[Fifth Moment: Hanasaku Iroha and How to Make Boys Watch Cheesy Chick Media]
There are notable displays of manliness this year: Banagher Links beats up the captain of the Grancieres, and lectures him on his own righteousness in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn; Rider demonstrates what it means to be King in Fate/Zero; General True in Broken Blade by being generally awesome – living and dying for his people (he gave all his money to orphanages and dies so that his troops can escape). But I think my favorite is the least showy.
Daikichi who now raises Rin, is amazing in how he is very much aware of how much he’s giving up in his life for Rin, and at the same time never makes it the story of his life. He is humble in acknowledging what parents who have raised children Rin’s age from birth, and yet reluctant to judge Rin’s mother. His crowning moment of compassion was when he let her see Rin in the flesh while Rin visits Grandpa’s grave.
Daikichi would never mess around by actually letting Masako meet Rin, but his heart is super dimensional that he’d let her see Rin from cover. He still knows she is a mother. As a parent myself, this is heartbreakingly priceless. Daikichi is my man of the year.
I think you should not be involved in your child’s life
Even as I struggle with how you made your choice.
This place still reminds me of the choice you could have made,
This cemetery where your benefactor rests
Tells me that you chose life anyway;
And I am no one, but I thank you for that anyway.
And thus, while your daughter remembers love
For he who cared about both of you the most
I let you watch from behind the tombstones
Why exactly I don’t know.
Perhaps from this guilt, of not being a parent myself
That I don’t deserve all this happiness of raising a daughter;
To keep just for myself
It must be shared, and I don’t do twitter.