Episode 10: “Abyss of despair, the path that binds the two together”
BRIEF SUMMARY: Hagu gets involved in an accident, injuring her head and her right hand, worrying Shuuji and her friends. Takemoto tries to keep busy with his graduation piece while wondering what he can do for Hagu. Meanwhile, Rika and Mayama go on an emo road trip to Otaru.
Takemoto gets a call from Shin-san (one of the shrine restoration guys). Since they are one man short for the job, he says that Toyou (the shrine restoration project head) specifically asked for Takemoto, if he doesn’t have a job yet after school. Takemoto gladly accepts, saying that he will finish the graduation piece in time for the job. Rika and Mayama eventually find the view in the painting. A tearful Rika thanks Mayama for taking her there since she thinks she wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Mayama gives her a hug. The next day, Rika attempts to sneak off and leave, she gets busted by Mayama who then goes all emo asking Rika to not live her life full of regret and guilt but to try to live for herself and for the present.
Back in Tokyo, Mayama drops Rika off at her place, sadly adding that he will pick up his stuff from the office in a couple of days. Apparently, Mayama left his cell phone at home. He finds out what happened to Hagu and rushes to the hospital. Doctor informs Shuuji that one of the main nerves in her hand had been injured and they’re not sure if she’ll be able to move her hand again. The group has already left Hagu’s room, but Yamada changes her mind and decides to arrange some flowers in Hagu’s room. She overhears Shuuji and Hagu talking about the critical hand injury and how the doctors are unsure if it’ll completely recover its function. Yamada sadly passes this news on to the group. At Fujiwara Design, Nomiya is packing up his office stuff that he’ll be taking to Tottori. He notices Yamada’s somber mood. She tells him about Hagu and wonders what she can do for her. She thinks that keeping Hagu company won’t be enough. Nomiya says Yamada shouldn’t think like that, that it’s enough to be by Hagu’s side silently as her friend. He adds that if she tries to avoid the situation, it will only hurt her more and will cause regret in the future. He asks her to cheer up, adding that she can’t comfort her friend if she has sad expression on her face. He says goodbye to Miwako and Yamada.
Meanwhile, Mayama returns his office key to Rika. As he was about to remove his stuff from his desk, he notices some work visa application forms for Spain. Rika informs him that she wants him to come with her, surprising Mayama.Takemoto’s piece is almost done while Morita focuses on his art to motivate Hagu to get better. In the hospital, Hagu has been refusing to take pain killers so she will know when she can feel pain on her right hand again, an indication that recovery might be possible. Takemoto wonders how he can help Hagu and gets some encouraging words from Mayama. Later on, Hagu finally feels some pain in her hand. Rehab for her injuries is to begin soon. Shuuji thanks them for staying by Hagu, but reminds them that they have to live their lives too. On their way home, they wonder how they can show Hagu their support. Mayama volunteers that he’ll spend some time in the hospital first, revealing that he’ll be leaving for Spain soon for work along with Rika. Naturally, this causes Yamada to feel depressed.
Miwako calls up Nomiya in Tottori to ask if he’s been doing well. She informs him that Rika and Mayama will be moving to Spain for work. He realizes what Yamada must be feeling regarding this and calls her up. Nomiya asks her how she’s doing. Yamada insists that she’s okay even though she obviously isn’t. Nomiya notices this in her voice. He tells her that she can call him anytime if she feels like she needs someone to talk to, and he’ll listen to her. She still insists that she’s alright and asks that he take care of himself. After hanging up the phone, she starts crying. Nomiya is obviously worried and doesn’t believe that she’s fine despite how much she insisted so. He grabs his car keys and starts his long drive from Tottori all the way to Tokyo. Meanwhile, Hagu can’t make her fingers hold onto a pastel. Takemoto realizes what he must do. He turns down the job offer from Shin, realizing that he should stay by Hagu’s side and support her. He goes to the hospital but finds that Hagu is missing. We learn that Morita arrived in Hagu’s room first and sneaks her out, saying that she doesn’t have to paint if she isn’t able to anymore and that she can stay with him.
~ end of episode
IMPRESSION: Hmm. I wonder how Rika and Mayama managed to find the view from the painting with all that snow and bare trees around that area. They have good eyesight. I probably wouldn’t have found it if I were them. LOL. Moving on, hats off to Hagu for being brave, facing her challenge head on. Not taking pain killers? Wow. It shows how much she is eager and determined to regain the feeling in her right hand so she can paint again as soon as possible. If that were me, I would’ve probably cried so much from the pain I feel from my head injury and maybe even asked the doctors to increase the dosage of the pain killers. xD
Oh, and I kinda take back what I previously said when I ranted about Nomiya’s confession and Tottori. I’m still a tad disappointed but It seems they retained the drive-from-Tottori-to-Tokyo part although opted to do the confession first. Despite that, I still think the Tottori confession at the train station from the anime was so much better. ;P Nomiya was so worried about Yamada being all sad and gloomy, he coudn’t wait for a morning flight and decided to drive to Tokyo. Mind you it’s a long drive (about 9 hours, I think). He’s sweet, isn’t he? A bit impulsive and blunt, but sweet nonetheless. Anyway, I’m looking forward to next episode when Nomiya gets to Tokyo. ^_^ Oh, and next ep will be the finale. I wonder how they’d end this live-action version of H&C.
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