Kobato episode 5 and 6

Double review this week. First on Kobato and next, DTB. I have yet to watch DTB though I have the episode already. So, no spoilers please. On Kobato this time, the major plot begins to surface and it going to be about Sayaka-sensei. Knowing Kobato well, we are expected to see her intervene. On an unrelated note, Bokutachi no BLOG is the featured WordPress blog for “Darker than BLACK”, “Hetalia”, “Nyan Koi”, and “Letter Bee” tags. DTB is always a strong point for this blog and now, Hetalia adds up to it. More after the jump.

Can’t read a book? FAIL! Can’t read a picture book for kids? EPIC FAIL!

Episode 5 synopsis: The nursery kids asked Kobato to read a picture book entitled Hotaru no Hikari (Fireflies’s Light) to them but she failed to deliver it smoothly. She continued to practise reading the book at a park when a middle-aged man approached her to tell him to stop reading the book. Kobato tried to figure out why (by presuming nonsense) but the man did provide any clear explanation. At the nursery earlier, Sayaka received a troubling phone call. The next day, Kobato rushed to the nursery after waking up late for work, only to be greeted by three men who appears to be working for a loan shark. They demanded payment from Sayaka and the men are getting rough toward her. Although Fujimoto was there, it was Kobato who stood up to defend Sayaka despite feeling terrified for them. Toshihiko was the smarter one though as he cried out loud for the police to come, taunting the men to leave the nursery–which they did. Later on after work, Kobato tried to figure out a way to help Sayaka to pay back her loans but her troubles shifted to the man he met the previous day. She tried to convince him to get her to help him but he only requested her to not to read the book again. Kobato returned to the apartment only to find out that Fujimoto too is staying there too. She told him about the man she met earlier whom Fujimoto referred to as Mr. Mori. It turns out Mori Soutaro is the author of the picture book and the book is apparently the last one he ever written.

Mori Soutaro meets Kobato. He sems worried though.

“And my Johnny is THIS big.”

Kobato comes to save the day. Or not. Sayaka should be worried now.

Kobato began to read out the book, Hotaru no Hikari. It goes about a single firefly who is living alone by a river stream. Having staying alone for the longest time, he forgot the fact he was a firefly at all. One night, he was approached by a female firefly who is able to glow her light. He asked her who she is and she replied that she is a firefly same as him. She then asked him why he did not glow like her. He said that he had been staying alone for so long that he forgotten how. She helped to teach him to glow again and in the end, he did. They both finally lived together happily at the riverside. Ioryogi likened the firefly to Mori as he said that Mori forgotten how to glow himself (please don’t misread glow with blow). Kobato got an idea of how to help him by bringing him to a spot where fireflies are. He did come but to no avail, not a single firefly spotted. He however was willing to tell Kobato his love story with his girlfriend, Naoko. She was also the one who drew the picture for the book and gave him the idea to write the book in the first place. It was her who invited him to go to see fireflies at the same spot last time. He was busy with work then and could not find time to join her. One day, he did but she did not show up. She got into an accident and did not survive. Her final words are to see the fireflies together. Since then, Mori blamed himself not being able to be there for her and with that, he decided to leave the place. Kobato tried to convince him to stop when they reached a place where Naoko was to draw a picture for the book. Almost instantaneously, fireflies began to glow around the area and astonished them both. At this point, I believed Mori came to terms with his sorrow of a promise he made with Naoko. Days later, he resumed his writing career and Kobato received another konpeitto for her efforts.

Kobato studying? That’s new.

The obligatory picturesque scene involving fireflies.

