Usagi Drop – 07
「ないしょで家出」 (Naisho de Iede)
“Secretly Running Away From Home”
Haruka crashes at Daikichi’s place unexpectedly after “running away from home” (i.e. from her darn in-laws). It was a pretty impulsive decision, without telling her husband where she went, and bringing Reina along too, but I can somewhat understand given my own distaste dealing with certain older relatives. The kids interactions with each other and the adults were pretty funny though, and I find myself constantly grinning while watching. Some of the stuff children say can get really awkward indeed for the adults, as evidenced by their facial expressions while Rin and Reina casually talked about marriage and divorce as pertaining to their parents. They bump into Yukari while shopping as well, and Haruka teases Daikichi relentlessly, bringing out his tsundere side again.
As for a serious side, through Reina and Rin, and Haruka and Daikichi’s discussions, it’s revealed that Haruka isn’t getting along very well with her husband and his side of the family. She vents her bitterness to her cousin and sheds some tears as well. I feel bad for her, it’s definitely not easy being stuck in an unhappy marriage and not being able to do much about it. It hurt kids too, seeing their parents arguing all the time, and I can empathize with the feeling of helplessness they have. Even though this episode focused on Haruka and Daikichi, it was pretty uneventful as usual, and as always the show continues to meander slowly, exploring different real-world family issues from marriage to parenting. The same heartwarming, peaceful tone is maintained throughout, while at the same time tough issues like divorce are not avoided. By the end of the episode, Haruka has made peace and resigned to her situation after spending time talking with Daikichi. Although her personal problems have not been resolved, I feel that they both came out for the better — stronger and more mature to deal with the issues that they face.