Episode 02: “Ocean, Tears, and a Kiss Won by Lottery”
I wasn’t really supposed to do summaries for this but I’ve been wanting to after writing my first impressions for episode 1. I tried to resist but it was futile. I kinda gave in… Heh, I faltered yet again (^_^’).
BRIEF SUMMARY: Takemoto and Hagu buy some stuff at the shopping district. He finds Hagu looking at the prizes (fancy rings) in the crane game. He decides to play it, but unfortunately gets the blue ring instead of the orange one that Hagu was eyeing. He apologizes for his bad luck, but Hagu says she loves the blue ring as well.
Meanwhile, Rika asks Mayama to deliver something to Fujiwara Design, then adds that he doesn’t have to come back to Harada Design (her office) anymore to help her out. This breaks Mayama’s heart and asks her if he’s not good enough compared to “that man.” Rika apologizes. We finally get a bit of Rika’s background. Mayama delivers the package to Fujiwara. Miwako asks him to take something back to Rika, but he says he no longer works there starting today. Miwako invites him to work for them. Nomiya asks Mayama if he really wants to be an architect by profession or does he only strive to do so just to be close to Rika. Mayama defensively confirms the former and denies the latter. After Mayama left, Miwako tells Nomiya that she thinks he is quite similar to Mayama.
Shuuji stops by Rika’s place and gives her a bottle of wine as a present. It turns out that it’s the late Harada’s birthday. Yamada is quite surprised to learn from Takemoto that Mayama no longer works for Rika. Shuuji informs them that Rika was actually married to a guy named Harada but that he has passed away a few years back. Yamada goes looking for Mayama around campus and finds him lying on a bench. She begs him to give up on Rika since it seems he can’t compete with the guy Rika loved (Harada). Mayama says he knows this but he just can’t simply give up on Rika, he doesn’t know how to. He then turns the tables and asks Yamada to stop caring about him.
The group goes to the shopping district and claims their 5 tries for the lottery. Morita draws 4 unlucky balls. As they were arguing who should draw the last one, unbeknownst to them Hagu, tries her luck. Suprisingly, she draws a winning gold ball. It turns out the prize was a golden set of snorkel, flippers and lifesaver. Morita argues with Yamada’s dad about the silly color scheme of the lottery balls, while Hagu looks disappointed (either at the argument or her prize, I’m not so sure). Takemoto notices this and tries to rise to the occasion to stop the commotion. He manages to get everyone’s attention and suggests that the 5 of them can go to the beach together. They agree. They borrow Lohmeyer-senpai’s new car (he was the lucky guy who won that one in the lottery, LOL) and proceed to the beach. Takemoto notices that Hagu is wearing the blue ring he gave her earlier. Mayama drives while Morita forcibly pushes Yamada to sit shotgun, causing a bit of tension between her and Mayama. In return, Yamada tells Takemoto to take the middle seat at the back, in between Hagu and Morita, which Takemoto happily does. They finally arrive at the beach, where they have a barbecue and a few drinks. Yamada turns out to be the one who drank the most beer. We later see her sleeping off her drunk state. It’s getting late so it’s time to go home. While packing up stuff, Takemoto notices a distraught Hagu. It turns out that she lost the blue ring, so they start looking for it along with Morita’s help.
Meanwhile, Mayama goes to where Yamada is sleeping and wakes her up, saying that it’s time to go. Yamada brushes him off, asking to leave her alone. Mayama keeps at it, offering to carry her on his back since she’s quite drunk, catching Yamada off guard. She declines, saying that she’s quite heavy and thinks she can manage to walk on her own. Mayama brushes this off, takes her hand and tells him to just get on his back, he really doesn’t mind. After walking a few steps, Yamada says he probably thinks that she’s really is heavy, to which Mayama jokingly responds that she’s heavier than he anticipated. This annoys Yamada and starts smacking his shoulders while repeatedly saying he’s an idiot. Eventually, Yamada starts to sob and tells Mayama that she really likes him. Mayama is a bit taken aback by this confession, but it seems he understands, accepting her words with a sincere “thank you.”
