So what you’re saying is that he’s always been messed up. Didn’t take an entire episode of exposition to tell us that, lady.
Just when you think it’s time to get back to the plot, guess what? We totally aren’t! It looks like my prediction of the altercation between Rea and her father being the season finale was spot on; they’re just dragging things out as much as humanly possible. This is another part that wasn’t in the manga (at least, not during this arch of the story), but I have to admit, this was another bit of character exposition that I was glad to have.
Aria is a character who has always intrigued me; she’s a mean, bitter drunk, but I got the feeling that she wasn’t always like that. After hearing her story, I can’t exactly say I blame her after spending most of her life devoted to one man, who suddenly gets married to a fifteen year old girl he met by chance at a fencing tournament, and almost dies in his depression following her passing.
This almost paints Dan’ichirou has a sympathetic character. Setting aside the fact that he slept with and impregnated a fifteen year old, he obviously cared for her deeply, enough so that he went against the wishes of his family to be with her. And when she died shortly after Rea’s death, he didn’t know what to do with himself. However, considering how things went, I wish he hadn’t figured it out.
Despite being married to Dan’ichirou, Aria was never part of the family; all his attention always laid with Rea. Naturally, she ended up discovering the truth about the nature of his feelings towards his daughter, and this falls easily under the “love the child of the dead spouse as a replacement” trope. Aria is just as trapped as Rea is, only she’s turned to liquor to try and cope with her feelings of inadequacy and the fact that she’s married to an incestuous child molester.
This whole flashback helped paint Aria as another fly in the spider’s web, but I know I still felt a bit of resentment towards her. Rea didn’t know any better, but I still believe there was something she could have done to help her, even if that was just being a good mother figure when she could.
Furuya and Rea had very little involvement in this episode, and despite being about to pull my hair out for the continuation of the plot, I was kind of okay with that. If we were going to have another filler episode to drag the plot points out even more, we need to be removed from them and do something to help develop the conflict, which is Dan’ichirou doing anything in his power to get his daughter back. Certainly, we know have more insight into his motive and why he’s so desperate to get Rea back, but we didn’t really need it in the manga, so I don’t think we needed it here. I’m going to go against my usual trend, since I honestly was expecting a filler this week, and give the episode a relatively high rating; this was filler, but like last week, it was good filler.
GO Rating: 3.5/5
Aria has gotten good marks in my book this week, so have an absolutely adorable (and somewhat service-y) picture of her snuggling Babu.