I typically don’t get too emotional when watching i7, but oh my gosh this episode nearly made me tear up several times. This is the last thing I read while reading translations of the game and while I knew what was going to happen, it’s so much more different watching it and actually seeing what transpires. And boy did they really pull out all the stops with the voice acting in this one. Especially Sogo’s VA who did a fantastic job just conveying all the pain and sadness Sogo had. My thoughts are kind of all over the place because of how emotional this episode was so bear with me.
Not to mention the way Sogo’s dad regards idols as “nightlife workers” just feels terribly disrespectful. Especially without knowing just how hard all of these idols have worked to get where they are and aren’t simply “selling themselves.” However, despite his harsh and cold words, it almost sounds like as if he blames the entertainment industry for his brother’s death and also the thing that “lead his own son astray.” There does seem still seems to care for Sogo to an extent as he did ask if the money he gives him will make sure his son “doesn’t die in the street,” though he does so in a very cold and condescending manner.
This is definitely the penultimate episode of how far Sogo and Tamaki’s relationship has come. The amount of trust Tamaki puts in Sogo is so telling. Especially when he pretends to be oblivious about the whole situation until he leaves and just starts yelling at his dad. Despite how he normally acts, Tamaki is surprisingly very perceptive, especially in very emotional and tense situations. He knows Sogo is panicking and knows to be calm and reassuring as to not cause him any further stress. Season 1 Tamaki would never. Which also says a lot for Tamaki’s growth as well. He would undoubtedly swing first and ask questions later, escalating the already tedious situation. But because he’s been working on himself, he’s learned to be more patient and understanding. And once Sogo was out of the room, he started justifiably yelling at Sogo’s dad for how terrible he is.
And honestly, sometimes there are times it’s best to say what you want to say not directly to the person like in a letter. In Sogo’s case, he used his radio show to convey what he wanted to express since I’m sure it would be difficult if not impossible to say all of that directly to his dad. He gets too panicked and desperate when facing his father directly. This way, he was able to say his feelings calmly and actually took a bit more time to think about what he wanted to say, forcing his dad to listen without interruption. And boy did his words make an impact. I’m sure this is the first time that Sogo has allowed himself to be so vulnerable with so many people. It’s definitely a giant step in the right direction as he was so used to bottling things up and never thinking to address them. The Idolish7 members were the first to crack through his demeanor and now he is willingly sharing his circumstances with everyone listening. What he did must have taken so much courage. I’m so proud of him. T^T It was also very sweet how so many fans came out to support him at the radio station after opening up about his struggles, letting him know that there are so many people who are rooting for him and care about him.
I can’t help but worry about the very specific examples that Tamaki uses when he describes how Sogo’s dad is hurting his own son as if he were speaking from experience. Which just paints a whole different light on what his childhood must have been like. We already knew Tamaki had a rough life, but never did they touch upon this sort of violence he might have experienced. It also explains why he reacts so violently as his first reaction and how he lashed out at his dad when he saw him. It’s honestly so heartbreaking putting that into perspective and just how much Tamaki has grown despite that. You can really tell how much self control he was imposing on himself not to throw fist and I’m proud of him for that.
SEASON 1 TAMAKI COULD NEVER. and Tamaki noticed that he FINALLY just said “thank you” without prefacing it with “sorry.” Even earlier in the episode, he still apologized before saying thank you despite him not being at any fault. It’ll be a difficult habit to fully overcome, but he’s definitely heading in the right direction.
I’m not sure how I feel about how things wrapped up with Sogo’s dad since we didn’t get to fully see the result. However, I suppose we can assume that he did relent to some extent since he allowed Tamaki to leave without getting him arrested and didn’t follow through with his plans on forcing Sogo to come back to the family after giving him the loan. However, what I do like is the fact that it wasn’t just Sogo who was able to get through to him. If not for Tamaki, the whole thing would not have even worked. It took both of their words to finally get through to Sogo’s dad. This was the point where I finally started to see Sogo and Tamaki’s relationship as good and it just goes to show just how well it was developed. Especially since their relationship was just downright abysmal at the start. But now they have become true friends who got each others’ backs. It was a long time coming and I’m glad they’ve finally reached this point. Also it’s been A LONG time since they did an anime only song that wasn’t the opening or ending. The last time they did it was back in season 1 with Dancing Beat and Rain. And man is this song beautiful and it just encapsulates how far they’ve come as characters and their relationship.
This episode was an emotional rollercoaster, but a good one. Especially in regards to Sogo and Tamaki. Both of them have come such a long way and I quite like their dynamic now after disliking it for so long. They certainly earned it after seasons of working things out. While it was a struggle, things are starting to look up for everyone, especially Trigger now that they have the means to put on a show without bothering anyone now. Hopefully this wave of positivity continues, but this is idolish7, the path is never smooth. It’s always riddled with bumps and potholes lol.