This episode of After the Rain is one of those that doesn’t seem too important and like nothing much happens, but it is preparing a lot for the last four episodes and also gives Tencho some time to fix the things he ‘messed up’ in episode 7. If you have read the manga, you see the significant little points, so I highly recommend reading the manga to fully enjoy this episode! However, I won’t be talking about anything that contains spoilers, so you can read this review without worries.
Japanese Title: 静雨 (Seiu)
Episode 8 – Quiet Rain
It’s the usual working day, just that Tencho keeps stressing that he and Akira are friends. He does all kinds of things for her, until Yoshizawa catches up and also wants to be friends with Tencho, but Tnecho is only telling him off because his hair is too long. Thankfully, Yui offers to cut his bangs for him to save him from being fired. Yui also has a good heart-to-heart talk about being in love and bond over their one-sided feelings. In the meantime, Akira’s friend also learns more about Akira’s feelings after her injury by a fellow sports-friend and can rejoice when Akira invites her to go to a summer festival with her. It is the one Tencho has been going on and on about at work…
Tencho must be face-palming so hard before he goes to bed, remembering the hug. Akira remembers his touch very sensually, if you ask me, but he is just trying to make his sudden weakness seem like it is totally fine, because they are ‘just friends’. It’s a little ironic how that only rides him in deeper and gives Akira more and more hope. The moment when Yoshizawa wanted to also be his friend was cute, though. How he had these double standards and said he didn’t really want to be friends with his employees… I guess it was fine for Akira, since he hopes like that she will give up on liking him and instead be his friend and not make any more problems… Sorry Tencho, but sometimes you can so naive! Can’t wait to see the problems of this unfold.
So far, Akira has only had Haruka as a friend and while she does talk a lot with Yui because they are together at work, I never really thought they were particularly good friends. But then they had this cute girl’s talk and I was so happy for Akira. She has a female friend she can open up to, who is going through a similar problem. The guy Yui likes might not be as old as Tencho, but he is similar when it comes to feelings and stuff. Seems a bit dense and naive. Which actually is why I like him so much!
Explaining Akira’s Feelings
The way this story deals with telling the viewers how Akira feels without having her say it herself is amazing! Since Akira is just such a quiet person, we get to read all her emotions through other things. Like always we get to read a lot from her eyes and feet, but this time there is another person telling us what Akira goes through, since her feelings are more complex. It’s all about her running history and having an injury. The guy talking about Akira’s feelings and thoughts actually is someone who doesn’t know her well, a member of the soccer club who also had an injury and had to quit the club. I think that’s why they thought it is appropriate to let him explain how Akira feels like she lost something and is still hurting too much to confront her loss or try to come back and face all the pressure people will put on the former star of the team. It helps Haruka so much, so I was happy someone explained to her. Also, he seemed like he wanted to flirt with her so baldy and she kept blocking, or was that just me? I loved the scene for that reason.
There it is, a summer festival! I have been waiting for this so long, I am really excited about this scene! There can’t be an anime set during the summer without a proper festival. It was just a brief moment, but I like that Akira invited Haruka to come with her and not Tencho. She looked so happy and stunned when she saw Akira in her Yukata (which is totally understandable, because Akira is such a beauty!). I am really excited for the next episode!!
Literature and Youth
Tencho also had some great moments. The first one was when he helped Akira with her Literature homework. It was so cute how he got to talk about something he loves with her and through that, they get so much closer. Well, that is until he notices her scribbles of ‘Akira + Tencho!’ and throws the book in the air. Why is he so adorable?
Then he also notices her pimple, and he thinks about how he is too old to even get a pimple. (Uhm, can I have Tencho’s skin, please? I don’t think I will ever be too old for those…) With his thoughts like that, I thought it was really cute how at the end he actually had a pimple. It gave me so much hope for him, because I really hope he will find some happiness, as it seems he is really depressed about his age and life right now.
Hair at Work/School
Yoshizawa has to cut his bangs or he gets fired… Let’s talk about that for a bit. Some might know, some might not, so I wanted to address this. For some jobs, you have to have a certain haircut. There are workplaces that tell their employees how long their hair can be (for boy’s it has to be over the ears or can’t be over the ears etc.) and some are very strict when it comes to the color as well. Schools normally don’t allow other colors than black, which was fine maybe 100 years ago but recently there have been problems with mixed children or foreign children being born with brown hair and having to color their hair, if they can’t get it approved by the school as being ‘natural’. Just recently, there was an issue with someone suffering from coloring her hair too much for school because the school would kick the student out if she didn’t color it black. She ended up suing the school, because she had such a bad reaction to the repeated coloring, since she had to do it every few weeks so her brown hair wouldn’t show at the top. It is something Japan really should change. Also rules like „Girls have to wear make-up“. There are companies that have it in their rules that if you have to do with a customer, you have to wear make-up. It doesn’t say look decent and nice, it just says ‘Girls have to wear make-up’. I won’t talk about how I feel about that here, but feel free to form your own opinion about that.
This will be very brief, since they talked about the story in the anime enough. Ryunosuke Akutagawa is a very famous writer from Japan. Rashomon was written in 1915 and is a short story. The story is also somehow a bit about moral issues. Would you rather die and die a good person or would you rather steal something to survive? In Western countries the issue probably would be to either go to heaven or steal and risk going to hell. Here it is not, it is simply about being a good person or not. Even though the main character decides to go and die, he is swayed at the end by someone else doing bad things, because they say the dead person they are stealing hair from was a bad person, so they can take their hair to survive. This makes the main character steal from the person stealing hair, since they are doing something bad… It’s a lot along the lines of the karma concept. Do something bad, something bad comes to you in return. There are three endings available and if you are really curious about the details, you can read the short story here.
Expectations for the next episode
I don’t want to say too much, because this is the moment I have been waiting for so long! The festival! I really think there is going to be happening a lot next episode, so I just hope that it will be like the manga and be a magical episode. There are only four episodes left, so things should start wrapping up soon, if they want to give us a satisfying ending!