There’s something I will address at the end of this post.
We joined Pikari working at Grandma’s place when she spotted a girl heading toward the rocky reef. Intrigued she followed her down.
There Pikari showed the girl a octopus mom’s nest along with her eggs. The two excitedly talked about Octomom. The girl then compared both Octomom and herself to manly men, hinting she’d the daughter of a family of sailors. Dunno if the mom’s also a sailor. Anyway Pikari introduced herself but when she asked the girl she wouldn’t. Not yet anyway.
Teko went back to attend a memorial service. When she told Pikari when she’d be back she remembered that the fireworks festival would be on that way. The two were psyched to go together. When Teko asked what kind of yukata Pikari would wear she said it’s a secret, prompting Teko to remember her past experience with friends and their secrets. More on that later.
The next day Pikari saw the girl again looking for the nest. She would show her where it was in exchange for her name, Kokoro. They saw an eel that was about to attack Octomom’s nest. Kokoro couldn’t fight the eel but luckily Octomom wasn’t a pushover and a battle ensued. Octomom was bruised but victorious. Kokoro felt bad she couldn’t help protect the eggs but it’s all good.
I won’t be talking much about the fireworks festival. Just the bullet points. When Pikari said she’s looking for Kokoro, the girl she went on a date with Teko showed concern but did her best not to lose her cool.
An adorable child who grew up to become a bodacious teacher.
Back in the present Pikari had a secret surprise in store for everyone and when she revealed it Teko learned that secrets or to be more specific surprises can be pretty cool.
Pikari didn’t spot Kokoro at the festival. She did see her the next day all sad. She couldn’t find Octomom. Pikari explained that female octopi only live up to a month after giving birth. Basically a deep discussion regarding the circle of life and the beauty of GOD’s green Earth. Good stuff.
Now for a Serious OG moment. I mentioned on Twitter that I would be talking about this topic after discussing episode 2 so here we are. After sharing my excitement for PikaTeko’s triumphant return after the premiere episode some people who read ahead in the Amanchu! manga popped up to warn others the “ship sank” to put it mildly. Some were even appalled by my not making a bigger deal out of it. Here’s the thing. This isn’t the first time an anime introduced a yuri ship only to have it shot down later in the manga. Sometimes it happened immediately. Some anime where potential ships were ruined in later of the manga include Mai-HiME and Mai-Otome (Luckily the manga went in a most direction from their anime counterparts), Inari, Konkon Koi Iroha and (these two I’m not sure about) Chu-Bra and Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku. Some anime where ships I was into sank include Galilei Donna, Houkago no Pleiades, and Tamako Market. So yes I’m not blind to this. However, the reason I’m not crying to the heavens or cursing humanity is because most of the examples I gave (except Inari and maybe Chu-Bra) the anime versions went in a different direction. Just because the ship sank in the manga doesn’t automatically mean the anime will do the same. It depends on the writers and what they want to do with the story.
Long story short my love for PikaTeko is far from gone. Now if FOR SOME REASON the anime goes down the same path of destruction the manga did (I have no idea how readers lost hope in humanity and I don’t care in all honesty as I didn’t bother reading the manga after S1 ended)…we’ll cross that bridge should that come to pass. Until then I am not deterred. So yeah. That’s where I stand. People who are appalled by this decision, to you I say “I’m not changing my mind unless I see the destruction with my own eyes in the anime”.
PS: I know some are going to bring up Euphonium. I said this before but I was never on board the KumiRei train despite them having several moments. So no my heart didn’t break in episode 12 (or was it 11? Whatever) I got what I wanted from that show. Hopefully they won’t pull a Tamako Love Story with the upcoming sequel movie. Seriously, that would feel forced up the wazoo.
PPS: If you want me to listen to what you have to say don’t use a username that’s insulting or degrading. I also ignore troll comments.