Natsuyuki Rendezvous 10
Oh man. This penultimate episode.
FIrst off, fairy tale Rokka was actually Atsushi’s subconsciousness – the part that knows he has to let go. The line that really got me was, “Tragedy becomes a beautiful, foolish young man.”
The highlights of this episode for me were the confrontations between Hazuki and Atsushi. The dialogue was amazing. Of course the most satisfying part came at the end when Rokka sucked it up and finally fucking asked Atsushi about the whole situation and what happened to her part timer. Atsushi better grow some balls and tell her everything otherwise I’m going to punch someone in the face.
Natsuyuki Rendezvous has always reminded me of a musical called Next to Normal. But instead of coping with the death of her husband, the protagonist is still struggling with the death of her son after seventeen years, and even after she had a ‘replacement’ daughter. Okay, so there’s no body switching, but the theme of dealing with a deceased loved one and moving on is just so similar.
I wonder what would’ve happened of Rokka just went to therapy for a while. And like NtN’s Diana, Rokka never truly saw the wonderful person she had in front of her. (Natalie for Diana, Hazuki for Rokka.) So what I’m hoping for the finale is that Rokka finally realizes that she has to let the past be the past and completely accept that. I have a feeling that she’ll still refuse Hazuki, but as long as Atsushi also stops clinging to life, I’ll will be satisfied.