You really shouldn’t trust people in silver tracksuits
Flying solo this week as Sumairii catches up on school stuff, so what happened in the story of Tokyo Law Students?
Creepy Cult Kidnapping
Everyone in the vans!
From the get-go, something’s definitely off about the Happy College Event Circle ‘welcoming’ party. When they show up late, in matching vans, wearing matching outfits and pendants, I think that most of the folks figured something was up right off the bat. And I’m sure Banri knew what was up as soon as they passed the actual school retreat house. Faced with the prospect of 3 days of brainwashing and indoctrination, and feeling guilty because he convinced Kouko to go to this event, Banri uses his real experience as a way to convince the cultists that he’s really interested in staying, when everyone else complains, and being unnaturally accommodating, they agree to send all the others back in exchange for getting one person for sure.
They all look pretty beaten, and this was just the beginning
But Kouko ruins his plan to save her by staying herself, because she feels guilty that he’s there because she whined about clubs. This ends up giving both of them the chance to make their escape, tho, because these are the worst cultists ever. Never trust the new people! So Banri and Kouko escape through the window and run away (with Banri even grabbing the contact forms they all filled out to protect everyone else).
Making their escape
Who is Banri Tada?
How well does Kouko know herself?
We’ve gotten pretty familiar with Kouko Kaga throughout the show, and know a lot about her. Well, as much as there is, because she’s always subsumed herself to being with Mitsuo. And even in talking with Banri after they make their escape into the woods, most of what she talks about is how Mitsuo ‘completes’ her. It’s somewhat interesting that she talks about Mitsuo so much, but it seems more and more apparent that the Mitsuo in her head is someone completely different from the Mitsuo that Banri knows, the one who is walking around ignoring Kouko. And it’s interesting the story of the flowers from the first episode, that she was planning on just surprising and congratulating him, but “four months of frustration” poured out in that moment, and she ended up smacking him. The big question is whether she will be able to refocus herself away from the Mitsuo she still has in her head, to a real person in Banri who is obviously interested in her.
It is important to share a laugh with someone you like
But Banri is a mystery even to himself. We finally learn a little more about his past, falling off a bridge the day after high school graduation, spending a year in the hospital and rehab. And in that year, he wouldn’t even see his old friends and doesn’t remember anything about who he was. The conflicts presented in him were interesting, that if he could add his old memories to his current self, he’d welcome that. But to change completely who he is now and return to his old self, he doesn’t want that. So he’s possibly a completely new person, and he can see why his parents and friends wanted the Banri they knew back, but that’s not really possible right now.
Banri’s actually pretty happy with who he is now
I really enjoyed the character development here, even if Kouko’s seemed a bit disjointed. Banri and Kouko seem to make a good couple, talking in a way that I bet Kouko and Mitsuo haven’t in years, if ever. But can Kouko realize what’s growing with Banri, and how it’s completely different and better than what she ‘has’ with Mitsuo? For his part, Banri seems to be a really good guy, not beholden to whims, not stupid, and nice to everyone, including Kouko. Is that the person he was before? Or is that a change?
Also, how is Linda there? That’s an awfully big coincidence. It’s been acceptable that she tends to show up everywhere else, but this time, what kind of explanation can she come up with? It’s like she’s following Banri. And why call her Barbara?
Is this really a chance meeting?