Zenkai Girl Episode 9: Shota Is A Jellyfish

Yeah, jellyfish because he has no backbone. I go hard on men because I’m a woman and always side with my girls. 😀 But a strong woman needs a strong man. All that opposites attract BS does not apply to this. Sure, there will be some comparative advantages; sometimes a woman is strong where her man is weak and vice versa but not like this.

But boy am I happy the romance is back in the forefront. I guess they had to stretch it out with all those life lessons to get us through 11 or so episodes, right? But do I like this episode? Yes! All the angst cracked me up to be honest.

It’s the usual contrived noble idiocy that’s so prevalent in dramas so what else is new? We watch romances knowing that some of this very typical stuff will occur so I can’t be mad. Not mad at the storyline, anyway. I reserve the right to be mad at Slowta anytime I please!

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So Shota is walking Pitaro to school when he’s asked if he likes Wakaba. He admits to his son that he does but is helpless because she’s engaged. Well, dude, it’s not like she was engaged in episode 1. Why didn’t you say something earlier? Anyway, Shota says he lacks courage (NEWSFLASH!) so Pitaro tells him he will show him how it’s done and sprints to the preschool. Shota chases after him.

Wakaba is walking Hinata to school and she also admits that she likes Pill Bug but she will still see her engagement through.

They get to school and it’s some radio exercise day so they are listening to the radio while the principal instructs them via bullhorn. Pitaro grabs the bullhorn from the principal and in front of everyone, asks Hinata to marry him when they are adults. How cute is this kid? And how brave. Shota said playing in mud helped him build up his confidence so I sentence Papa Shota to one month of mud-play. Let’s hope it works.

Hinata smiles then has a fit, tells him not to embarrass her in public then walks off. Wakaba follows her, perplexed by her response since she knows he likes him too and she’s been encouraging her to follow her heart and not marry Shindo. Little Hinata explains she’s just playing hard to get. LOL.

After seeing how brave Pitaro is, Shota is determined to follow his example. That fact-spouting annoying colleague of Wakaba’s orders some food which means Shota has to go to her office. After delivering it, he runs into her and tries to confess but he’s a jellyfish so he fails. As he walks away, he admonishes himself for even thinking the venue was appropriate. Gatta agree with him there but will a change of venue grow him a backbone? I am sure the answer is no. He does get to see the engaged couple together before he leaves. Poor fish.

So there’s this wooden toy that kids love because it eats and talks and while Pitaro and his dad are having fun with one, they spot Wakaba walking with Hinata. Shota doesn’t want to go and confess because Hinata is with her but Pitaro drags him towards them because time is running out! So they run and follow them but where are the girls going? To a dress shop. Which kind? A bridal shop. Ouch.

The ladies go in and Soyoko is waiting for them. She and Hinata are bridesmaids and have their dresses picked out. Wakaba’s wedding gown is also ready so she tries it on.

A few meters away, Shota is pacing outside the store, stressed about the situation. He wants to leave but Pitaro won’t let him, saying that if he doesn’t confess, he will regret it later on. Shota continues to be a jellyfish so Pitaro takes matters into his own hands and runs into the store to tell Wakaba himself.

But we’ve all seen dramas before, right? So Shota walks into the store and finds her looking beautiful in the dress my grandma got married in. He stares at her because that’s his forte and gets embarrassed when she spots them and runs away. Basically, it hit home that it’s now too late and he’s done with this confession thing. It didn’t take much, huh?

Back at the shop, Wakaba’s emotions are going wild and she wants to chase after him. But crazy Soyoko is also there so she reassures her that she won’t be doing that even though Hinata implores her to. She muses over it a bit longer then decides to follow her heart. She chases after him like a runaway bride but lands on her nose. Ouch.

The lawyers have a new case. The makers of the wooden toys are using their client’s patent so they must stop them. A few days later, Wakaba goes over to Ru Sato and it turns out that one of the Divorced Dads – the one that looks like Kenickie from the Grease Lightning song picturization – works at the wooden toy company and it’s been closed till further notice.  They find out she’s working for Brighton and start accusing her of destroying his life. WTF? Shota defends her, saying it’s not her fault then they get on their knees and beg her to intervene. She obviously can’t and says so.

