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!
I never thought I’d say this, but I actually miss the romance drama. The corporate intrigue and all the stuff with the now-shady Not So Friendly Boss just isn’t working for me. Despite that, however, this episode did give us a little bit more of the Gossipy Trio and it was also an important step forward for Mita. Let’s talk about it! After a less than enthusiastic staff meeting, Riko goes to talk to Not So Friendly Boss. She tells him her ideas to make things better, and he’s like “sure whatever” and then throws her paper in the trash afterwards. Rude. Mita asks Aki if she’ll go with him to check out what happened with Riko’s magazine interview. (Remember the one where it horribly misquoted her?) The magazine staff guy just brushes them off but the author Aki met in episode 4 spots her and happily says hello.
Meanwhile, Not So Friendly Boss is having a meal with the Gossipy Trio. He’s obviously up to no good.
While having dinner in her apartment, Aki tells Obata about what she learned from her meeting earlier. Not So Friendly Boss was the one behind the magazine incident! But when she and Mita tried to tell Riko about it, Riko just said to forget about it. Aki’s upset that she can’t help.
The next day at work, the Gossipy Trio confronts Riko about what they’ve been told. To be honest, I’m not quite sure on the details of what it was, but the main detail is that the Gossipy Trio is not very happy with Riko. And on top of everything else, they think she’s getting scouted by another company (the one Tashiro works for) even though she turned his offer down. Not So Friendly Boss just sits in the background looking smug.
Mita wants to make things right and needs help and advice. First he goes to talk to Tashiro. And then afterwards, Mita eats with Shiho. Mita is worried about Riko but Shiho tries to make him feel better.
Riko talks to Corporate Dude. He’s pretty harsh. Riko runs into Mita at the office late at night. Finally, Mita manages to tell Riko that he’s worried about her because he likes her. And then Riko makes this face in response:
Since that’s a sort of concerning face, Mita tries to brush it off by saying he wants to stay beside her like all their other coworkers. Still, this is a BIG moment for Mita. Glad he was finally able to say it. And then he leaves. As Riko’s trying to process that new revelation, she discovers three resignation letters left behind by the Gossipy Trio. The next day, Mita and Aki go looking for the Gossipy Trio (who are surprisingly not together for once). They ask the trio to meet with them later for an important discussion. No one seems excited about that idea though. But later, as Mita and Aki wait at the meeting place, one by one, the trio thinks about their early memories of working at the bookstore with Riko and how much she helped them. This is a nice sequence actually because the Gossipy Trio doesn’t get to do much plotwise since they’re just supporting characters, so this shines a light on them more. Meanwhile, Riko and Not So Friendly Boss talk again. And he’s very threatening and a jerk. Rude. As for Mita and Aki, the cafe closes before anyone shows up. How very disappointing! Riko is alone in the bookstore and she goes to straighten the books on the shelves one last time. She breaks down and cries, and Aki who is in the store too for some reason, listens nearby.
Then she speaks to Riko in the office. Or rather, she gets up and yells at Riko in the office. And then she leaves. Okay? It was a nice try though Aki. Upset, Riko goes to the usual restaurant. It’s closed but the owner lets her come in anyway. They talk about her father. So after that, Riko goes to talk to her father while he’s recovering in physical therapy. (I’m guessing from his exercises that it was a stroke he had in last week’s episode) He talks about how he can’t give up since he’s still living. And he gives her the confidence she needs and also a cute peace sign with his weak hand.
With that in mind, Riko goes to the important corporate meeting (like the one she had to miss in the last episode). I’m not familiar with the terms she uses when she speaks, but whatever it was startled the room.
But as the guys start complaining, Riko continues with conviction. “I’m a bookstore worker,” she tells them. She ends her big speech by asking Corporate Guy (he’s the company president, by the way) for one more chance. But the episode ends before he can give his answer. What a lame cliffhanger. Overall, I had a hard time keeping focused during this episode and I’m not entirely sure why (although the headache I had certainly didn’t help any). I don’t usually have a lot of difficulty understanding the main points in the dialogue but I had a hard time understanding the motivations of Not So Friendly Boss and Corporate Guy. (Feel free to clarify in the comments if you know!) Either way, it just wasn’t that exciting to watch Riko go through another episode of struggles involving her new position as manager. I’m hoping Mita’s confession to Riko will add some more conflict and interest into future episodes. We’ll see how it goes next week. Final Questions and Thoughts
- Inamori Izumi continues to do an excellent job with Riko’s character. The scenes of her breaking down and crying in the bookstore shelves were some of her best so far. And the scene where Aki gives a passionate speech to Riko is probably one of Mayuyu’s best in the series so far too.
- The preview for the next episode looks like it is more of a return to the romance aspect of the series, which is definitely a welcome change of pace. You know something’s wrong when I’m like “yay! love triangle!”
- I like Riko’s father and he should definitely have more scenes.
- I’m just gonna continue talking each week about how much I love the soundtrack.
- Poll question: Is Not So Friendly Boss better or worse than Ex-Boyfriend Shibata?
So what did you think? Like it or hate it? Ready to turn in your resignation letter? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments! This week’s bonus picture is just a screencap of that lovely yelling scene between Riko and Aki: