Greetings everyone! Hope you had a great week! Winter’s getting closer and it’s getting colder every day. In other words, it’s the perfect weather to get a cup of tea, cosy up in your bed and watch an anime such as Udon no Kuni! This is the kind of anime that keeps your heart warm even when a storm is raging outside your windows. I am pretty sure we will get a couple of bittersweet episodes that will make us tear up, but overall this should be a sweet and heartwarming show!
This week’s episode was similar to the previous one. It played with emotions and feelings about family and friends, the things that surround us.
As we saw in the previous episode our little guy is a tanuki! And, oh god, he is so cute, especially the way he calls out Souta’s name or the noises his stomach makes or even his crying face.
But let’s not dwell too much on details and get down to business!
The episode starts with Souta remembering the events of the previous night, assuming that the bake tanuki left. But hey! Guess who meets him as soon as he puts his feet out of the door.
The rest of the episode was filled with Souta reminiscing about his his high school days and realising how many things have changed in this city since those days. Souta even gets to remember his first love. Of course, he starts feeling a bit down about it. He starts thinking if that girl is already married with kids.
You might have already guessed it, but Souta ends up running into the girl whom he was thinking about. Of course she is married now and has two sweet kids. They talk some and then go to a cafe. But I will not tell you the details. Go watch the episode! 🙂
This episode wasn’t filled with many details in particular. But it had two favourite scenes:
Poco-chan: When Souta meets the girl whom he used to be in love with, he is asked for the tanuki’s name, and of course he hasn’t thought of one yet. He ends up rumbling something and our bake tanuki gets a weird name! So from now on we will be calling him Poco-chan!
Nozomi-chan: This is the kid of Souta’s first love. At first she appears to be a very self-centered and selfish child. But if you think about it, weren’t we all like that too? Overdependent on our parents, getting all jealous when they complimented other kids, becoming envious when other kids got some special attention from their parents while we didn’t. I think every child has this kind of moments.
It was pretty sweet to see Nozomi and Poco bonding and becoming friends. I am pretty sure you will get a smile or two during the scene.
Themes and Trivia
The previous episode of Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari was centred on Souta’s feelings towards his family, especially towards his late father, their udon shop, and him not becoming his father’s successor. It had more of the ‘did I choose the right path to walk on’ kind of thoughts. On the other hand, this episode was mostly centred on Souta’s feelings towards the first girl he fell in love with.
The episode also showed us how Souta tried to explore a new side of him. He acted like a parent for Poco-chan and actually felt like a parent too. Their relationship grew and I am sure that in no time these two will become practically inseparable. Poco-chan has already become quite attached to Souta, and the same is gradually happening to Souta. Even though he was scared of the bake tanuki at first, Souta too is becoming fond of Poco-chan.
But we will see how their relationship evolves in the following episodes! And I am so looking forward to it.
I hope you enjoyed my review for the second episode of Udon no Kuni Kiniro Kemari and that it warmed you up on this chilly day just as it warmed me. If you were having a bad day, I hope this episode will help to melt the ice on your heart, smile, and feel happy.
But what do you think about the second episode? Share your thoughts about the episode with us, here on Manga.Tokyo! We will be looking forward to you comments!
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