As she’s walking Hinata home, Shota runs after her to do some begging of his own. He reminds her that they are all on the rotation plan together and that she should help a friend. Then he mentions her dad (WTF?) to make her feel guilty. Sorry, but that’s not cool Shota. She tells him that she can understand his friend’s feelings but she has to look out for #1. Then Shota asks if she can help with a strategy for them to beat the lawsuit but of course she can’t. He leaves feeling very disappointed. The truth is she’s still a n00b at her company and doesn’t really have the power to do much. Secondly, that’s asking a lot from her. Everyone is thinking about Kenickie’s position but no one cares about the position they are putting her in. Instead, she’s made to look selfish. If I were her, I would see if there was something I could do but I won’t make any promises. And perhaps if there was something I could tell them to help their case, I might. Maybe. But it had better not come back to bite me in the ass, or else! Nonetheless, I can’t fault her for refusing them.

Now that Wakaba’s not helping, the Divorced Dads, along with Soyoko, go to meet Kujo, Samao’s crush. Again they beg and she can’t help either but she looks touched by their desperation. They meet Shota in the lobby and tell him it didn’t go well although they will keep faith and believe in the power of love. WHAT? LOL. Then Soyoko pops up and shows her full support and wishes them luck. Shota tells her to think of her position but she doesn’t care if she gets fired. Mr. Jelly is touched by this. By the way, I wonder what happened to that scene in one of the previews where this clingy woman hugged Shota after he took off his shirt.

Wakaba is at work talking to her fiancé but all she can think about is Shota. The guys are outside handing out flyers for their cause and I wonder what happened to all the other employees. Soyoko brings food for them and helps with the flyers and once again Shota is touched. Dude, why don’t you just date her?

Meanwhile, the engaged couple is planning their wedding but Wakaba’s heart is no longer in it nor the fancy things she usually covets.

Kenickie/Nishino tells the principal that he’s returning to Okinawa now that he no longer has a job doing what he loves. The principal’s daughter starts to cry which I guess means that he’s the one she likes.

Now it’s the principal’s turn to intervene on Nishino’s behalf. So he dresses up in a suit and meets with his first love to beg her to help keep the factory open. Apparently, the reason Nishino wants to make toys is because before his first daughter’s death, toys were her only friends at the hospital. Hinata’s mom implies that she can’t help and another man in this episode is left feeling helpless.

As he walks home, he runs into Wakaba and we get to see a flashback of how their love was never realized. It’s hilarious to see them in school uniforms but basically, the principal was a jellyfish who couldn’t confess.

Wakaba goes to the factory and finds Nishino, Pitaro and Shota there. She meets Shota outside for a chat and tells him that there’s no hope for the factory. She also reiterates that legally, Brighton is not at fault. But Shota questions the law because if they were kids, they could easily tell who was really right. Since when are kids known for their amazing judgment? Anyway, he only knows the law his granny taught him which is: Be a good person. Or, “You must not lie. You must not be a bully.” I get that Brighton is bullying them but are they lying?

At work the next morning, she learns that the factory has offered a settlement but the new CEO isn’t interested. He wants them shut down. Wakaba wonders if there’s a way to change the man’s mind but Shindo doesn’t even want to try.

They go to the Brighton office and spot the CEO. Wakaba attempts to go over to him but Shindo stops her. But he can’t stop Kujo who races over to tell him of the benefits of keeping the factory around. Shindo runs over too and drags her away, upset at her actions.

Back at the office, he reprimands both ladies but Kujo tells him that she has no regrets and Wakaba is proud of her. Then they learn that the lawsuit has been dismissed because their boss spoke to the chairman and convinced him to buy and not shut down the factory. He’s more of a humanitarian than the CEO and also his boss so his decision trumps all.

