It’s kind of all in the title with this week’s episode and while this was probably an obvious direction for the series, I’m still not happy with it… DAKAICHI is still my guilty pleasure watch of the season, but, this week’s episode has me on the fence…
This episode might be triggering, since it does involve a character being taken advantage of while incapacitated.
Distance makes the heart wander… Junta is away shooting on location for the new drama and Takato is starting work on a new play. Things get a little dicey when the lead actor, another up-and-comer, sets his sights on Takato. With Junta miles away, will his heart be swayed by this handsome stranger?
Title Cards: The character intros are back again and thank goodness, because I am terrible with names as it is, so knowing who everyone is up front is always a plus.
A Rival Appears: A new rival for Takato’s affections appears: Chihiro Ayagi! He debuted around the same time as Junta and he is not above sleeping his way to the top, but, when he sets his sights on Takato… it’s bound to be trouble.
Themes and Trivia
Jack of all trades, master of none: A jack of all trades is someone that excels at a wide range of tasks and/or activities. This is often used as a positive commentary on someone’s versatility, however the second half of the saying, which was added later, adds a negative connotation. Takato uses this when talking about Ayagi…
GOD DAMNIT! Another love rival situation! Did I mention that I absolutely positively HATE love triangles and love rivals?
I was so hoping they were going to introduce a new pairing kind of like what they did with Junjou Romantica, but, nope, the minute Junta is out of the picture another guy is already sniffing around Takato… it’s like he’s a man magnet. I knew Ayagi was gonna be trouble last week, but homeboy got Takato drunk and took him to his place so he could have his way with him…. SERIOUSLY?! Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t forget that Junta pretty much forced a physical relationship on Takato over the course of 3 episodes, and I am not saying that one is more excusable than the other, because they’re both wrong. But, the whole scene where Ayagi is stripping an unconscious Takato with the intent of taking advantage of him, just feels wrong. Again, I am still not giving Junta a free pass because he and Ayagi are in the same boat more or less, but at least Junta never incapacitated Takato so he could rape him…
Of course the episode ends on a cliffhanger, with Ayagi going in for the kill, and dammit, I want to see what happens next, because I need to know that Takato is okay! I like trashy BL as much as the next fan, but, this was not okay… NOPE!
While the husband’s away…
This season’s guilty pleasure is back with even more trashy cliche goodness to savor. I will admit that I’m all for a little drama every now and again, but, I’m not really a fan of love rivals, even at the best of times… Takato is in yet another compromising situation and we see that not everyone is as “pure” as Junta. What troubles await our poor incapacitated Takato? Will Ayagi really do the deed with him? Find out next week…
I’ll be back next week with another DAKAICHI review, but in the meantime, be sure to check out MANGA.TOKYO’s other amazing Fall 2018 reviews!!
NEXT TIME: Hug 6: Why am I at a hotel with him… Did we…There’s no way… Is there!?
DAKAICHI -I’m Being Harassed By The Sexiest Man Of The Year-
Anime Info | Fall 2018 | Simulcast