3-gatsu no Lion – Episode 11

Yup. Just what I needed for Christmas.

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A rather straightforward episode this week, and I can’t say anything more other than 3-gatsu does indeed have the makings of a great kuuki kei/iyashikei anime. Maybe that’s just me reminiscing about Aria after hearing the strings coupled with a backdrop of the sound of the water, but I guess these comfty instances differ from Aria and its ilk in a way that they act more like a cusion — sorta like that smile on your face when you smell your mom’s cooking wafting through the bedroom, despite knowing that it’s going to taste awful (and no, mom. Your cooking is a 5 star).

It isn’t exactly healing per se, because most of the time — and to reiterate — I needed to pry open a wound or two to be able to resonate with the show, whereas Aria does all the work with the fluffy no-depressing moments allowed presentation. 3-gatsu, on the other hand, specifically deals with that of the hardships of someone whom, I presume, most of us can immediately connect with depending on what context you bring to the show. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m sure there were moments wherein you thought to your self that Ah, that reminds me of this and that etc., etc., and those introspection and melancholia is exactly what makes these warm moments more effective than that of Aria‘s somewhat heavily saturated soothing atmosphere.

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Or maybe it’s just that simply desire in us to cheer on someone we see who is having a hard time, or someone who is just realizing that he isn’t alone. Rei is definitely living a fucked up life until he met the Kawamoto family, yet the spectre of his past still haunts him from time to time. We’re able to hear what runs inside his head; we’re able to tell whether he’s in a good mood or not; we’re able to see him at his most vulnerable state. Regardless, it’s impossible for us to be able to tell Rei what to do — specially in my position wherein I’ve somewhat been in his shoes before — to tell him that it’s okay, tell him that he isn’t alone, to give him a big embrace… but yeah, we’re as much as a spectator to his story, as with how he feels like he doesn’t have control with his life’s fuckupedry. Which is why seeing the Kawamoto family literally bring color to Rei’s life fills me with vicarious fulfillment — that at least in one way or another, Rei finds comfort and peace even with the absence of our indulgence.

  • Short thoughts:
    I’m actually glad we got this New Years episode for Christmas instead of the last one. Maybe that’s what the one week delay was for.
  • I would love to include more personal stuff in connection to Rei but nah. I’ll do that when I can’t think of anything to write.
  • Love how they used the kites as an eye-catch to depict progression/time passing by.
  • Pillow shows are lovely, don’t you think? I’m not sure if I remember right but there’s a pillow shot of a water heater and a signboard from this episode. Contrasting last week’s, huh?
  • I’m sure that when it’s time for the Kawamoto family’s Onion Cutting segment, I’m going to get floored. I could almost feel the tension building from Akari.
  • I… started tearing up a little every time Rei remembers his sister.
  • Fun fact: we call those New Year’s money (or so what the auntie said) ang pao/hongbao. They’re mostly red envelopes here. Never thought the Japanese has their own red envelopes tradition.
  • Cats going ‘Nani? Nani? Nani???’ is so on-point. Now imagine 20 cats doing the same thing like some sort of an orchestra.
  • One thing I’m most afraid of when I get a fever is having a dream. Like I’m sure every time I got sick, all the dreams that I had is just everything swirling and swirling and falling endlessly.
  • Fun fact: I celebrate New Years more than that of Christmas.
  • Love how for the first time ever the moon looks serene and beautiful.

I honestly wouldn’t mind watching just the feel-good stuff but… hey, that’s life: there are ups and downs. Anyways, I’ll see you folks next week on New Years!

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