Cobra Kai (misses Mr Miyagi) but) quickly became the most successful YouTube original till date, with 65 million views for its first episode. The premiere of the second season, which debuted in April, snagged 20 million views in over a week.
It’s 35 years after high school; they’re deeply mired in feelings for Mr Miyagi and the deep-grudges that have last still since 1984. Cobra Kai is a series to the 1984 film The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles as rival fighters in California.
The first season ended with Johnny Lawrence’s new Cobra Kai missing Mr Miyagi but soaring to victory. Danny pledges to revive Miyagi’s practice, to keep him alive in Karate with a new dojo.
Who is Mr Miyagi?
He’s a mentor who has rules, vision, and teachings. A deliberate, pacifistic, and reserved character, Mr Miyagi is wise with deep insights about life. To add to this, Miyagi has extraordinary martial arts skill with a friendly face and an example of positive self-discipline.
Mr Miyagi’s philosophy is, “if you can catch a fly with a chopstick, you can accomplish anything.
This quote speaks focus. Volumes of determination and focus in all that you do. The most focused thing one could possibly do would obviously be, to catch a fly with chopsticks.
The secret of Mr Miyagi’s karate appears to be a Den-den Daiko, on which the drum technique is based. Other styles involve the crane technique, breathing technique, techniques from the kata Tensho (wax on wax off) and the kata Seiunchin (third movie).
Daniel LaRousso played by Ralph Macchio is a successful businessman who may be happily married. None the less is missing the most essential balance in life since the death of his mentor, Mr Miyagi.
Summary of Season 2
“At the end of Season 2, LaRusso feels he’s failed, Miyagi. Failed everything,” Macchio said. Macchio further talks about the Okinawan philosophies, martial arts, and all the Miyagisms that influenced his character in the ‘80s franchise and still do by the end of Season 2.
Cobra Kai misses Mr.Miyagi. To remember the age-old master, Daniel LaRousso passes on the knowledge taught to him by Miyagi all those years ago. After pulling a relic from Daniel’s past from a nearby box, a wistful LaRusso explains that the path to becoming a true karate master lies not in hate and violence, but in discipline, hard work, and patience.
The scene then pays a fine tribute to the late Pat Morita, as we witness a tender exchange between sensei and student from the original Karate Kid film series.
Hurwitz, who wrote produced and directed Cobra Kai misses Mr Miyagi’s presence in the revival. His presence is not just for nostalgia’s sake, rather it is “an essential part of the narrative.”
Ralph Macchio’s memories of Mr Miyagi
“It was important to me that Pat’s (Mr Miyagi) legacy was not lost, even though the whole concept focused on the rivalry between Daniel and Johnny Lawrence,” Macchio said. “We didn’t want the human element of the show to get lost, and that human element really stems from Mr Miyagi.” he later added.
“There is no Karate Kid without Miyagi and for Daniel’s character, Mr Miyagi helped him evolve and grow into an adult. Miyagi’s wisdom lives on throughout everything that Daniel does,” Hurwitz said. “From a character standpoint, it’s very interesting to see how Daniel’s handling himself without Miyagi’s wisdom.”
“We’re not here without Pat Morita’s performance in that film. The heart and soul of the Karate Kid universe are the teachings of Mr Miyagi.”
Ralph Macchio was determined to pay tribute to the late Pat Morita, his character’s beloved mentor Miyagi. And why not, Mr Miyagi is pivotal in the making of cobra kai.
It’s Miyagi who is whole and sole behind the character development of Daniel as a whole. His wisdom and philosophies are what Daniel has always followed and gotten to where he is now. Not remembering this eminent character would be something like trying to make inception without Christopher Nolan. It would be baseless. The audiences wouldn’t ever connect to the character without Mr Miyagi shaping its way to build on.
Mr Miyagi’s Impact on Cobra Kai
Hurwitz, who wrote, produced and directed Cobra Kai said, “that Mr Miyagi’s presence in the revival is not just for nostalgia’s sake, but because it is “an essential part of the narrative.”
Miyagi possesses extraordinary skill in Martial Art and practices his own form of meditation. Miyagi’s death is a cornerstone in the Cobra Kai series because of the immense value he held in the life of LaRusso.
Macchio said. “Like when Miyagi’s grave in Episode 5 of Season 1, when it sort of switched, and he tries to let martial arts back into his life. In those moments bring feeling to the essence of what Pat Morita’s character as Mr Miyagi brought to this franchise.” This shows that Cobra Kai is clearly missing Mr Miyagi.
There’s a massive burden that’s on LaRusso’s shoulders to play and carry through Mr Miyagi’s teaching in the most truthful and pure form. He realizes that if that isn’t the case then the show is nothing more than two men fighting with no soul. Mr Miyagi is the soul of the Kai.
Cobra Kai Season 3:
Self-reflection and digging into the origins of each of the dojos. Through the series, Daniel constantly has felt the loss of his master Mr Miyagi (the late Pat Morita). In Season 3, part of his exploration into Miyagi-Do will include going back and finding his roots. We will see Daniel LaRusso return to Okinawa, Mr Miyagi’s hometown.
Zabka says the feeling is mutual regarding Johnny’s attitude towards Miguel, but the teacher’s actual son, Robby, may also need his help in Cobra Kai Season 3 after that accident that caused the injury. Zabka doesn’t know what would happen if he had to choose between the two boys but believes he would love them the same.
Will Mr. Miyagi come back to Life?
You feel the void in Daniel’s life of not having his human Yoda anymore. We all want that wisdom. It was important that was infused in adult Daniel’s journey, as well as in what he hands down to his kids.
The reason for Cobra Kai to miss Mr Miyagi is that he is the true master of Kai. The one true Kai Master. The fact that he never professes to be the true master; that he is alive in the memories of characters of Cobra Kai speaks volumes on its own.
The only constant – Alive in the heart
Throughout this Mr Miyagi is the only constant in the series. Mr Miyagi effects all the characters more than anybody else without even being there. Mr Miyagi lives, guiding Ralph Macchio through dark times.
In essence, he has the great honour and duty of carrying that legacy forward. When it’s tainted or disrespected, he feels he’s has let down his master Pat’s legacy and that’s what eventually gives shows him a perspective of whats the right thing to do. Cobra Kai misses Mr Miyagi because he’s the perspective of Kai.
Mr. Miyagi – Also Gay
Yes, you read that right. While the relationship between Pat Morita’s and Daniel was vague in the first movie, the next two movies show a different perspective.
Daniel’s moving in with Mr. Miyagi in the second movie may give you the vibes of a romance that could never be in the life of Mr. Miyagi. Daniel even buys a plant store for his master. Later in the movie, Daniel moves in with him, leaving college to take care of the old master.
The relationship between the two is never made firm in nature. The audience doesn’t get to be in the loop of what exactly their relationship is like. It is not hard to believe that the two may have developed feelings with each other.
“Miyagi life empty without you Daniel-son.”
This quote is an expression of the love and appreciation Mr Miyagi has for his son-like student, Daniel. Interpretations of this line have gone far beyond the surface of what the essence of what he wants to convey.
Was the master of Kai gay? We may never know in reality but we are sure to find out more about the man. The next season of Cobra Kai season releases in spring 2020.