「マヨタマ爆誕」 (Mayotama Bakutan)
“Mayotama’s Explosive Appearance”
It was right around this time last season we got an episode that was just like this. Totally different art style, completely left field subject matter, and somehow it related to the past. But unlike last time, I think this attempt was a complete success.
Taking out any of the dirtier connotations that the heading might have made you think of, I never thought I’d feel so strongly about this subject from a tiny three minute show. Tossing us into Youta’s early life from before he became his more otaku-like self, I would have never guessed he was the definition of a normal, everyday kid. Not into anything related to anime or manga, he used to just be a little runt who shared absolutely nothing in common with Hajime.
But as much as Youta’s personality surprised me, the way Hajime was completely blew me away. The way he reacted when he saw his little brother was getting bullied nearly brought me to tears. Standing up to a group of thugs who were about to deflower Youta (okay, probably not deflower but do whatever little kids do to each other), the sense of satisfaction I got knowing that he’d actually stand up to people harassing his family got me right in the chest. Sure, it may have been fueled by some chuunibyou delusions and he may have gotten roughed up, but at the end of the day Hajime did what he had to do.
And if that wasn’t enough to get your feelings going, I’m sure that shot of the popsicle stick at the end hit you right in the gut. Right? RIGHT?
So, it looks like we’ve given up episode numbers entirely and just have titles now. Which in itself I guess isn’t a bad thing since it seems the show is gungho about skirting around the whole pregnancy thing. That said, if the rest of the season was as entertaining as this I almost wouldn’t mind if we didn’t get to see Kaoru and Hajime’s baby. Almost. Catch you guys next week when we’ll hopefully get to see stuff in the present instead of the past!