The first time since Episode 5, things get a bit serious as the sudden surge of customers pour into the inn with Takako making the situation even worse with a stream of bad ideas.
From Episode 6, we know that business at the Kissuisou Inn as been at a decline for a long time now. The problem is, there is no easy solution because the staff is relatively small along with other things. Since Nako and Tooru are on break for the day, it created an immense amount of stress for Ohana’s grandmother, which eventually caused her to collapse. Oddly enough, she does not want Ohana to call the ambulance, which tells us something. While most people will be concerned about their loved one’s health, she is so dedicated to her job that anything that would bring attention to the customers would negatively impact the inn. Even so, Ohana seems to share a great concern about her grandmother even if she strict since she is the only one that cared for her.
To make matters worse, Takako is called into the inn to take advantage of the surge of customers. If you can recall, she issued a challenge for Ohana and Nako to dress in more revealing outfits to attract more customers, but it caused more trouble than it needed to. Now, she wants to prioritize the suspected undercover reporters to get better results at the suspense of regular customers. The problem with her suggestion is that the customers are going to notice and it’s going to backfire. To me, Takako is the antagonistic business consultant who brings a stream of horrible ideas to bring down the Kissuisou Inn so the rival inn can weep the rewards. While she is not a moron, I feel that she is comparable to Wheatley from Portal 2, but a lot more annoying and humorless. Seriously though, I hate this woman and she needs to go.
On the other hand, Ohana was very assertive in this stressful situation and knew that the inn needs to uphold its traditions no matter what. She knows this because of her grandmother’s notebook she looked through that detailed all the customer’s accommodations. This notebook has convinced her to kick her from controlling the operations. Ohana knew that if everyone used Takako’s ideas, things were bound to get worse. Also, Ohana gone out of her way to try and get Nako and Tooru who is at someone’s wedding. Even if she was naïve, her grandmother’s philosophies are beginning to rub onto her. Therefore, I commend her on racing down to the city to find him for the sake of the inn, even if it’s a wedding party.
After watching this episode, I guess the defense of “its gets better, I swear” I have been using to defend the lighthearted episodes has finally paid off. While some comedy is necessary to keep the story from being too serious, I thought this episode had a nice blend of lighthearted comedy and serious drama. For instance, Ohana imagining her grandmother being so happy right before the drama kicked in. To make matters worse, Kou decided to come and visit her. I can’t imagine how this is going to end since Tooru also has an interest for her too. Either way, the episode leaves us on the thread on what happens at the inn next, so it’s going another long week ahead.