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Kahogo no Kahoko ep. 5

I really dont like the mom! There i said it. I find her selfish, like whatever she is doing for the dad and Kahoko is not really for them but for herself, and her ego. I understand how hard it was for her to bear Kahoko, but she is so controlling and blames other people if they get into arguments.

When dad left, instead of acknowledging his efforts or even apologizing, she didnt even seem to care that he left, and she said it was rightful coz he was demeaning the role of the housewife. Well, isnt she demeaning her husbands role in the household too?

And she wont let Kahoko go. She has to control who she dates, where she works. I know she means well but it is not doing Kahoko any good with all the things she is doing. Kahoko definitely appreciates her help but it’s time to let her find herself and fly.

For this episode, it is the mom who leaves the house and im not exaxtly sad about it. I think she needs time to process all the changes that is happening to her household and come back with a better mindset.

I think she is just scared that no one will need her anymore and she wont be useful. But she can still be able to do that.. Cheering Kahoko on and supporting her husband without being controlling.

You know she has gone too far when even her own mom is giving her advice.

Im happy to see Dad back at home but i didnt see a definitive resolution to his issue, that he feels like he is just a sponsor, but it helps that Kahogo went to the house and tell him that he misses her. And the mom and dad should seriously talk and their relationship has to change.

As for Kahoko, she is just getting better every episode. This time she finally told her mom that she can go home in her own and she can choose her own clothes. Quite big deal for her as she starts to learn to be independent and have own her choices. She also made her own bento box and gave it to Mugino.

She also started working but she may need to do more work to find her special skills.

Mugino and Kahoko are also growing closer. Mugino gives her advice on how to handle her mom and dad. This scene was so cute.

We also find out more about Muginos’ family, esp about his mom. And the sweet Kahoko continues to cheer him on and support him.

Which leads him to go to Kahoko’s family and state that he will continue to meet with Kahoko. Awww.

Last bit, Ito is getting worse. She is acting out and her family is confused. Wonder how or what will make her stop? Hope to find out more in the next episode!

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Kahogo no Kahoko ep. 4

There were lots of developments in this episode, both in character’s growth and storyline progression. First, is the inevitable silent war between mother and daughter. I love how Kahoko is still so nice even with a little rebellion, like choosing to wear the other dress that her mom did not choose. In the end, mother daughter made up without too much fuss, and as if nothing happened. Poor dad he ends up getting in the middle of the war, and having to mediate between the two. Dad is quite sweet listening to Kahoko and buying her food when she skipped her meal, even when the mom wouldn’t let him. Dad is star of this episode, as he mediated mom and Kahoko to make up and persuaded Mugino to continue seeing Kahoko. But of course the lion has its limits, as dad has had it with being silent and helping in the background and not getting any appreciation or thanks for his efforts. He had a similarly epic tantrum like Kahoko in the previous episode and walked out of the house. On the other hand, i liked how they showed Mugino rejecting Kahoko nicely. It was funny seeing him practice his speech and for Kahoko to almost hear it. Mugino explained that it doesnt make sense for them to be together since he doesnt like someone who is too sheltered, which would make sense from outside but opposites can attract too. I feel for rejected Kahoko. Such a brave young woman, despite being overprotected, she knows how to handle rejection. She put on her best brave face until she went home and cried her eyes out. And funny to see her google for ways to get over her crush. Makes me wonder if she has any friends at all. Kahoko also tries her very first beer and ended up drinking lots of glasses. She was so drunk she ran over to Mugino’s studio to tell him to never give up being an artist even though she can no longer see him. The next scene with Mugino asking her opinion on his artworks and Kahoko totally trashing everything was just so hilarious, i had to make this gif. This is a complete opposite of Ito when she visited Mugino. I don’t know what her purpose was for visiting him. Was it her thinking that he liked her or was she just being polite since he visited her in the hospital, or was she too confident to think that she is pretty and talented. Either way it didn’t matter since Mugino totally rejected her. Well, not romantically, but he told her how awful she is for blaming everyone else, like her parents who worked hard for her, and that he wouldnt want to sketch her while she is in this “ugly” state. Oh and Mugino also showed her the same paintings and she just kept saying it was good. Ito also needs to be pitied because she might be in the brink of depression and self destructive state, but right now she needs to get a hold of herself, get down from her high pedestal and seek help. Glad to see Mugino is not afraid to say those things as that is what she needs right now. The last scene of Mugino and Kahoko talking with Mugino saying he needs her, not romantically but as friend and critic is just nice. And i love Kahoko’s reaction that this is the first time someone actually needed her and that it’s nice to hear someone say see you tomorrow. I am looking forward to see how they will resolve the issue with the dad feeling unappreciated in the next episode. I also like that the drama is taking it slow when it comes to the romance between Mugino and Kahoko because it looks more believeable and realistic, and much more bittersweet ehen they finally get together. I think they are quite a match. Mugino can teach Kahoko about real life and working hard while Kahoko can teach her to be cheerful and optimistic no matter the trials they face.

