Iki mo Dekinai Natsu Episode 7 Recap
Nothing can go right for our children without a register. Oh, in at least Rei’s family since it doesn’t look like Kusano has any connections whatsoever to his.
So we open with the bomb being dropped and Yoko going crazy. She grabs up the knife and freaks Ayukawa out. He hasn’t meant any harm and just wants to properly talk to Rei. Yoko is beyond reason and keeps lunging. Natsume-san steps in and in the three-way scuffle, he gets stabbed. Ayukawa freaks out and runs while a neighbor calls the police. Tanizaki-san then calls an ambulance and Natsume tells everyone that the story will be he tripped and accidentally stabbed himself with the knife. He also tells his family to says that Ayukawa left long before the accident happened. This is for the sake of the children.
The police arrive before the ambulance and are immediately suspicious of the situation. As Natsume-san gets taken to the hospital, all for women are taken to the police station. They all stick to their story, but Yoko is kept under suspicion. At least her father will be okay. Tanizaki-san had talked to the hospital and while Natsume-san was unconscious, his life wasn’t in danger. Thank god for small favors. Nakatsu [Kiyama’s junior reporter] was coming out of the police station as the Tanizaki family was going in. He recognized Rei and immediately probed the police about what was going on. This can’t be good.
Kiyama gets a call from Nakatsu who tells him that Rei is currently at the police station. Kiyama rushes over to find Rei all alone. Tanizaki-san had left earlier with Mao once they were give the green light to leave, but Rei wanted to be alone to think and to wait for her mother’s release. Only Yoko wasn’t getting released (well, she was the only one with blood on her hands and clothes), so Rei had to head home alone. Kiyama offers to take her home. When they get to the house, Rei tells him what happened (well, she didn’t tell him the truth about the stabbing, just about Ayukawa possibly being her father). Rei is completely confused now. Just who is she? Is she Tanizaki or Ayukawa’s daughter? Rei calls her grandmother and hears that Mr. Tanizaki’s blood type was O. Yoko’s blood type is A. Rei immediately rushes to the computer to do some research when Kiyama asks just what her blood type is. Rei replies that she is an O as well, but that means nothing if Ayukawa has the same blood type. Kiyama gets Rei to calm down and tells her that she needs to talk to her mother instead of making wild assumptions, which is true. There is no 100% proof that Ayukawa is her father and Rei should hear Yoko’s story first. Of course, Rei does do a search on discovering the identity of a parent and comes to a page about DNA testing.
Rei goes to work as usual, but is highly distracted. She even drops a tray of cakes that was supposed to go out in the store! Meanwhile, Kusano learns that his building is being torn down. He confronts the owner and says that he had been told the renovations were going through as planned. The owner confesses he just said that while waiting on the final word from the fire department. There is nothing that can be done now. Poor Kusano. He immediately goes to find Rei. He’s all awkward and shy (and cute) when he walks into Charlotte looking for her. She is not at the counter. Two customers ask after her and then reveal the rumor spreading around the neighborhood about the stabbing. This shocks Abekawa and Kusano. When Rei comes out with custards, she is immediately sent back into the kitchen where Abekawa tells her that she must go home and take time off until the rumors cool down (don’t want to offend the customers, you know?). Poor Rei.
When the girl gets home, she runs into Nakatsu who had been asking the neighbors about her and her family and the incident from the previous night. Looks like he’s already very suspicious. He confronts Rei about the truth and the mystery man, but Rei just insists its an accident and rushes up to the apartment where she is hounded by prank calls asking if that is the house of the murderer. Kids. Seriously. That’s just wrong. Rei freaks out and can’t take it anymore. She yanks the phone cord out of the wall and packs her bags. As she is about to run out (to her grandmother’s?) a knock resounds. Rei is well and truly frightened, but thankfully it is only Kiyama. She immediately rushes into his arms when she opens the door. She tells him she is scared and just doesn’t know what to think anymore.
Kiyama gets Rei out of the house and the two end up at a park where Kiyama plays with a basketball. Rei confesses she wanted to join the basketball club, but her mother wouldn’t let her do sports (in case of injury). Rei then talks about the time when she fell during the sports festival and her mother flew to the school grounds. Kiyama smiles and says he would have done the same. LOL. He then takes Rei bowling. Kiyama’s epic failure at bowling was funny and it helped Rei keep her mind off her current situation. Later, the two end up on their bench and Rei talks about how scary it is to think that her father might actually be a stranger to her. Kiyama explains that even if Ayukawa ends up being Rei’s biological father, that does not change all the love that Mr. Tanizaki gave to her while he was alive. In that respect, Mr. Tanizaki will always be her father. I’d like to say duh here. Blood does not a family make. It’s a popular saying: Anyone can be a father (genetically), but not just anyone can be a dad (loving and being there for a child). This reminds me of a song’s lyrics: “Blood is thicker than water, but love is thicker than blood.”
