「やかましか / うるさい」 (Yakamashika / Urusai)
“Annoying / Loud”
If there was one thing I loved even more than Naru, it would have to be the core values and lessons the show sneaks into the story without even trying. Because if there’s one thing I love more than a good story, it’s a good story that has a valuable takeaway.
The Value of Hard Work versus Talent
Even though it only took up about a third of the episode, the introduction of the Village Elder’s son Hiroshi did so many things right that it’s hard to list them all. On the surface, it was a nice surprise to see things from a different perspective since I can only handle so much of Handa. But things started to get interesting when they decided to use Hiroshi’s lackluster attitude toward life and Handa’s writer’s block to simultaneously build off of each other. Shedding a little light on just how hard Handa has been working to find his groove and that hard work can give you a somewhat event footing against those with talent, it was pure bliss watching Hiroshi put it all together all the while getting inspired to work a little bit harder. And never once did the show spell anything out.
Those Around You
On the other hand, the message can be something as simple as noticing the people around you. Seeing how Handa is the prime example of a city boy, it’s nice to see the story make an effort to really show us how out of place he is as well as the hurdles he’s been facing as he tries to integrate into the community around him. All I know is that each and every time Handa decides to open up to others I start to feel good inside.
Humor & Naru<3
Sure a story with a great takeaway is nice but even if this show didn’t have that, I’m sure the show’s humor would be more than enough to keep me coming back. Between watching Handa set himself up to be the butt end of a lot of jokes and the rotating cast of side characters who accompany Naru as she pesters him there’s more than enough variety to tickle just about anyone’s funny bone. That said, I’m really hoping that as the story progresses the variety of jokes will change with it.
Also, Naru. Because she deserves her own sentence.
With Handa slowly integrating into the village lifestyle and taking a bit more time to metaphorically smell the roses (whether or not he means to), the story seems to be rolling along quite smoothly. Seeing how most of the prominent characters from the opening sequence have also appeared in some form or another, I’m hoping that the next few episodes will start to dive into the deeper end of things.