One thing our parents made clear for us when we were children was to never leave the house by ourselves. NEVER. And what did Tsumugi do?
SHE LEFT THE HOUSE!
The second she got that determined look on her face watching the Magi-girl show, I knew she was going to do this and I knew things were going to go badly. Well, not like kidnapping or anything, like her getting yelled at in the end. Oh Tsumugi…
So Kouhei gets sick with a fever and he can’t even get out of bed. He hardly gets any sleep so now he’s paying the price by getting sick, and Tsumugi worries about him. Kouhei immediately goes back to sleep, with leaving Tsumugi with nothing to do, so she goes to the living room to watch some Magi-girl. And then she gets inspired to be brave like Magi-girl and packs up a backpack, and leaves the house. And the adult in me was freaking out. I wasn’t entirely sure where Tsumugi was going at first but then it clicked later on. Tsumugi is a daring little girl. She’s about 4 years old and she’s walking the streets singing to herself. Thanks to this episode, I now know the Japanese word for shark. :/ I didn’t think she was going to get kidnapped or anything but I was afraid that she could have gotten hurt or something. But luckily she met some pretty nice people along the way. Speaking of these people, didn’t these people think it was weird to see a very young girl walking by herself? Did none of them think something was wrong? Like where was her parent, or something? Or is this a normal thing in Japan, because I think I’ve seen in other anime where young children walk alone, like to school. It’s probably a Japan thing, maybe because the crime rate in Japan is pretty low, whereas here in the United States if you’re a child and you’re walking alone your small ass is gonna get abducted or killed. Over here, if you see a child by themselves, you know something is wrong. That’s a big NO-NO!!!
We saw the world through Tsumugi’s eyes, like imagining the street to be shark-infested, or an airplane to be a pterodactyl, or even a tunnel being like a cave. Like I said, Tsumugi is very young so she’s sees the world in a different and more fun way, so this really was quite the adventure for her. I found it so cute that when she was waiting to cross the street, she kept pointing and looking left and right, even though she just needed to wait for the light. And the fact that she wanted to buy a drink but had no money. It was at this point that I knew she was walking to Kotori’s restaurant and told Kotori everything.
Kotori gives Tsumugi some stuff to bring back home, and again why the hell didn’t she question Tsumugi coming all the way to her place by herself? Ugh… Anyway, they leave together and she’s taking Tsumugi home until they see a worried Kouhei looking around the street. Tsumugi happily runs over to him, but when Kouhei sees her, he reacts like any normal parent would, and screams at her to never leave the house by herself ever again. Trying hard to not cry the entire day, she broke into sobs in the middle of the street and threw a tantrum. Trying to go home and Tsumugi making things worse, Kotori invites them to the restaurant.
Like usual, we got food in the end but it was a quick treat: Gohei mochi, which looked delicious. But this episode mainly focused on the relationship between Kouhei and Tsumugi. Tsumugi only left the house because she was worried about her father and wanted to help make him feel better, and because she was very worried. Of course, that still doesn’t excuse what she did because it was dangerous. In turn, that worried Kouhei when he saw she wasn’t in the apartment. But they soon talk to each other and make up pretty fast. This is something I mentioned in my review for the first episode, but even though Kouhei is a pretty busy guy and usually doesn’t come home until very late, he has a close relationship with his daughter. This episode showed how much they both love and care for each other that Tsumugi would do something foolish like leaving the house by herself to help him. It’s so sweet to watch, and I appreciate the fact they had an episode like this because I’m starting to admit that the show has been falling a little flat to me because they’ve been doing the same thing, and the “conflicts” before the cooking didn’t really hook me in.
I hope they continue to do more episodes like this. Also, that pink pig/sheep thing from the Magi-girl show is haunting my dreams because I always see it at least once in each episode!