Is anyone’s head spinning with how fast Asahina appears to have gone to the dark side? It’s like one moment he was all “lalala, I’m the bestest #2 ever in this world!” and then suddenly he’s all shifty and plotting Next Innovation domination. Simply because Sakaguchi called him a cowardly douchebag? I thought he would have known that already. Look, I’m all for some meaningful conflict, and I knew whatever seemingly happy functional working partnership Hyuga and Asahina had was clearly not as peachy as it looked on the surface. I’m just a little taken aback at when Asahina chooses to challenge Hyuga, he doesn’t even bother with a modicum of honorable competition. He flat out undermines him and schemes behind his back.
I don’t think Hyuga will be taken down this easily, especially not with his own cheer leading squad behind him consisting of one Makoto. I swear that girl stares moon eyes at him every minute of every day, and everyone can tell but him. I think Asahina turning evil makes Yoko’s interest in Hyuga all the more uncertain to predict. I still get the feeling that she genuinely likes him and did meet him on the train years ago, but I’m not sure how everything will shake out once her brother reveals his dastardly ways. I was hoping Asahina would straddle more gray areas, but oh well. I hope he doesn’t try to make a play for Makoto to drive a wedge between her and Hyuga. If he does that, I’ll wedge a stick up his behind where the sun don’t shine.
Written preview for episode 6:
Hyuga calls a press conference to discuss the leak of all the personal files. He explains that the leak of the personal files is currently being investigated, and there are no signs that any outside sources have breached their security network. But the Board of Directors continues to pressure Hyuga, and the stock price of the company plummets. This situation causes employees of Next Innovation to be walking on eggshells. Because the company still holds considerable amount of personal files, the company undertakes an investigation of all employees. Despite the surveillance camera footage, no one suspicious is spotted. Yamagami decides that they still need to hold on to the personal files until the new dies down. Makoto is asked to get an update about the investigation into the leak. At that time, Asahina brings up the fact that in two weeks, Makoto’s internship will be up and her contract over, so she shouldn’t be tasked with this matter. Makato wants to take on this project and asks to be allowed to do it, but Hyuga decides not to.
On the other hand, to increase patronage at the restaurant, Yoko decides to use the extra ingredients to run a cooking workshop. She asks her rival the sous chef to help create the menu. Makoto is busying preparing for the upcoming Board meeting and runs into Yoko. Makoto is very affected by what she thinks is Yoko and Hyuga’s relationship, and she wonders what will happen if Yoko becomes Hyuga’s wife. Hyuga is home depressed from the Board pressuring him to take responsibility for the leak. He calls Makoto, but she is with Asahina at the restaurant and doesn’t hear his call. At that time, Hyuga’s doorbell rings….