Jdrama Photo Recap Disclaimer: Since this is both a recap and a review of the show, there will be spoilers here. I’m watching this without English subtitles and while I understand a lot of Japanese, I’m not fluent. There are occasionally parts where I don’t understand what’s going on. And lastly, the photo captions are just snarky jokes and not meant to convey actual dialogue. So if you’re cool with all this, read on and enjoy!
You ever have a really bad day where all you want to do is just go back to bed and hide away forever? Yeah, me too. Everyone does occasionally. Episode 2 was all about Riko having a couple of really bad days. This episode was less about the bookstore and more about angsty complicated love. So let’s talk about it!
At work the next day after the breakup, Riko tries to pretend like she’s okay but really she’s angry about Aki and Ex-Boyfriend (I think his name is Shibata? I’m gonna keep calling him Ex though). Riko and Aki have a brief conversation about replacing old books with new ones, and that really sets the tone for the rest of the episode because Riko thinks she’s talking about her.
Later, Riko explains everything to her friend/coworker Shiho (Hamada Mari). Riko complains that Ex won’t answer her calls or talk to her at all.
That night Riko wants someone to hang out with but all of her friends are busy. Mita eavesdrops a bit and gets concerned for Riko.
Later, he shows up at the park and offers to keep her company but she turns him down.
So Riko ends up hanging out alone. But even her usual restaurant is crowded. So she goes to her last resort: lonely karaoke. It’s actually super sad to watch because she’s remembering good times with Ex when they used to sing duets together in weird cosplay. Hey, whatever floats your boat I suppose.
But anyway, she gets super drunk because she’s so sad. The Gossipy Trio of bookstore employees happen to go to the same karaoke place and see Drunk!Riko. How awkward!
They run so she doesn’t see them, but when they go eat later, she’s there too drunk-dialing Ex. All in all, a bad night for everyone.
Back at the bookstore the next day, Eavesdropping Bar Dude comes in.
He asks how the proposal went and Riko berates him for asking personal stuff at work. He backs off but introduces himself as Tashiro Toshiyuki. Shiho is immediately like “get it gurl” because that’s what friends are for.
Meanwhile, Ex tells his coworkers (including Obata) that he’s getting married (or that he wants to? I missed a little bit there). They think he’s talking about Riko and Obata scares Ex with a story about a 40 year old lady stalker.
At dinner that night, Riko runs into Tashiro at the usual restaurant. And he’s much more protective of his food this time.
Finally, Riko tells him about the proposal that didn’t actually happen. He gives her a motivational speech and then also sets up a date? It might not have been official but they do agree to meet. He gives her his phone number on the back of the business card.
So with confidence now, Riko goes to confront Ex again. She’s not mad; she just wants to talk. So she waits outside of his apartment until he returns, which would be okay if Ex hadn’t been spooked by the stalker with a knife story. He freaks out and even pushes Riko down before running away. To be honest, Ex is an idiot. Listen Riko, you dodged a bullet there really.
But still, having your ex-boyfriend physically assault you and then run away screaming would ruin anyone’s day. So of course, Riko cries some more as she bandages her hand. Who can blame her?
Shiho is concerned the next day so she takes her out for drinks. At this point, I am gravely concerned for Riko’s liver. They end up at the restaurant early for the actual drinking party and chat with Obata. He rambles on about how much he likes Aki.
That annoys Drunk!Riko and she goes on a rant about Aki. Unbeknownst to everyone is that Aki is right behind them listening!
Aki gets angry as everyone else shows up and says she’s leaving but Riko follows her out to apologize.
But Aki’s not accepting it and Riko finally snaps. She accuses Aki of dating Ex and also being pregnant because she thought Aki had gone to a clinic for that that night.
“There’s been a big misunderstanding,” Aki says and explains that she’s not dating Ex (he’s not even her type!), the taxi thing was a part of a group, and she wasn’t going to the clinic on the second floor of that building but the office on the fourth. Riko gets so upset once she understands, she gets sick (also she’s really drunk, remember?). And suddenly, Mita appears to save the day! He’s super touchy and checks Riko’s fever with his forehead. (LOL WHO ACTUALLY DOES THAT?)
Anyway, he piggybacks her home. Maybe next time, just call a taxi, man?
At Riko’s house, her father gives Mita some curry and they chat a bit. So that’s… nice.
So the next day, Riko remembers her date with Tashiro and runs to meet him in time. While that’s going on, Aki wants to talk about Mita. She remembers earlier when he gave her a band-aid and said things she thought was nice.
Riko can’t call Tashiro because she lost the phone number when Ex pushed her. Before she can cross the road to catch him, he leaves. At the same time, Aki tells Mita in the park that she likes him and wants to date. But he apologizes, saying that he likes someone else. Of course, that someone (Riko) is currently on her knees on the sidewalk, upset again. As Mita walks away, Aki asks herself “Did I get dumped?”
So in the end, no one is happy really.
Gosh, romance dramas are exhausting, aren’t they? Who likes who is getting really complicated. (I’m gonna have to make a chart next week like I did for Suikyuu Yankees, lol) This episode was focused on showing more of Riko’s point of view after we focused mostly on Aki last week, so it was good to see that. But dang, it was just so depressing. I think the episode could have benefited from Aki clearing up the misunderstanding earlier instead of dragging out Riko’s misery until the episode was almost over. The plot slowed down a bit too much during this episode because they needed to set up all the romance intrigue. Hopefully, the next one will pick up the pace more. How is everyone going to react now? We’ll see next week!
Final Thoughts and Questions
- Can we all agree that Ex is a scumbag? Riko is a million times better off without him. Hopefully he’ll disappear and we never see him again.
- Has Mita been reading too many shojo manga? Let’s be real here.
- Even thought they aren’t very important, I really like the Gossipy Trio. Their scenes were my favorite in this episode. But maybe I’m just biased because I like Inoo Kei‘s face.
- The drinking game for the rest of the series is gonna be take a drink whenever someone is eavesdropping and take a drink whenever Mita just randomly pops up out of nowhere. Please drink more responsibly than Riko though.
So what did you think? Like it or hate it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments! I’ll be back with another recap/review next week!
Bonus photo: Shiho in a situation where saying “fudge” would be appropriate. I feel like there are all these little visual jokes hidden in the background all the time. I love it!