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Summary:

In order to help the nursery, Kobato decides to find a part-time job, and she lands one at the bakery with some help from Chitose. There, she meets the baker Ueda and his assistant Yumi, and although Kobato starts out inept, Yumi helps train her. Kobato eventually finds out that Yumi is concerned because she noticed that Ueda is worried about something. Kobato decides to play detective to solve this mystery, but she isn’t able to find out anything until she and Yumi follow Ueda after work one day. They end up seeing him meeting with a woman, making Yumi think that he’s on a date, and the two try to run away when Ueda spots them. He catches them after Kobato falls down, and he reveals that he was only interviewing a potential employee because he had been concerned about Yumi’s well-being after she hurt her hand earlier. As it turns out though, Yumi had hurt her hand trying to learn to bake a cake so that she could help Ueda more. Since the cake she baked was pretty good, Ueda decides to work with her more on it, and when Kobato returns home, she finds more konpeitou in her bottle.

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Well this episode was cute if nothing else. I actually thought most of the episode wasn’t too bad – it even had a reference to Sayaka’s husband, which I’m sure will come up again – but the resolution at the end between Yumi and Ueda was rather unsatisfying. They spent a lot of time on Kobato goofing off and playing detective and didn’t really devote much time to developing either of the two’s characters. I guess you could argue that they didn’t need to since both are from Chobits, but I can barely remember them since it’s been so long. Either way, it felt somewhat trivial that all it took for Kobato to heal them was to make them realize that they were both concerned about each other.

On the plus side, the preview looked promising since it showed more Ginsei and Ioryogi. Next episode will have to wait till January 5, 2010 though because there’s no new episode next week.

December 23, 2009 at 1:24 am
22 comments »
  • December 23, 2009 at 1:48 amRie Azel

    Kobato ~ CUTE :3

  • December 23, 2009 at 1:53 amAlec

    about time 4 d story 2 get serious

  • December 23, 2009 at 2:10 amcutemi2

    Hiroyasu & Yumi from Chobits, Yipee….
    Kobato will get a cuter job just like Chii…

  • December 23, 2009 at 3:25 amdasfa

    Watching this episode made me really really hungry. I was so jealous of Ioryogi when he started eating his cakes!!! How cute was Ioryogi when he tried to sew himself 2gether.

  • December 23, 2009 at 3:30 amyanipheonu

  • December 23, 2009 at 3:38 amtiffany

    What is a montblanc? It seemed popular in the bakery. Thank you whoever answers!

  • December 23, 2009 at 3:56 amPhocus

    …Ginsei and Ioryogi remind of certain characters (the Mimigas – Ioryogi looks a lot like King) from the indie game Cave Story (洞窟物語 / Dōkutsu Monogatari). Eh, anyone know, anyone … ?

    Back to Kobato, the series is really slowing down. I’m really hoping they get to Kobato’s origins soon, or at least develop her character a bit more (I’m kinda annoyed of watching her being a dysfunctional klutz every episode).

  • December 23, 2009 at 6:24 amGeorge

    http://randomc.net/image/Kobato/Kobato.%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2020.jpg

    Is it just me or this guy remind of Michael Jackson?

  • December 23, 2009 at 8:24 amSplash

    Ya looks like “Smooth Crimial” Michael Jackson. I like this series and Kobato is hella cute but enough of the Kotato-Klutz-Move-Of-The-week stuff. Lets move on with the storyline.

  • December 23, 2009 at 9:26 amP-Dash

    I think the Michael Jackson guy is supposed to be Dick Tracy.

  • December 23, 2009 at 9:47 amExia

    what target demographic is this show again.

  • December 23, 2009 at 12:57 pmKabayongtao

    @Exia

    Chobits fan?

  • December 23, 2009 at 2:23 pmKinny Riddle

    I never noticed it before, but it wasn’t until seeing Kobato in that waitress costume that I realized she’s quite flat-chested. XD

    I would wager that even Sakura (the teenage one from Tsubasa, not the loli one from CCS) is more well-endowed than Kobato.

    One wonders how Cake Shop Tirol will cope with attracting more potential customers with just Yumi alone. I mean, at least Chii has the assets to back up her lack of common sense. lol

    I’m with P-Dash in that I was thinking more of Dick Tracy than MJ’s Smooth Criminal when seeing that, but the way he holds his hat does resemble MJ.

  • December 23, 2009 at 7:06 pmIsland Esper

    @dasfa Totally agree had to run out and stuff myself with pastries

    @Kinny Riddle pettanko FTW any day for me.

    The only thing i got from the episode was calories :(

  • December 23, 2009 at 9:27 pmAlphaEtOmega

    @tiffany
    I was also wondering what it is and after googling it ‘mont blanc cake’,
    it is a ‘chestnut cream cake’.
    Would provide links, but im not too sure if that is allowed or not.

  • December 24, 2009 at 12:51 amFeenix

    So….did she cut her hands on egg shells? I had no idea making cake was such dangerous work :3

  • December 24, 2009 at 2:05 amSyllen

    im surprised the people around kobato dont ask her why she doesnt eat

  • December 24, 2009 at 10:38 pmLevi

  • December 25, 2009 at 10:47 pmAnonymous

    @Syllen

    I’m rather more curious as to how she is staying in the apartment, since she clearly has no money to pay for it, and also where she gets all her outfits, etc…

  • December 28, 2009 at 2:42 amMika

    It seems like this whole Kobato anime is made up of fillers. The manga is much better and more developed plotwise. Not unlike Cardcaptor Sakura, but I guess they are both produced by Madhouse.

  • January 10, 2010 at 7:00 pmTomer

    @Anonymous I’ve been wondering about that since she first got the apartment… I sorta assumed the nursery was paying for it, but then how the hell does she eat or wash? And if were going down that ruite then how did she manage to get a job without a CV, any proof of identification etc etc

    Oh well not that it matters I guess.

  • February 23, 2010 at 9:22 pmichigo_daisuki

    Are Ueda and Yumi crossovers from Chobits?