Trapeze 06: Woodpecker
The resolution of this episode is probably the easiest yet, because it flows from the natural process of growing up. A kid can be a loser and grow up to be the the man; once you’re in your twenties, though, it’s probably too late.
It took Yuhta, the mobile-obsessed teen, quite a while to see Child Irabu. And he had to get two shots!! Young bodies are resistant.
Yuhta’s turning into a woodpecker, and specifically a black and white woodpecker with red on top of its head, suggests a couple of species. One of them is the Downy Woodpecker (wikipedia) which is very small, with a tiny little beak, and whose scientific name happens to be:
That said, teens mostly tend to be interesting only to themselves, and I found myself focusing on Irabu and Mayumi, though I always end up doing that anyway.
Irabu treats mobile phones like Twitter, and if that sounds ridiculously silly to you then where does that leave Twitter? This is social commentary.
Mayumi’s alone all the time. Is she lonely? Yes. Why doesn’t she go out and meet other people? Because it’s easier this way.
So there’s a calculation she’s making. Loneliness is a minus (-), but the complications that arise from relationships are even more of a minus (–). One should accept her choice and let her be. The fact is, though, that she has to practically confine herself to the hospital, as immediately upon going out she’ll be assaulted by people seeking to establish all sorts of relationships with her. This is the way the world works.
But Mayumi has a solution: a partner with no friends. What this would mean is the elimination of loneliness with the least amount of complication possible. However, how do two such people meet?
Fukuicchi seems to be all alone…