I got myself a Buta-Men yesterday. Hi there, I’m YUKI, the writer.
Here it comes, the dagashi hour! This time, the show puts a spotlight on “Fugashi” and then, “Glico.” International travelers love taking pictures of the famous Glico statue in Osaka. Some of you may be already familiar with the Glico snacks.
Synopsis of the fourth episode: Fugashi and Fugashi and…
When Kokonotsu returns to his shop, Hotaru is crawling on the floor, with her arms tied up on her back and her eyes blindfolded. Stunned, Kokonotsu asks her what is going on. Hotaru answers that she’s been preparing for Fugashi Tasting. As usual, Kokonotsu gives in Hotaru’s persuasion and agrees to face off with Hotaru over the Fugashi Tasting, blindfold and with tide-up arms!
Story board: 平峯義大
Animation direction: 井嶋けい子 川島尚
This episode’s focus is on Hotaru, rather than on dagashi or fugashi itself. I wanted to provide a detailed review but, this is beyond my writing – it is too funny! Simply put, Hotaru with her eyes blindfolded, and hands bound on her back, asked Kokonotsu to insert a long cylinder-shaped fugashi into her mouth, so that she can tell him the producer of each of them. It was supposed to be just a game.
Oh gosh, doesn’t that sound kinky?
To begin with, can I suggest that you watch this show with your family member? (Of course I don’t guarantee the positive outcome.)
Have you ever travelled to Osaka, Japan? One of the famous tourist spots in Osaka is called “Dotonbori”, and there you will find the famous Glico signage. For most of the Japanese people, the term “Glico” clicks with the Glico signage.
So, the Glico’s caramel in this show naturally brings back childhood memories and images; Pop one piece of Glico caramel and charge your energy. “Take one piece, run 300 meters.” Just like Hotaru, I used to eat Glico caramel and got sugar high. (Mind you, I was a young kid.) Above all, I really loved the swag that comes with the main product. Oh, good days.
As I wrote this review, I started wondering if this show has any fan base outside of Japan, and I searched internet. I was surprised when I found out that more than a few people are following this show on Crunchyroll!
I see that Hotaru and Saya are particularly popular. Did you also like illustrations of the Japanese countryside?
The show is based on a real town in Japan. If you plan to visit Japan, try to put it on your itinerary.
official site : http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/dagashi/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/anime_dagashi