Unnichan: Was I the only one concerned that all the lavish food spent on Michiru would backfire? I was certain it would’ve been better to share with her the mountains of bean sprouts they’d just acquired, rather than doling out all of Sea Chef’s culinary skills.

Stephanie: I was thinking the same thing! I have a feeling it’s going to come back and bite them as Michiru was just self-absorbed enough not to notice she was the only one eating fancy-like. Everyone else? Still forced to chow down on the endless mountains of beansprouts.

Unnichan: But I do have to admit I was stunned by Michiru’s interpretation of Kaishin-maru, though from her point of view and mindset, she wasn’t entirely wrong.

Stephanie: It depends on which point of view you look at—in each episode we come across people who would otherwise die if the doctors weren’t there. And I can’t imagine they’re doing this for free…

Unnichan: Despite her initial rich girl snobbery, I liked Michiru Fujii. I understood her almost immediately but what I liked most was her openness and instant “like” of Kota— albeit harmless and friendly. I guess it’s what you were talking about last week— someone liking him, for himself. I think he got a little taste of that this week.

Stephanie: With all her snobbery and bad attitude? There’s part of me that couldn’t help but think that her ‘like’ for Kota was a show. From what she knew about his skills--she was attaching her herself to the star. By asking him to go with her to Tokyo, she’d be able to continue to hide her own (albeit perceived) failings.

Unnichan: And what about that last moment with Mako and Kota? He listened with his heart sincerely for the first time. And he heard what was truly being conveyed. I actually liked that they took a small glimpse at the word “tsuki” because though it doesn’t have to be a confusing word (much like how we overuse or butcher “love”), it most definitely can be, for impressionable sorts *cough* Kota.

Stephanie: As a JDrama newbie, I’m going to have to leave the language to you--I’m still working on catching the use of like vs. love in Kdrama. But I did love how he always feels the need to clear the air with her. And did you catch her warm look at him? Squee!

Unnichan: It’s this naiveté that makes him a character that readily causes my (and everyone else’s) eyes to roll whenever he vows to never again succumb to the beauty of a woman. Because, well, we all know there’s no way he’s matured enough in the last three seconds for that to be possible. And though I find myself liking him more and more, I still want him to get to a point that I feel he wants “love” for more than shallow reasons, and I’m just not there yet.

Stephanie: While I enjoy this episodes effort to “see from his heart’, it’s a little irritating he doesn’t seem to be learning anything from episode to episode. By being willing to dump his career, turn his life around for a woman he’s known for like a second? Makes it hard to take him seriously—which is why I love the parts where he puts the love-line aside and focuses on being an actual doctor. He’s smarter and more serious than he gives himself credit for. And that makes my cold little heart melt.

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