Koizora – Episode 3
As everyone comes to terms with Mika’s pregnancy, tragedy strikes once again, testing the couple’s strength once again.
Mika and her father both return home in silence, with only Mika able to confirm that the baby is Hiro’s. While Mika’s parents wonder what their daughter will do, Mika goes to meet Hiro to break the news. Skipping school, Hiro meets Mika in a cafe where she stumbles over her words to explain to him that he’s having her baby. Hiro runs from the cafe, and Mika fears the worst – until Hiro returns with two soft toys in pink and blue, similar to the matching pair the two have on their cell phones and the two realise that having a baby is something they both want.
Happiness aside, their first serious task as parents is to ask for their parents forgiveness, and after buying matching rings, the pair venture to Hiro’s home. Hiro’s father is livid, asking Hiro if he really thinks he can make Mika happy, but Hiro is willing to give up school to work and find a job to support his new family. Accepting his son’s decision, the family give Hiro and Mika their blessing, and Hiro’s mother gives Mika a scarf, telling her that she had Minako when she was quite young.
However, Mika’s family don’t accept the apology or Hiro’s proposition at all, even when Hiro begs on his hands and knees to Mika’s father. Mika’s father demands that Hiro leaves, and defeated, he does so, but vows to return. Later that night, Mika hears her parents talking about her predicament, ad decides it’s time to show them that she is no longer a child, and will do her best to show she can be a good mother. The next morning Mika prepairs breakfast for her family, ad informs her mother that she will e doing this every day from now on.
Mika begins to feel the strain of having her family disown her when the school culture festival begins ad they refuse to come. She shares her sadness with Hiro who informs her that the pair have to be happy – and later when his band preform, he pulls Mika onto the stage and makes her confirm that she will try to be hapy to the crowd. Mika begins to feel a little bit better about the situation, and again, Hiro returns to her house, hair dyed black and wearing a suit. He tells Mika’s father he has received a job paying 1.75 million yen a year and bows in front of him, asking for acceptance and forgiveness. Mika joins in once again professing hr seriousness of being a mother, and Mika’s mother softens towards the two and accepts their decision to keep the baby.
Hiro continues to try ad gain Mika’s father’s acceptance, and finally, after many nights of toil, Mika’s father asks Hiro what he loves about Mika. Hiro replies he loves how she’s gentle, how she’s relentless, her smile, and even when she cries. Her father replies that he knows a different Mika from the Mika who’s his daughter, and tells Hiro that if the baby is a girl, Hiro will understand the pain he feels one day. Releasing that this is Mika’s fathers way of accepting and forgiving the two, Hiro shares the good news with Mika.
back at school, Aya invites Mika and Hiro to spend Christmas Eve at Nozomu house, which Mika declines as it will be Hiro and Mika’s last Christmas Eve alone. Happy for her friend, Aya wishes her the best, but on the way out from school Mika is confronted by Saki and her friends. Saki demands to know why Hiro has dropped out of school and Mika tells her to mind her own business. Infuriated, Saki pushes Mika over, but Mika pulls herself up and tells Saki if she wants to win over Hiro, to do it fair and square, but Mika will always love him more.
On Christmas Eve, Hiro and Mika meet and Hiro gives Mika a box containing a pair of baby’s shoes. Mika is overjoyed, but soon after collapses in pain. She falls unconscious and wakes up hours later to find herself in hospital, where her mother sadly breaks the news that she’s lost the baby. Saori asks if Mika has fallen over recently and Mika remembers Saki pushing her over. Inconsolable, Mika asks for Hiro, but her father tells him he ran off as soon as he heard Mika could loose the baby.
Mika’s parents and sister take Mika home, but upon leaving the hospital, Hiro is spotted. Mika’s father approaches him and tells him to take care of his daughter, and then they leave Mika to tell Hiro the bad news. Mika sees that Hiro’s run off to pray at the temple for a safe birth of the baby from a prayer tag in his hands. Falling to teh ground Mika explains that she’s lost his baby and it’s all her fault, but Hiro, also crying tells Mika not to worry, as long as she’s okay. Soon after the two make a snow man and place the shoes Hiro bought as a grave ear the flower that hiro tried to give to Mika. Mika tells Hiro that the doctors said their baby was a girl, and Hiro comments that she would have been as adorable as Mika.
As time moves on, Mika and Hiro don’t forget their daughter, and by April, Hiro has returned to school but is still in a different class to Mika. After school one day, Hiro asks Mika if he will still marry her when he turns 18 so they can start a family together. Mika replies that she will, but she wants Hiro to finish school – they will be at each others sides for eternity so they don’t need to rush things.
Hiro gets sick with a bad cough, having to spend time off of school. Mika visits him and Minako tells her to make Hiro go to hospital so he’ll get checked out, but Hiro’s illness seems to instantly fade as soon as Mika walks into the room. However after Mika leaves and Hiro goes to help his dad in the garage, despite his dad questioning his health, for good reason as Hiro collapses and is rushed to hospital where various tests are carried out on him. The doctor then tells Hiro’s father some bad news, and Hiro demands his father tell him what’s wrong with him. His father apprehensively confirms that Hiro has a malignant tumor, in other words, cancer.
I’m actually getting to teh stage where I don’t want to watch another episode of Koizora, because it’s heart breaking. Saying that, this was the first episode that made me cry – when Hiro and Mika were praying for their dead daughter I finally choked up and believed in the character’s feelings. However, it now seems that this show has gone down the road of no return from sadness, and that in the next episode things aren’t going to get better.
Saying that, I finally really believe in Mika and Hiro’s relationship. Mika has the reaction of most nervous teenage girls to the situation she’s in, fearing shell be abandoned, however, Hiro believes in Mika and they somehow want to stay together no matter what life throws at them – the relationship has moved on from a silly crush to a serious couple. However, I really think the cancer storyline will have a much stronger impact the couple, especially when we learn to what extent it will effect Hiro physically. At the moment their positivity and idealism hasn’t been shattered – but this might just do it.
I’m enjoying Koizora a little more, but I don’t know how much more of this tragedy I can really stomach. It’s good tv and keeps you watching, but it doesn’t give you a real “feel good feeling” to come away from the watching with. Maybe I’m missing the point of this story, but nonetheless, I’ll keep watching!