Now, this is something I just CANNOT WAIT.
Can a parent really hate their own child? Is Maria really hated by her own father for her only action of childish plea in her meager years? The conclusion of the training arc will reveal the truth!
Maria was worried over the difficult challenge, as Kyoko was clearly a novice at acting. Lory said that applicants for the class always required an entrance test to qualify for acting classes, so this was killing two birds in one stone. It seemed that Lory was quietly anticipating a good act from Kyoko. It is clear that Maria liked Kyoko due to her evilness, and Maria was surprised at the blatant truth from Kyoko previously. We saw a flashback how Maria overheard a conversation that Kouki (her father) blamed Maria for Lina’s death (her mother). Lory told her that it’s not Maria’s fault for requesting Lina to come home for her birthday.
Kyoko was wondering how to do this. She wondered if she had the right to be acting due to her impure motives to learn acting. Even though her motives were impure, she really wanted to do well. Moko was worried because Kyoko had to use the older sister to convince the younger sister. It was different from the plot, and was hard because the older sister hated the younger sister. To relax, Kyoko decided to make a doll. After reading the script, Kyoko found a plan. Kyoko was going to act, but she was taunted. They said that she must be lucky to have a free ride and her parents must have loved her a lot.
The aura around Kyoko immediately changed. Lory realized that all great actresses would have a different aura when they were about to act. Maria wondered why Lory is still smiling, and he simply said that he was excited for Kyoko’s performance. The act started with people convincing the younger sister that it was not her fault. Maria remembered how people were trying to appease her when they were in fact blaming her behind her back. Kyoko started laughing and apologized for her laughter with an extremely malicious look.
Kyoko told Angela that she should know the answer. Kyoko told him that father is only human, and he would unconsciously deliberately say something terrible. Kyoko reminded the girl that even parents could hate their children. Moko realized she changed the script. Kyoko then affirmed to the girl that father hated her. Maria remembered how everyone did not want to hurt a pure child anymore, and she could not trust any adult because they were lying. Even Ren, who tried to rationalize that her father did not know how to talk to her. Due to the truthful words of Kyoko, Maria was touched and started crying. Maria said that she would no longer be hurt even if she was thrown with the truth.
After pressing on with Angela, Angela suddenly blurted out “LIAR”. Kyoko smiled and knew she was on the right track. Angela tried to convince Kyoko that father loved her through the actions he did for her. Kyoko dismissed them completely, only for Maria to step in when Kyoko said that her father’s mails were repetitive and fake. Kyoko managed to improvise brilliantly, stating that it was merely an act of cutting and pasting since his father did not care. Maria said that her father always sent two emails everyday, and sent it during his midnight hours. That took effort, but Kyoko said someone else might have sent it for him Maria eventually said that her father always remembered to write “I love you”.
Maria admitted that she just did not want to confirm that she was being hated. She feared replying, because she knew she would be hated by her father if she got no reply. Kyoko smiled and said that Maria finally found the answer for herself. Maria realized that the wall was constructed by her. After the acting test, Moko was pissed off because Kyoko had it all planned, and she was surprised at Kyoko’s ability. Lory drove the group back, and Kyoko had to pay by installments. It seemed that the class felt that Maria’s interruption invalidated their bet. Kyoko asked if Maria emailed her father, and Maria said she had no clue. Lory thought about it, and was impressed by Kyoko’s perfomance.
You know, I have forgotten just how bratty Maria was at the start of the show. However, it really showed that fear in children after a catastrophe. Children really know nothing about the world, and it really cast a very dark cloud on Maria’s psyche. Despite all her pranks, the truth is that she really just wanted to release all the painful memories she had. She knew that her father truly loved her a lot, and she just needed someone who is unpretentious about it. Kyoko proved once again that her frankness is perhaps the easiest way to a hurt soul’s heart.
I actually feel that the anime rendition of this episode feels more powerful than the manga. Yes, it seems like blasphemy and the constant flashbacks of what Maria felt previously gave it a heavier feel to the show. It makes sympathizing for Maria much easier because it is clear that the girl really just wanted someone to save her. I also feel that the flashback with Kouki blaming Maria for calling his wife back is a very powerful scene. It’s little wonder why Maria felt that way, even if the words were not meant seriously at all.
I really wonder whether parents can truly hate their own child. To Kyoko, she seems to agree that it is actually possible. I really wonder about her mother sometimes, and feel strange that she actually gave birth to a child that she gave little love to. That feels like a really irresponsible mother, and she should never have Kyoko if that is the treatment she is going to give. She seems to be a career woman of sorts, and may I be the first to say that she’s an absolute bitch for making Kyoko have such a scarred childhood. I am honestly wondering if she is really hating on Kyoko, or simply have a misguided love for perfection. We know too little of her sadly.
Also, sI did not have the chance to scream at the trainees in the class in the manga. However, we finally finish the episode on this arc, and I have the perfect chance to do so. I will now proclaim my rage against those incompetent actresses who dared to mock my Kyoko-sama. I am so glad that they are rendered speechless by the greatness of Kyoko, even though her acting itself seems to be influenced by the taunts of the actresses themselves. I bet the remainder about how “she is so loved by her parents” triggered that painful memory to resurface and energize her acting to a higher degree of excellence.
As a parting shot, do you think parents can truly hate their child?