Afterward, the two are walking together when Takaoka and Naota happen to pass by. Naota recognizes Kiyama and calls out to him, but Kiyama is too far away. Takaoka, upset, angrily tells her son to quit it. Jealousy is unbecoming. I really don’t get that relationship. She hates him because of what happened to her husband, but now it seems she has developed feelings for him and is very possessive.
Back at the apartment, Rei receives a message from a worried Kusano. She tells him that she is all right now, but she has just learned that the hated man could be her father. Kusano encourages Rei to find out the truth. Now, he doesn’t want anything to do with parents, but he thinks that you should know where you come from, even if it’s from trash as that is still better than coming from nothing. Hmm…I get more and more curious about this boy’s history and what has exactly brought him to where he is now. Oddly enough, after Kusano calls Ayukawa nothing but trash, Rei recalls all the moments she was with Ayukawa before she knew the truth. He wasn’t a bad man at those times and was gentle, helpful, and encouraging. She also recalls his heartfelt apology to Yoko. Hmm, does Rei maybe think he has some redeeming qualities? But when she finds out the whole truth, I wonder if she can still think that way?
Nakatsu then comes to Kusano’s apartment and pays him a visit. Looks like Nakatsu is interviewing Kusano about the difficulties about not having a family register. Nakatsu glances at the laptop and notices “Apple Pie” on the screen. Kusano quickly closes the laptop and says it’s a handle. Nakatsu then asks about the other person. Kusano admits it’s a girl who shines brightly and seems to be different than others like him. She has a job, a family, a dream. What’s her dream? To study in Paris. She works at a bakery right now. The pieces all start clicking into place and Nakatsu asks if this girl happens to work at Charlotte. Kusano is shocked. How does Nakatsu know that? Danger!
Rei gets a call from Tanizaki-san saying that Natsume has woken up and told the police it was all an accident. Since Natsume is insisting it was his own clumsiness and he won’t press charges against his daughter, the case is dropped and that means Yoko can come home. Rei goes and picks her mother up. When they get home, Rei demands to know the truth. Yoko’s belief is that she doesn’t want to tell Rei what really happened, plus can’t Rei just accept Mr. Tanizaki as her real father regardless? Rei can’t. It’s her life and she wishes to know the truth. Yoko breaks down and tells her about the rape. Rei is shocked. There is no way she can share the same blood as that man. She freaks out and rushes into her room. Yoko rushes after her and Rei says she is getting a DNA test done. She needs to know the truth. Yoko asks what happens if Ayukawa is really her father? Rei doesn’t know what will happen after that, but she has to confirm it for herself.
That night Rei goes to the bakery and when Jun comes in he finds several apple pies waiting for him. When the other workers get there, Abekawa asks what is going on. Jun tells her that Rei came late in the night and made the pies. I think this makes Abekawa feel badly for sending Rei home and telling her not to come back for awhile. Meanwhile, Rei visits her grandfather to get Ayukawa’s address and to apologize for the accident. Rei feels it was all her fault. Natsume gives her Ayukawa’s phone number and tells her that it wasn’t her fault at all. Rei tries calling Ayukawa as soon as she leaves the hospital, but can’t get through. Why? Ayukawa is at a hospital as well. Looks like he’s got a brain tumor (or something to that effect wrong with him). No wonder he was anxious to find Yoko and apologize. He might not have a lot of time left.
We end this episode with Nakatsu writing an article about the Tanizaki family’s stabbing incident and how it all relates to the tragedy of not having a family register. Great. Just great. Previews show that there is a lot of drama coming and a huge fallout from the article that “broke” everything. Sometimes, people should just learn to leave things alone.
The thing with newspaper articles is that you really do have to have all of the facts and you can’t skew the situation. I have a feeling that Nakatsu is going in half-cocked without having everything he should have. And when it comes to this, can you really write such an article which invades that Tanizaki family privacy without their consent? The repercussions and fallout…it will be bad.