Like I said in last week’s review, we’re finally entering the series’s final arc, and what better way to kick things off than with a reflective Takato?! It only took… nine episodes, but progress is progress… This was a surprisingly sweet episode, courtesy of Takato of all people. He’s getting pretty soft in his old age…
With the premiere of his new stage play, Red Leaf Ogre, coming up, Takato finds himself remembering the first time he and Junta met. Coupled with his self-imposed ban on touching, Takato starts to realize just how much of an impact Junta has had on his life.
Giving him the once over: In Episode 7 we saw the first meeting between Takato and Junta from the latter’s perspective. Τhis week we are treated to Takato’s POV of that meeting. He’s much more critical of Junta than he originally let on, sizing him up in a scene reminiscent of one of those special ops spy flicks, with its grid line filter and Takato’s cool and detached commentary.
How We Met – B side: This week’s gives us Takato’s perspective of the events from the extended flashback episode, ‘Can I Keep Liking You?’ and he was much more affected by Junta than he let on.
Themes and Trivia
Prosciutto: Takato receives wine as a gift for helping out with a commercial shoot in Hawaii in last week’s episode, so he offers to share it with Junta over some prosciutto. Prosciutto is a thinly sliced Italian cured ham.
Giving it your all: Takato has said that there are two types of actors; those that act from instinct and those that act on skill alone. Junta is one of those instinct driven actors while Takato is much more by the book and calculated in his performances. Neither technique is better than the other since both actors tend to elicit the same response from the audience. However, in this week’s episode, we see Takato acting with more heart than he has in his previous performances and it’s starting to take a toll on his body.
Everything is going well for our two main leads. Takato is starring in a new stage play and Junta’s new drama is a hit, and they’ve finally gotten their stride as a couple. Nothing could go wrong… right?! Everything is just too perfect right now, so it’s obvious that the other shoe is about to drop.
Buuut, even I can admit that any episode that has a vulnerable Takato in it is A-OK in my book. Usually, he is a super tsun-bun, so it was nice to see him actually admitting that he has grown as a person and an actor through his relationship with Junta. I loved seeing the events of Episode 7 from his perspective since he is usually quick to deny feeling any genuine human emotion. Then there were the flashback scenes with his grandmother. They were brief, but, you could really get a sense of just how much she meant to Takato and how much she influenced who he is as an actor.
The best part of the episode for me had to be the actual stage performance since it kind of brought together all of Takato’s growth over the course of the series. He isn’t the same actor he was before he started dating Junta and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Before he was pretty by the book, working on talent alone, but now he’s actually fired up and giving each and every performance his all.
You Light My Fire
Episode 9, …You Two Are Close, highlighted just how much being with Junta has changed Takato. He’s grown not just as an actor but as a person, and the results speak for themselves. This week’s episode is where Takato really shines and is a must watch if you were waiting to see the actor really dig deep and give it his all!
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 10: We’re Breaking Up, Chunta
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Anime Info | Fall 2018 | Simulcast