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วันพฤหัสบดีที่ 9 เมษายน พ.ศ. 2558

Second Love – Being A Jerk, Kame Style


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The honeymoon phase between Yui and Kei ends only surprisingly, the problem doesn’t appear to be from an outside source, it’s our OTP themselves. Kei becomes absorbed in his new career while Yui is left answering phones and fixing meals he doesn’t eat. That certainly didn’t last long but talking has never been this couples strong point. *hee*

Kei shows Yui a video clip of the commercial he filmed, dancing in water. She’s excited and impressed but Kei ignores her and focuses on a particular part of the dance, playing it back. He’s suddenly swamped with work and doesn’t notice Spring has arrived. Since married guy’s wife left, the house is a mess. He apparently doesn’t know how to do dishes, laundry or cook for himself and is surviving on take-out. That’s kinda pathetic.

In class, married guy tells his students to concentrate on studying since it’s the only thing in their lives that won’t betray them. Quiet student, Sora remembers Yui telling everyone she wasn’t dating married guy but a 27 year-old single man instead. In the teacher’s lounge, the headmistress shares some snacks she got while traveling with her younger boyfriend, married guy takes more than one and stares at Yui.

Kei does an interview where he talks about being fired from the German dance company and feeling as if he were better off dead. He never thought about being a choreographer but with the commercials becoming a big hit, his services are in demand. He thinks it’s just temporary and hopes for something more permanent. At school, Yui notices the students doing the dance Kei choreographed from one of the commercials and smiles.

Walking home together, she happily chats about what to have for dinner but Kei’s barely listening. She brings up going on a trip together, just the two of them but he coldly says he’ll think about it. That night, Kei reaches out his hand and mumbles in his sleep. When Yui touches his fingers, he pulls his hand away and turns away from her. In voiceover, Yui says the number of times they have sex has gone down.

Yui fixes dinner and sits down to wait for Kei when the phone rings. It’s the German guy, asking to speak to Kei. Yui doesn’t understand him but recites the sentences Kei wrote down for her. She doesn’t understand it when the German guy gives his name, he says he’ll call later and hangs up. When Kei arrives 3 hours later, he reassures her it’s not a big deal. He notices the food she prepared, now wrapped in the refrigerator but doesn’t say anything. Yui doesn’t say anything either, telling herself she’s talking to his back.

Married guy watches Kei’s commercial and wonders why Yui doesn’t even miss him. His wife shows up, asking if he’s signed the divorce papers yet, he wants to know when she started thinking of divorce? He betrayed her with a younger woman, she knows he met that woman at a hotel once a week and she knows he works with that woman. OMO, does she know it’s Yui? She doesn’t care that his affair is over, she finds him dirty.

Kei rushes out of the house in the morning, telling Yui he’ll send her a message about dinner once he’s done. That evening at school, she checks but there’s still no message from Kei. Married guy suddenly enters the room, wanting her to sleep with him again and blabbering about balance in a double affair. She refuses so he demands that she save him for the sake of the school and the students, he can’t stop! WTF is he talking about? Baka.


As he’s moving towards her, quiet student Sora walks in to give Yui her homework. Sora questions married guy about what he can’t stop, he rushes from the room. Yui tells Sora she needs to leave too but then Sora also says she’s not going to stop. *facepalm* Whoa, these people are seriously insane. Yui finds the headmistress still in the teacher’s lounge, they both complain their younger guy is only focused on work.


Kei asks his agency if he can set up a phone in the office to field his offers, they agree but he needs to use his own phone number. He goes to see Ayako and asks her for a favor. Oh, come on – is he that stupid? YEEESH! Once home, he apologizes to Yui for not sending her a message but then proceeds to ignore her. She wakes up later to find him still working at his computer. When a call comes in from married guy, she deletes his number.


In front of the other teachers in the lounge the next morning, married guy asks Yui to meet him, he has something to discuss with her. Is this part of his threat, he’s going to destroy her at school and make sure she gets fired unless she sleeps with him again? Telling him she can’t because she’s busy doesn’t seem to stop the other teachers from gossiping either. Great. Sora passes Yui on the stairs and asks if she’s happy but can’t elaborate when other students show up. I think she was about to confess!

