The aftermath of Inari's plan to bulldoze Shu goes into full force with the latest episode.
What They Say:
Extortion is the story of the hour as Inari puts the squeeze on Shu after their 'night of passion,' and Kuranosuke tries to blackmail his own father over his extramarital activities!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The previous episode had a lot of fun events to it, though the standout in my mind is still seeing how Inari seduced Shu and then took advantage of him and up through his reaction to all of it. Inari's doing her best to get the agreements she wants and the position she can get for the project and will go the distance for it. Her character is definitely a cold one, with a real hot streak that she uses to advance her agenda, so seeing the more real version of her in the meetings on cements all of it. Especially when she then goes to the apartment complex and comes across as all pleasant and sweet.
When Inari and Kuranosuke come across each other at the apartment, it's amusing how much it incenses Kuranosuke. So much so that he ends up insisting that they're going to buy the building from the owner so that it doesn't get sold to the development project. It's not exactly the most well thought out plan but it is the kind that you can see this group trying to put together and with Kuranoksuke leading it since he's got the family ties to a lot of money. Kuranosuke's approach with his father to try and do something is definitely in the style you'd expect, though it's just one of several angles he's trying to use in order to save the complex from Inari and her group.
Tuskimi's interest in Shu takes an amusing turn in this episode as well, since when Inari comes by she brings a bag of things for the complex women but forgets that Shu's glasses are in there. It sends Tsukimi into a spiral that even has her being bold enough to ask Kuranosuke whether Inari is Shu's girlfriend or not. The missed connections between the two have a very light and fun air about them and seeing each new little part of introduced only adds to it, rather than gives you a whole 'will they or won't they' angle. Tsukimi has such a charm about her, but what makes it work is that Shu is such a good guy himself, not spineless or anything, but has his own shyness to contend with that gives him more dimensionality because of it. His way of dealing with his feelings comes across as properly restrained and uncertain in a way that makes him just as charming as Tsukimi with her panics.
Princess Jellyfish advances the story nicely here as Inari puts her extortion and manipulation plan into motion. She shows a lot of her true self throughout it here which is definitely amusing. Her time with Shu in bed in the prior episode was hilarious and seeing her reacting to Kuranosuke's beauty and how others perceive him only adds to it since she's so verbal and brutal about it. Combine that with the quiet moments that Shu has and some of the fun stuff of Kuranosuke himself as he tries to figure out how to save the complex. There's a lot going on in this episode but it's all character driven which makes it fun and easily accessible in so many ways. This show is simply going to be one that will end too soon.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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