Mugino by now should realize that his skill is in sketching life form rather than painting those abstract art. And i also hope Kahoko can start choosing her own clothes (and change her fashion style too).

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Black eps. 6-7

These two episodes were a bit boring. Episode 6 mainly featured Mansoo’s Halloween party as the backdrop for the episode. Lots of little things happened during the party, such as:

Cute costumes that they wore. Haram wore Fiona, who unknowingly, matched with Mansoo’s Shrek costume. In the first place, why would Mansoo asked to wear an ugly costume while he is the host of his own party is beyond me. He should fire his stylist. Though thr glow in thr dark makeup was cool (but not worth 2million).

On the other hand, Haram made Black look like Joe Black complete with suit with the peanut butter on hand. Harams jaw dropped when Black came to the party looking so handsome, but why would she be surprised. He looks so damn hot in his black suit every day!

We see Mansoo getting a little jealous of Black and Haram, furthet cementing his budding crush/attraction to the oblivious Haram. Haram, on the othrt hand, saw how Soo wan kissed Black at the balcony also felt jealous

Speaking of Soo wan, she resigned from the hospital and was on her way to thr airport when Assassin guy took Blacks phone and lured her to the party. She was able to stab assassin with a small knife and the assassin ran away.

Black teleported on top of the assassins car inside the tunnel and we see them fighting until assassin stabbed Black and threw him off the bridge.

Black survived and he teleported back to his home. However to his surprise, he can no longer get out of Moogang’s body. So looks like he is stuck inside Moogang for the time being.

I’m a little confused by this new rule. Before they said if moo gang double dies then he also dies inside his body. But looks like thats not the case, as he is merely stuck in that body forever. Or is it a way for him to be with Haram at the end since he will be the real Moogang?

Assassin kidnaps Soowan after “killing” Black.

Episode 7 featured mostly the story of Moo gang’s childhood best friend, Seungchul, who died in the collapse of the Time Mart 20 years ago, and his parents. I didnt like this storyline much. Turns out the Time Mart owner, Woo Byung sik, who everyone thought died in a car accident 20 years ago, merely faked his own death and escaprd to thr Philippines. He has a mistress and son living there.

Seungchul’s mom became a maid in the Philippines and when Byung sik found out, he had her pushed off a cliff and was hopsitalized in Seoul.

Seungchuls father tried to take his revenge by kidnapping Byungsiks son and blowing him up in front of a live audience but Byungsik is one step ahead as he had assassin guy switch dad’s wife and Byungsik’s son and the dad unknowingly killed his own wife.

Dad eventually died after and Byung sik tried to escape via a small boat (maybe going to china). But assassin guy, who Byung sik hired to help him, betrayed him and killed him. So much for escaping 20 years ago when he gets killed anyway .

The main takeaway from this story is that there are other people who has the butterfly watch. I am guessing its a secret society of something and now someone is trying to silence the members who are proving to be a liability.

