Osaka to Kyoto

Pokémon Center Osaka was probably my favorite one– we went right when it opened so it wasn’t so crowded.  Also, it was the first time I had seen a Pokémon Center and the magic is real!

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Girls: Latching

It’s Marathon Monday here in Boston.  My fiancé and I are spending the day blissfully at home, on our respective computers with Hulu running through SVU in the background.  The jet lag is wearing off little by little (I promise those Japan vlogs are coming!) and we’re readjusting to life as we knew it…

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Making the adjustment all that much harder is the fact that Girls aired its last episode ever last night.  While I’ve really enjoyed watching this show, this final season sometimes fell a bit short for me.  By now, I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is Hannah’s season.  I knew we’d see Hannah’s baby in this episode, thus her world is now a bit far from my own.

We find Marnie in Hannah’s house upstate, having literally nothing to do with her life and seizing the opportunity to prove herself as Hannah’s best friend.  She moves in to help Hannah with the baby.

We meet baby Grover and the breast feeding issues Hannah is having with him, but the final story isn’t really about breastfeeding.  Instead, we see Hannah continue to be Hannah, despite having to take care of Grover.  She’s profoundly mean to Marnie at times– not like Marnie has any business being there; she’s just filling a gap in her own life.  Marnie calls Hannah’s mom to the scene who Hannah also mistreats.  In the end, Hannah has her moment of bliss successfully breastfeeding her baby and that’s that.

So, I kind of love that Hannah is still just Hannah.  In a humorous moment, we see her go through a range of emotions while talking to baby Grover, treating him like every other relationship she’s had.  Lorene is right, though; this is the first decision she can’t take back– she can’t drop out, move home, break up, or quit.  So, Hannah has some growing still to do.

I wish we’d gotten more resolution with Marnie, who obviously needs to figure out what she wants to do.  Still, I love that Lorene treats her not as a desperate case, but as someone with options in life.  She’s not done because her band didn’t work out or because she’s been upstate taking care of someone else’s baby for 6 months.

We know Shosh got married.  We have no idea what happened to Jessa, but like, I could never figure out her life anyway.

It’s not necessarily the finale I wanted, but I’ve really enjoyed the ride with Girls.  I will seriously miss this show!  Thoughts?

Girls: Goodbye Tour

Jet lag has got me so hard, guys.  I had the best of intentions of getting this up Monday… but I’m still adjusting!  Japan content coming soon, until then, let’s talk about Girls before the last episode ever this weekend.

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Hannah’s life seems to be falling into place as she gets a great job offer upstate to be a college course instructor.  It has benefits, and with her baby on the way, Hannah knows this is a great move for her.  Plus, she seems pretty keen to get out of New York city… but she wavers on this and embarks on a goodbye tour, asking people for advice.  Elijah’s opposed, her dad is on board, but where are her friends?

Marnie isn’t picking up, so Hannah tries Shosh who apparently has a different number than last they spoke.  Hannah instead goes to Shosh’s apartment to find that she is hosting her own engagement party.

I’ve been pretty upset about the lack of Shoshanna all season, but if we’re taking the season mostly from Hannah’s perspective, this makes sense.  It’s clear that time has gone by a bit faster in these last couple of episodes, and maybe all through the season, unseen to us, Shoshanna has been meeting and falling in love with Byron Long.  Now they’re engaged, to the total shock of Hannah who wasn’t invited to the party.  Marnie’s there, and of course Jessa, so Marnie calls the four girls into a group meeting in the bathroom.

Hannah, Jessa, Marnie, and Shoshanna are together for the first time all season, speaking their minds to each other.  Shoshanna has moved on from this and points out that they can’t be together without one of them making it all about her.  Shosh has her own life now; they all should.

Jessa & Hannah have a nice moment where they both apologize to each other.  Jessa gives Hannah a baby dress, and Hannah tells her the baby is actually a boy.

The four of them manage to have a great time at Shosh’s engagement party sort of doing their own thing.  Hannah moves upstate and is happy with her decision.

What do you think this last episode has in store for us?!

Girls: Bounce & Adam

Well hello!  This is little bit of a catch-up post, since I watched both “The Bounce” and “What Will We Do This Time About Adam?” last night after my 12 hour flight home from Tokyo.  I really liked both episodes!  I wanted to do a double recap for you before tonight’ episode… which I will hopefully stay awake for.

The Bounce is an Elijah episode, and it’s really fun.  It has Elijah auditioning for a musical adaptation of White Men Can’t Jump and watching the choreography is pure joy.   He does kill the vocal audition, despite being shaken up by the sudden appearance of ex-boyfriend Dill at his door.  He even comes home and tells him off, for a bit of closure and then a second chance with him.  He wakes up to a call back, having been asked to read for a role.  It’s so nice!

Less nice is Hannah’s role in this episode, as she’s finally decided to call Paul-Louis and tell him about the baby.  Despite not wanting him involved, his lack of interest in being a father to the baby is pretty devastating to Hannah.

Marnie is out of money and getting evicted.  She goes to pawn her locket and diamond earrings, only to learn that her parents lied to her about the value of these items– gold-plated pewter and glass, not gold and diamond.  She blames Desi for not paying rent, her parents for their lies, and the guy at the pawn shop points out that she’s the liar.  It gets to her, and she leaves Desi a voicemail apologizing, letting him know he owes her nothing, and telling him she’s moving in with her mom.

What Will We Do This Time About Adam? is probably my favorite episode title Girls has given us.  It’s a bit weird, but Adam has decided that he needs to raise this baby with Hannah.  He leaves Jessa, goes to Hannah, and they spend this idyllic day rekindling and planning for the baby.  It’s sweet, but yeah, weird.  Meanwhile, Jessa is determined to be the cool girl and not have emotions about Adam.  She looks for a hook up, but breaks down knowing that’s not what she wants.  As the day goes on, Hannah and Adam slowly realize that this chapter has closed– they are not going to be together.  Adam goes back to Jessa, who plays it cool but conceals a satisfied smile as he makes his way to her.

I’m so disappointed that Shosh has no storyline whatsoever this season.  She’s in this episode only to connect Ray and Abigail romantically.

It looks like we’ll finally have all four girls in one place before the season’s over, and I can hardly wait!  Thoughts?!