「うちのうちカレー」 (Uchi no Uchikaree)
“Our Family’s At-Home Curry”
I see what you’re doing Amaama and you won’t catch me off guard! *sniffle*
Sleepovers and Heavy Thoughts
While I would never trade my childhood experiences for anything, there are times I wonder what it would have been like to grow up in a different environment. Instead of the very uncultured and “safe” environment of the United States school system, what would it have been like to experience things from a Japanese perspective? A question which I’ll never be able to answer, but I like to think about when I get the opportunity to see be it through anime or real life.
Anyways, wasn’t it nice to finally see some of the dads in action? Instead of simply Kouhei being the only one rooting for his kid, seeing him joke around and hang out with the other dads served as a great reminder that he’s doing double duty with his wife looking down at her family. Something that I think we all tend to forget with all the happiness this show tries to shove down our throats.
On the hand though, I was having some pretty serious thoughts as I saw him go home alone. Thinking about just how tough it must be to lose your wife as well as how tiring it must be to handle 100% of the responsibilities, it was quite amazing that he didn’t just knockout without Tsumugi there. Luckily Yagi called at just the right time to liven the mood and kept things from going down a pretty dark path – something that we’d get to see in a little bit.
Growing Up With a Single Parent
I never thought the show would do this, but every passing episode seems to be trying its best to prove me wrong. Seeing how a HUGE point in Amaama is the whole single-parent/broken family aspect, I’ve been dying to see the show tackle it at some point. There’s no denying (unless you’re lying to yourself) that Tsumugi doesn’t realize her mom isn’t coming home and the show has been quietly ramping up the amount of time we get to see Kouhei’s wife – with this episode taking the cake by finally showing us her face as well as giving her some proper screen time. Something I totally was hoping for but wasn’t expecting to get.
A Sad Thought and Looking ahead
So, before leaving you guys until next week, here’s a sad thought I had. What if this show is actually about Kouhei and Tsumugi learning to move forward and accept the death of their beloved wife/mom? With the beginning showing just how difficult it was to even think about her by blocking her face out, it would make sense that as the two progressed toward finding peace it would become easier to recall the happy times, face and all. And what if, hypothetically, they reach a point where they truly accept things and start to slowly forget the memories as time passes? Boy wouldn’t that be sad as hell.
Anyways, sad and depressing thoughts aside, I’ll catch you guys next week where I’ll remember to keep a box of tissues nearby. See you!