Tamayura: Hitotose – Episode 5

Fu’s old friend Chihiro comes to visit Takehara, but gets off at the wrong station, so Fu’s mother goes to pick her up. In the meantime, Fu meets some of her mother’s old biker friends in the cafe, who show Fu pictures of her mother. The next day, Fu takes Chihiro to meet her other friends, and the conversation soon turns to Fu’s different nicknames: “Potte” and “Fu-nyon,” and how she got those nicknames. Sayomi then show up and decides that they should all take an expedition up a big hill. In a neighboring town. By walking.

All of Fu's friends, together

All of Fu's friends, together

Once again, another excellent episode. I figured Chihiro would probably visit eventually, and the episode was as good as I was hoping it would be. So we learn that “Potte” is a name Sayomi gave Fu because she thought it described how she moved, and Chihiro calls her “Fu-nyon” because she accidentally called her that when they met, out of nervousness.

It was nice to see Chihiro finally warm up to all of Fu’s other friends, especially Maon, in this episode, and I hope she decides to come visit again later.

This episode was better paced than the last one, I think. It still kept the show’s relaxed feeling, but wasn’t so slow that it felt like the writers were just trying to fill time up. I think so far this probably rates as the 2nd best show I’m watching in my Fall group.

Working'!! – Episode 5

Souta has about had it with Kyoko not handling her manager duties, so Poplar tries to find some way to patch things up. However, she and the other employees (other than Yachiyo) struggle to find any redeeming traits. Souta, Jun, and Hiroomi then get together and decide that enough is enough. Hiroomi tells Kyoko that they didn’t order enough food, and if she eats anymore, they’ll be shut down and fired. Kyoko struggles to survive, but after she doesn’t eat a cake the workers give a lost girl, even after being offered, they relent and let her eat.

Satou: Heir apparent to Pedobear

Satou: Heir apparent to Pedobear

I dunno, maybe it’s cause I’ve actually worked with managers that didn’t do anything, but the episode still didn’t give me much sympathy for Kyoko, even if the other characters felt it and, of course, the episode itself undermined that sympathy intentionally at the end as well. I just wondered why it took so long for some of them to put their foot down about it.

Meanwhile, as much as Souta looks down on the other’s weirdness, he proves once again that he is probably the weirdest one of them all. I knew the moment he saw a small kid outside that nothing good was going to happen if Souta had anything to do with it. I’m almost surprised he did’t do anything worse.