3-gatsu no Lion Season 2 – Episodes 9 & 10

A fresh breeze of air swept past my cheeks. I held the oxygen deep in my lungs as it brought color to my face. Is it finally over? Is the rain gone? Has the wind died down? It feels like it is, and at the same time, it’s not.

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It feels like it is, and at the same time, it’s not, because the last thing you want to do is to keep your guards down with 3-gatsu no Lion — a matter of anticipating when it will punch you in the gut or when it will pat you on the back. This anime gives me the feeling like I’m always teetering on a tightrope, and a simple misstep would send me down to a bottomless ravine of melancholy. Not that the idea is as scary as it suggests because knowing 3-gatsu, there’s always a comfy, warm, welcoming cushion towards where I’m falling. Or maybe it’s more akin to having someone take your hand, steady your footing, and guide you towards the end of the tightrope.

Despite how much they rinse and repeat the same formula of bringing you to your tears, or of bringing a smile to your face, it always ends up becoming rewarding rather than exhausting, which, ironically, sounds like an illusion to what Akari mentioned about the “irresistible” cycle of sweet and salty. It’s an undulated rise and flow of contrasting emotions. True, the recent arc was evidently an emotionally tiring one even for some, and I wasn’t far off from taking a break similar to how close Junkei was about to throw in the towel.

If anything, behind our hardships is something very significant — it isn’t meaningless, to say the least. Significant in a way that you don’t have to achieve something tangible to be able to describe it as significant. Our efforts may not bear fruit in an instant, but we really need not look any further to know what we have accomplished. You do your best, stick to what you think is right, practice an hour or more than your rival, and the rest will naturally unfold throughout the course of time. Advancing to the next rank, winning a title, becoming a Meijin… I think a goal is something like a carrot dangling in front of a draft horse. All the while the horse is struggling to take a bite of the carrot, it didn’t realize how far it has traveled. It’s something that fondly tugged at my memories after mulling about Honey & Clover with its main character occasionally bringing up the question of how far he can go with his bike without turning back, redolent of the clear-cut determination found within 3-gatsu‘s characters.

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Akari almost thought of regretting her decision of how she brought Hina up to be a kindhearted person until Rei told her otherwise. On the other hand, Hina did what she felt was the right thing to do, and even if she wasn’t able to save Chiho, she, at the very least, was able to indirectly bring salvation to Rei. Nikaido considers Rei as his rival — the fuel to his fire, the carrot in front of him — yet the latter was also able to draw forth the fortitude from his friend’s effort to persevere and win. It’s as if the dynamic between their relationship act as a rein, both in the purpose of pushing someone to overexert himself, and to keep someone from overexerting himself. They’re implicitly tied together by a thread, connected through the chinks and cracks of their weaknesses, limitations, anxieties. They sorta remind me of — somewhat fittingly — shogi or chess pieces, where one piece makes up for the shortcomings of another and so on, like steel tempered into a sturdy chain mail. As the saying goes: no one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others.

And I feel like that analogy is rightfully so, considering that I’m pretty sure even Souya, with a one shogi piece handicap, would still lose to the likes of Hina. Whoever said that 3-gatsu is more about people than shogi, and whoever said that a piece of paper bearing nothing but a record of a shogi match reads like an adventure novel, they both nailed it. Maybe we’re just not aware of it, but perhaps our life in itself is transpiring in a shogi match. Myself as the king, my friends as the knights, my colleagues as the pawns… surely, the best way to overcome whatever lemon life throws at us is when we know that we’re not alone in our battles. Heck, even Junkei looks at his pigeon the way Rei looks at Hina.

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Short thoughts:

  • How can you top hair down Hina? Hair down Hina with glasses. HHNNNGGG
  • Junkei is a nice guy. I kinda hated it that people were hating on him from the last episode without hearing first what he has to say.
  • Man, no normal man is going to come out unscathed from that arc.
  • No, I just thought of making a separate post for 3-gatsu because of how long the write-up has become. I may include it again in my weekly posts but that depends.
  • There’s this twitter user that posts pictures of pigeons like they’re from an early 2000s’ boy band front cover album. I don’t know. Maybe that was Junkei.
  • The Kawamoto sisters gushing over food never ever gets old.
  • Like c’mon. I know Junkei looks like someone who has connections to the Yakuza, but pigeons? Really?

 

2 Replies to “3-gatsu no Lion Season 2 – Episodes 9 & 10”

    1. Yup! I particularly love their defense on why they were able to eat so much. I’ve been to a couple of buffets too and thinking about it I probably did the same thing unconsciously. Like, chowing down egg rolls and buttered toasts, and then taking a bite of spicy spanish-style sardines — it was an endless loop until I gobbled up whatever new dish I can get my hands into.

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