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Kahogo no Kahoko eps. 9-10 (end)

I have mixed feelings about the last two episodes.

First, is sadness because Baaba died. I believe she was the strength that tied thr whole family together. She was wise and cheerfuland i will so miss her. I feel that she deserved a better family though because her children keeps fighting, are jealous of each other and selfish. It was only when she died that they kind of acknowledge and remembered the old times when they were kids and enjoyed each others company.

I also feel sad for Jiiji. He seems so lost without Baaba. Throughout the series they portrayed him as this hot tempered funny Jiiji so it was nice to see another side of him.

I feel frustration for Tamaki and Mamoru. So we find out they were both weak people and got married to support each other. But things got hard and they bailed and got divorced. What?!? They could have just separated first without divorcing. Why did they rush it only to make up in the end? But i think the purpose of the whole break up was for them to realize and reset. They got married because they thought they needed each other. But now they realize that they cnat live each other and they are getting married again. This time with better intentions.

I didnt like how they resolved Ito’s storyline. Upto the last few scenese she was this big rebelling brat who didnt care for her family. Then she had that showdown with Kahoko preventing her from selling her cello and her parents dragging her off the van. A few scenese later she make this one big apology and everythings fine. I dont think so. She hurt a lot of people because she was hurting herself. But that did not excuse her behavior. She shouldnt have been given a free pass. In a way i actually liked that she was veering away from music. I thought it was just pressure for her but i guess she really loved it in the end.

Izumi didnt really change much. She was still sulky when things dont go her way. What i have come to appreciate is no matter how strict or mean she looks she only has best intentions and she will come and rescue everyone from disaster like a supermom. I loved how she handled Baaba’s passing and Kahoko’s near disastrous wedding. As for the dad, he is speaking up more and i hope he continous to be the sane one in the family.

Biggest dismay of thr show is Hajime and Kahoko’s wedding. I feel it didnt makr sense that they will go and get married so soon aftet they met, and so soon after Baaba’s death. It feels like they were rushing to be together whrn they have a whole lifetime to do it. And i disagree with what Hajimr said when he was trying to convince Kahoko to continue the wedding. He said something like it is the right time to get married so there will be joy in the family. That’s BS. If this was real life i will say Hajime is smooth talking Kahoko. So no, i object to the wedding and didnt feel family that it happened.

I felt happiness however that Kahoko finally found her true calling, which is to take care of other people as much as the love she has received from her fmaily over the years. Seems correct that The overprotected is now the one protecting. She seemed to like kids so its nice to see her interacting with them

I did feel that it was unfair for Baaba to pass on the burden of continuing to take care of family in Kahoko’s hands. She is too young and still too naive. Also surprising that Baaba didnt leave it to Izumi. I think its because Kahoko has more heart than her mom even though she still makes mistakes her earnestness makes up for it. And it was correct that Kahoko and Hajime moved to the big house to take care of Jiiji seeing that she became the new Baaba. So nice to see her doing the housework a year later. For a second i thought she would be pregnant lol.

Overall it was a happy ever after for everyone. I wouldnt say i was 100% satisfied with the ending but it was still a good way to end the show. Im looking forwardto see more of the lead actress shows in the future. I hope she plays a different character than Kahoko.

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Kahogo no Kahoko ep 7

Two main things were tackled during this episode.. How will the family discover Baaba’s sickness and Kahoko and her mom’s continuing silent war.

Lets start with Baaba. I felt it was quite unfair for her to tell Kahoko not to disclose her sickness to the family.. That is such a big burden to keep, esp since the last time she tried to hide a secret.. Her cousin lost her chance of playing cello again.

Meanwhile, kahoko has no one to confide in but Hajime who has been such a nice guy supporting her and listening to her. He even went to Baaba’s house since Baaba wanted to meet him and distracted Jiiji when the conversation but too difficult.

Hajime also joined Kahoko to go to Ito’s house and wait for her. It is Ito’s bday and Baaba wanted the family to have a nice meal and Kahoko is trying so hard to convince her to attend her own bday party which she rejected. I am really annoyed with Ito. I hope something bad happens to her so she would realize she is being such a b*tch.

Theres more family problems as we see Tamaka and her husband have marriage troubles. Turns out they married because they thought they could help each other si ce both are week. Tamaki shoplifts when her asthma acts up while her husband is a drunk.

Poor Kahoko. Her bag gets heavier as she takes more and more family problems. And i feel bad seeing her try to put abig smile on her face as if her family is not falling apart.

Surprisingly the silent war between mom and Kahoko did not become such a big deal this episode. But it looks like it’s her mom who is having it harder than Kahoko as Kahoko is preoccupied with other problems. I think mom is slowly finding the balance between getting too interfering and to learning when to stop and ask questions when needed. I also liked the mom for stepping up and supporting Kahoko in this episode. I hope she is finally seeing Kahoko is not as useless as she thinks she is but is actually very strong girl.

