Even with the hard effort Ohana puts into the inn, it’s not enough to stop the slanderous reviews that swept through all the inns in the Yunosagi Hot Springs. In order to make things right, she goes on a journey to fight against the person who wrote those reviews until she finds out the shocking truth.
Everything that happened in the past leading up to this episode resulted in the opposite. The praise seen from the customers in Episode 9 just doesn’t match up with the ridiculously poor reviews. When Ohana went back to Tokyo to find answers, I knew that Satsuki, Ohana’s mother was behind the libelous reviews and there are possible reasons why she did it. As mentioned several episodes back, she did not have a good relationship with Sui, her mother in the past since she was very irresponsible. Eventually, she disowned her. This action likely motivated Satsuki to write all these bad reviews of all the inns in the area in retaliation.
Another possibly on why she did it is that an upscale hotel company bribed the journalist company with money and favors. In return, they were to write bad and false reviews of all the inns around the area so they can unfairly take all the business away from its competitors. With the recent scandals involving the corporate world from the past few years, transparency has become very important quality to people. By having Satsuki write all these libelous reviews for all these inns, she is basically setting herself for trouble, which could get her fired, sued and/or damage the relationship with her family even further. Either way, she would rather take the risk instead of considering the moral consequences, which shows her irresponsible personality.
Besides the risk of being litigated for libel, Satsuki still refuses to admit that she is still a horrible mother. Throughout the years of raising her daughter, she simply refused to give the love and attention that Ohana needs. She simply shoved it aside and doesn’t care if it impacts her feelings. Satsuki’s mentality just troubles me since there is really no excuse as she could make arrangements with her employer for a day off to spend time with her daughter. The problem I see is that she is very self-centered and doesn’t care what her daughter thinks. She shows her selfishness with the refusal to grant her daughter’s wishes of visiting the Kissuisou Inn and write a faithful review, which damages their relationship even more. Despite this obstacle, Ohana is very determined and eventually her mother will give in after she realizes all the trouble she caused.
Besides Ohana’s adamant mother, another dilemma unfolds when she finds Ko with another girl. It’s obvious that Ohana still loves him even if they aren’t together, but there is another part of her that questions her love to him. We know that Ko still loves her when he turns down another girl who confessed to him. With this realization, Ohana soon realizes that she did the same thing to him by not giving him a proper answer when he confessed to her before leaving. On the other hand, if she takes him away, then she would feel guilty for the girl who confessed to him, which makes it more complicated. I can’t blame her since experiencing teenage romance is a difficult feeling, as they don’t fully understand the true meaning of love.
At this point, Ohana doesn’t know how to deal with her feelings, which puts her at a big loss. Her feelings for Ko is simply not the same anymore and Satsuki resents the fact that she has to confront her mother again. This is some kind of situation that Ohana will eventually overcome as she is an emotionally strong girl. With some support from Tooru and Minko, hopefully things will get better, even if it’s an uphill battle to resolve the conflicts with the worst mother in the world and her crush. ¶