“I Will Not Allow It!”
I really like the way Papakiki handles the problems that are given to its characters. Some of you may call it a cop-out but I loved how so many different things were all tied together in such a cohesive manner. Who would have thought that a few side characters would have had such a huge role?
But to have such a great ending, there needs to be enough oomph behind it to support it and boy was there a lot of oomph this week. With the burdens of trying to find a new place to live, trying to make enough money to support his family, and trying to manage his own life floating above Yuuta’s head, it was interesting to see the stress finally kick in. From verbally expressing his fantasies to screwing up at work, I guess it goes to show you that even someone as impressive as Yuuta can fall victim to reality.
As the problems kept building up, I never expected the 180 turn that was in-store after the amazingly cute and hawt eye-catches. First I hope I wasn’t the only one who missed that landlord Sawa’s mother, the same adorable grandma who we’ve seen nearly every episode, was the one who was talking to her as she was running out of the house. Had I noticed, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the ending as much as I did, but even without catching that HUGE clue I think my mind started to catch on as soon as Sawa’s inner tsundere started to leak out after getting a good glimpse at Hina. However, the writers did a great job at redirecting my attention the moment Hina started to cry. Besides getting nervous that she’d spill ice cream on her precious bunny, I thought it was game over the moment she got ice cream all over Sawa’s clothes. Luckily, Hina’s charm turned something that could have been horrible into something amazing. Starting by infiltrating Sawa’s heart and then exposing her to the sacrifices that Yuuta’s made in order to protect his family, I felt like she was on the verge of reconsidering her position of evicting Yuuta. And as if on cue, the adorable grandma who just happens to be Sawa’s mother appears to drive the point home.
And that’s another great thing about this show — changing things up to keep things fresh. Sure, I wouldn’t mind an episode full of Hina and Sako getting beat by Raika but when the story starts to dive into deeper topics like monetary issues or living arrangements and does a good job at fleshing them out while still keeping the balance between being too serious or too silly, that’s definitely one of biggest things that keep me coming back for more.