「ひさんいを / 高級な魚」 (Hisan-Iwo / Koukyouna Sakana)
“A High-Grade Fish”
There have been a lot of great episodes of Barakamon, but this one definitely took its rightful spot as one of the best.
Remembering The Small Things
While it may not have been the flashiest of episodes, I felt this week’s story resonate extra clearly with my soul. Living in a 24-hour city that basically throws the notion of patience out the window in favor for the ability to get just about whatever you want whenever you want it, it’s tough not to get caught up in all of it! And from what all my out of state friends tell me, it’s literally the best thing that you could have. I mean, who wouldn’t want 24-hour everything right?
But every now and then there’s something that forces you to stop and smell the roses — and I think those moments are the best in the world. Sure, most of us will never be forced out to the boonies but I think this episode did a fantastic job of showing us just how much serendipity exists in the world when you take a little time to see it. Who would have thought something as simple as a fishing trip could turn into the prime example of learning how to enjoy the simple things?
Growing Little by Little
Something that caught my eye this week, well every week if I’m being honest but more so this week, has been Handa and the way he’s demonstrated just how much he’s matured since he first came to the island. Even though he barely resembles the mess that we were introduced to during the first episode, it surprised me to hear that he’s apparently grown a lot more than we could have ever imagined. Judging from Kawafuji constantly surprised face whenever serious talk started to come down, it makes me smile when I think about just how much Handa’s life has changed for the better.
Return of Naru and Looking Forward
After a couple weeks of Naru getting sidelined, it’s nice to see her get some well-deserved screen time. Besides that, I must say that the show has been doing a great job at keeping my attention filled with awesomeness each and every week. While the overall pace feels like it’s been turned down a notch, I get a feeling the next few weeks are going to get things pumping again! No matter what happens though, you can bet I’ll be anxiously waiting for it.