Tsuki no Koibito – Episode 5

  • Title: 月の恋人
  • Title (romaji): Tsuki no Koibito
  • Tagline: Moon Lovers
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Romance
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV
  • Broadcast period: 2010-May-10 start
  • Air time: Monday 21:00
  • Theme song: LOVE RAIN ~ Koi no Ame ~ by Kubota Toshinobu

Episode 05 Review


Remember when I was hoping things would turn around in my episode 4 review? Well, you can forget that because this episode is full of bull. Just when you thought things were going to turn around, they don’t. Instead, everything is going in the exact opposite direction. At this rate, the only person I want to be happy is Maemi. Everyone else can go psycho and kill each other for all I really care. Through all this, I really just have one question: “What the **** are you doing, writers??”  This drama is going to need about 10 episodes, rather than the slated 7 they have planned, to clear up everything and to raise it’s current standards. However, I have a few theories with where I think the writers might be trying to go. I won’t say them now, but after the episode 5 review (at the bottom).

In episode 5, nothing much happens to be honest. I guess if you’re a fan of Xiu Mei and Rensuke then you might be happy. Note, I said might. So it starts off from the Maemi and Kazami scene from episode 4, where she’s crying and he’s holding her. He turns her around and leans in, BUT Maemi pulls away. Knew it!! You just can’t have a kiss like that at the beginning of an episode. After she leaves the park, Kazami is sitting in Rensuke’s office, in the dark, thinking intently. Meanwhile, Xiu Mei is asleep on Rensuke’s couch and Rensuke is just .. kinda .. hanging around. It’s morning now and there’s a meeting at Regolith. Their sales has risen 140% and they plan on opening a new store within 100 feet of Mastpole’s stores in Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Shinjuku, etc. In order to reach their goals, they must open up a production line. Rensuke wants to have production line in India, but his subordinates do not agree. Later that night, Xiu Mei and Rensuke go out on a date. They start to talk about dreams and other ridiculously stupid things. However ..

they are not alone.
DUN DUN DUNNNNNN
If only that were a sniper, not a paparazzi -_-;

Meanwhile, Maemi is putting in overtime at Regolith. What else is new xD   Kazami pops up behind her and asks her if she wants to get some air. She agrees to go and they end up at a very nice restaurant that Rensuke had told Kazami about. As they are about to be seated, Kazami stops and Maemi bumps into him. Why did he stop? Well, it just so happens that Rensuke and Xiu Mei are dining there as well.

Awkward~~

To start some kind of conversation, Rensuke asks Maemi to come up with a new concept. REALLY!? Talking business at a time like this? Give the girl a freakin break will you! Well, I guess I’m not the only up a bit upset about it because Maemi complains exactly that to him. He doesn’t get why she’s so angry. And you know what happens when Maemi gets a bit upset .. yep, she rambles/complains by speaking so fast, I almost didn’t catch what she said half the time. This is why I love Maemi. She’s not afraid to talk back to Rensuke and put her foot down. Rensuke soon starts to retaliate a bit and things slowly go back and forth. Xiu Mei stops them from arguing because they are talking to fast for her slow brain. In order to ease the tension a bit, Kazami leans towards Maemi and takes her hand. She pulls away and excuses herself to the restroom.

Next, Yuzuki is at a photo shoot and she’s staring at an article about Xiu Mei. She’s a bit pissed and proceeds the shoot with much determination. Now, we see Xiu Mei buying mentaiko -_-;  She wouldn’t be buying it if Maemi hadn’t told her it was Rensuke’s favorite. While she’s shopping, she gets recognized by the people passing by. I guess she’s super famous not .. woo .. freakin .. hoo. Xiu Mei arrives home and Yuzuki shows up. Yuzuki challenges Xiu Mei to ..

ARM WRESTLING!

Xiu Mei wins and further explains how she had to carry desks everyday at the factory. Yuzuki is depressed and asks Xiu Mei – “Why does Ren like you?” and more questions along those lines. Xiu Mei and the two baldies offer Yuzuki chahan (fried rice) and they all eat. At that moment, Maemi is at the office and she’s remembering what happened the night before at the restaurant. Specifically how Rensuke shoved food into Xiu Mei’s mouth. Rensuke shows up about to enter his office and they make eye contact. Another awkward moment @_@  Maemi is the first to break the eye contact and his gaze lingers for a bit before it focuses on Rina and Tsuguo being noisy behind her.