At home, Yui notices a post-it on the board that says “Kei’s office” and writing down the address, she goes there. When she sees Kei walking out with Ayako, she hides and listens as Ayako says she wishes to be Kei’s producer. Seeing Kei smile, she also hears Ayako telling him to work hard and offering to buy him dinner. She realizes she hasn’t seen Kei’s smile in a long time. Tears form in her eyes. Yea..OUCH.

Yui stops by her Mom’s house to pick up her Spring clothes. Mom is so happy to see her that she immediately cooks and then talks Yui into staying long enough to eat. Yui begins eating but suddenly, tears fall from her eyes. Mom asks if things aren’t going well with Kei, she knew this would happen. Reminding Yui that guy said he wasn’t thinking of marrying her, she begs her to come home. Yui runs out, even leaving her coat.

Married guy sees Kei coming out of a restaurant with a very drunk Ayako and confronts him, he said he would make Yui happy so what the hell is he doing with his ex? Kei tells him it’s none of his business, grabs Ayako’s hand and runs off. They stop at the agency office, Ayako tells him he should give Yui back because she doesn’t understand his world and she’s just going to end up being baggage. Kei tells her they’ve had this conversation and he doesn’t want to repeat it, he loves Yui. Umm, you need to tell Yui that, ya jerk.


Right as Ayako is threatening to quit, the phone rings. It’s an art director from a dance company in London, wanting Kei to choreograph their new work. Kei rushes to the phone, says he would be delighted and then, hanging up, he turns to Ayako and says “Let’s go to London”. WHAAAAT? Please tell me you are not taking her with you? Okay, no. I don’t care how much help another woman would be for your career, that’s just a big NO.

Approaching home, Yui sees married guy. He tells her he’s getting divorced (neglecting to mention his wife left him) and wants to get married. He warns her Kei is no good, he’s just fooling around and he saw him with his ex. Yui admits she might have been happy if he had said this a year ago but now she has someone else she loves. Even if Kei doesn’t love her to that extent, she can’t marry him because she loves Kei.


When Kei comes home, Yui mentions getting a bigger apartment so they can set up an office, offering to study English and German so she can answer his calls. He finally admits he already has an office and they both have their separate work to do. She asks if he doesn’t need her anymore? He called her his Goddess, he pulled her in and now that she’s in love with him, he doesn’t need her anymore. He’s no longer here and it doesn’t seem to matter to him if she’s there or not.


Removing her clothes, she begs him to hold her. Oh, honey…no. They end up in bed together but almost immediately afterwards, he tells her he’s going to London to work. She doesn’t understand since he’s getting lots of offers to work here then questions if he’s angry? He doesn’t want to be recognized for his skills just in Japan, dance transcends borders and he wants to keep riding the wave he’s on now. She doesn’t understand.

Kei wants to know what her goal is, doesn’t she have one? Yes, her goal is to marry him. When she looks up at him, she tells herself she failed. He announces he’s leaving for London in one day and gets up to start packing. He eventually leaves, giving her a small smile but not saying a word. He gets into Ayako’s car and they drive off. In voiceover, Yui tells us Kei went to London and never returned to their apartment.


Thoughts:

Mistakes are being made all over the place, by both parties. Yui seems to have no interests outside Kei, which is unfortunate. You can’t make one person your life, everyone needs their own goals to pursue and it seems Yui has none. Although she has finally made one friend at school, it’s not enough, she’s depending on Kei to make her happy. Love doesn’t work that way and sex doesn’t solve problems in the long run.
I actually understand Kei a bit more, he’s absorbed in his new career and wants to focus on building that up for his (their) future. But not communicating that to Yui isn’t a smart move just as it’s outright stupid to involve his ex-girlfriend in any new ventures. Of course, he doesn’t know about the confrontation between these two ladies but that’s no excuse to me. If he’s not ready for marriage, he needs to tell Yui that and why. At least he had made it clear to the ex that he loves Yui.
I’ve heard this drama will be ending next week. I don’t know if it was originally scheduled for just 7 but I was a bit surprised since usually J-dramas have around 10 to 12 episodes. Anyhoo, lets keep our fingers crossed that things work out and no one dies. (LMAO)





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