Deception is the name of the game as Lilly and Turtle find out the truth behind their futures.
What They Say:
Lilly gets kicked out of her house thanks to the American soldier's shady ways. Turtle, wanting to help her get back on track, goes into business with Sugi, a high-interest loan shark.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Chance encounters are the way of life and sometimes they can bring out interesting revelations that you don't really think about. The start of this episode has Turtle doing his basic selling and marketing of goods that catches the eye of an old man. The guy just wants to bum a cigarette off of him since Turtle won't sell him them by the singles and the two have an interesting, quiet little bonding moment. Enough so that when the guy says he wants his address so he can get one more off of him before he dies, Turtle gives him his actual address. Something that even the other guys from the reformatory days don't even know, which Mario mentions oh so casually.
Turtle's story takes some interesting turns here as he learns that Lilly will be heading to America soon to be with her soldier as he's been reassigned back to the States. He's intent on getting out of the black market anyway so it works out for Turtle to try and figure out what to do next, though being teased with the idea of going to America himself is powerful. Where it gets really interesting is that he's been feeling ill lately and is starting to have flashbacks to when his parents had died in the atomic blast, something he was caught in as well. The thought that the issues from that are finally catching up to him is difficult for him to believe, but the evidence continues to mount. Seeing the flashbacks to those days, the powerful imagery of it all, says a lot about what Turtle has experienced and reshapes views on him.
His life seems to be the most in turmoil at this point as it goes forward as just as he starts to figure out what he wants to do, assisting in being a cheap moneylender with plans to build a hotel in ten years with the money he can make. There is a sense of honor in the way the man he signs on to work with deals in his business, but you can't help but feel that Turtle is missing the bigger picture. Much the same can be said of Lilly when she discovers the truth about her officer boyfriend who did what many soldier across the world do when they leave an assignment in that they leave the woman there as well, wounded and hurt emotionally. It's all too much for Turtle based on what he's felt and gone through, on top of the striking memories of the bombing. While the direction he takes his life is no surprise, you can't help but wonder if this will be the one to end badly.
While Turtle has been instrumental in many of the stories from the start because of his street savvy ways, getting into his story at the end seems the most appropriate as he has the biggest ambitions. Being a key person in helping others achieve their dreams, it's time for him to suffer on the path to his as he watches what his friend Lilly is going through and the charade that was played for both of them. With the aches in his heart and those in his gut from the atomic bombing, Turtle is quickly turning into the most tragic of all the figures and at a time when he could most use someone like Sakuragi to lean on. Rainbow again excels with another strong, beautiful episode that deals with the reality of the situation without flinching. This continues to be one of the best shows of 2010.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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