「先祖や歴史のことを遡れるのは, むしろ幸福? それとも不幸? / 本当に好きなことを仕事にすることは果たして幸せなのかな?」 (Senzo ya Rekishi no Koto o Sakanoboreru no wa, Mushiro Koufuku? Soretomo Fukou? / Hontou ni Suki na Koto o Shigoto ni Suru Koto wa Hatashite Shiawase na no ka na?)
“Is Being Able to Retrace One`s Past and Ancestors a Reason to Be Happy or Unhappy? / Does Getting a Job Doing What You Love Really Bring Happiness?”
It doesn’t celebrate Father’s Day per se, but it commemorates the good “Father of the Year” effort that the dad’s of Centaur no Nayami put into supporting their kids. Seeing the differences between how most of the main cast dealt with their fathers gave depth to how their home lives fare. We’ve seen plenty of Himeno’s dad throughout the series as a supportive yet childish figure akin to his daughter, and that comes out in full force with his monster dumps taking up too much time in the day.
For the other fathers, however, their work life is a bit spotty. Kyouko works as her dad’s secretary and intends on lighting a fire under his ass enough so to get his writing finished on-time. The dynamic threw me off at first, but it’s understandable that Kyouko is trying to encourage her father to keep on-top of work he can easily turn in on time, but would put off out of convenience. I’m unsure of Nozomi and Sassassul’s parents in the episode, but their POV does flesh out their motivations and uncertainty over their goals.
The harshest daughter-father relationship in the episode was without a doubt Manami and her painter dad. As she scams skeptical people into having her ward off “haunted” possessions, he’s suffering from writer’s block and puts off his work regularly to move onto anything else that isn’t painting. He doesn’t devote 100% to parenting or painting, and Manami puts him on blast with a speech on how half-assed he is as a father and as a painter. Even I felt that burn. On one end, I was thinking “Geez, that’s a little rough, don’cha think?” as they kept jumping back to the father biting his lip as he soaks in her daughter’s smackdown, unsure of whether to reach for the dinner he’s making or the bottle of aloe vera.
On the other end, it’s the same sentiment with Kyouko where she is trying to push her father into taking his work seriously. The main difference is that there are way more mouths to feed. Manami’s dad has a larger responsibility to improve as an artist and take his work seriously with the amount of children and bills in his family. Sue has an illness, so there’s a sense of urgency in being financially stable enough to help cover the costs of keeping her healthy. On top of that, with Manami’s scam work bringing in what should be her dad’s wages, it’s also easy to understand why Manami of all people would be upset that her dad is too lax about his writer’s block and only being kinda sorta there for his kids.
The world-building was well done during the first segment on the role hair plays in society. It built on the world’s justice system with how important it is for an angel to keep their halo, and must have certification that lets authorities know that if their halo is gone, it was an accident and wasn’t an act of self-hatred. Himeno’s hair took center stage as her desire to change up her hair is undercut by the difficulty of changing up her hairstyle, the complication of getting a haircut from a barber of another race that has a hard time working with centaur hair, and all the questions that are brought up about her hair color. The latter of which explained why a teacher was sent to prison for constantly badgering her with accusations of dying her hair, and led Himeno to tell her classmates about how far back her ancestry goes to have gotten reddish hair. It was neat how the show was able to go back and forth between discussing Himeno’s hair and the historical tension between centaurs and angels, where centaurs were enslaved on a massive scale until war broke out. It also placed an ethnicity on some of the races with the predominantly European look of the angels and the Japanese clothing and gear that centaurs wear. I’m curious about how the anime will continue to build on the world’s history, and how everyone lives with each other given their complicated history and extreme laws.
As a side note, I wonder what the author or writers’ understanding of American politics is? Himeno’s dad is watching the news to find that America’s election had the Democratic Communist candidate Imecocca the victory, but I’m not sure if that’s a mistranslation, it’s a party that would exist in that world, or if they’re watching news that would refer to anyone as communist? As an American, it was interesting to learn that the Liberal Democratic Party was their right-wing party because in the sphere of our country’s politics, the words “liberal” and “democratic” are to the left. I doubt the word “communist” changes much in Japanese context, but it’s an odd choice to have American’s elect someone who would self-identify as communist. I mean, we have infotainment that name-call politicians as communists and elected one of the strangest candidates last year, but politicians here that would self-identify as a communist are objectively regulated to a third party, and they’re certainly not as mainstream as the Green or Libertarian parties. Again, apologies for the politics, but it is tricky to approach the series without discussing how it handles its own politics, especially because the story stresses that its themes don’t exist in a vacuum, and are a fantasy version of what occurs in reality to this day.