At the Onuki household, Onuki shachou is returning home and Yuzuki is doing her nails. She’s quite sad about the whole Xiu Mei and Rensuke relationship. Her and her father have a heart to heart talk about who she is and stuff. A really nice scene actually. The next day, Rensuke enters the meeting room. Before he has a chance to start the meeting, his staff member brings up the subject and a prewritten article about his relationship with Xiu Mei. Needless to say, they are not pleased. They say it damages the image of Regolith and Rensuke agrees. He states that he will take care of matters. The scene has a time lapse and the staff from the meeting are talking about the production line being in India. Kazami enters and inquires their opinions on the company matters. He tells them to express their opinion and look further into the matter.

At the Chinese restaurant, Xiu Mei’s friend Ming has arrived. When Xiu Mei comes home, she sees him and they hug. Up in her room, they have a talk and he tells her how everyone in Shanghai is being fired one by one. Oh and he had an accident in Shanghai, injuring his left foot. Xiu Mei suggests that Rensuke probably doesn’t know anything about his and that maybe he can help. Ming is in a little disbelief and now knows that she’s in a relationship with him. We all know that Ming likes Xiu Mei, right? Good. Just making sure we all know xD

Back at the office, Maemi is working hard while Tsuguo and Rina are talking about the article. This makes Maemi a bit sad and we see her at a bar, throwing darts next. She misses the first round and attempts to try again. That’s when ..

Kazami comes to give her a quick lesson.
Teach me, Kazami~

After the lesson, Maemi is sitting on a couch watching a slide show of happy/romantic pictures. Kazami takes a seat next to her and blatantly tells her to “look at him as she would look at a man.” She’s a bit flustered as he goes back to throwing darts. There, Kazami states ..

that he “definitely will not lose.”

The next day, Rensuke is sitting in his office when Onuki shachou walks in. He gives him pictures of Ming and Xiu Mei together. Rensuke tells him to leave immediately and he does. He then stares at the photos in his hand, intently. The scene changes to Ming being thrown out of a publication office. There, he runs into Kazami.

HYD REUNION~~!

Ming tries to run away, but Kazami catches him and tells him that he’s “on his side.” Kazami takes him to a restaurant. While Ming is stuffing his face, Kazami is looking at the article/papers that Ming investigated. Next, Kijihata is eating his lunch and pulls out a resignation letter. Kazami enters and takes a seat in front of him. Kijihata tells him how and why he entered Regolith. Just as he was about to leave, Kazami stops him and tells him to hold on longer (meaning not to resign). He further tells him that things are about to change, but that the president is what’s going to change.

Rensuke enters the Chinese restaurant and runs into one of the baldies. Baldy babbles on about how Xiu Mei has a boyfriend from China and Rensuke goes up to see her. Once he enters, he catches them together and he asks her why she didn’t tell him about Ming. She explains how Ming is her friend blah blah blah. Rensuke then takes Ming by the arm and tells him to get out. Xiu Mei joins in the struggle and tries to soothe Rensuke. She tells him that he’s a nice person, reminds him how he helped her father, and asks him to help Ming. He then asks her “do you want me to help all your friends? That’s not possible.”  He orders her to move into the hotel and reminds her that she’s Regolith’s model. She refuses and tells him that she’s not a toy. Yeah, we know that already. She reminds him that he promised to help everyone. He gets angry and ..

tells her “don’t joke around.”

Violent, isn’t he? I say he’s way passed possessive now. He could possibly graduate to psychotic soon, don’t you think?  Ming is then thrown into a random hotel room by Kazami and Xiu Mei is back living in the hotel. Before Rensuke leaves, she asks him what he did with Ming. He ignores her and leaves. That night, Yuzuki finds out about what her father has been up to. She then tells him not to have people follow Xiu Mei and to leave them alone. He then tries to justify that he’s just playing the same game Rensuke is. Uhhhh .. helloooooo. Do you see Rensuke having someone follow your daughter around to create a scandal? No!  You can see the hurt in Yuzuki’s eyes and how disappointed she is in her father.

