seirin wrote:I felt he was there for a scoop on Suzuhara? I think he wanted to write about the Suzuhara story.
Throughout all 7 episodes, I haven't seen anything done by the Suzuhara family that could possibly result in a scoop, other than Nao's "kidnap attempt" of course. But even then, the kidnap hadn't even occurred at the time of their first meeting. If you look at the other members of the family, none of them had anything special going on in their lives that could spark a scandal. I think it would take a lot of (far-fetched) speculation to prove otherwise though.
Anyhow, if they were to really show that a scandal did happen prior to the kidnap, I think it would digress/dilute the story. From what I've seen so far, I don't think the writer is capable of that.
seirin wrote:I don't think him bumping into Nao by chance is really such a coincidence. So why approach Nao in the first place?
Let's look at what happened in that room/lab. The reporter only talked about things related to Nao and his brother, nothing about her family. His tone was cheeky, so he was merely teasing Nao with what his brother told him (as a brother). And he also waited together with Nao for his brother's return. I'm not sure why his brother would need to be present for his "supposed research interview", but he waited anyway. And with those few questions which he only asked one time each, it didn't look to me like he was hounding her.
If he really had something to probe from Nao, he would have asked something more related, rather than to wait and beat around the bush. If I were to be the reporter, I would've been more objective on my first meeting with her, since I traveled all the way to Muroran, Hokkaido to interview her. (Of course that didn't happen because he was there for his brother.) For the fact that they explicitly made the uni guy his brother kinda writes off the bulk of any suspicion that he was there for an ulterior motive, if you ask me. If there was a real scandal going on in the background, I think his brother's involvement would have made it a lot more confusing.
The reason why the university guy asked his reporter brother to leave? My guess is he was probably bugging him for money and hasn't given up.
seirin wrote:I'm not sure what's with the bribe. I thought he was using that as an excuse to see her real mom's bank account but I guess maybe he didn't know about their relationship. Is he really in that much debt?
At that point, it's safe to say that he didn't know who Ukkari-san was. When he picked up the bag with the account book, I don't think he even knew what was in it until he opened it, so there wasn't really a reason to even have an excuse to begin with. He merely checked the contents out of curiosity.
The debt? If he did bug his brother at the Muroran university for money then he's probably really in need of money. It's unknown if his debt really amounted to that much. But the fact that the 10 million shared the same value as the price tag a certain abusive father placed on his (now, dead) son, kinda hinted that his debt wasn't really 10 million. I think lynchmob72's speculation has a very good explanation of what that figure meant to him and why he recycled that value for his bribe.
hey9 wrote:I'm still wondering why he tried to blackmail money from Nao. If he understood the position she was in (moreso than anyone else), why would he make it that much harder for her?
I think it goes to show that his debt is real and he really needed the money. If I were to be in his shoes, I would also think that if I could conveniently make money (aka bribe) while covering the story, why not?
Apologies for the wall of text. I couldn't help but to share my excitement from watching 7 episodes of un-disappointing awesomeness.