Episode 6 synopsis: The entire class are getting ready to go for a field trip (to a park, for heaven’s sake!) and Kobato was more excited than the kids are. She went to bring Ioryogi along when suddenly, a phone call. She picked it up and a male voice answered. The man is actually a debt collector, from the same lone sharks who came by previously. He then threatened to shut the nursery down unless she pays up for it. After the call, Ioryogi decided not to join Kobato for the trip. The rest were waiting for Kobato outside and she told Fujimoto about the phone call but told her not to tell Sayaka about it despite her reluctance. Ioryogi meanwhile went to another realm to meet his old acquaintance, Master Genko. Genko is a detective whom Ioryogi have confidence in to dig out more about Sayaka’s problem. It was revealed that Ioryogi was punished for something he did a long time ago, which is why he is in the stuffed animal body. In the park where the whole nursery are having fun, Kobato kept her mind occupied about the phone call earlier. Afterwards, one of the kids, Marina, asked Kobato about her being absent-minded the whole day. Although Kobato dismissed that it was nothing, Marina was not convinced and instead, saying that she is doing something good for her good fortune. They both then joined the rest of the children to play hide-and-seek.

Besides Ioryogi’s fire-breathing habit, we are this more often lately.

Mr. Villain guy.

Master Genko, or as I would like to refer, Mr. Kuma. Detective extraordi-bear!

Ioryogi returned to the human realm when he was confronted by Ginsei. Ginsei looked down on Ioryogi’s current state and that pissed him off. Being small doesn’t mean Ioryogi is no match against Ginsei. Ioryogi also warned against him not to lay his hands on Kobato. Speaking of Kobato, she was still looking for the kids and obviously, she couldn’t find them. She’s really bad at it. It was only when Fujimoto told them to that it is time to go back, then the kids got out from their hiding spots. From how Kobato looks at it, she found them out from hiding. Towards the end of the day, the children gathered and Marina was not there with them yet. Fujimoto and Kobato decided to look for her in the park. After searching effortlessly, they found her behind a tree, sleeping. Marina woke up and told Kobato that she was looking for a four-leaf clover for Kobato to bring good luck and cheer her up but she could not find any. Kobato said that it was fine and feeling better now. They rejoined the the rest to take a photo together when suddenly Kobato noticed a four-leaf clover stuck on Marina’s hair. By chance, the whole area was coincidentally filled with four-leaf clover. Meanwhile Ioryogi was walking back to the apartment when he ran into Zuisho, a worker for Genko. He was there to tell Ioryogi about the information Genko managed to gather about Sayaka. He said that the previous principal of Yomogi Nursery was Sayaka’s father. He was tricked to borrow lots of money from loan sharks but he passed away before he could pay it all back. Because of this, the debt collectors turn to Sayaka to the payment and kept on harassing her since. He then returned to the apartment bringing the baumkuchen he brought from Genko’s place. Looking at how happy Kobato is, he decided not to tell her about Sayaka’s trouble.

Fun under the sun and Kobato could not keep herself away from trouble.

Ginsei reminds me a lot of Digimon. Perhaps Ioryogi too is a Digimon.

When it comes to four-leaf clovers, all I’m thinking about is Honey and Clover.

Thoughts: In comparison to episode 6, episode 5 was more emotionally engaging and probably the most touching episode ever. I guess when you involve a person’s demise, any story would be very touching anyway. Nevertheless, it was a good episode. Episode 6, on the other hand, played a bigger role to the overall plot for the anime. Slowly, details were revealed about Sayaka’s money loan problem and also about Ioryogi’s past with the whole deal to why Kobato descended to Earth. The issue with Sayaka can probably resolve within several episodes, so it is going to about Ioryogi and Kobato on the long run. This is in consideration of the newly introduced characters, Genko and Ginsei–both of which are from Ioryogi’s past. There is no telling how Kobato will be involved in the whole mess but I know she will attempt to do something about Sayaka. I guess this also explains why Fujimoto is working hard to earn more money, probably to help Sayaka pay the loan back. When you’re in business with the yakuza (or yakuza wanna-be), it will more than just paying the money back. Knowing the nature of the story, you can tell how children-friendly is this anime. Even the bullies from the debt collector doesn’t seem too aggressive. Heck, even the children could scare them off! Not that I’m expecting any brutality in the story, it’s just that loan sharks should be more fierce than how they are portrayed in Kobato. Nevertheless, Ioryogi will the one who is bring ing some action into the story though it is obvious that most of his fights will involve fire. I mean, he can’t do serious punching on anyone with that small and soft body of his. I wonder how he looked before.

Episode 5 screencaps:

Episode 6 screencaps:

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