「つむぎとおまたせのハンバーガ」 (Tsumugi to Omatase no Hannbaaga)
“Tsumugi and The Long Awaited Hamburger Steak”
I may be getting older, but I’ll never forget just how tough it was to be a kid.
Life as a Kid
Boy, did Amaama hit a perfect blend of sadness and angst with this week’s episode. Reminding me just how tough it is to be a kid (or I guess how tough it is just to exist on this stupid planet), I couldn’t believe how emotional I got watching Tsumugi and Kouhei struggle through a tough situation.
Starting with the issue itself – god damn I remember just how stupid life was back then. Boys would go out of their way to make fun of the girls, the girls would retaliate by being just as evil back, and the cycle itself continued on and on until one side realized that it was either not worth it or that the other side were actually kind of cool to be around. In Tsumugi’s case, I think we all can agree that Mikio needed a nice roundhouse kick to the head. The little brat going out of his way to accuse Tsumugi of being a little thief felt so damn petty that I could hear my inner thoughts cheering after we heard Tsumugi scratched the little twerp.
But then, in typical Amaama fashion, we soon realize that even amongst all the stupid in that situation, there was another important message hiding. Because even as bratty as that Mikio kid was, what he said did have some merit in it. Tsumugi did have a crap ton of clay and if she really wasn’t going to return it to her friends, I can see how someone would have an issue with that.
Luckily, because they’re all little kids, this is exactly the time they’re supposed to learn how the world works and the ways about going about things. Which is why you can’t really fault Mikio (he’s just a little brat, but we all were once too!) or Tsumugi (I’m glad she didn’t get any excessive “princess” treatment) for what happened. That and I have to hand it to Amaama for doing such a damn good job at portraying the whole experience from problem to resolution.
I don’t want to dive to deep into this one, but I’m happy that Kouhei had an opportunity to grow throughout the episode too! As a single parent, I’m sure he’s struggling to find a balance between being both the good and bad cop. And even though I felt like he was being a little too kind (that’s simply my opinion though) after the way Tsumugi wouldn’t even acknowledge Mikio’s apology, I’d probably end up doing the exact same thing if I were in his shoes haha.
God, I don’t know if it’s because I’m a little more stressed than usual, but these episodes have been hitting my emotions so hard that this show is slowly becoming one I have to watch in private. Tears aside, things seem to be moving pretty quickly and from here on out I have no idea what’s going to actually happen (I stopped reading at this point since I had enough information for the preview). With a strong start though and a lot of momentum to ride on, I don’t foresee any unexpected problems.
Catch you next week!