Iki mo Dekinai Natsu Episode 9 Recap
And I can summarize this episode in two words. Seriously. Want to hear them? NOTHING HAPPENED! See? Two words. Now, that is not to say that somewhat significant events didn’t occur, but the plot has basically stagnated and there is no forward movement whatsoever. What looked like maybe hopeful progress in the previews from the 8th episode turned out to be NOTHING. Oh, the disappointment. Curse you writers for turning what could have been a good drama to…I almost want to say trash, but think that’s a bit too harsh.
Well, Kiyama seems really affected by Rei’s desperate plea for someone to save her, but what can he really say to comfort her? Anywho, he takes her back to the ward office and gives her an umbrella. She goes home and notices the missed call from Ayukawa. She immediately calls him back and the two arrange to meet (he has to fly in from Otoru). Well, he was getting completely schnookered. Yep, nothing solves problems like alcohol. I wonder why Rei didn’t pick up on his oddness when he said he wanted to confirm it not just for her sake, but for his own as well, but she didn’t.
Rei is sitting on the usual bench the next morning and Kiyama asks what happened. She tells him about agreeing to meet with Ayukawa to do the DNA test and Kiyama promises to wait with her as he doesn’t want her to be alone with a man who beat her mother violently. Good point. He goes home where Kataoka (why have I been calling her Takaoka all of this time?) asks him to go birthday shopping for Naoto. Kiyama refuses and that makes her instantly unhappy as he is now devoting more and more of his personal time to helping Rei.
Kiyama and Rei wait for Ayukawa at the arranged place, but he is running late. As soon as he touches down he is in instant pain in his lower back. Okay, correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought he had a brain tumor? Why is he having back pains that are making him pass out? I’m missing something (earlier in the series when we learned he was sick he missed a call from Rei due to intense pain in his head). Anywho, Rei calls and he answers, but the pain gets too intense and all he can do is moan and then pass out. Rei apparently doesn’t hear the moan and wonders why there was no sound after the connection. She calls him back, but it goes to voice mail. Kataoka and Naoto see the two together and Kataoka sends her son over. Naoto demands to know what he’s getting for his birthday. Rei is surprised by the little boy, but even more surprised when Kataoka shows up and tells her that a part of her family has been under Rei’s care. Well, this knocks Rei for a loop and her attitude towards Kiyama automatically changes before he even has a chance to explain. She sends him home to be with his “family” while she continues to wait. She does promise to keep him apprised of the situation.
Charlotte reopens and Abekawa announces to go about business as usual and report any people asking after Rei to her. The staff ask what will happen to Rei and Abekawa says she will be holding on to the resignation form. The staff wonder if its because of the article and what happened at the store. Abekawa only says that Rei cited personal reasons and announced that she was moving to Hokkaido. Abekawa is then told that a birthday cake request came in for Rei. Thus the packing Rei is called in to work to make this one last cake. Grandma Tanizaki meets with Yoko. She’s sad to see the family packing and leaving. She complains that it seems like Natsume is stealing the grandchildren away. It’s a semi-serious complaint. You know she’s hurting that her precious grandchildren will be moving farther away and she won’t be able to see them like before.
Kusano goes to the store and overhears Rei is taking time off. Poor boy feels guiltier. It’s really not his fault, but he believes it is. Meanwhile, Rei is actually there working hard on ideas for her final cake. She leaves work and runs into Kiyama. She tells him nothing further happened and she cannot reach Ayukawa. Kiyama asks if Rei changed her mind and plans on staying, but Rei explains the cake situation. She also is unhappy that she’s been taking up so much of his time. He should be with his family and not doing all he has for her. She even tells him to forget what she said about saving her. Sigh. Well, this really shows you how much she liked and depended on him.