Rensuke and Kazami are at the office. Kazami hands Rensuke a ticket to Shanghai suggesting that it would be better to send Xiu Mei back. Yes, pleaaaassseee send that whiny brat back! Of course, Rensuke doesn’t want to and he tells Kazami to shut up -_-   On the rooftop, Maemi is lighting fireworks and Rensuke sees her. After he asks about the fireworks, she tells him that it’s a new concept for the new CM. He thinks the idea sounds good and tells her to go with that. Maemi asks Rensuke if it was okay to continue with Xiu Mei’s CM. She then tells him to stop running away and that he needs to decide what he wants to do with Xiu Mei. Rensuke then says “why do I have to tell you that?” I guess being friends for a long time means nothing?? -sigh- so aggravating!  Maemi’s face saddens and tells him that it has nothing to do with her. Just as she turns away, he tells her that he does not want to be separated from her. There you go! Was that so hard to say? If there’s anyone who can get Rensuke to say what he feels, it’s Maemi .. and ONLY Maemi. Well anyway, Maemi tells him that he’s already made a decision and to tell Xiu Mei. He quickly leaves and Maemi is left alone .. again.

At a cafe, Yuzuki and Rensuke are having a nice small chat. She tells him that she arm wrestled with Xiu Mei and that she’s a good woman. She gets up to leave, but not before telling him that her father is having someone follow/spy on Xiu Mei. Also, she believes that there’s someone in Regolith that’s leaking information. Yuzuki leaves and Rensuke pays the bill. On the table are four coins and that has him pondering for a few seconds. Maemi then arrives at Xiu Mei’s hotel room to talk about the new CM. Xiu Mei interrupts her and asks her about the article concerning their relationship. She doesn’t know what it says, but knows that it’s something bad. Xiu Mei starts to talk about how she thinks that she is a bother/hindrance to Rensuke. Once again, Xiu Mei only talks about herself. I’m so sick of this girl -_- because seriously, it may seem like she’s so pure and innocent but she’s just childish and selfish. Maemi then tries to assure her that she isn’t a hindrance and hopes that Xiu Mei can trust Rensuke. Xiu Mei tells her that she always says to trust Rensuke and how she knows him so much better. That’s right! She knows him better than you do, punk. Maemi denies it and tells her that after the CM, she’s quitting. Xiu Mei asks for the reason and Maemi tells her that working for him is tiring, which isn’t the real answer and we all know that. No need to hide it Maemi xD   Maemi tells Xiu Mei to protect Rensuke and the girl asks why. As if she’s come to a revelation, Xiu Mei asks Maemi if she’s in love with Rensuke. No freakin kidding! It took you 5 whole episodes to realize that!? Talk about slowwwwww.  Just then, Rensuke enters the room and asks to speak to Xiu Mei. Maemi leaves and ..

we are forced to watch Maemi walk sadly away .. again.
The writers really want us the feel the pain, don’t they?

Meanwhile, Rensuke and Xiu Mei are having their little talk. She tells him that if he can’t help the factory workers, then she’ll quit and go back to Shanghai. He says to quit, if she really wants to BUT he has one condition. Marry him. What the hell is this!?!? Asking her to marry him out of the blue, when we all know that nothing good can come out of it. My god, I give up on him I swear.

Maemi is once again at a bar, sitting outside. She then suggests to Kazami that they should have another drink somewhere else. As they are walking, she loses her footing on the steps a bit and hangs onto Kazami for support. There ..

he kisses her out of no where! O.O!!
I was thoroughly surprised here.

After the quick kiss, he walks away and she’s left standing there. A new day is here; Rensuke and Xiu Mei arrive at Regolith. Xiu Mei is set to work with Maemi and Rensuke is ready for his meeting. However, before the meeting can even start, Kijihata receives urgent info about an incident regarding their product. Turns out that a chair made by Regolith has exploded due to impure elements made into the cylinder of a chair. This is not the only incident; an earlier incident occurred two years ago. What will happen to the company now? Rensuke immediately tells everyone to be ready for the press and hurries to his office. Inside ..

Rensuke is in despair and cries out for the whole office to hear him.

Everyone outside of his office is looking concerned and he’s looking pissed. That concludes episode 5! Told you nothing much happened, well except for the “dramatic” end, if you can even call it dramatic. So far, everything is just messed up and I don’t think anything can really fix all that’s happened. Before, I said I have some theories and now it’s time to mention them:

Theory One – Kazami and Xiu Mei are secretly working together for revenge, or whatever. If this were to actually be true, then I won’t be surprised. Since the writers want us to constantly be kept in the dark, I’d say this was pretty obvious. Would my opinion of Xiu Mei change? Hell NO! I’d think of her worse because of her stupidly childish antics throughout the drama.

