No, this review is not too late and you didn’t read wrong! The sixth episode of Wotakoi is about Christmas and it’s never too late for a good Christmas story. Let us dive into the review right away!
Japanese Title: 憂鬱なクリスマス (Yuutsuna Kurisumasu)
Episode 6 – Bleak Christmas
Narumi starts to act strange after lunch and Hirotaka worries about her. He worries so much he even goes to ask Hanako and Kabakura about it because she only smiles and tells him it’s nothing. After the mystery is solved and Hirotaka made it once again clear that he will be there for Narumi no matter what it is and that he wants to be close to her, everything returns to daily life. On the way home, Narumi and Hirotaka meet Naoya in a cute Santa outfit and reminisce about past Christmasses, when they were young and naive. Of course, the talk about couples couldn’t be far and we get to hear what the couples have planned for Christmas and how the past year was…
The Return of Kabe-don
If you don’t know what a kabe-don is, you might want to return to the review of the second episode and read more about it. That being said, the opening of this episode was by far one of the strongest scenes. At first, I was really confused as to what was going on, but seeing Kabakura and Hirotaka in the kabe-don position I couldn’t help but squeal a little and was promptly joint by Narumi and Hanako, who took pictures of the scene. Yeah, that was definitely #relatable and very enjoyable. I can’t get enough of scenes like this.
The Hanakura pair was especially cute when they walked home because they were flirting with each other. How he blushes since she worries about him catching a cold and she forces him to let her make food for him that night, he suggesting that she spends the night… Their relationship is just heartwarming and cute and very #relatable (and #desireable).
The romance of the moment with Narumi and Hirotaka did take a bit to unravel before me, but then it hit me and made me giggle and enjoy it all the more. How she admires that he switched walking sides and how he fixed his bag was a bit of a riddle to me until I remembered that she had her precious notes in her bag and he had his precious games in his and when he switched sides, he did it to protect her bag from the rain and then fixed the side he carries his bag to also protect it from the rain… True otaku love and now that I caught it, I think it’s really cute of both of them! Her admiration and his attention are amazing! Apparently I have too short of an attention span for it…
Hirotaka already proved in the first few seconds of this episode that he can do anything. He did the kabe-don with Kabakura and he protected Narumi’s precious notes. This time, he realized that something was wrong with his girlfriend and for some time we got really worried, even though I have to say I was already thinking of the most ridiculous reasons. I just didn’t come up with the reason she had. Anyway, it was Hirotaka that shone brightly once again, because he really showed once again how much he cares for his girlfriend. He even did take that picture with Kabakura to cheer her up and I think he handles Narumi just right. They are so cute together. Let’s not forget that moment when Hanako and Hirotaka started talking seriously about who would top the other if Hirokaba were a real pairing. He even tells her that he can’t be a seme – the dominant person in a gay relationship – which gives me the impression that he reads too many of Narumi’s manga…
Feeling With Your Characters
It seems to be a definite feature of an otaku that they feel strongly for their favorite characters and sometimes create a bond with them. At least for me, I have not met many people that aren’t otaku that could relate to this: being sad if something bad happens to your favorite character. For me, I also like to curse aloud if something bad happens or if they are stupid, which sometimes earns me curious glances from my boyfriend… So that Narumi would be sad because her beloved character died and that she takes some time to get over it was extremely #relatable. Oh, and did Kabakura get spoiled by Narumi or did he just really understand her feelings? Whatever it was, his reaction was fun!
The second half of the episode feels like it didn’t really get us anywhere, but I enjoyed meeting Naoya again. He also mentioned that ‘a friend said the same thing’ as Narumi, when she cited a certain line. Was that the first hint that Kou will appear soon?! I mean, I really can’t wait to meet her, so I hope it is.
Hanakura, on the other hand, have a really cute Christmas and it once again shows what a perfect little couple they are. He tries to make Christmas special and she has the perfect gift wrapped for him… It was really romantic and I was a tiny bit jealous. #IWishThisWasRelatable
Did you catch the romance behind the umbrellas? In Japan, there is this thing where you draw an umbrella, and on the left and right side of the handle, you write the names of two people that like each other. It is called an Ai-ai Gasa, which literally would mean ‘love-love umbrella’. It’s similar to how we write the names of two people in a heart. So walking together under one umbrella is very romantic here in Japan, and having not only Narumi and Hirotaka walk below one, but also Hanako and Kabakura, was a really nice sight.
Example of an ai-ai Gasa
Ria-juu Bakuhatsu Shiro
The line Narumi says to Naoya when he says that he doesn’t have a girlfriend and is a little bit jealous of all the happy couples is ‘Ria-juu Bakuhatsu Shiro’ which would directly translate to ‘Blow up the real people’ or something like that. It is something that people who are jealous or envious of someone say to curse them. What it really means is ‘Go and die’, since blowing someone up most likely will result in their death… The ‘real people’ are those that have a happy relationship, happy family, good grades, and excel at their job because they are standing firm on both legs and don’t seem like they have any problems. It’s nothing one takes too literal but somehow it looked beautiful the way Narumi said it, with the bright smile and all. However, I am more of a Naoya type when it comes to phrases like that…
See you next week
That’s it for this week! For some reason, there were some parts where I thought the animation was lacking or lazy as if they had to hurry it. The eyes were not drawn well or it seemed like they didn’t move at all and made the animation really simple. I wonder if that is true or if I just start to get used to the dorky characters and thus notice other things like the lack of animation? Whatever it is, I will pay attention to it again for next week’s episode and hope that you will read my review again!