Story one follows a guy who right from the start walks into his own catastrophe by first falling ‘in love’ with a girl in an image, secondly by dismissing her friend as serving only the purpose of making her prettier, thirdly by dating said friend in the hopes of getting close to the first girl, and finally by taking advantage of the friend after being warned to not get her hopes up. Even if Moguro hadn’t delivered his just deserts this guy kind of had an unhappy ending coming.
That said, the second story this week was kind of heart breaking. Focussing on a lonely man, Moguro takes his phone and puts a service on it that sends him messages from his ‘grandchild’. While at first the old man dismisses it he slowly becomes attached.
While he does do something stupid later on in the story, I couldn’t help but think about the number of old people who find themselves in a position where they don’t really have any family or anyone to look out for them and they kind of are alone. A service like the one on the phone isn’t exactly an ideal solution given its entirely fake, but certainly some method of helping them forge connections would be needed.
Once again however, whether they are asking for trouble or not, both characters this week ultimately fall victim to Moguro’s brand of healing and his mocking laughter. Another fairly standard set of stories but I’m continuing to enjoy this series in a very low-key manner.
The Laughing Salesman is available on Crunchyroll.
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