Mayu and Yuzu go to the small town of Yashiro in order to visit Yuzu’s former master, Genzou. The three all discuss the first time that Yuzu and Mayu came to town, whereupon we are treated to a flashback of how Yuzu inherited her family’s antique store.
A man named Katou has been bugging Yuzu for a while, trying to get her to sell the pieces that her father left behind. When visiting Genzou, Yuzu asks him to teach her about antiques. Genzou is reluctant to take her own as a student because of her age, but nonetheless gives her a couple of tests. Yuzu skillfully passes the first one, but fails the second. Later, when Genzou and Mayu are alone, Mayu asks what the correct answer was. Genzou reveals that there was no correct answer, and Mayu gets upset. Afterwards, Genzou asks Mayu to watch over Yuzu, but Mayu confesses that she doesn’t even know what she’s a god of.
Later on, Katou decides to take things into his own hands and sneaks into Yuzu’s storage shed to steal a rare bowl, intending to replace it with a fake. Fortunately, Mayu catches him in the act. Unfortunately, there are now TWO bowls sitting next to each other. Yuzu takes up the task and discerns the real one. After seeing this, Katou realizes that Yuzu is qualified to be an antique seller, so he asks Genzou to make her an apprentice.
And the rest, as we say, is history.
This was an interesting episode. It is also not very gag-centered, and rather more serious in tone than other episodes in this series. I’m really glad that there was that beach episode break in between these two major flashback episodes, as all the serious-ness would have been over-whelming. I wasn’t expecting another flashback episode so soon either, but I don’t mind. I think I may even enjoy these more than the usual episodes, just because they are so different. Also, being able to learn the characters’ backstory is an intriguing thing.
This time, we get to see a glimpse of a time closer to Yuzu’s and Mayu’s first meeting, and also an important point in Yuzu’s life. The whole thing had a kind of “film noir” feel to it, which made it seem even more depressing than Yuzu’s dream episode, amazingly. I think it’s the dull palette that gives it a more somber mood. Mayu seemed to be a bit more
tsundere flippant in the past, but you can see that she still cares greatly for Yuzu.
I wonder if we’ll ever actually get to see Mayu’s and Yuzu’s first meeting, and why Yuzu decided to take her in. I wouldn’t be surprised at this point, though; if that ends up being the last episode of the series.
Anyway, this episode gets (out of five):