AND BOYS PERFORMED TOKEI JIKAKE AT ARAFES
MY LIFE IS COMPLETE
Thoughts on the RMPW finale.
1. I DETESTED the way they resolved the Asahina storyline.
It's that easy to regain lost trust, drama? SERIOUSLY?
And ugh they reduced Asahina's motivations to whiny Natsui-induced attention-seeking.
(Come on, this is a grown and obviously highly-intelligent man - give him more credit.
The long-stewing jealousy angle [weren't they playing this all along?]
would have been far more believable/impactful.)
The way Shun acted during that whole jail visit scene was also kind of OOC,
one of the very few moments his acting in this series didn't quite hit the spot for me.
2. I am going to CUT the next scriptwriter who slots in an airport chase scene.
(Or, in fact, anyone who pulls the tired she's-/he's-moving-to-another-country nonsense.)
Though this particular scriptwriter is forgiven
purely because I loved the bit in which Natsui thinks Hyuga's shouting at her from the phone.
(And how it was mirrored - intentionally, hopefully? - in the last scene,
when he thinks her voice is issuing forth from the computer. So qttt <3)
3. I love the tangent Hyuga's growth takes throughout this series -
that he learns that people are at the heart of whatever we do,
be it interface design, or running a business,
or being in a partnership
(which is part of why I found the pat resolution to the Asahina conflict such a letdown).
And that he learns this - at least partly - from Natsui.
(And the way they showcased this in the last ep?
When he could accurately name all the Next Innovation employees AND remember Yasuoka's birthday?
Dying from the cute.)
And I love how this lesson is integrated with other parts of the show,
e.g. Hyuga's reference in this last ep to how technology helps to reduce distance between the two of them,
and how the whole setup of the Personal File Project arises from his search for his mom.
It's nice that the best consequences Hyuga encounters
arise from the moments in which he follows his heart
(e.g. the hiring of Natsui, the investment in Sakaguchi's work).
4. I know I've said this a thousand times before,
but I adored the HyugaXNatsui interactions.
These two were so rootable-for and infectious and WARM
that even their push-pull/I-won't-say-what-I-mean arguments were heartwrenchingly-wonderful to watch.
Satomi and Shun were AMAZING;
I don't think I've seen Shun in a role that fit him more, really.
That last scene, in which the two see each other again and grin+hug?
So much lovelier than it had any reason to be. <3
(It's interesting that there were moments there that reminded me of Jun's acting?
Hmmm idek lol.)