Greetings everyone! Did you have a good week? Christmas is up ahead, and I hope that all of you have a nice weekend and enjoy your holidays no matter in what part of the world you are!
Episode 10 was an extremely sweet one, and it made me think about family and the relationships that people develop throughout time. Touko and Shigeru are the most perfect couple I can think of. Their relationship and the way they treat people and especially Takashi is just amazing. They would have been the perfect parents, but unfortunately they never managed to have children… And here is where our boy Natsume Takashi comes in and completes their family.
If you look from Natsume’s point of view you can see him distancing himself from all the people who took him in, and this goes without saying even for the Fujiwaras, but with the care and love he was shown by this couple his heart opens up and he starts changing. Moving in with the Fujiwaras is probably the biggest change that happened in Natsume’s life. He was shown love for the first time after he lost his parents, and he was surrounded by people who cared for his well-being. Natsume also grows to love and care for the Fujiwara’s, and hey, I am more than sure that he thinks of them as his parents by the point of time we have reached in the story.
But well, let’s not dwell to much on these thoughts and get down to business! Here is my review for Natsume Yujincho Go’s 10th episode!
Japanese Title: 塔子と滋
The story of this episode centers mostly on Touko and Shigeru’s relationship before they take Natsume in. Touko ends up helping out a crow that got trapped, and makes friends with it. The crow seems to hang out around their house a lot and Touka gets attached to the crow in some sense.
The daily life continues for the couple until one day Shigeru goes to the funeral of one of his distant relatives and meets Takashi. He overhears how some other relatives are trashing and badmouthing him, and at the end of the day he notices that Takashi is lonely and hurt. Natsume looks quite thin and hurt. This probably reaches Shigeru somewhere deep in his soul and he decides to take Natsume in.
It takes him a while to tell Touko about this decision he made, and Touko’s reaction was priceless. She starts crying, but those were not tears of disappointment or sorrow. She was happy about Shigeru being such a nice person, such a sweet and caring person.
Touko ends up going to meet Takashi, and their meeting goes quite well, and both of them seem to like each other. From this point in on we all know what happens, so watch the episode and enjoy the perfect family vibes that get passed to you through it!
Themes and Trivia
The main theme of the episode was the crow that Touko met. It seems to be going and coming throughout the episode. When Touko tells Shigeru about the crow and how it let her know that it is raining outside and the deed saved her laundry Shigeru says the following words concerning the crows:
Once they find a partner, they often stay together at all times. They spend their lives with the one they love. They say a crow that’s alone either hasn’t found that partner yet or has lost them.
These words hit home for me. They did the same for Touko, since she would always think about this whenever she saw the crow. I think we can think of Shigeru and Touko the same as a couple of crows. They have been together for a long time, and they will always be together from that point on in.
I wanted to mention this, because at the very end of the episode Touko sees the lonely crow again and shows it to Natsume. But Natsume sees two crows instead of one. A black and a bright white crow. To Touko the white crow is invisible for obvious reasons (I assume it has passed away and chose to stay with its partner even in afterlife).
The following words cross Touko’s mind, and as in almost every ending of Natsume Yujincho’s episode they made my heart skip a beat:
I am sure its feathers are such a bright beautiful white that it’s hard to see, right?
With this I am going to end the review of 10th episode. We have only one episode of Natsume Yujincho left, and it feels me up with sorrow, because this is for sure the end of this long road we have taken with these characters. See you guys soon, and let us here on MANGA.TOKYO know what were your opinions on the episode!
Natsume Yuujinchou Go
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