OP: 「まほうのかぜ」 (Mahou no Kaze) by (Akane Kumada
「もらったもの」 (Moratta Mono)
PERHAPS A LOVE LETTER TO: PATIENCE?
I believe everything we do has an intention behind. Whether we are conscious about it or not. Since Episode 01 I’ve been enjoying this show’s slow pace and the meaning every action or inaction carries. But I hadn’t really looked into what it was about the slow pace that pleased me. Then I remembered watching a 15min video on Youtube where this guy does 4 things: builds a fire, roasts his coffee beans, grinds them and brews his drink. These 15min in which all I did was accompany every detail that was shown in the video felt like a strange meditation. Patience can be an exercise and a retreat.
In our age of endless scrolling, instant information, manicured appearances and: save immediately; ends tomorrow; limited time only; special offer; don’t waste time; subscribe for more; buy now. It doesn’t surprise me that we feel a little overwhelmed and even breathless.
While some shows might cut scenes like the unscrewing of a carrier box, Super Cub makes it a point to show in detail how Koguma performs this task for the first time. Another example that caught my attention was the helmet conversation during lunch: Reiko asks Koguma something and what follows can be considered (to some) an awkward moment as a viewer: Koguma doesn’t answer right away. She sets her lunch down and opens the carrier box to take her helmet and then she answers. As a writer there are many ways to write this scene and as a director there are many ways to cut this scene. But instead we are shown it in this way. Action by action. Detail by detail.
CARING ABOUT OUR THINGS (AND OURSELVES)?
We’ve seen Koguma happily cleaning her Cub and also making a drawstring bag for her helmet on Episode 02. On Episode 03 we also see this emphasis on taking care and knowing the real value of things.
Both of our main characters own second-hand bikes and aside from Honda’s clear statement of quality and longevity of their products, part of the reason why things last a long time is due to the care that the owners give to their objects. Although we experience the evident monetary value through Koguma’s financial situation, I feel like the show also addresses the emotional value of things.
In a way to care about our things is an extension of caring about ourselves.
THE JOY OF PROBLEM SOLVING?
With the carrier box Koguma had help from Reiko and I also thought the same would happen with the wind protection. I mean, Reiko was basically doing the shopping for Koguma—Reiko’s such an assertive and enthusiastic bike otaku, it’s cute—yet when faced with a bigger issue: I can’t afford any of these. In a cool turn of events she finds a solution and buys protection goggles (plus her keychain) at the Home Center.
I didn’t mention this in my introduction post, but my academic degree is from Product Design and one thing that I found absolutely fascinating in my course was that we were constantly instigated to find solutions to our own problems by thinking unconventionally. That is a lesson that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.
The joy of conventional or unconventional problem solving doesn’t solely apply to complex projects or problems, but to day to day ones as well! Conquering “the small things” can be highly underestimated! I love how we get to experience Koguma’s happiness each time she conquers one of these.
This made me think: could Super Cub also be a love letter to patience, personal accountability and problem solving? *grins* I know this show is sponsored by Honda, but part of a good branding and marketing strategy is to convey your brand’s core values to your audience thus creating an authentic human connection. Anyone have thoughts about this?
Many thanks for reading this review and if anyone wants to chat, I’ll be down in the comment section~
Erratum: it seems that on last week’s episode I made a mistake regarding Koguma announcing to her classmates she drove her bike to school! I thought this event had actually taken place but instead it happened in her mind, hehe.
ED: 「春への伝言」 (Haru e no Dengon) by (Yuki Yomichi, Ayaka Nanase, Natsumi Hioka