Of course, Kiyama doesn’t listen and continues to do his best to help Rei. Tadokoro is asked by Kiyama’s coworkers for help in locating Ayukawa and the woman says she cannot abuse her power like that. She then warns Kiyama to stop getting so personally involved—it isn’t good. Well, truthfully, he has gone above and beyond the call of his duties and he still has to help other at the ward office. Does Kiyama listen? Of course not. Nakatsu comes in seeking advice and counsel. He really thought he was doing something good—how could things turn out so bad? Kiyama explains that is the reason he quit being a reporter. Wow. What great advice. After this, Kiyama pays a visit to Natsume (after getting some info about the incident from Nakatsu). Natsume warns Kiyama away from helping as it could destroy Rei’s family. Rei continues to work on the birthday cake while Ayukawa wakes up in a hospital. He sees that he has missed several calls from Rei, but he can’t call her back as he is still too weak.
Rei and her mom are almost done packing everything when Mao comes home. She says she is still attending club practice as tennis is the only thing she is good at and she wishes to do well in her last tournament here. Rei then later tells her mom about the birthday cake and not losing to Mao. This makes Yoko starting thinking if this is really the right decision. Wow. Just wow. Although, this was Rei’s decision to begin with and not Yoko’s.
Rei finishes one version of the cake and takes it to Natsume to test. He tells her about Kiyama visiting looking for Ayukawa. This surprises Rei. Looks like Natsume likes Kiyama (even if he doesn’t like the fact he’s trying to find the truth for Rei). Rei goes home and meets Nakatsu. He apologizes for what happened—the fallout wasn’t his intent. He only wanted to shed light on the problem so society could help those unfortunate children. He then says that Kiyama even tried to stop him, but to no avail. Nakatsu then explains that Kiyama wrote an article and the subject committed suicide. Thus Kiyama quit being a reporter and is even taking care of the man’s family. Now that catches Rei’s attention.
Kiyama is hard at work at the Ward office and we flash back to him bringing an envelope of money to Kataoka. She throws it at him. She wants nothing to do with the man who caused her husband’s death. At this point Naoto complains of stomach pains. Kiyama takes charge and rushes the little boy to a hospital and even demands a regular doctor sees him when they are told there is no pediatrician on duty. And that is how Kataoka went from hatred to horrible, horrible dependence and clinginess. Rei returns the umbrella and thanks Kiyama once again for all of his care and help. Yoko is still having second thoughts about moving thanks to her girls’ stories and Kusano is trying to tell Rei about what happened, but can’t bring himself to do it.
Rei finishes her prototype—a cute chocolate/apple bear cake—and Jun encourages her stay instead of resigning. So does Igawa and Abekawa and the others. However, it looks like Rei has made up her mind that she is leaving even if they are encouraging her to stay as she keeps talking about how this will be her final cake for the store. She takes the sample home where her mother and Mao approve of the cake. Yoko also brings up not moving. This makes the girls happy, but I don’t think it changes Rei’s mind at all. Why?
D-day arrives and the cake is finished. However, the customer can’t come and pick it up. Rei goes to personally deliver her final cake and is floored when Kataoka opens the door and invites her in. We then get a slightly psychotic scene in which the agitated Kataoka tries to make them look like a happy family to Rei. Naoto calls his mother out on her weird attitude and Rei leaves. Kiyama then says to Kataoka that they are not like that and goes after Rei. Kataoka breaks down and Naoto tells his mother not to cry.
Kiyama catches up with Rei and the girl is angry with him. How can he stay trapped in the past in that cold home where no one is happy and everyone is hurting? Kiyama tells her that she doesn’t understand. Rei says she doesn’t, but he has always urged her to move forward. Shouldn’t he do the same? And this is how their relationship ends this episode—bitterly disappointing. Rei bids him farewell. She’s leaving and will never see him again. D’oh. Kiyama seems to really be hurting from these words and Rei seems to be smarting from that scene and her own words as well. Sigh. Dramas.
See? NOTHING happened. The next episode doesn’t look any more promising. I knew they should have altered the plot and stopped at like 8 or 9 episodes, but no. Now this has turned into a major disappointment.