Synopsis: Episode 2: A Hard Road
The opening scene starts with Natsu the bear indulging in a memory lane of Machi and himself in early days when she was still an adorable baby girl. His daydream is over when a grown-up Machi in present time repeats her wish to go to a high school in a metropolitan area instead of the local one. Machi has been super persistent with this request. Natsu finally gives in and says he would accept her request only if she can commit to learn the city life essentials 101. He decides to give her a homework, which she has to pass, if she wishes to live on her own and go to an urban school. The assignment is to go to an apparel shop and buy a particular item. When Machi hears this assignment, she panics, because she doesn’t know a bit about the requested product. The time limit for the assignment is short. Can Machi successfully obtain the ordered commodity …?
Kumamiko’s second episode. Much like the first episode, the show opens with snippets of baby Machi chatting in various scenes and seasons, showing full dependence and boundless love to Natsu the guardian. She is oh-so adorable…like an angel! It totally makes sense why Natsu the bear felt compelled to become a guardian to protect her. In fact Natsu loves Machi so much, he even gave up on hibernation just because Machi cried and denied it. Such a love. Bear’s hibernation could be long term, like several months? So, yeah, it makes sense that Machi misses her custodian during a cold snowy winter season.
She is now in the last grade of her junior high school in the village. She coldly says, “I don’t remember I’ve ever said that.” With her words, Natsu whips back at the harsh reality. Kinda like a dad dealing with a grumpy teenager girl.
Machi persistently brings up her wish to go to a high school in an urban area. To demonstrate her resolution and readiness, she attempts to show Natsu that she can copy stuff from CD to MD. I have a feeling that the young audience doesn’t know what MD means…
On Natsu’s list of things Machi needs to learn, there is, how to make a call, and how to turn on the TV, and so on. Wait up. If Machi is seriously not capable of those things how the heck does she know how to copy stuff from CD to MD? Isn’t it kind of awesome?
Natsu on the other hand, says to himself when he’s alone, “maybe I should have typed in MS word and printed it out.” Wait up. Isn’t he a bear? How can he be technically savvier than a teenager? If Machi is requested to do the same thing, she would probably get overwhelmed with too many technical terms, I bet.
Machi is incredibly naïve, technically-challenged, and smudged with boondog-complex. If I were in Natsu’s shoes, I would, too, be over concerned about this girl’s safety; I might as well chew her head off until she changes her mind.
While Natsu is over-protective, Yoshio is care-free. They are on the other end of spectrum personality-wise, but they are pretty well balanced out.
So, the first assignment from Natsu is to purchase a Heattech product at Uniqlo. Machi has a fit of panic, because… she’s got no appropriate outfit to wear to go to Uniqlo! I know what you feel Machi! You haven’t been to shopping for two years, well, I’m not that bad, but still, I really feel for you.
This anime starting to become “the” place where boonie gals can dump their “I know I know!” frustration.
I was actually impressed by the fact that Machi can identify Uniqlo as an apparel business in her super limited knowledge. Although, it soon turns out it was a bit of stretch. She starts her own guessing game, what the heattech might be, and just like Pictionary gone bad, her guess starts wondering off further and further away from the correct answer. Ultimately, she overthinks Heattech until her trail of thoughts bring her to an grand explosion in her head.
In a sense her wealth of imagination is pretty awesome. I may need that some time…
This episode gives you a quick whiplash between serious and ridiculous, you are going to find it hard to catch up with the speed!
Matsu-san and Yoshio pair up and give Machi a hard time. The stuff that comes out from their mouths is not nice, could be even raunchy, but, their goofy and silly characteristics soften the edges. This show has an array of such loving sidekickers. I am already wondering what the next assignment is going to be, so excited to think what kind of awww moments await me!
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