Back to Takemoto and company, still frantically looking for Hagu’s ring. Morita calls on Hagu and gives her a makeshift ring, holding a glass against the moonlight which casts a blue reflection on the “ring.” Takemoto manages to find the ring and happily calls out to Hagu, but as he turns to where Hagu and Morita are, he witnesses Morita giving Hagu a kiss. This surprises Hagu and Takemoto. Morita tells jokingly tells Hagu that a stolen kiss could happen when you space out in Tokyo. Takemoto looks on with a broken heart.
~ end of episode
:: Okay, I was supposed to do a brief summary, but I just can’t seem to make it as short as I intended to! ~LOL. I was never good with concise summaries since I tend to focus on the details that I liked. >_< I’ll try to make it shorter next time, OR maybe I’ll just skip the summary next time and go straight to the impression. Heh. I guess it depends upon the particular episode too. ::
Anyway, on to the impressions… negative first, then positive thoughts.
- Eh, I don’t think I remember Takemoto being that much of a pervert (if any at all) in the anime.
- Mayama was more laidback and less of a prankster (that’s Morita’s field), and he usually supports Takemoto. He’s more like “a voice of reason” in these moments.
- Yamada’s father seems to be having a lot of screentime, same with especially Lohmeyer-senpai. If this continues, I might be forced to skip those non-essential parts. It just doesn’t seem to blend well. Come to think of it, Lohmeyer only got a special episode in the anime. I don’t hate him or anything, it’s just that there are other better scenes that they could reenact instead of these seemingly pointless ones.
- What’s up with Morita and Yamada’s father? Haha. They argue too much. I don’t think it’s even funny at all.
- Ikuta Toma
- LOL @ Takemoto trying to run away while still wearing the armor! xD
- Mayama no AHO!!!
- Yamada’s kicks, FTW!
- So far, Rika’s storyline seems to be going well, though I have a feeling there’ll be some changes with this one too.
- I’m loving the Takemoto voice-overs. Toma says it so well and sincerely too, I can feel the emotion seeping through his words. (Do I sound biased? See first bulleted item in “Likes” ;P)
- Nomiya! – I know I may be in the minority who likes Nomiya, and as I mentioned before, I’m not that convinced yet of Kashiwabara Takashi with the part (I’ll probably get used to it sooner or later). Anyway, not exactly disliking or liking it, but I think Nomiya came off a bit strong on this episode. He was borderline mean to Mayama. I suppose he was like that in the anime, but it seems he’s more obnoxious this time. I guess we’ll see in future episodes. In any case, I really am totally anticipating Yamada x Nomiya! ^_^
- Mayama x Yamada scene 1: Where Yamada’s asking him to stop going for Rika. Mayama responds by asking her, “Stop liking me. Stop caring about me.” (or something to that effect ^^).
- I like the extra attention to Yamada and Morita’s friendship.
- Mayama x Yamada scene 2: The piggyback ride was still as bittersweet as in the anime. *sigh* Yamada repeatedly saying “Mayama no aho!” then eventually murmuring “Suki” repeatedly through her tears, as Mayama gratefully and regretfully accepts her confession with a mere but sincere “Arigato.”
- I’m not really fond of Hagu (even in the anime). Anyway, I think the Morita x Hagu kiss was an okay substitute from the anime. The makeshift “ring” was pretty sweet. Though, honestly I’d really much rather watch the Yamada x Mayama and Nomiya x Yamada moments. Heh. Poor Takemoto. *sigh*
- I like the ED sequence and the idea that the scenes change every episode. I love watching it. =)
Takemoto’s quotable quotes*:
- “Even though it’s right in front of you, there’s something that you can’t have. No matter how much you stretch your hand out, there’s something that you can never touch. Even though you can’t obtain it, is there a light at the end of the path if you continue to search?
- “Even if your wish doesn’t come true, is there a small bit of happiness waiting somewhere?”
- “The off-season ocean was very calm. No matter how much racket we made, it had a gentleness that seemed like it would silently accept us.” (or something like that…)
You might also want to check out my other related posts:
- Honey and Clover J-drama – ep 03
- First Impressions: Honey and Clover J-drama
- Honey and Clover: Manga Spin-off Surprise, Squee!
- Honey and Clover J-drama: Cast + Preview
- “Ougon no Tsuki” by Suga Shikao – live and acoustic
- Other Honey and Clover entries