had a bishie phase.
|anaaga is busy being studious for her exams week (Good luck anaaga!!~) so I’ll be covering this episode solo! This week we get a better look into the family dynamics of Rea’s family. The upcoming week is the hiatus, so maybe we’ll cover the first OVA in its stead. I’m skipping summary this time by the way, I don’t feel like doing it. Now, to the thoughts~|
Unrequited Love (aka SUFFERING.)
Is that Dan’ichiro’s happy face?
Nobody is safe from the suffering! This week: the step-mom! Aria’s drunken tale of her love life (or I guess, non-existent love life) shed light on the oft pondered past of the Sanka family, and it was for the most part everything I thought it would be, miserable. The twist this week was that Aria isn’t Rea’s mother, which explains the lack of similarities in appearance. I don’t understand love, so I have no idea why Aria would fall for someone as cold as Dan’ichiro. Even though their relationship seemed to start out of convenience, since the whole “maid” charade was all a pretense for eligible bachelorettes, it did seem as though Aria had genuine feelings for Dan’ichiro beyond status. At the same time, I think her love was a bit ignorant. There were obvious signs he didn’t share in that love, and yet she went along with it anyway.
The part that touched me the most was that Aria truly wanted to be loved and to be apart of the family. It just so happens that she fell for a man who fell for another woman! … Wait, allow me to correct that. He fell for a 15 year old girl, and knocked her up. I respect Aria for her faithfulness and diligence towards the relationship, but I think her chance for true happiness with Dan’ichio passed the moment she looked through that peephole. Why she didn’t pack up and leave, and maybe protect Rea by taking her along? I don’t know, I guess that’s what love does to you.
His obsession with Rea makes a little more sense now …
A Pitiable Villain?
The real villain: aging!
Despite antagonists typically being intended for hatred or dislike, I rarely come across a “villain” devoid of any emotional connection, be it from sympathy or empathy. (In some cases I even like the villain more than the hero.) But if there’s one thing about Sankarea I can say with certainty it’s that I have little to no pity for Dan’ichiro. I know it’s a narrow way to view him and his life, but his actions speak for themselves. Although it’s understandable why he’s messed up, it doesn’t make what he’s doing justifiable in any way. The strange part is that I actually started to feel bad for him about three-quarters in, but then that last scene just brought me right back to hating him.
So I’d say Sankarea has done well with creating a truly detestable antagonist, one who’s held on to the past for so long that his life has become a prison, and now has locked his own daughter in too. It makes me wonder how Rea could possibly have lasted as long as she had without running away or worse. She’s always been surrounded by such negative energy from her “mom” (who Rea might not even know the whole truth about) and her creepy father, such suffering! Where is Kyubey when you need him!?
This post would not be complete without mini-Rea.
The Rankas have never been my favorite characters in the least, but this week’s episode at least brought insight into their lives. I’m hoping this part of the story won’t last the rest of the series because the usual antics of Rea and Chihiro I’m now realizing were a lot more fun to watch. It’s not that I don’t like episodes dedicated to developing characters, it’s just that I feel as though there was already enough information to establish Dan’ichiro as the villain and Aria as the outsider.
Something I would praise though, which I feel like I do every week, are the beautiful scenes and lighting effects throughout the episode. This might be the first time I’ve ever seen a fencing scene where the characters faces were visible through the helmets, I found the detail there to be a very nice touch, as trivial as that sounds. I also loved the use of the painting during the Aria scenes as a way of giving the viewer a timeline of her life as an outsider.
If you feel like answering in the comments, do you have any sympathy/empathy for Dan’ichiro?
So, will Rea save the day or will Chihiro get out of this situation himself? Until next time!~
Dan’ichiro VS. Chihiro!~