This week’s Houkago Teibou Nisshi/ has Hina take on the difficult task of trying to manage fishing with the limitations of her own fears. As the team fishes for Whiting using ragworms as live bait, Hina must undergo trying to follow their footsteps, but with artificial bait.
Episode 11 is significant as the only major moment on the show where an outing is marked with abject failure. Hina’s measure to try to use artificial bait doesn’t translate as easily to the methodology that the rest of the group uses for live bait. While the other girls easily catch their whiting fish, Hina swallows sadness and falls into a deep depression until Yuuki is urged to let her know that her approach was more incorrect than her bait.
At the same time, Yuuki has to face a difficult personal decision by going against her general rule of having people learn on their own about the approach they should take. She believes in a person’s inherent ability to take on any challenges as soon as they’re able to see a pattern for what doesn’t work. But Hina is too stubborn to deviate from her approach or think critically about what could cause conflict if her approach isn’t working with artificial bait. Yuuki’s waiting for Hina to catch on, but doesn’t want to give it away like the rest of the girls do. It isn’t until Hina gives up altogether when the urging that both Natsumi and Ohno give her ends up causing her to let Hina know what went wrong.
Aside from the surprise Part 1 approach this episode goes, we do get some good tidbits on fishing from shallow water. Because whiting fish appear on the shores of the beach, it gives us an opportunity to learn about how to fish from the sand. Additionally, we get some nuance on how to make gamey fish like spiney fish edible by using them more for sashimi than the gamey meat that ends up coming out when you cook them. It’s also pretty amusing to see how naturally the older members’ approach comes to Natsumi as she’s ready to tear off some worm heads and get going with their kisu fishing.