It’s now summer vacation time, and Kouhei and Tsumugi head out to the beach. However, Tsumugi seems unusually down, and insists that she’s “a kitty.” Because it’s so hot out, Kouhei decides to leave the beach early. Before they do, Kouhei and Tsumugi manage to obtain some Aji fish from their neighbors (who also happened to be at the beach that day).
Kouhei and Tsumugi then head on over to Kotori’s place. Shinobu is also there (being a study buddy with Kotori). Seeing Tsumugi so glum, everyone agrees to cook the Aji and have lunch at the restaurant together. As no one knows how to fillet a fish (not even Shinobu, surprisingly); Kouhei is determined to do it himself after looking it up on the internet.
It takes a while, but Kouhei is successful at filleting the fish. Tsumugi quickly cheers up, amazed that raw fish could turn into food. Seeing Tsumugi return to her usual vibrant self, everyone is motivated to cook up a good meal. And, oh yeah; Yagi eventually stops by too.
After they have finished cooking and start digging in to their food, Tsumugi concludes that it was a fun day.
Although this was a cute episode, I found it a little dull. It was basically just around 10 minutes of Kouhei struggling to fillet a fish, which sadly isn’t that entertaining to watch. I do appreciate the effort that the anime studio put in to show just how difficult filleting a fish can be; but this is something that would probably work much better in a manga format. I’m glad that Shinobu was in this episode, but even her “genki”-ness couldn’t save me from being somewhat bored.
Tsumugi’s sudden gloominess is not really explained, but it could likely be attributed to what happened at the end of the last episode. If that’s the case, kudos to the anime studio for not glossing over Tsumugi’s grief. The little flashback that Kouhei had (showing Tsumugi as a baby and a toddler) was pretty cute as well.
There’s really not much for me to talk about, as nothing much happened in this episode. Other than having to watch Kouhei fillet a fish for a few minutes, the story direction in this episode felt a little odd. Tsumugi seemed almost afraid of the fish as she watched her dad fillet it–probably because this is the first almost live animal that she had to witness being dissected? I thought that something would eventually come out of it, but Tsumugi just ended up brushing it off. Also, Yagi pays a visit towards the end… and basically contributes almost nothing to the episode’s plot. We do get a brief segment after the credits, where it’s possibly hinted that Yagi might have a thing for Kouhei. But that was still kind of an odd place to put it.
Anyway, out of five for this episode: