Joined: Jun 2016
You know, I think Makio was kinda salvaged. I was under the impression Fukumoto is getting a pattern of bad gay representation with this and a cross dressing man antagonist in Zero but I haven't read Zero yet and Makio may have never been serious. Makio did lose the earring after he hit his head and that was the reasoning he gave, later he is the one who brought Kurosawa's conscious state to light which may have saved Kurosawa despite that putting the two in a bad spot. Plus, a secret gay hookup spot makes some sense since going to a hotel would make their sexuality obvious and if they live with parents then being gay in Japan may be especially hard. The more I think about these two the more I think this representation wasn't so bad, I think Makio just wanted to make Takeshi jealous. And Kurosawa is the viewpoint character who used 'homos' the way he did! Cool visual storytelling and cool everything.
As for the actual story here, this was intense. I've never seen a moment like this where a patient who can't move and just got out of a coma stares at his doctor with a resolve as if he's shouting, "I AM ALIVE!". But Miki may have some harsh memories involving the man who took down his gang and he's trying to justify to himself that Kurosawa didn't wake up. Maybe he's scared of him. I would love to see an older Nakane meet the older Miki. Whether or not Nakane's beating scared him out of the biker gang business, it would be charming to see that.
I believe it was good that it was a gay hook up spot. If it was a heterosexual hookup spot the fact that Kurosawa would have sat unconscious beside numerous couples doing the one thing he could only ever dream up would be too sad. Plus that wouldn't make much sense for a heterosexual couple to sneak into a coma patient room to do that imo... hehe.
P.S. I like how the heaven scenes are done in a dotted border showing they are hypotheticals. Perhaps that implies that Kurosawa fled his consciousness as a coping mechanism.