「ひとんもち / お祝いで投げられる餅」 (Hitonmochi / Oiwai de Nagerareru Mochi )
“Mochi Thrown in Celebration”
With the way this episode started, I never expected I’d be hit with a bombshell of emotions right toward the end.
If there’s something that’ll never grow old, it’ll be watching Handa interact with all the locals of the village. While the formal term might be something like culture shock, I just can’t get enough of how different a simple convenience store feels when you add in some true village flair. That said, it seems that certain tropes will end up in all walks of life. I almost thought for a second that Tama was going to break away from the typical fujoshi stereotype when we got a glimpse at her, to put it lightly, intense manga. But with a little influence from her cousins from elsewhere, it looks like someone unlocked her true passions! And with everything out in the open it’s tough not to giggle when she enters eyecandy mode.
Life Is Sometimes about The Missed Opportunities
Unlike the fairy tale stories we all love to hear and see, life can sometimes be a cruel bitch that’ll take the little world you’ve grown accustomed to and turn it upside-down. Not knowing what to do or where to go, you end up in a funk that follows you closer than your own shadow. No matter what you do or what you say, that funk eventually starts overshadowing everything else to the point where you begin to forget the important things in life.
If that last paragraph sounded a bit morbid, my bad. Something about the last scene with Handa just hit me straight in the chest and wouldn’t let up. I’m sure we’ve all experienced loss in different forms and some have had it worse than others, but if there’s one thing that holds true among all walks of life, it would have to be Yasuba’s sincere words of advice. Sure, everyone’s entitled to their own interpretation of what she said but the part of being able to let go while kicking and clawing your way to a better future resonated so well with my soul (Tamashii no Kyoumei!) that I couldn’t help but shed a few tears.
Naru is Officially Best Girl
After such an emotionally tiring ending, I nearly forgot about Naru’s epic face of becoming a grownup. With eyebrows that Satsuki would be envious of and a jaw line that could rival Jojo himself, I nearly died trying to hold my laughter in — especially after Handa ruined her fun by accidentally telling her she read the kanji wrong!
I absolutely love this show. It gives off so many different great vibes that I don’t even know where to start. It has that quality slice-of-life feel with (what I believe is) it’s depiction of village life while still keeping things serious when it comes to dealing with serious issues. It obviously highlights two specific characters as the “main” duo but I use main lightly because all the side characters get their fair share of the spotlight. And the best part? Naru, duh.
See you next week!