「傘がない」 (Kasa ga Nai)
“My Umbrella is Missing”
Savings lives one step at a time… by stopping the people that choose to empty their trash early! Oh my poor Masayoshi. At this point, I’m not sure if I feel sorry for him or if I want to cheer him on for being such a standout character. And by standout character, I mean, he’s really doing what he feels is right and he doesn’t take it personally that people are calling him out on it. I admire people like Masayoshi; people that stand up for what they believe in without being worried of being criticized and rejected. How many times have I suffered by bystander apathy or stayed silent because I didn’t want to get in trouble? But Masayoshi is different and he wants to be that guy who helps society better itself – even if it’s through petty crimes like littering.
Although there’s not a lot of action in this “superhero” anime, I think the conversations that come up between Hidenori and Masayoshi are quite realistic and applicable to everyday. Something as simple as stealing someone’s umbrella might seem harmless at the time, but that’s because people are only concerned about getting themselves wet. They don’t consider who’s umbrella it belongs to, what might happen to that person and especially the value of the umbrella to that person (especially in Hidenori’s case). Of course, this is not just applicable to umbrellas, but all petty crimes that exist in society. Pickpocketing and stealing are also considered “small crimes” that the government just doesn’t have the resources to stop all the time – and what’s worse is that people continue to do because it’s no big deal. Or rather, it’s somewhat socially acceptable to take something of someone’s if you need it more. It seems like in this example, Masayoshi was leading to the point that stealing umbrellas has turned into such a regular occurrence that no one stops it anymore. Stuff like littering, and taking out the garbage early – there are regulations in place for a reason and I respect Masayoshi for trying to keep people in line. His methods of doing so are another story though…
As for what happened this episode… well I can’t say that a lot transpired from a second episode. There’s still no indication of what’s to come and I’m hoping that there’s going to be an underlying story here. Somewhere. This week was more so about Masayoshi and his everyday life – trying to be a superhero while being bossed around by his manager (who isn’t nice at all). I feel somewhat sorry for this guy given his lack of friends and hobbies, but at least he has Hidenori. There’s a brief encounter with Maya Mari (Tomatsu Haruka), along with her co-stars Misawa Mizuki (Ichimichi Mao) and Morita Moe (Yamazaki Erii). Given that the entire ED is dedicated to these three, I can’t help but wonder if they’re going to join Masayoshi’s journey to become a superhero… or perhaps a love interest?
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: Second ep and I still have no idea what’s going to happen… Seems like he’s just cleaning petty crimes so far. #samumenco