Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai! – 12 (END)
「世界で一番パパが好き」 (Sekai de Ichiban Papa ga Suki)
“I Love The World’s Best Papa”
I don’t know where PapaKiki pulled this one from, but this week’s episode may have been the best of them all. There was a lot of Hina, a bit of Sora, a pinch of Raika, and a whole lot of touching family moments.
With tensions looming from last week’s episode, it was pretty tough to watch Sora try to explain to Hina why her mommy and daddy weren’t going to show up for her performance. Just like in real life when you try to explain something difficult, especially to someone who’s younger, it was like a train wreck waiting to happen. And as soon as Hina somewhat understood what was going on, I was having some trouble trying to keep my eyes on the screen. There’s just something about watching a little kid try to face a harsh reality and losing it that’s just a little too painful to watch.
But even after being derailed, this train wreck just kept on chugging along. After watching Hina breakdown, I don’t think I was ready to watch Yuuta get his dreams ripped out from underneath him — especially from Raika of all people! Seeing how she’s been on Yuuta’s side ever since their first encounter, it must have been especially tough for Yuuta to hear from her that he couldn’t become his nieces’ “father”. Throw in the letter from his uncle about wanting to take responsibility for Hina, Miu, and Sora and it felt like things were about to head down a really depressing path.
Except, in true PapaKiki fashion things manage to turn around just at the very last second. For starters, if I hear anyone in the comments mention that they knew that Yuuta wouldn’t have given up his nieces for anything I’ll make sure to meet you in a dark alleyway somewhere! Honestly though, I was ecstatic the moment Yuuta revealed his plans to Sora. Besides sounding like a real father at a crucial moment, I loved how he followed up with a plan to save Hina’s first performance. While it may not have been as cute and embarrassing as Yuri’s, it was awfully sweet to see everyone cheering for Hina which in turn gave me some of the best shots of Hina I’ve ever capped. And let’s not forget along the way his impressive “confession” to Raika! Which was so surprising that I’m sure we all had the same speechless face as Nimura. That said, I need to make sure to take the same approach when I find my future wife — no talking and no questions and just a simple “Become my wife!”
It’s been a long time since Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! started. In that time, it’s been quite a whole since an anime has made me hnnnngggggg so much. Seriously, with someone as cute as Hina who obtained an amazing voice from Igarashi Hiromi, how can you not love it whenever she appears on screen?!
But even without Hina to give you a false heart attack there’s still a good comedy hiding amongst all the drama the show attempted to build. Especially with only 12 episodes to work with, I honestly believe that the story was adapted quite well. Following a pretty good formula of building the story up and introducing some sort of problem every few episodes, there was never a point where it felt like the story was just standing still. And with the few episodes that didn’t really focus on the main plot, there was either some classy fanservice or ridiculously funny moments. Not too bad for a show that people have said has “absolutely no plot.”
But if having plot wasn’t your thing, since a show like this wouldn’t normally have one this good, there’s a wide cast of characters that help push things along the way. You had great side characters like Sako who was trying to get his hands all over Hina and Miu, Raika to beat him up and show off her own unique personality, and Nimura to help calm things down from the shadows. Then you had side-side characters like the landlord’s mother and Kurumi who had their own unique personalities and contributed to the story — something you just don’t get from most shows these days!
However, before even considering the Hina or the plot, this show had one big thing going for it — its strong seiyuu line up. Recently, I’ve been giving shows a lot more consideration when they have a balanced mix between new and veteran seiyuu. Since hearing the same people over and over can quickly get old, I’d like to say that when powerhouses like Kitamura Eri, Horie Yui, and Ono Daisuke backing up newbies like Uesaka Sumire and Nakamura Sakura it gives them both the an audience who’ll listen to them and the chance they need to become successful. Hopefully leading to people adding new seiyuus to their list and possibly giving other shows a shot they may not have originally had.
Luckily, this show never crossed the boundaries between what most people consider moral and immoral — something I knew before I even started covering this show and have constantly said to try to get it a larger audience. While it’s hard to quantify my efforts, I hope that at least one person gave this show another shot and hopefully enjoyed it to the fullest. With that said, I definitely give PapaKiki the Takaii seal of approval of being-apparently-no-good-to-the-world-but-actually-being-really-good.
P.S. I hope I wasn’t the only one who was about to die from laughing so hard during the last scene — Hina knee bump wins the ribbon for funniest scene in the whole series.