Wakana is readjusting nicely to her new leadership and mentor role in the choir club, but Sawa’s determination to achieve her dreams leads her to foolishness. I had hoped that Sawa would have had a more solid plan on reaching her goals but it seems that she really did not think this one completely through. Truth be told, she would probably eat through her savings long before she saw the race track and her dad does have a point. Sawa needs to have a real job in order to pursue her dream and to be honest unless she starts shortening her limbs she should look at being a park ranger or into mounted police. The cruelty of it is that jockeys are of a specific body type and Sawa’s flirtation with anorexia and bulimia are reflective of known occurrences in reality where there is immense pressure to maintain low weight.
Taichi wasn’t wrong, though his diction should have been better, in that Sawa was healthy and in good physical condition. Konatsu might be way off the mark but Koantsu and Wakana were right to be worried about Sawa. Sawa’s dad and Shiho aren’t trying to deny Sawa’s love of riding, but horse racing is probably as dangerous a sport as motor racing if not more so given how horses can be temperamental. Where a race car can have numerous safety features, a horse will always be a horse and the risk of falling and being trampled has been well documented. I give credit to Sawa for having a dream but in all honesty she should at least get a compromise job or be realistic about her chances to win a triple crown. Sawa going to such extremes proves to me that she is not ready to be a jockey, and to me she really is not fit to be one if she is willing to go to such dangerous lengths to win.
Thankfully that nasty fall that Sawa took did not result in any visibly permanent injuries. I hope her dangerous diet and subsequent accident will temper Sawa’s aspirations. I don’t want Sawa to give up riding, but she needs to reflect on the dangers of horse racing and take a long look at her contingency plans.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom though as Taichi ended up on the receiving end for a lot of scorn. Wein as usual falls victim to another tall tale. Sadly the Takamura’s Choir Club seems to have gotten a few delusions of grandeur… For one they are not in direct competition, and while they confess to be working hard given the cowardly insult they seem to be hardly working. Sawa is a better person than me; I would have knocked the wind out of the bitch, run their club president out of the building, and burned down their club room. Konatsu’s romance radar needs a bit or recalibration but it was amusing to see how she would respond, though I think we all know who Sawa really wants to have a night that goes on forever and ever with.
Wakana is being a bit more of a brat even if she is has become a much better friend as of late. Hopefully Wakana and Wein will find some goal to aim for after graduation. Wakana will finish her mother’s song, but she is right to wonder what she will be doing afterwards. Wein, however, can’t be on the wrong end of jokes for the rest of his life unless he wants to be the straight man in a manzai comedy. Both of them have passions but like Sawa they will have to figure out how to make a profit out of it. I am sure that Konatsu will come against that question later, but it is surprising that of all of them Taichi seems to have his college plans in order and all his ducks in a row.
I like how this show seems to have no perfect characters and it seems that much of the story will be driven by their growing pains. So far nothing has been overly dramatic and they have avoided the wangst for the most part. I hope that Sawa can reconcile with her parents as well as reconcile her dreams after that accident. Failure builds character, quitting stunts it.