In order to fill her bottle, Kobato goes around town looking for people who have been hurt, but no one wants her help, and she just ends up playing with some kids. She then finds someone handing out tissues, so she takes the whole box off the guy’s hands and tries to distribute them herself. In the process, she bumps into the same guy who had saved her previously, and because she wants to thank him, she tries to follow him. She thus ends up at the nursery school where he works, and when she finds out from his co-worker Okiura Sayaka that the school needs help, she volunteers herself. She starts by playing with the children, but she’s unable to answer them when asked about her father. The guy she followed, Fujimoto Kiyokazu, meanwhile doesn’t want her around because he feels that she’s useless. Later, when the kids are asleep, Sayaka explains that the nursery is old and that there are less kids coming here nowadays. Kobato still wants to come back to help though, and despite Kiyokazu’s suspicions of her, Sayaka welcomes her to help again.
On her way out, Kiyokazu warns her not to come if she’s just curious or pitying them, and Kobato can tell that he’s hurt in some way. The fact that he doesn’t want her around makes Kobato realize that there are people who might not want to be healed. Ioryogi, however, advises that if she wants to heal someone, then she should. Afterward, Kobato runs into one of the nursery school children waiting for his mother by himself. His mother has been working late ever since her divorce, and the boy is very defensive of her because he’s heard what the other mothers say about her. To the boy’s surprise, Kobato applauds his mother, and that leads to him hugging her in tears. Kobato spends the rest of the evening playing with him, and afterward, she discovers that there’s now something in her bottle. Ioryogi suggests that she call it a konpeitou since that’s what it’s shaped like, and he also gives her a score of 100 for what she did today.
I think the best way to describe this second episode is as pleasant and cute, but it also managed to lay some of the framework for the near future, particularly in regard to Sayaka and Kiyokazu. I loved some of the background music pieces they used as well. The main drawback to the episode was the little boy story at the end because it was rather underdeveloped. It doesn’t help that I’m typically not a fan of annoying kids, but it was like they felt that Kobato needed to collect her first konpeitou by episode’s end and threw in a good deed. On the other hand, the stuff about fathers earlier in the episode was interesting, though not because it foreshadowed the boy’s problem. It made me wonder what Kobato’s origin really is and if the bird meaning of her name is a clue. There’s certainly enough bird imagery in the stuff she carries. I’m curious to see how they develop this as we move forward, though I’m trying to temper my expectations a bit because I suspect it might be a while before we learn anything significant about Kobato herself.