Theory Two – Xiu Mei will go back to China and Rensuke will follow her. And by follow, I mean he’ll chase after her and win her back. This would be the worse ending for me because these two do not have any chemistry and their relationship is based on nothing.

Theory Three – Kazami is working with Mastpole to bring down Rensuke. This one is pretty obvious right? I mean in the next episode (ep 6), Onuki shachou suggests to Yuzuki that Kazami is a good catch. And it seems like Kazami is trying to win over Yuzuki or something. He’s most likely the leak in Regolith if there is one.

Theory Four – Everyone goes crazy/psycho except for Maemi and kill each other off. I wouldn’t mind this ending, considering how jacked up everything is right now.

So .. for the next episode, supposedly Xiu Mei is going to go back to Shanghai. But, she also accepts Rensuke’s proposal knowing how Maemi feels about him. Either way, this makes Xiu Mei even more messed up than how she is now. She knows that Maemi is in love with Rensuke and still accepts his proposal!? Maemi has helped her out so damn much and she’s choosing Rensuke -_-;  Does friendship mean nothing to her? GAHHHHH!!!! Everything is just horrible, I’m too speechless to even express how I feel about it all. I’m not even going to hope for anything in the last few episodes. My only wish: Maemi’s happiness. That’s it.

Rating: 5 out of 10

Yes, it’s that horrible.



6 thoughts on “Tsuki no Koibito – Episode 5

  1. i love reading all your reviews….. and i totally agree with you…. it’s a roller coaster ride… all emotion are just Crazy….. frustrated with the outcome of the events in ep 5. the reason why i keep watching this is because of maemi’s also …. i just hope this drama will not end invain… 7ep is to short to turn around things im hoping for 10 ep…. off course i love ren & maemi’s to end up together but if he’s still a jerk !!!! forget it. I just want maemi’s to Shine on …. and be recognize . she deserve to be happy atleast. my take with Xiu Mei she annoys me …. she uses her “damsel in distress” for her own agenda….. she always gives conditions…… is that love??? hello rensuke wake up!… with Yuzuki she’s such a cute nice girl to bad shes the daughther of Onuki shachou….

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    1. ^ Thank you :]

      I recently read that it might be 8 episodes now. Hopefully that’s true so they have more time to fix things. If not, then I have a feeling everything will be very rushed in the end. 10 episodes would have been better, of course; but, that will run into the next getsu9 drama with Takeuchi Yuko and Matsumoto Jun. You are so right! If Rensuke does end up liking Maemi but he’s still the jerk he currently is, then I wouldn’t be happy. From what I’ve seen, Maemi is the only one who truly deserves happiness; also, Yuzuki as well. Yuzuki may have been annoying in the beginning but she grows on you and her childish actions are perfectly fine considering that’s her personality. She’s just so funny. As for Xiu Mei, I agree. That “damsel in distress” card is getting really old. Oh! I’m glad I’m not the only one who notices the conditions in her relationship with Rensuke. Totally not love, seems more like who can outwit the other instead.

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  2. I have finally finished ep4 last night and immediately come over in the morning hoping to see a review of ep5. DUN DUN…Thanks so much for the review😀
    Yeah, Maemi FTW !! I really like her and no offence, Xiu Mei is annoying, please send her back to Shanghai :p

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  3. So tired of Xui Mei. ..Chi Ling may have to work to speak Japanese but she does it as tho she does not understand what she is saying. As if she does not have the script in Chinese together with the Japanese!!!! She knows what she is supposed to be emoting. she does not know how to express emotions or fellings. She is an empty vessel. Send her back to Shanghai for good…and soon.

    Cannot think of Maemi with Kazami. He is really too young for her and he is not being a genuine employee for Regolith so that would make her push him away when she knows. and she will find out. I still think that Yazuki will come to the rescue and tell Rensuke or Maemi about the devious plots brewing with her father. It’s all slowly becoming clearer and more satisfying at last….

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  4. Show has ended. Its kinda of rush but what the heck, everyone will love the ending…and “they live happily ever after!”

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