There was always that shitty little kid in your preschool/kindergarten class that accused someone of theft, even when it wasn’t true. And then it caused this whole thing that was so unnecessary. Ugh…
I didn’t have too many worries when it came to this show, but I guess one worry was that this show would rely too much on the cute and not focus on anything else. But this episode provided a little bit of emotional substance to give us a little change, and it all focused on Tsumugi and an incident that happened in her preschool. It’s emotional to us because Tsumugi is a sweet little girl and she was upset most of the episode and we learned her intentions in the end, even when this little “drama” wasn’t so serious to us. Tsumugi was making a Hamburg steak out of clay in her class for her father, but she didn’t have enough clay to make chopsticks and spoons. Her two friends brought their clay and gladly gave it to her since they don’t play with it much and Tsumugi happily took it. But the mean boy that once called her drawing poop called her out as a thief, and this caused a fight where he pushed her and Tsumugi accidentally scratched him when she fell. This caused the teacher to call Kouhei to come and pick her up.
I was relieved when the boy’s mother wasn’t one of those mothers that’s all “My son is good he’d never do this!” and defend her kid. Instead, it sounded like this kid has caused trouble before because his mother said he made another girl cry again. She made her son apologize to Tsumugi, and Kouhei tried to make Tsumugi apologize to him, but she yelled and refuses and stuffed her head in her sweater and laid her head inside a cubbyhole. So Kouhei took her home himself. Amazingly, Tsumugi was able to stuff her head and her giant fluff of hair in that tiny sweater of hers the whole time, which I found hilarious. There wasn’t any misunderstanding or wrong accusations, the situation was mainly settled. The girls really did give Tsumugi their clay, she never stole anything, she was pushed, and she didn’t scratch him on purpose, the boy was the one that started everything and Tsumugi didn’t do anything wrong, but she was still upset. Kouhei knew all this and he told her over and over that he loved her and that she was a good girl and not a thief, and he thought of an alternative to all the clay business.
The kids made up the next day, but Tsumugi still wasn’t over it as he saw her uninterested in the hamburg steak her father and Kotori were about to make, which she was excited over. As usual, we got to see Kouhei and Kotori cook together and try to decipher her mother’s childish step-by-step recipe. Like always, Kouhei is awkward and nervous but he’s trying even harder this time to make Tsumugi happy, Kotori as well. Again, Tsumugi thinks she’s a bad girl for having all the clay, but there was something else behind the whole clay thing. We learn that date that was colored on, April 25th, was actually Kouhei’s birthday. Tsumugi was trying to make her father a birthday present with all the clay but with all the drama that happened, it kind of ruined everything for her. She let out a big cry, and then she finally felt better and ate the delicious-looking hamburg steak. All ended really well, and Kouhei and Tsumugi were happy.
Some people will say that Tsumugi overreacted to all of this, but, hey hey, listen….she’s a little kid. She’s about four years old, of course she would overreact to all this, kids overreact to everything! Something small like the clay situation seems like a huge problem for children, and even bigger because it was Kouhei’s birthday present. She really loves her dad and she was upset she wasn’t able to give him the gift, but she was able to smile when he told her that she makes him happy. Aww. These father/daughter moments warm my heart.
It even made me get emotional a little, especially when she started sobbing after taking one bite from the food. Not in the sense like “AHHH WHY THIS IS SUCH A TRAGEDY”, but more like “No Tsumugi baby don’t be sad :'(“. It felt real and genuine, not corny or annoying. Which is so important. This show is so charming! I also loved seeing Tsumugi’s little daily life at her preschool and how she interacts with the other children. I’m guessing that boy always picks on her because he likes her. :/ I’m sure we’re going to be seeing more of him and her friends later on. I love what this episode did. I’m glad that it’s not soft and happy all the time. I’m still dreading the episode when Tsumugi finds out that her mother is actually dead and not traveling, I swear I’m going to die.
We also got to see Kotori’s mom on TV in a sailor uniform and Kotori’s reaction was priceless. I take back that her family situation was more than it was, I don’t think it is now. I’ve been watching too many dark shows. u .u