Sakura Quest – Episodes 11 & 12

It’s fine to stay who you are. Regardless of what you think of yourself — be it a dragon, an unemployed “food fighter” or what ever — one of these days you’ll meet someone who you can see eye to eye. As long as you don’t shut yourself off in a cave, you’ll never miss the chance to meet different kinds of people.

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I’d like to think that a ‘normal’ person doesn’t exist. Every one of us has our own nuances, that’s for sure, and ostracizing someone just because they stand out is one of the biggest dumbfuckery this world can ever imagine. Riri thinks she’s a dragon and every one around her is a villager. Sandal-kun believes otherwise, and proceeds to depict Riri’s friends as an equally weird creature.

And we also have our ever charming Queen, Yoshino. For obvious reasons, she reminds me a bit of Akko — persistent to a fault, a jack of all trades, if you will. Sakura Quest is kinda putting people from different walks of life into the pedestal, hence its dualistic stories about work and life balance. We had a web designer trying to reassess her skills, an actress on a slump, an introvert, a native who can be a bit too passionate, and, well, a ‘normal’ girl who’s too familiar with the word failure.

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Why is this so funny

The gender norm looks to have been flipped in the world of Sakura Quest, and it’s due to this that Yoshino may be feeling marginalized. We hear a lot of these things concerning the work ethic of the salarymen — they’re what the middle-upper class Japanese work force consider as standard or ‘normal’. It’s expected for them to work long, hard hours everyday, often accompanied with minimal breathing room. Yoshino, so far, gives off a somewhat similar impression. She’s misunderstood as someone who doesn’t have an interesting characteristic evidenced by that insensitive comment by the director, and this aligns with the one-dimensional trait that’s associated with the definition of a salaryman.

Perhaps… it’s an allegory for us peeps who are so consumed with work to try and break free of our own shackles. Of course, that isn’t to say that I discourage working productively. I’m speaking as an outsider to the Japanese’s culture, but as someone who’s more or less been in that tedious work environment I can say that passion is nowhere near that, say, someone who’s driven by his/her personal goal employed by the company of his dreams. We see everyone, with the exclusion of Yoshino, have their own ‘dramatic’ backstory as to why they are giving their best shot, so what does our Queen gain from all of this?

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Short thoughts:

  • Yoshino hugging Riri was really cute. Yoshino may be childish but she certainly has that air of a big sister around her.
  • That twist with the stalker was uhh idk. They could’ve played around it a bit more. Right now I’m finding it difficult to ascertain what was the point of its inclusion other than for dramatic effect.
  • Hey, I guess that’s just how it is. Anyone can date whoever they want.
  • Holy crap that police dude who told Riri to f off struck a nerve.
  • Holy crap that director who told Yoshino that she’s uninteresting struck a nerve.
  • I’m sure there are office ladies but… for some reason the ‘work hard’ attitude of the Japanese seem to have a primal focus on men.
  • I’m going to say this again but Sakura Quest has a great command of its humour.

I do hate to do this but I may relegate Sakura Quest to my seasonal weekly post instead. It isn’t because I’m losing interest in the show, rather I may come to that point wherein I feel like I’ve already said what there is to say. Same case with 3-gatsu no Lion. Well, whatever. We’ll see!

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