Kobato. – 11
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.
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.