「カンナ、学校に行く！（その必要はないんですが）」 (Kanna, Gakkou ni Iku! (Sono Hitsuyou wa Naindesuga))
“Kanna Goes to School! (Not That She Needs To)”
Damn it Kyoani! Stop sneaking powerful emotions into my anime!
Kanna Goes to School!
Even though I realized it as a kid, I don’t think I ever truly understood the cost of getting me and my younger brother ready for each new school year. From the notebooks to reams of college ruled paper all the way to those stupid 0.5mm mechanical pencils that had the twisty top erasers that everyone wanted, I can’t imagine how much it must have sucked for my parents to account for a yearly expense that never got any better. But just like how Kobayashi took things in stride, I think there’s something to be said about the selflessness and devotion a parent has for their kids when it comes to things like this. Sure, Kobayashi may not necessarily be Kanna’s “parent” but in my eyes she’s fulfilling the role of a mom quite spectacularly.
Honestly, I’m surprised her face didn’t show a bit more stress as the purchases started to rack up. Starting at roughly $100 USD which probably wasn’t that bad, I probably would have been a bit more expressive if someone told me a backpack was going to around $330 USD! I guess when you amortize the cost over six years it’s not that bad but boy do kids in Japan get some nice stuff! Anyways, what probably hit me harder than the surprise of spending a ton of money on school supplies was the moment Kanna realized just how expensive things were. Because if there’s something that’ll always get me, it’s intimate moments between parents and kids where they understand what’s going on simply by paying attention. And boy was I proud of both Kanna and Kobayashi for their actions this week. Kanna probably could have gotten way with asking for a cheap $5 USD charm, but the way she exercised restraint started to tear my heart apart. And as if that wasn’t enough, I nearly lost it when Kobayashi pulled out that gift after Kanna’s first day.
All-in-all, not a bad way for Kanna’s first day of school, am I right?
Quick Question on Money
I remember someone in the comments mentioning something about Kobayashi and money and I thought this episode did a great job at showing us she’s probably financially stable but not the type of person to live lavishly. That and who knows — maybe the new mansion that Kobayashi moved into is actually cheaper because of the area or what not! (マンション = Mansion = Condo)
Dragons Having Fun and Looking Ahead
After getting my emotions all worked up, I have to hand it to Kyoani for making a sharp 180 and diving straight into comedic territory. Not missing a single beat as the dodgeball match came to a start, I nearly spit out my drink when Kobayashi went and said “Don’t Kill Them.” That and there was something really appealing about watching Tooru and the gang beat down bullies at their own game especially with those epic sound effects that were thrown in.
Anyways, let me bring this post to a close before it gets too long. I hope you enjoyed this fourth episode as much as me and I can’t wait to see more dragon antics in the future. See you next week!
P.S. I want to know more about Unicorn-san…..
P.P.S. Kanna has tiny feet — dawwww