“You Love That”
If I had any remaining doubts about Tada-kun, this episode pretty much blew them out onto the curbside.
The World of Nyanko Big
When things started with “Ore wa Nyanko Big”, given in a gruff and elderly voice, I knew we’d struck gold. Having Nyanko Big (Ootsuka Akio) narrate most of the episode was a stroke of directorial genius. He is already one of the best characters and I was thrilled to see him steal the spotlight in such a spectacular fashion. In fact, I could honestly believe that a cat might have that sort of sassy outlook on the world.
We got a short flashback explaining how Nyanko Big ended up in the Mitsuyoshi household. A younger Tada took in this grey ball of floof from the rain when he was but a wee kitty, saving his poor little life. Fast forwards to the present and we have this grumpy, demanding feline. Amusingly, he also pompously styles himself as being this guardian watching over Tada, in lieu of his parents. But I wouldn’t have it any other way, because Nyanko Big is simply purrfection.
Grandpa Mitsuyoshi responding as if he could understand Nyanko Big was my favourite gag from the episode. The delivery was perfect and the cat’s shocked reaction was totally on point. Never thought a mere hooman could understand you, huh? But between hilarious antics, we also received some valuable insight into Tada’s life. This guy has worked hard from a very young age in order to make his dreams come true, in spite of personal tragedies, all while helping other folks along the way. His grandpa with running the coffee shop, Yui with her studies, Kaoru from his fright of kappas, Nyanko Big from the rain, and Teresa when she was lost around Tokyo.
What does this say? While our protagonist seems plain on the surface, he has an irrefutable heart of gold. I can’t wait for future episodes to further elaborate on his background, especially information regarding his parents. It’s hard to get excited about a prospective romance, when I’m not particularly invested in the characters involved. And so far, Tada’s characterisation has been rather lacking. More information on his family situation would certainly add layer of context behind his personality, which could help alleviate the aforementioned problem.
Maybe a yakuza voice (Ore wa Nyanko Big daze) could have been even more hilarious. Imagine Nyanko Big acting like some hardened thug while referring to Tada as aniki? But I’m digressing here, so let’s move on.
Between romance and comedy, it would seem that Tada-kun has decided to angle much harder towards provoking our laughter. From humble beginnings, there’s been an explosive growth in humour and the execution has been nothing short of fantabulous. As expected from the production team behind Gekkan Shoujo, the jokes are well driven through the characters, coupled with an unconventional yet functional approach to their stereotypes. But in my opinion, Tada-kun has shown potential to be even better. Provided it can fix these niggling issues surrounding Tada and Teresa, and turn them into characters we care about, I’ll have no remaining qualms. And even if it falls short, I have no doubt that it will provide a consistent source of entertainment throughout the season, so I’ll be sticking to it regardless.
Unfortunately, I haven’t decided whether I’ll be providing coverage for Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai. But if you see a post next week, you can assume that I’ve picked it up. Also, feedback is appreciated, so let me know if you’d like to see this get covered! As always, thanks for reading my post and hope to see you next time!