「お稲荷さま。旅行する」 (Oinari-sama. Ryokou Suru)
“Oinari-sama. Goes on a Trip”
Episode at a Glance:
After winning a trip to a hot spring from a lottery draw, Kuugen, Kou, and the rest of the Takagamis make the trip out there, where they run into Noboru and Tooru’s grandmother, Oobaba-sama, and uncle, Midzuchi Tatsuhiko. Later, Kuugen (male), Noboru, and Tooru go off to take bath, but Noboru makes everyone hold off when Kou comes by offering to wash their backs. As Tooru leaves in a hurry, he accidentally leaves behind his protective bracelet and then runs into a small girl asking him to play with her. After giving the girl his name and promising to play with her later, Tooru sticks around at the inn while everyone else leaves to check out the surrounding area.
While the others enjoy their time outside, Kou soon realizes that there’s no one at the inn to protect Tooru, so everyone rushes back. There, they find several seemingly harmless ghostly apparitions around and Kuugen eventually finds the girl who’s responsible; however, upon threatening her for her pranks, the girl cries. Noboru and Kou then find Tooru collapsed in a room, where Kuugen “convinces” the girl to return the spirit energy that she absorbed from him. Kuugen then explains that she’s a Zashiki Warashi (座敷童), a protective household deity, and gets the girl to apologize for using Tooru’s energy to play with. As Oobaba-sama walks off, Noboru chases after her, saying that there’s nothing to worry about since Kuugen and Kou are protecting them properly.
「お稲荷さま。女子高生になる」 (Oinari-sama. Joshikousei ni Naru)
“Oinari-sama. Becomes a Female High School Student”
Despite being a hot spring episode, there wasn’t much fan-service until the very end, but only if you can even consider that fan-service. While the episode itself was pretty entertaining when I watched it (mainly because of Kuugen’s antics such as crashing through a door while going for the birdie), in retrospect, not a lot happened. Despite being a spirit, the little girl didn’t really cause much of a problem and everything was resolved fairly quickly. The focus of the episode seemed to be more of Oobaba-sama’s lack of trust in Kuugen’s ability to protect Noboru and Tooru though, which did seem to be resolved at the end.
Seiyuu-wise, the little Zashiki Warashi girl was played by the extremely talented Sawashiro Miyuki (Shinku in Rozen Maiden, Kanzato Jun/Yuki in PERSONA -trinity soul-, Shibasaki Asako in Toshokan Sensou, Maria Tarou Sekiutsu in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei), who used her child-like voice here, but has many more distinct voices in her repertoire. Miyuki has quickly become one of my well-respected seiyuus given her talent, so I encourage you all to watch series that she’s in and see (hear…?) for yourself what I’m talking about.
P.S. On a personal note, I’m still thinking of going to a hot spring myself while I’m here in Japan, but I still haven’t decided where to go, so if anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to let me know.
– Tenko Kuugen (天狐 空幻) / Yukana (ゆかな)
– Tenko Kuugen (天狐 空幻) / Nakamura Yuuichi (中村 悠一)
– Kou (コウ) / Hayami Saori (早見 沙織)
– Takagami Noboru (高上 昇) / Mizushima Takahiro (水島 大宙)
– Takagami Tooru (高上 透) / Shimura Yuu (嶋村 侑)
– Sakura Misaki (佐倉 美咲) / Kano Yui (鹿野 優以)
– Oobaba-sama (大ばば様) / Sadaoka Sayuri (定岡 小百合)
– Midzuchi Tatsuhiko (三槌 龍彦) / Furusawa Tooru (古澤 徹)
– Zashiki Warashiko (座敷童子) / Sawashiro Miyuki (沢城 みゆき)
– Lottery clerk (くじ引きの係員) / Ishikawa Ayano (石川 綾乃)
– Hostess (女将) / Takeda Hana (武田 華)
– Chef (板前) / Kushida Yasumichi (櫛田 泰道)
– Waitress (仲居) / Honda Mariko (本多 真梨子)
– Target practice person (射的屋) / Nagai Takanori (永井 孝則)