Kobato. – 16
Thanks to Chiho and Chise, Kobato comes up with the idea of holding a bazaar at the nursery to raise funds for its debt. Kiyokazu initially shoots down the idea, but Sayaka decides to do it, and the children are excited. Every thus starts preparing, and Kobato works hard at making posters to put up around the neighborhood. The night before the bazaar though, Kobato runs into the man that the nursery owes money, and after Kobato reveals what they’re doing, he reiterates his intent to shut down the place. Kiyokazu later hears Kobato talking to herself about this, identifies the man as Okiura, and instructs Kobato not to tell Sayaka. Since Kobato is still confused, Ioryogi puts it all together for her: Okiura is Sayaka’s previous husband. Ioryogi, however, feels that Kobato shouldn’t get too deeply involved in this, and he reminds her of the task she still has to complete. On the day of the bazaar, the weather is poor, and no one comes initially. Fortunately, Chitose and her daughters show up, and from them Kobato learns that all of her posters have disappeared. Kiyokazu suspects Okiura, but this doesn’t deter Kobato, and she heads out to tell everyone in the neighborhood about the bazaar. As a result, tons of people show up when the weather clears up, and the event is a success.
It’s good to see that the story is finally making some progress on the debt angle, as well with Kiyokazu’s attitude towards Kobato. Well, progress may be a bit of an overstatement in relation to that first part since all Okiura did was threaten the nursery again, but I guess he did take down those posters, and at least Kobato and Sayaka are now working more actively to pay off that debt instead of just sitting around fretting about it. The fact that everyone came to the bazaar at the end there was actually a little heartwarming too, though I highly doubt that they’ll raise enough money since that would be too easy. Actually, the bazaar story isn’t even over yet give how Ioryogi disappeared and didn’t come back, never mind the fact that the episode title for next week indicates as much. I initially thought Ioryogi was going to the bear’s shop to get some baumkuchen or something, but it looks like we’ll have to wait until next week to see what he’s really up to. Maybe Okiura will show up again too.