Sawa recovers physically from getting thrown off her horse, but she desperately needed an attitude adjustment. Thankfully Wakana was able to salvage one in a single episode, but I also have to credit Sawa’s dad for condemning a stuffy admissions officer to the Buddhist hells. I think that there are times that we react to situations much in the way Sawa did. Her frustration was understandable and she has every right to be angry when she isn’t even given a shot. Nevertheless her lashing out at her friends was uncalled for though the verbal thrashing she gave to the School Choir was rather satisfying. Wakana had the right of it though Konatsu, Taichi, Wein, and Wakana did not say anything wrong. Sawa’s dream had taken on a darker tone and she really needed to step back for a second and figure out what was important.
It’s important to draw the distinction between stepping back and quitting, quitting is when you don’t look for alternative methods to achieve your goals. Stepping back on the other hand means you get the chance to look over the situation and hopefully think clearly and objectively at how to achieve your goals or if you goals need to be amended. Sawa wasn’t going to get a shot even if she underwent prolonged starvation, I think she knew it deep down but give her credit though she never gave up even if her tenacity soured into foolishness. It will be difficult to find a back-up plan but part of growing up is having more goals and ongoing objectives. In that regard Sawa was acting like a child, she wanted it so badly that she threw tantrums when she got frustrated. I hope that Sawa will consider other jobs that will help her keep riding since there isn’t much in the way of horses that pays handsomely. Perhaps Sawa could become a veterinarian since they are usually in high demand given how few there are relative to doctors.
As much as we would like to believe that we can be anything that we want to be, the hard reality of it is that somethings are just beyond the possible. Part of growing up means taking a look at your dreams and deciding which of them are still within reach. Time and money are finite resources and often our health and personal circumstances will limit some options while opening up others. In Sawa’s case her build prevented her from getting a straight shot at her goal though there are alternative methods to getting to where she wants to be. Her father isn’t wrong as she will need money to keep riding. Should Sawa have enough ambition and determination she could buy her own thoroughbred and start breeding and training her own race horses. That way she can ride them herself and give those small jockeys what for and bypass all the naysayers who said she could not.
Konatsu took her mildly off hunch to a new level and while for the most part Konatsu was correct about the highs and lows of love. I am going to count this as a confession even if it caught Sawa completely off guard. I think Sawa had already made her feelings clear but Konatsu made it official, good thing Sawa is more than willing to reciprocate her feelings. It’s nice to see that Konatsu cares that much about Sawa’s heart.
Wakana was on fire this time, not only does she salvage Sawa but she also had a brilliant delaying action to her credit as well. Wein seems to be a go big or go home kind of guy and while pulling the fire alarm would have caused plenty of time consuming mayhem; it would have endangered public safety and a hefty fine. Wakana has come a long way from that cold classmate at series start. I commend her for taking her mother’s death in stride even if it comes a bit belatedly.
Wein seems to be the focus of the next arc and from what we have seen it is likely that the holder of Red is terminally ill or suffers from a serious disease. Wein is still writing letters to a friend and his sentai toys appear to be the secondary connection for him. I can see why Wein thought pulling the fire alarm was a good idea as he could probably afford it. Still it was for the better that his big time gambit got nipped in the bud. It will be interesting to see what kind of growing pains Wein is going to have given his relatively happy temperament. Still he is capable of being snarky as he is not afraid to undercut Taichi when Wakana enters the picture.