Woman: Ep 3
If I had to choose a motto or a tagline for Woman I guess it would be that everything is not what it seems to be. There is always something more to the story, a darker side to a person, or a secret that someone is hiding from everyone else. In this episode we find out that Shin’s death is not what we thought it was and also that Koharu’s dad was not what she remembers him as.
I really love the scene when Koharu opens up to Yuki about the circumstances surrounding Shin’s death. I thought Yuki was an insignificant side character, but this scene made me realize that she is actually very important to Koharu because she is perhaps Koharu’s only friend and confidant. In the previous episodes, the two of them were mutual acquaintances but not close enough to talk about really personal issues. Remember in ep2 that Koharu was careful not to drink and not to talk about her troubles. But in ep3, she finally tells Yuki everything about Shin. I got the feeling that maybe this is the first time she is candidly talking to someone about Shin’s death. Anyways it turns out that Shin might’ve been a molester and that he might’ve been pushed onto the train tracks by a mysterious high school girl. But aside from that, no one knows what really happened. I love the word that Koharu uses to describe his death–“vague”. I find this word so fitting for it because that is exactly what Shin’s death has been since episode 1–vague. I also find it interesting that Koharu is satisfied with leaving Shin’s death as a vague mystery. She doesn’t want to know the details, she doesn’t want to find who might’ve pushed him onto the tracks. She has pushed it into the back of her mind because her sole priority is being a good mother to Nozomi and Riku. Ironically though, I bet Koharu will end up discovering the truth about Shin’s death even if she doesn’t want to.
I also wonder how Yuki’s husband died and how she coped with his death. And although she has remarried, has she ever gotten over her first husband’s death?
This episode really hit me in the gut. It affected me so much that, just by looking at the screencaps and making the collages for this post, I started sniffling and tearing up. Omg. I’m not a super emotional person when it comes to dramas but I seriously felt a pain in my heart just by remembering this episode.
That being said, Woman is really gut-wrenching but there are plenty of happy moments too. I laughed out loud many times in this episode because of Koharu’s step-dad, Kentaro. He is such a hilarious and lively character, haha! My first impression of Kentaro was that he was lazy (Koharu’s mom, Sachi, is the bread-winner of the family) and friendly, but also kinda oblivious. But my first impression of him has changed because it’s thanks to him that Sachi and Koharu can finally get one step closer to reconciliation. Although it could be said that Kentaro broke up Koharu’s family, he is actually the one who is trying to play the mediator so that mother and daughter can reunite. I think most of Koharu’s resentment is directed towards her mother and not towards Kentaro, but even if she tried to hate him I don’t think she could.
I love the look of reservation mixed with acceptance on Koharu’s face whenever she’s with Kentaro. She views him as the ‘other man’ who came in between her dad and Sachi, but she also knows that he means a lot to the kids. Eventually her look of hurt and reservation changes to a full-on SMILE when she finally lets the kids have a play-date with Kentaro. Bless Kentaro’s heart!
Uhhh I don’t even know how to describe this scene, but yeah, Koharu and her mom have another lengthy and charged confrontation. Again we see that things aren’t what Koharu thought they were–she had always blamed her mom for leaving her dad, but it turns out that her parents were in an abusive relationship. Omg, I love the cathartic ending when Koharu thanks her mom for the dinner, while her mom just silently sits at the table with her back turned to Koharu. But we can see that something has changed in Sachi, some weight has been lifted off of her shoulders.
I also wonder though, why did Sachi hide this from Koharu? Was she scared to shatter Koharu’s ideal image of her father?
Saori’s character is still very mysterious but there are hints that she is much darker than I initially thought. She has this almost morbid fascination with Shin’s death and his molestation charges….which makes me wonder…is she the one who pushed Shin to his death? I also get the feeling that Sachi knows of Saori’s darker side which is why she is so protective and adamant that Saori does not have any connection with the Aoyagi family.
All I can say is that this episode is a must-watch, for sure! I can’t wait for ep4!