Ah, shit. Now every member of the cast is officially in the gutter.
I feel like I say this every time I write an episode focus on Scum’s Wish, but this show is grim. Before this episode, the only example of happiness so far has come via Akane’s twisted satisfaction with ruining Hanabi’s dream of a perfect first love with Narumi. Episode 7 gave us a second, equally distasteful, moment as Moka apathetically dreams her way into a perfect date with Mugi.
It is this date that makes up the majority of this week’s episode. From start to finish this was uncomfortable to watch as it built and built until Moka confesses her feelings to a clearly unreceptive Mugi. As if this wasn’t terrible enough, Mugi (in typical Scum’s Wish fashion) didn’t even have the decency to admit that this was the case and decided to take her back to his place instead.
In this final part of the sequence, Moka decides to throw away untouchable and cute outer shell and allow Mugi to touch her – which of course he does. The hardest part of this episode for Moka though comes at the end, after she has abandoned her dreams of any real love with Mugi in order to have sex with him. It is at this moment, that Mugi decides he does in fact have a conscious, and refuses to go through with the act.
Dream shattered and all for nothing. Somehow, I can’t help but feel this is a pretty good metaphor for the series as a whole so far.
I wasn’t particularly surprised with events this week, but I can’t help but be annoyed with Mugi for it. Up until this point he had been reasonably restrained with Moka – but just as things might start becoming something else with Hanabi, he has to go and ruin it (not that it would have because… this show) – he even has the nerve to tell her that she is still important to him at the end of the episode
For what it’s worth, Hanabi spent her screen time rejecting Akane’s other tutee again, hating men again and, finally, being two-faced with Mugi, again.
Although this episode was difficult for Moka fans, I didn’t think it really added all that much in terms of plot progression, though it did set things up for the final five episodes. Hanabi is doomed to spiral further and further into the pit that Akane has dug for her and we’ve seen now that Mugi is doomed to follow her. Ecchan will no doubt continue to hound Hanabi though I’m not sure if Moka has the heart left to do the same to Mugi from now on.
Akane’s work is done. Even if she and Narumi never turned up again, their action set wheels in motion that are sure to further ruin the lives of everyone else as this story begins to arch towards it’s ultimate conclusion.
What did you think of this episode? Is the last we’ll see of Moka and Mugi? Was Mugi’s final rejection of Moka a sign that he is falling in love with Hanabi? And, is there any chance the Hanabi won’t become the most twisted of them all? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.
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