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Pin to Kona Ep 10 Review

So here we are – the last episode of Pin to Kona (ぴんとこな). I admit, this series has not gone the way I thought it would and has lacked the charm that it could have had. The talent was there – we’ve seen so many of these actors and actresses getting better results in other series – but it was simply not put to use. Let’s find out if this drama can at least end make a solid landing.

While it wasn’t at all surprising that they saved the issue of Kyonosuke (Tamamori Yuta)’s father’s failing health for last, it also makes good sense in terms of the overall plot about Kyonosuke’s developing maturity and kabuki professionalism. Too bad that plot hasn’t gotten proper treatment along the way, but they try to fix that with a recap at the start of this episode.

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Kyonosuke’s father wants his own senpai to train Kyonosuke for the next performance – a reprise of The Mirror Spirit which we saw Kyonosuke fail at in the first episode of the series. He’s adamant that this next play has to be a success.

Kyonosuke is exactly how you’d expect him to be after finding out about his father’s potentially fatal illness.

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Ayame (Kawashima Umika) makes the stupidest attempt to reassure him possible – shouting “you’re not alone” because that’s what he said to her in the previous episode. The problem with that is, in her case it made sense because her problem was that she felt like she had to deal with everything on her own. In Kyonosuke’s case it makes no sense at all – his problem is that he might lose somebody who is in most ways more important to him than Ayame is. Different situation, and Ayame doesn’t seem to understand that her own presence at his side can’t counteract the loss he will feel if his father dies.

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Pin to Kona Ep 09 Review

When we last left Pin to Kona (ぴんとこな), Kyonosuke (Tamamori Yuta) had offered to let Ayame (Kawashima Umika) stay at his place when her own apartment was no longer habitable – an excellent opportunity for the two of them to become closer.

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Except, of course, that it’s not really his place, and he didn’t bother to consult his father (Kawamura Sesaemon played by Kishitani Goro) until after he made the offer.

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His father is initially against the whole idea, as you might expect, but Kyonosuke seems to know the right buttons to push and ultimately gets his way.

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Pin to Kona Ep 08 Review

In the previous episode of Pin to Kona (ぴんとこな), everybody got dressed up . . .

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. . . and Kyonosuke (Tamamori Yuta) finally worked up the courage to confess to Ayame (Kawashima Umika), and this time she didn’t interrupt him by talking about Ichiya (Nakayama Yuma)!

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Can’t say that she looks particularly happy with this turn of events, though:

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But since this is now a full-fledged romance drama with barely any drama, I know what comes next – the most irritating part in any romance story and the reason I have trouble with them – pointless delaying tactics on the way to the inevitable.

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Pin to Kona Ep 07 Review

Subtitles for this episode of Pin to Kona (ぴんとこな) and the next one just became available, so here I am with this review. I will continue to review the series as subs are released.

We already know that Ayame (Kawashima Umika) has a talent for keeping Kyonosuke (Tamamori Yuta) from confessing by interrupting him and asking about Hiro/Ichiya (Nakayama Yuma). It’s a standard trope in these sorts of dramas, even though in real life it’s more natural to ask “what is it?” when someone is clearly hesitating about something. Seriously, though, the way Ayame interrupts him to ask about Hiro at the start of this episode makes her seem clueless beyond words.

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It’s a cruel twist of fate that Kyonosuke is smitten by a girl who literally only has eyes for one guy. Kyonosuke might as well be a puppy, since she’s never going to take his shows of affection as anything to become romantically attached to.

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Poor Kyonosuke – Ayame makes him so miserable!

Speaking of miserable, Ichiya is now Yuna (Yoshikura Aoi)’s sole property, but little does she know that her machinations have left her in debt to the downright evil Shohei (Matsumura Hokuto). And Shohei is not only making heavy demands in exchange for that debt, but he also seems to have some anger management issues.

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Kyonosuke despairs at being unable to confess, and the ever-helpful Shizu (Enami Kyoko) reassures him. With Kyonosuke looking so hapless and basically running in circles trying to impress Ayame, I think Shizu might be my favorite character in this series, with Kyonosuke’s father in second.

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Pin to Kona Ep 06 Review

Last time on Pin to Kona (ぴんとこな), Ichiya (Nakayama Yuma) had a complete breakdown, tears including, on stage in the middle of his big break. That . . . is a fail not even a newbie on stage would be capable of – Ichiya should have gotten his tears out well before he hit the stage, realizing the play’s significance to his own situation during practice. He might have even asked to be excused from the performance beforehand, forcing an understudy to act in his place. I find this weird incompetence that the writers have foisted on Ichiya disconcerting, though I guess the show of emotion might draw sympathy from some of the audience.

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Anyway, Ichiya ran off and they had to cancel the performance. In the real world, that would be enough to end his career except . . . except if he has a strong patron. Enter Yuna (Yoshikura Aoi), who wants to continue being that patron. She approaches Chiba Ayame (Kawashima Umika) at school and warns Ayame not to see Ichiya again.

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To her credit, Ayame at least understands the situation (finally!) and that she can’t press her own claim on Ichiya when he’s so dependent on Yuna. So, she says that she won’t see him again.

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But Ichiya is missing, and one reason Yuna approached Ayame was because she thought Ichiya had gone to Ayame after the performance. That doesn’t seem to be the case, and even Kyonosuke (Tamamori Yuta) is desperately trying to make contact with Ichiya. It’s actually quite sweet how worried Kyonosuke seems to be about Ichiya – perhaps this is a point from which the plot can make some more interesting developments?

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