「うんにおえぎいっ / 海に泳ぎに行く）」 (Un ni Oegii / Umi ni Oyogi ni Iku)
“Going Swimming At The Beach”
Each and every new episode of Barakamon is like a nice little treat that doesn’t last nearly long enough. Continuously building off of the momentum the show created with its amazing first episode, there hasn’t been a bad week yet. While this week’s episode may have been a little lighter compared to what we’ve seen, it did a fantastic job of reminding us about what’s really important in life.
Winning Is a Two-Way Street
Slightly breaking up the typical pattern of a handful of slice-of-life followed by some sort of profound moment where we realize we’ve been overlooking something in life, this week’s episode focused on a single message about remembering all the little but important things that make each day special.
Starting with the obvious “winning isn’t necessarily everything” idea, I appreciate how the show gives us enough credit to comprehend the message it’s trying to tell. Instead of shoving the idea down our throats, I like how it touched on the mindset you should have. But what I thought was awesome, was how the latter half of the episode used a simple beach trip to remind us of how important it is to think about those around you. Somehow tying it all together with the previous notion about being the only winner, something about Handa’s sudden realization that caring for others can bring out something deep within you almost got me to tear up a bit.
Because at the end of the day, it all comes down to the simple idea that people help other people out. While we typically do it under the pretense that what we’re doing will benefit us in someway, sometimes when we really care about someone we’ll end up doing things entirely for their sake. Which eventually starts a cycle that keeps going around and around until a group of strangers becomes close enough to call each other family.
Looking Happily Ahead
After what feels like the perfect amount of episodes to really establish the bonds between Handa, Naru, and the rest of the gang I’m glad to see that the story seems primed and ready to toss Handa a nice curveball. While I’d love to know why Handa’s buddies flew all the way across Japan to visit him, I have this strange feeling some nasty stuff is about to go down between that younger looking guy and him. Hopefully all of his training in this little island community gets some good use!
No matter what does happen though, I’m sure it’ll be fun to watch. Because Barakamon is just that good. Also, that black sea slug.