At last, Ohana has confronted her feelings with Ko after he spent some time with Satsuki. At the same time, the employees of Kissuisou are not giving into Sui’s idea of shutting down the inn and taking things into their own hands.
Considering how oblivious Ohana was towards Ko’s confession, I’m pleased to announce that she finally took action. After listening to what he said, she simply covered his mouth and invites him to the festival. It was nice to see them on the same page as they realize that there is more to life outside of Tokyo and come to love the inn. While the relationship between them is strong, it still feels very undeveloped since we only seen them together for a short period of time. Even so, I don’t think this is a big issue because the story’s focus is on how the inn influenced Ohana’s way of life. Ultimately, this gave her the courage to admit and realize her feelings with Ko that she neglected.
Meanwhile, everyone becomes rebellious as they try to go against Sui’s decision. Everyone’s distraught about the whole idea, especially Minko who is unable to work elsewhere since she’s too young. It’s evident that the inn has grown into a family, especially after Ohana came along. From this, it’s easy to blame Sui because her reasons are selfish and she didn’t explain the exact details to anyone. Yet, she revealed it to Ohana and I respected her decision. Her rationale for shutting it down was never about money, but fulfilling her dream of running an inn. She felt that her dream was such a burden on her children that she wanted to set everyone free from it 1. Even so, she is causing a lot of tension by not telling the others. To add insult to injury, the staff essentially refuses to participate in the Bonbori Festival planning in protest. It has become apparent that they won’t give up and will fight to the end.
The Bonbori Festival has definitely hit the climax for the big finale. In return, it does bring back what the show does best… The girls having a confrontation while being naked in the bathroom! I don’t know why Okada finds this as a great idea as shown through previous incidents. Still, watching the girls get mad at Sui while she quickly washes and bathes herself was hilarious. Also, Minko and Tooru finding out that their aspiration came from one of Jiromaru’s manga also brought an unexpected reaction. Regardless of the hijinks, the battle to keep Kissuisou alive will be a difficult road ahead, but hopefully they manage to change Sui’s mind.
- Sui is simply saying this politely. In other words, she didn’t want to see her hard work get ruined by Enishi’s and Takako’s incompetent management. Also, she is probably doing this to move on with her deceased husband. ↩