Your average awkward gamer and otaku. Book girl. Tsundere. Freelancer. Struggling to become an author.
Greetings everybody! How was your week? I am sure that at least some of you have dressed up and went to Halloween parties. I hope the weekend was as fun for you as it was for me!
Talking about costumes, Poco is cosplaying humans pretty much throughout the day. Isn’t that extremely cute if you think about it?
One thing I really like about this anime is its consistency. The mood has been the same since the very first episode and it keeps staying the same. It is episodic, yet you don’t get to feel its ‘episodic-ness’ thanks to the consistent themes and well-written plot. Talking about plot, let’s move on and try to see what happened in this episode!
I find it very interesting that every episode so far starts with somebody showing up at Souta’s doorstep. And this episode was no exception. This time it was Souta’s older sister, Rinko, a really pretty woman but a bit scary when she is around kids. She doesn’t really mean to be scary, but Rinko has no idea how to deal with kids, and hence ends up looking angry to them. Poco is no exception. It turns out that since they were kids, Rinko always had problems with kids and animals, while Souta was extremely attractive to both. With Poco sticking to Souta the way he does, we see that not much has changed!
When Poco meets Rinko he is extremely terrified. He keeps calling for Souta, clinging to Souta, hiding inside Souta’s shirt. And of course, the name of our sweet tanuki, Poco, surprises Rinko as well.
By Rinko’s suggestion the three of them go to Yashima temple, and guess what, this place is filled with tanuki. In this temple Souta gets to read some legends about the tanuki, and realises that a shape-shifting tanuki might be a very unique creature.
I thought the scene where Poco eats the ice-cream and gets yelled at by Rinko quite bittersweet. Rinko and Souta start talking about different things afterwards, and they also reminisce about the old days.
I can feel that with every episode Poco is starting to talk a bit more and more. He gets to communicate with the people around him in a very special way. He isn’t all that good with talking as you may have noticed, but that adds up to the cuteness. Especially when he said that he loves Souta, I felt like my heart melted right there.
And even though this episode was mostly centered on the relationship that Souta and his sister have, it also showed us the feelings Souta grew to have towards Poco. He gets worried about Poco, thinks of what will the tanuki do when Souta leaves him alone after the summer break is over.
In this episode, Souta, thanks to Poco gets to remember something he had forgotten. This might be my guess, but I think Souta got his wound in a way that’s connected to Poco, and this is Poco’s way of paying back. But hey, I might be wrong about this one.
Rinko hasn’t been next to Poco for a long time, but somehow she gets friendly with him in the end, and even gets told that she is loved by him. I think this will make her rethink her relationships, and even her attitude towards children.
The episode was quite heartwarming, at least for me! I feel like whoever ends up communicating with Poco gets to remember feelings and memories that he lost on the way. It’s as if he helps people around him to rethink their relationships, to rebuild what they have already lost in the vortex of time.
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