「はもはも、みちちっ。」 (Hamohamo, Michichii.)
Pizza is such a guilty pleasure of mine. I love fast food and pizza is amongst those one of those things that just smells so good every time that I can’t resist. Even when I’m full, if I smell it, I must have a bite. This shows just how little self-control I have, so it goes without saying that I rather not be around it to avoid the temptation. That being said, I went out and bought four new pizzas after this episode because 1) it was on sale and 2) I crave pizza now. And not just the simple pepperoni and cheese, but different toppings like spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and chicken. I haven’t been able to find any pizzas with the typical toppings I’d get in Asia, but this is good enough. The times I have tried pizza in Asia though, I love how the pizzas are “personal”-sized (not the large and extra-large ones here). The sauces that they use are also unique… not just tomato and BBQ, but a cream sauce or spicy sauce. Obviously the toppings will vary too but that’s what makes the experience so unique. I try to experience the different “fast foods” from different countries every time I travel because they always tend to vary a bit even if the company is the same. Burgers are a great example of something that’s the same yet different everywhere. And fries ~ My god, I love fries.
There wasn’t much food as there was story and development this week and that’s okay by me. Ryou’s neighbor one floor below finally gets a name – Uchiki Yuki (Iguchi Yuka) – so for all those curious, she actually plays a role in the story. She turns out to be quite the introvert who wants to make friends and step out of her comfort circle but can’t find the strength within herself to do so. That definitely reminds me a lot of myself because I also find it hard to make new friends. Not necessary difficult to interact and talk to people, but to truly make an effort to get to know someone and find common interests can be a daunting task. I used to get a lot of anxiety talking to people and I was an incredibly shy child; to the point that I would fake an illness to avoid doing presentations or going to events. So trust me when I say that people like Yuki, feel a lot of pressure when it comes to making new friends and meeting strangers. When I finally broke out of that shell though, it felt good because I was able to leap over this hurdle that felt like a burden for so many years. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being like Yuki either, but if you ever feel like you want to change, there’s always an opportunity to.
The reoccurring theme in Koufuku Graffiti has always been the enhancement of food with good company and I think this episode nailed it. Yuki was pretty surprised at the euphoric experiences that Ryou and Kirin had while eating (which I’m sure, to strangers looks weird and awkward) but once she had her own slice of pizza, she got to experience it herself. I wouldn’t say that eating with people makes the food THAT much better by any means; but it’s more about the conversations you have or the company that you enjoy. Of course, having someone around to try different foods with you helps if you like eating different things. Yuki will sure benefit by being friends with Ryou now… If I had a neighbor that could cook well; had no family around; and I was a terrible chef, you can sure bet we’d be best friends.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Nothing like good ol’ pizza that makes the world go round. Purchased 4 pizzas after this o_o #Iamnotcrazy #koufukug