Osozaki no Himawari: Eps 8-10 (Finale)
I WANT A SECOND SEASON OF OSOZAKI!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really enjoyed these last few episodes because we finally get to see the characters experiencing their lives in full bloom. We find that maybe having a life in ‘full bloom’ doesn’t mean success, marriage, or a steady job. Instead it’s more about having people that you care about, a sense of fulfillment and belonging, and the assurance that you’re doing your best to move forward even if it’s just one step at a time.
All of the 6 main character arcs are wrapped up quite nicely in the end. It’s an uplifting ending, but not too overly happy or cheesy. The main characters all get an emotional scene where they spill out their deepest darkest secrets, worries, and hopes for the future. Ayaka reveals that she can’t get over her former lover’s death, but because of her new friends, she’s able to move on. Haruna finally abandons her good-for-nothing married lover and decides to take control of her own life. Hiroki gets a happy ending with his alcoholic father and, thanks to Kahori, is motivated enough to advance his career. Sayori tries to reconcile with her husband, and puts her old feelings for Junichi aside. Oh, and my favorite Junichi lets go of his family shop, but also accepts a new direction in life.
I suppose you could say that these characters’ endings are more about them being able to let go of their past and move on towards the future. And of course, it’s all with the help of each other.
Kahori & Juntaro continue their bosom friends relationship. Really I think it would’ve been fine if they had just stayed besties because they have this sort of chemistry that makes them seem like platonic friends. Anyways both of them help each other to realize that they have to appreciate what they have now, but they also can’t give up on their goals in life. In the end, Kahori decides to pursue research in Tokyo rather than staying on as the hospital doctor in Shimanto. I was surprised by this decision because I really thought Kahori would stay in Shimanto and live happily ever after. But I suppose it’s more realistic since there’s no way everyone can stay in Shimanto forever.
Oh, and by the way, the very last scene is of Jotaro dorkily giving Kahori a sunflower and then planting a kiss on her. So I guess we can say that they are officially together. I’m glad that the drama didn’t dwell on their relationship, nor did it try to force in the usual romantic cliches. Instead it’s better to just show that they are off to a new start together and leave it at that.
Last but not least, our dear Jotaro begins to find the answers to the questions he’s been asking since episode 1. He decides to stay in Shimanto for good, and teams up with Junichi to become rice field farmers. (maybe it sounds like a bit of a stretch but..it doesn’t sound like it in the drama o_o) He also helps the rest of his friends cope with their past by encouraging them to look forward.
The ending was both satisfactory and sorta open-ended. I was seriously expecting a “5 years later” scene at the end but THERE WAS NONE!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHH. I don’t know if a second season would just drag it on too long, but the least they can do is GIVE US AN SP. I still feel this need to see what happens next. T___T
On a side note, most of the fans probably watched Osozaki for Ikuta Toma, but if you think about it, the cast itself is actually really strong. I especially enjoyed Kashii Yu and Kiritani Kenta’s acting aside from Toma’s. The supporting characters were all written well and all of their storylines were mixed in with every episode, which is much more interesting than having your usual episodic character arc. Everything came together at the end which made it a pleasure to watch.
My favorite characters in order: