Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes :: Kyo-otoko, not Kyo-danshi
I knew I was going to enjoy watching this series, and so far, it has been satisfying. Our Holmes-san, i.e. Yagashira Kiyotaka isn’t your typical title character. He is courteous, polite, charming and does not display any anti-social behaviours (yet). Our female protagonist, Mashiro Aoi isn’t annoying, isn’t helpless, thinks on her feet, and is a sensible person. That is always a win. Thus, so far so good.
Episode 4 finally vindicates Aoi, allowing vengeance to be served on an absolutely cold hard dish. The best thing was, Aoi remained lovely and considerate, and vengeance was delivered by our resident ikemen. 😉 We are always taught to be nice to each other, to stay out of trouble, to be considerate of other people’s feelings, and be all sugar and spice. Of course, this also allows other people, like Aoi’s former best friend, Sanae and her ex-boyfriend to decide to hook up together, without having the decency to meet and apologise to Aoi themselves. Imagine everyone in your circle of friends knowing about this turn of events. Except you.
Look, long-distance relationships are difficult. Most don’t last, but it is not really about the relationship ending that matters. It is about how the relationship ended. Both parties coming to a cordial understanding, then moving on VS. one cheating on the other. Totally changes everything. Then again, affairs of the heart are layered with more complications than a cardiac surgery. I understand if the ex-boyfriend was feeling lonely without Aoi, but he could have been more respectful of their relationship by meeting up with her and letting her know of how he felt about Sanae, instead of dating her without breaking up with Aoi. You’d hope that your best friend would have the courage to meet with you and convey her budding feelings about your boyfriend. Much as it would kill you and possibly damage the friendship, in hindsight, it would be much better than finding out that they were cheating on you behind your back.
There is no ideal solution to such crap in life. If you find yourself falling in love with someone you shouldn’t love, it gets even harder to wriggle out of it. In the end, it depends on how strong your principles are. Everything is always harder in real life. It is easy to berate the obvious villains on screen, but the grey zones are often overwhelming in our own lives.
On the contrary, we saw Kiyotaka being very mature about his own affairs. Almost clinical. I was hoping for some reaction from him upon seeing Izumi, his ex-girlfriend, but he was absolutely cool like a cucumber. In fact, I was surprised when he first revealed that he had an ex-girlfriend! When I started watching this series, I had initially assumed he was like most other characters who seemed to be clumsy or not interested in romance and the likes.
No doubt, it is a nice change. 🙂
Did anyone else felt REALLY good when Kiyotaka turned up, as expected, just as Aoi was about to collapse in front of Sanae, her ex-boyfriend and her group of friends? Gosh, it was even better when they threw in the slap from Sanae. In fact, it was probably a lucky break for Aoi that her ex-boyfriend broke off the relationship because she would be spared from possible future heartbreaks if they had stayed together.
Izumi was the epitome of someone who was always looking for the next best thing, rather than cherishing what she already had. Initially, she dated Kiyotaka, then she got tired of him and dated her current beau, and now she’d rather have Kiyotaka again. Izumi revealed that she was being cheated on several times, and she was getting tired of the relationship. Kiyotaka should have felt insulted and angry that Izumi came with a proposition for an illicit relationship, perhaps to alleviate her regret, yet he turned her down with such poise and grace. I mean, issuing a rejection through a poem. That is as elegant as one can ever hope to be, like a lady smiling shyly behind a veil.
Maybe that is what they do in Kyoto. All we have here are emojis, short texts and strange acronyms. Pfft. Give me a Kyo-otoko anytime!
We might know of some individuals who choose to stay with toxic partners because they fear loneliness. The idea of being alone feels worse than the occasional stinging pain from unkind words or being inflicted with the ‘unintentional’ blow. One gives power to their demons by choosing to run away from them. Some just do not know anything better. Others are trapped in rusted chains that will take external intervention.
Whatever it is, some valuable insights are only learnt when being dragged through the most painful and heart-stopping moments in life. Don’t let those insights be earned in vain.