Last piece of vital information is introduction of Leo. We saw him before in the first episode with Mansoo. This episode we find out that met with old Moogang and he is confused why Black doesnt remember him. He received a threatening letter, which Black thinks was sent by Loser (the guy he is chasing after). I dont like Leo, mostly because he is such a jerk and he sulks alot. Maybe we just need to see him in thr next episodes to unravel his story.

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Kahogo no kahoko ep. 3

Loved this episode so much that made a lot of gifs for my favorite scenes.

For the first time Kahoko likes a guy and doesnt know what to do. She acts so awkwardly to the clueless Mugino. I loved that scene when Kahoko was asking Mugino the type of girl he likes. Shes so cute!

She also keeps asking different couples how they got together and even tried to learn how to make bento for Mugino.

She googled how to confess to your crush and tried to do it with Mugino as practice partner, but Kahoko horribly failed at her attempt.

Mom is trying to prevent Kahoko from seeing Mugino but of course the more you forbid, the more the person will want to do it.

I find it endearing that Mugino can easily understand Kahoko’s feelings and predict her actions.

I also loved how Dad encourages Kahoko and helps her buy clothes. Kahoko looked pretty in her green dress.

Her mom, on the other hand, is annoying. But then she is like every typical mom who wants the best partner for their child. But they also have to remember that whats important is the compatibility of the couple not just what looks good on paper. Also in the end, it will be the couple who will have to live together, not the in laws so the couple should decide who is the right one for him/her.

Two big scenes at the end perfectly capped this amazing episode.

First is when Kahoko finally stood up for herself and told her mom to stop badmouthing Mugino.

Second is that shocking confession! So cute and Mugino is definitely surprised. Albeit the confession is so fast considering it’s only the 3rd epiaode and we havent seen enough relationshop build up but hey the show only has 10 episodes so i dont mind.

I hope to see more shift in the dynamica in Kahoko’s home where the mom stops dominating everything and the Dad starts speaking up. Am also curious how and when Mugino will come to like Kahoko.

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Black ep 5

Todays episode tackled two cases.

The first one is about a boy that Haram rescued in the previous episode. She foresaw his death by being buried alive by a person with bandaged hands. She goes to the boy’s house to spy on him and realized that the teacher is the would-be killer!

We later find out that he has a history of child porn, kidnapped the boy’s friend and the boy tried to rescue his friend.

Good thing Haram was able to stop the teacher, with the help of Black, who unintentionally showed his power.

At the start of the episode, it was mentioned that black cannot help save lives or he could be meddling in human’s affairs. In the end, while he helped catch the teacher, we still see thatthe boy will still die (thr shadows are still following the kid and looks like it’s the boy’s father who will kill him).

The other case that took the other half of this episode was the case of the frozen girl and the old captain. Turns out what happened to soo wan, the frozen friend, Moo gangs past, Royeol chairman and Haram’s dad”s friend are all connected, as i have predicted earlier. This time we see a flashback when the Royeol chairman was caught with a minor girl much to the dismay of the police chief, who was thr chairmans friend.

I’m guessing he did not do anything to stop him then as his job was in jeopardy and maybe fearing he might suddenly squeal now, he was killed (by the same killer in thr previous episodes)

I like how this episode slowed down to actually focus on a few cases and close some of the storylines. With 2 cases down and more connections coming up, maybe we can move forward to the real meat of the show, which i feel is the Moo Gang case and what happened in the past.

I am getting annoyed with the killer..he seems to be everywhere and anywhere and no one has really identified him, but it also shows that the main antagonist is mostly just one person. I’m assuming its the Royeol insurance brother that is ordering all the murders. The question is why. Is it just to clean his father’s mess? Or is he somehow personally involved in all these cases?

The whole grim reaper thing and their sets of rules are still confusing, and doesnt really make sense right now, given as we still dont see any threat to Black’s existence in the human world. The romance between Haram and Black which is the second meaty part of show is also slowly bearing fruit, though i can see that Black is slowly more receptive to Haram. I hope the the grim reaper rules dont go overboard like how W’s rules (that Lee Jong suk drama that started so well) completely got messed up in the end.