This episode of Gakuen Babysitters(School Babysitters) felt kind of short and sweet in my opinion. I liked how we got to know the side characters a little bit more from the cute background stories, and god damn it, Kotaro is the best baby brother ever.
Japanese Original Episode Title: その6
Ryuis doing his laundry in the yard and suddenly a kid that looks like Nezu appears in the front hedge of the mansion. He tries to help him but he fails, so he calls Yagi and Inomata for help. After listening to his story and understanding what the whole situation is about, his brother comes to pick him up and everything ends up well. The next day, Ryu has to finish a chemistry report and decides to eat lunch in his classroom but forgot his lunch in the daycare room so Kotaro decides to take his lunch box to his brother.
Kotaro’s shock:That kid is so adorable, I just can’t anymore. He had a massive shock because Nezu’s little brother hit Ryu’s hand. How can he hit his niichan? His whole world crumbled. So cute.
Ushimaru’s lunch box:Poor girl, she likes Ryu so much she wanted to give him her lunchbox, but the rest of the male classmates decided to be all about bromance suddenly because they all think he doesn’t deserve her love, aka lunch box. That scene was hilarious.
Usaida sucks at his job once again:His childcare methods are questionable and I am glad that the characters are starting to realize it as well. The funny thing is that he doesn’t even try to work in a better way. He is worried about leaving Kotaro by himself but he doesn’t go out of his way to do something about it. He just sends other people to do his job so he can go to bed. Awful just awful.
Themes & Trivia
TakaiTakai: When Yagi helps one of the brothers out of the bush he says to him ‘Takai, Takai’ (たかい) which literally means tall or high and is an expression used in Japan when someone lifts a kid or a baby up high as some form of game. It is the equivalent of ‘upsy-daisy’ where it is used to express encouragement to a child who has fallen or is being lifted.
Manju:Nezu brought to Ryu and Inomata some manju in order to thank them for taking care of his brother. Manjū (饅頭, まんじゅう) is a popular traditional Japanese confection. There are many varieties of manju, but most have an outside made from flour, rice powder, and buckwheat and a filling of anko (red bean paste), made from boiled adzuki beans and sugar. They are boiled together again and kneaded.
Nezu’s story was quite touching and it really felt that this episode was all about role models and how to make the best out of your situations. Even if he comes from a poor family he still manages to be first at school, work part-time, support his family that apparently loves him very much, and have good friends that care for him. But the most honorable thing about him is his dignity as a character. Even though they are poor, he still went out of his way to go and buy manju for them just because they helped his brother. I like him a lot and maybe Usaida can learn a thing or two from him as to how he can be a decent human being.
I will mention this for the last time, but I really believe that Usaida sucks. He is the worst babysitter ever. Yes, in this episode he tried at least to give the kid some support, but again I don’t know how he got this job, especially when you have the tsundere old lady as a chairwoman. And one last thing, Yagi is not a pedo for sure, he just really likes kids. He likes them the same way as Inomata does, but he just happens to get nosebleeds because of it.
Two rear ends growing from the hedge
Oh Saikawa, everything he says makes me laugh. He is just my absolute favorite. For some reason, I am expecting this anime to become really sad at some point because, as I mentioned in my previews reviews, I can feel the sadness lurking in the background. What do you think about it? I feel like we will get to know more backstories about the characters and there will be some kind of tragedy somewhere.