Yay! It’s time to celebrate.  The ladies are happy but Shindo drops a bomb. The CEO is unhappy so he might want to change law firms. But won’t the chairman intervene? Anyway, this means they’d probably get rid of Hinata’s mom and Shindo will slip right in. This is not music to Wakaba’s ears but apparently, Shindo isn’t very good at reading others and just asks her if she’ll be on his side.

It’s party time at Ru Sato and Kujo is there with them getting drunk. Shota and Soyoko are out buying some snake meat for the celebrations. The atmosphere is nice as they walk together and Soyoko notes that they are like a married couple. A very creepy statement to me but apparently not to Shota. Despite the previous rejections (how thick-skinned is this woman?), she tells him that she wants to marry him and gives him time to think it over.

Before leaving the office, Wakaba has a chat with her boss. She tells her that Shota’s screwed with her mind and now she’s confused about the law. She wants to know if her boss has similar feelings. She replies that she was just like Wakaba – background and all – and that the principal was a poor guy she liked. But she longed for a better life. She has no regrets other than always having to wonder, “What if?”

These are the words Wakaba needed to hear so she makes a decision to confront her feelings and Shota. So she goes to find him.

Meanwhile, as the others are celebrating, a dark cloud moves in and ruins the mood. Its name is Shindo and he wants to have a chat with Shota.

They take it outside and it’s raining. Shindo tells him that if he likes Wakaba, he should care about her. And that means he shouldn’t ruin her future. She’s worked so hard and Shindo wants to make her dreams come true. Shota starts to say that in his own way he’d help her but Shindo wonders how. I wonder the same thing. I guess he will give her love and affection or something. And help enrich her life in non-financial ways, I suppose. He’ll be all about her emotional health. Blah blah blah. 😀

Anyway, Shindo gets all mean and tells him that his existence is standing in the way of her bright future. Aww.  Poor, crushed Shota-kun. But you must have felt this the whole time otherwise why haven’t you confessed to her for nine episodes?

Wakaba arrives at the same place and now the rain has stopped and Shota is nowhere in sight. Also nowhere in sight is an umbrella or even a drop of water on our dear Wakaba. So did it not rain where she was? Moving on, she tells Shota that she wants to talk to him. She takes off her engagement ring and pours her heart out to him. She doesn’t know if what she’s about to do is right and knows that it will cause problems for a lot of people but she just has to tell him that she likes him. In fact, she really likes him.

Does he pull her close to him and tell her that he feels the same? Maybe a pill bug would but certainly not a jellyfish. Instead, he tells her that he once liked her but now likes another. Another named Soyoko.

SAY WHAT? And of course Soyoko has to be standing there so she starts to cry and asks him if he really means it. No, he doesn’t and you weren’t meant to overhear it but since you couldn’t just sit your ass at the restaurant, now he’s stuck. So he tells her that he’s being serious, walks over to her, takes her hand then they both walk away together. How romantic.

Our dear Wakaba is left with tears streaming down her face.

Girl, you’d better put that engagement ring back on. LOL

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Did he just dig his own grave? Now that she’s overheard, he going to have to keep up with the lie. If this were episode 3, it would mean that the lie would become the truth. But alas, it looks like our dearest jellyfish is going to have to break her heart in the near future.

But is he going to use someone who’s HEAD-OVER-HEELS in love with him? For real? That’s just foul. To be honest, Soyoko and Shota are a better fit. They are both simple-minded and enjoy the little things in life. Old Wakaba and Shindo are also a better fit. But Shota went and ruined her improved her and now she’s gone soft so she can no longer be with someone like him.

And I’m sorry but I get that we are in a recession and everyone hates big business but how can you fault the law because it sides with the patent owner? I understand that they were putting them out of business but on the other hand, they owned the patent.

Anyway, Shindo is ruthless and fierce and it looks like Wakaba is going to have to switch teams and start working for humanitarian causes. With Shota by her side, I don’t see how she can be the “Hawk of Manhattan” or even afford a plane ticket to New York when he’s going to be preaching to her and guilting her every time she works with a big client. Her boss has now joined in, kind of telling her not to pick her career over love but I hope they can find a compromise because I don’t want her to give up her dreams. Well, I suppose she can just be a rich lawyer with a heart – like Jane of Drop Dead Diva.

