Hello everyone! How have you all been? It is finally the Christmas week and the festive atmosphere is in the air everywhere you go! Here in Japan, they set up gorgeous illuminations in large cities and most parts of Tokyo. You usually go watch the illuminations with your significant other or friends. They are a worthwhile sight.
Meanwhile the world in Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari is the middle of a hot summer, and when it’s summer in Japan it is time for festivals, the natsu matsuri!
The episode was filled with positive vibes, but you could feel some tension throughout. It was mostly connected with Souta and Poco’s mutual future. Souta seems to look into different things, like nursing houses, where somebody can take care of Poco for a couple of days while he works. He is even trying to cook udon, and it seems like he is getting better at it with every single time he practices.
Japanese Title: 高松まつり
But let’s see what exactly happened in the episode that left me so worried and a bit broken-hearted. Off we go!
The plot of the episode wasn’t very different from all of the others we have had so far. It was basically Souta being a father, and Poco being a little kid. Yet again, Souta got to remember all sorts of things, about his childhood, his mom, her death, his dad, how their relationship went downhill. Souta seems to regret a lot that he never talked to his father properly, that he never told his father that he has something he really wants to do, somewhere he wants to be, to belong to. And in addition to all of this Souta seems to think that he is remembering all of these things thanks to Poco being next to him.
We do not need to talk about how connected the two are, and how much they love each other. But I will say that Souta tells Rin, his sister, that Poco is not a child of his friend’s. That is all he says, and their conversation stops there, because Nakajima, who was pretending to be asleep, decides to let the other two know that he is awake.
A lot of things happen, and Souta tells a lot of people that he is going to take in Poco and raise him as his own child.
But things go to hell during the festival. We have already learned that when Poco is tired or gets excited or scared his tail and ears come out. And of course this happens during the peak of the festival. The tail pops out! But this time Souta cannot hide it, the kids around Poco see it and react to it, people start making comments, everyone sees it. And that’s how the episode ends… I have no idea what the hell can Souta pull up to get out of this situation, but the tension is pretty high, and I can’t wait for the next episode to air!
I love it how all of the anime that touch upon the summer season end up dedicating at least one episode to the festivals. It is a big part of Japanese life, and it is easy to understand why are they so important to make it to almost every anime that’s out there. Keep in mind that every city has its own festival, a bit different from the others, but the point is the same. You go with your loved ones and watch fireworks.
I love how characters develop in this anime. Slowly, but gradually. And this goes not only for the adults but also for kids. For example take Nozomi, the daughter of Souta’s first love (lol). She is a bit older than Poco seems to be, and she acts all big-sistery around him, taking care of him and cleaning Poco’s mouth.
Hiroshi is still enchanted by Rinko and keeps taking photos of her during the festival saying ‘What a beautiful smile’. Nakajima seems to notice this and it kind of annoys him. In other words, a bunch of idiots everywhere, in a good sense that its!
With this I shall end my review, I feel like I have spoilt quit a bit of it for you as it is!! 😛
But I do hope that everyone has enjoyed this episode and had their heart skip a beat at the end like mine did. I will see you next week, and have a wonderful weekend! I wish you happy holidays!
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