Case in point, Kahoko worked really hard to hit the ball to buy Ito the frog.. It wasnt the teddy bear but i thought it was such a sincere effort for her to do it for a cousinwho is not worth it. Im shocked that Ito is still cold hearted and still told everyone that she didnt consider them as her family. what nerve!!! If i wad the mom i would have slapped her and make her leave the house. That ungrateful kid.

The family meal was such a disaster. Ito washer usual self, which Izumi agreed and said i dont like you for ridiculing my daughter and thinking youre always better than her. Of course that trigfered Ito’s mom to defend Ito and tell Izumi that she is the arrogant one. Then Tamaki and husband starts fighting. Not to mention the endless interrogation of Izumi with Hajime and how he doesnt have a good future and Izumi doesnt like him for Kahoko.

When all hell was breaking loose, Kahoko couldnt stand it and scolded her family.. And ran away.

After kahoko ran away, Baaba finally had the courage to tell everyone that she is dyingand Kahoko was just helping them have a good dinner.

Hajime ran after Kahoko who started scolding him about the importanceof family etc until Hajime got so angry that they are so different and they should breka up . Which Kahoko agreed. I think Kahoko was totally wrong here. She was forcing Hajime about family family family when he clearly was uncomfortable. She should have listened more and supported him rather than forcing her opinions on him. Hence i didnt feel an ounceof pity when she cried after Hajime broke uo with her. She needs to wake up and realize everything is not always about her . Hajime has being nothing but so good to her.. Supporting her, listening to her, giving her advice yet she took him for granted. I wohld love to see her grovel and ask forgiveness in the next episode.

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Kahogo no Kahoko ep. 6

This episode was partly hilarious partly sad as we all the couples have disagreements and arguments.

Kahoko’s mom left the house and stayed Jiji and Baba’s house while reflecting. I hate that she has such a cold face and icy demeanor. She also seems to hold a grudge and refuse to give way. Kahoko and the dad has repeatedly apologized and asked her to come back but she is still being stubborn. I hope that she will be more forgiving, more understanding of her family’ s feelings and less selfish. The last scene showed mom and Kahoko waging a war between them. I do hope Kahoko wins. Not only will she be more mature after the war, im hoping the mom will be more loving. 

The mom’s sisters are also fighting with their husbands.. Tamaki regretting tha tshe married her husband, that maybe she settled or married because she was afraid of growing old alone. Oh no. I do hope thats not true. Though i can understand what she means. Plus normally those that are so affectionate in oublic and in social media are always the troubled couple. 

The other sister is fighting with her hisband because of Ito. The husband is sayi g that she didnt do a good job raising Ito hence she is rebelling. This accusation did not sit well with the sister. I would do if the husband told me too. I would probably rip his eyes out. Lol.

So the 3 sisters ended up staying at jiji and baba’s house in the meantime.

During dinner, the 3 sisters ganged up on the dad saying he wasnt that helpful raising them, all the work was done by their mom etc. 

He got hurt and left the house to go to Kahoko’s house… Which is where Kahoko’s dad plus the two brother in law were staying in the meantime. Hahaha.

Not only that, even Kahoko’s dad’s father also left the house to stay with them. And of course he is just sleeping the entire time. 

Kahoko is the only girl in the house and she struggles and fails epically to maintain the house. She doesnt know where everything is, burns the food, buys the expensive meat. 

Finally Kahoko got frustrated by the 5 men and persuaded them to go and apologized to their wives. They all went there and overheard the wives’ sentiments, feelings about them and their marriage. I felt sad for the husbands hearing the harsh words from the ladies. Eventually the wives all came home to their husbands. I do hope that all have a happy reconciliation at the end.

On the side note, we find out that Kahoko’s dad’s sister was swindled by her business partner and is feeling lost and ashamed. She had a talk with Kahoko. I hope she also starts making better choices in life so she wont be so pathetic.

Ito is still behaving really badly. She changed her hairstyle and her fashion. I feel like she is still trying to fogure out whatto do with her life as she feels like she lost her purpose. I hope she doesnt get into too much trouble and start listening to others. It doesnt hurt to live your life the way you want them to, i am surely she feels freer than she ever did before, but i hope she also tempers that freedom and use it wisely.

Finally as for Kahoko and Mugino’s relationship, Mugino is still trying to prepare himself to directly tell her how he feels about her. I understand how he feels. I also felt so scared and uncomfortable saying those 3 words initially but eventually, learned to say it when i was ready.

 The same for Mugino. he was able to say it in the moment when he was staring at Kahoko. And her reaction of not realizing until too late that it was his declaration of love and telling him to repeat it was hilarious and loads of cuteness. But that was the best thing, when you actually say it and really mean it. 

I love that the each episode is fast paced and really moves the story forward. It is also quite ambitious trying to tell stories of each of the couples in jist a few episodes but i love that they all dont feel rushed and actually makes sense. 

However the last scene where Kahoko (and the viewers) find out that Jiji is dying is just so shocking and heartbreaking!! Why put such a big and tragic storyline!!! I dontwant her to die!! She is just a sweet grandma. And i feel like she holds the fmaily together. Or maybe her death will be the flue that will bring peace in the family too. Oh no. Suddenly i feel sad going to the next episode.

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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).