Another absolutely masterful twenty-four minutes of coming-of-age drama and slice-of-life. Ohana tries to ingratiate herself with her grandma/manager and co-workers by being pro-active. This serves to show them she knows how to work; her useless mother saw to that. But constantly taking initiatives and surprising people is not always ideal in a business as complex as a bathhouse. It’s more about everyone being a part of a well-oiled machine, not acting independently.
Ohana doesn’t keep acting inconsiderate and spontaneous. She vows to change her behavior. But she’s not going to change who she is, and she isn’t going to allow Minko to keep telling her to die, nor Nako to keep being so shy and tight-lipped. These two girls are still not quite her friends, but with much effort, they’re getting there, slowly. I like how nothing, nothing comes easy for Ohana. That’s what makes it so realistic.
An especially great little moment occurs when she’s relaxing outside thinking about boys the very moment Tohru appears. Their non-flirtation in the van which almost gets them both killed, is kind of a wake-up call to Ohana. She can’t just do things her way. Thoughtful effort can be construed as thoughtless to others. Thus, one shouldn’t tell someone to “die” carelessly.
Finally, this episode is just as gorgeous as the first, if not moreso. Not only is the bathhouse itself an intricately-detailed, labyrinthine feast for the eyes, but the town and the skies above it – be it dawn, dusk, sunset or misty morning, are nothing short of breathtaking. The opening theme is really grating, but I don’t care. The show that follows is a home run. Rating: 4