And they had all the women interfering for love (or whatever). Surely, women can separate love from their careers, right? Or am I intentionally misunderstanding the message? I guess it just made me raise an eyebrow. And Soyoko was willing to lose her job over it? In this economy? He’s got a low-paying job and you have none – how are you going to survive? Well, ‘morals’ trump reality in jdramas. But on the other hand, in general, there is a wealth disparity between the men and the women in this drama so perhaps that’s just the natural offshoot of that. I’m not saying there was anything wrong with what the ladies did and I found it sweet. The message was just a tad one-sided.

It’s funny how the three generations are the same couple at different stages. The principal could confess as a child but couldn’t as an adult. And if Shota and Wakaba don’t work it out, they will end up just like them. And not to speak of the wealth disparity and the characters’ personalities. Is this creative or uncreative?

Anyway, so now Wakaba’s confessed, Shota’s got himself a girlfriend (lol) and we have like two more episodes. What do they have in store for us? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Till next week!

10 Comments

  • yumi says:

    “I wonder the same thing. I guess he will give her love and affection or something. And help enrich her life in non-financial ways, I suppose. He’ll be all about her emotional health. Blah blah blah. ”

    Hey, stop denigrating my Shota! :^)

    You know he is right for Wakaba.

    Wakaba doesn’t need help with intellectual development. Financial security, she has the where-with-all to take care of herself and her family. The only deficit she has is that she is emotionally stunted. Even Hinata has more emotional intelligence than she does. Shota could help her there. Yeah, emotional heath blah blah blah is kind of important.

    And Wakaba could help Shota grow a spine. And if he doesn’t she can be his carapace and protect him against the world.
    .
    But I must say the actor playing Shindo is very hot and wouldn’t be a bad second prize. :^D

    • msclockwatcher msclockwatcher says:

      I’ll hate on Shota till he does the right thing… then I’ll love him. I’m easy like that 😀

      • Revy says:

        I was so expecting Wakaba confession to be like that. Didn’t surprise me one bit
        But… bu….t Shota why oh why. Don’t you know being a noble idiot gets you nowhere.
        And doesn’t Soyoko know Wakaba & Shota likes each other or am i just imagining things.

        Thanks for the recap.

      • msclockwatcher msclockwatcher says:

        Revy, Soyoko knows they like each other but she refuses to back off.

  • ajaAja says:

    If the drama is teaching us something and has to be applied in real life and knowing all the circumstances…if I was Wakaba, I would just further my career and helped my dad.

    Thanks for the recap….I’m easy too..I hope Wakaba won’t shift gears…and go on with her dreams and for Shota…..

    • msclockwatcher msclockwatcher says:

      If I were Wakaba, I’d do the same as you. I wouldn’t fall for Shota in the first place. lol. And I won’t marry Shindo either.

      But drama-wise, I just want Shota to grow some balls. Then he can get with Wakaba.

  • letmeeatcake says:

    Thanks for the recap 😀
    Looking forward to the next episode.

  • mskololia says:

    Thanks for the recap clock and I agree with your assessment of our gentle pill bug….He has no spine.

    Shota should have been completely honest about his feelings and talked it through with her based on her confession, but alas, more denial. Will Wakaba do a runaway bride on us? If so, I hope she does not run to Shota. If he’s not prepared to get his act together for her, and tell her so, well then he did right by keeping silent. My issue is he should not have lied about and to Shoyoko. The decision is W’s to make on whether or not she will wait for him.

    I still do not understand Shindo’s motivation for marrying W unless he is in love with her. I missed that connection or sparks flying between the two of them. Their pending marriage is looking more like a merger.

  • akinishi says:

    Hye where can I have ost for this drama..TQ ^ ^

  • kkjj says:

    omg why shota whyyyyy . btw i really love this drama. im obsessed towards it!! ^_____^/

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