When people tell you that Kodomo no Jikan isn’t just about the lolis and the jailbait, this is the story arc they are talking about. It’s the story of Rin and Reiji’s past, when Rin’s mother Aki was still alive.
Coming from an abusive family, it was natural that Reiji would be a dark, unapproachable guy. Even when he moved in with his cousin Aki and her young daughter Rin (hottie mother and a little bundle of cuteness), he was a recluse, locking himself in his room. Heck, they could have took about 47 different tangents on this situation alone, and yet they stayed the course – impressive.
Anyways, it wasn’t until Reiji is met with his darkest hour (I’m guessing somewhere between 11pm and midnight) that Rin comes in and gives him the hug of a lifetime. Realizing that he’s completely pathetic for sulking in a house of two cheerful girls, the next day onward he becomes a changed man – friendly, mature, and always taking good care of Rin.
Of course, that’s not where the story ends, as Reiji feels a constant sense of guilt and dissatisfaction at his own incompetence – wanting to help support Aki and Rin, he becomes a diligent and responsible student, wishing he would grow up faster.
Fast forward a few years, where Reiji has found himself a steady job and can now support the family. Things are looking pretty good, and now it seems Reiji is banging Aki as well (HUZZAH). But no, life deals the Kokonoe family another bad hand, and Aki falls ill to a disease that saps the life out of her with each day.
Those of you that caught the Kanon craze, you’ll remember the sullen turn Makoto’s story took as she gradually faded away. While Aki’s eventual demise came more abruptly, the severity of the situation arguably hit harder with Rin sitting by her dead mother, Aki’s tears streaming down her face, holding a note that says “I’m sorry.”
Crying is for sissies! I’m a sissy :\
See, this is a great episode to prove the doubters wrong, but by now, the doubters have all moved on to other shows. And it’s not like this episode could have come any earlier, either… so, oh well, consider it a gift for those still watching the show.
But how was it? Given their budget and the resources available to them, I thought the studio did a pretty good job setting up the mood and eventually finishing it out. There were very few distractions so to speak – unfortunately, the lone censor screen in this ep completely killed the scene (again), but we can use our imagination. At any rate, once again the writers have succeeded in confusing their audiences as to the identity of this anime – is it drama? Comedy? Fanservice? Perhaps all three, as it’s able to juggle between all of those without being too obnoxious.
Regardless, Kodomo no Jikan continues to keep me interested, for one reason or another. And that reason seems to change every episode. Next week’s reason? I think those preview screenshots are pretty self-explanatory!