Episode 8 of Pin to Kona aired last night and I pretty much started watching it as soon as I woke up. For the first time I was actually kind of a little disappointed with this series. The episode wasn’t bad, not by any means – my issue was mainly with the fact that it had no Kabuki parts in it time around…
The episode mostly focused on the weird love triangle(or more like square if you include Ichiya?) going on between Ayame, Kyonosuke and one of the newer characters that just appeared in the episode before this one: Mizuki. While I do find that the love affairs in this drama interesting and do believe that without them the drama would not be as captivating as it is to be honest I’m just more interested in the Kabuki. I haven’t read the manga for this yet, so whether or not the writers are staying true the original work is a different story but I for one feel that this should be a drama about Kabuki first and love-triangles(or squares?) second.
I was a little surprised when there was no live Kabuki in the last episode but I found it forgivable. That had to flesh out and kind of make a transition between the Ichiya/Ayame and Kyonosuke/Ayame relationships. In the last episode Kyonosuke confessed to Ayame too so this was in a way a climax for that part of the drama’s story. It wasn’t the end of the world for me. But two consecutive episodes without any Kabuki scenes? C’mon. Why won’t you guys just give me what I clearly want(and what I’m hoping everyone else wants too)? I hate to break it to anyone reading this but from what I saw of the preview at the end of this episode I also strongly doubt that there will be a Kabuki part in the next one too. Episode 9 looks like it will also be dealing pretty strongly with Kyonosuke/Ayame issues.
Maybe it’s just because I’m male but what I originally really enjoyed about this drama was the following your dream vs. following who you love aspects and to be even more honest I’m actually really enjoying the way there’s a friendship slowly developing between Kyonosuke and Ichiya after Kyonosuke played a major part in stopping Ichiya from quitting Kabuki altogether; this was the main focus of Episode 6 which is my favourite episode in this series so far. If there are any girls reading this blog, could you comment telling me what you are watching this drama for? The love stories? The Kabuki? Both? Oh and guys, go ahead an comment too with what you’re thinking about this. How I feel could be totally unrelated to gender, I’m just curious as to what people are feeling with this drama.