Hi everyone! A small announcement from me: Due to personal reasons I’ll probably be on haitus from reviewing for about a month. (It’s nothing serious or bad, just some family-related thing.) Depending on when/if I get the free time the rest of this month, I might be able to squeak out a review or two for Poco’s Udon World and ClassicaLoid; but I can’t make any promises about that. I’ll definitely be back to reviewing in January, and will catch up on any missed shows through batch reviews. My FIs for the upcoming Winter anime season may also be slightly delayed.
Anyway, on to the actual review!
When Souta and Poco return home, they find that Hiroshi appears to have temporarily crashed at their place. He’s heartbroken from being “rejected” by so many women, and begs Souta to make udon for him. Because Poco wants some too, Souta brings out his father’s recipe book to try making udon.
For some strange reason, Poco seems to be reverting back to his tanuki form; which is bad news since Hiroshi’s around. In a panic, Souta sends Poco out to get some spring onions so that Poco can hide his ears and tail. However, Poco continues to revert back to a tanuki, so Souta tells Poco to fully revert back and run away until the situation blows over.
Hiroshi nearly finds out about Poco’s secret because Souta is acting suspiciously and Poco is nowhere to be found. Souta then questions if Poco having animal ears and a tail would matter to Hiroshi, triggering a flashback (in Hiroshi) where Souta defended Hiroshi from some mean comments at work. Thus, Hiroshi stops caring so much about Poco’s possibly animal features. Meanwhile, Poco’s love for Souta enables him to turn back into a human child again; and everything turns out okay.
However, this situation does make Souta realize two things: that he can’t keep living with Poco under the guise of “I’m just taking care of a friend’s kid” forever; and that he doesn’t really know all that much about Poco.
This was a pretty solid episode, with much more plot than we’ve probably seen for this series. I was honestly half-hoping that Souta would finally reveal his and Poco’s secret to someone else; but I guess the status-quo is god.
However, the ending of this episode did foreshadow that there would possibly be some serious drama down the line. It’s really touching that Souta is willing to protect and take care of Poco even if people manage to find out that Poco is actually a tanuki. At this point, it’s not really a matter of “if” anymore, but “when” a situation like that will happen. That monk in the village’s temple appears to know that Poco is actually a tanuki, so I’m hoping that he and Souta get the chance to converse some more. Souta really needs all the info he can get about magical tanukis at this point.
Other than the drama, Souta finally made udon! Hooray! Sadly, Souta’s first attempt turned out pretty bad–but I’m glad the series decided to go the realistic route. Making udon (from scratch at that) would probably not be something that a beginner would be able to create perfectly on their first try. I think this pretty much cements that Souta will not be taking over his father’s udon restaurant, as disappointing as that is.
Anyway, we get some neat tidbits this episode that I couldn’t fit in the summary above. Souta got hired by the boss from last episode. Said boss was also the creator of GaoGao-chan; so at least GaoGao-chan’s presence in the series makes a bit more sense.
Overall, I’d say that this was a pretty good episode with a lot of emotional impact. Poco’s Udon World is supposedly only going to be 12 episodes long; which means we are definitely starting to wind down towards some kind of finale. I don’t think this series would do anything as drastic as breaking Souta and Poco apart in the final episode (the manga is 7 volumes long and still ongoing), but I hope we get some kind of satisfying “ending.”
Out of five for this episode: