“Follow the yellow brick road…”
(The siblings divide Keita’s stuff between them. Just in case he doesn’t come back…)
Genre: Surreal, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Age: 13+
Released: July 1 2012 – onwards
From the last episode, Sakura is still a child and manages to escape from Momiji. Just as she heads back to the family, she realises that Keita still hasn’t returned.
The family are upset that they won’t see there older brother again, like their parents, so Sakura heads off into the forest to find him.
This episode contains material not suitable for younger viewers!
Using Momou in his dog form, she manages to find the Keita’s scent, and gets there quickly with her spirit animals.
(How did a little chihuahua beat a dragon?!)
Keita is magically healed when Sakura gets her leaching fortune extracted by a surprise attack from Momiji.
They go back to the family by daylight, and have a happy reunion.
(“Oh no… we can’t have your stuff… But it’s nice you came back..”)
Sakura is depressed that she never had a family like this, and to escape from her emotions, she decides to leave.
(Sakura destroys the bedding again, and decides to make her exit before she’s caught)
After turning back to her correct age, thanks to the help of Momou and Bobby, her depression doesn’t improve. She spends her days moping around the house.
(Momou realises there’s a career in being a teddy…)
At school, she notices that Keita has the seat next to her, but he doesn’t expect her to be ‘Michiko’.
Desperate for a chance to speak with him, she goes to his house to drop of the handkerchief. He’s relieved to have it back, but doesn’t know how Sakura could have gotten it when he gave it to ‘Michiko’.
(“So, you mugged a little girl for a handkerchief, and decided to return it to me…?)
Her normality returns after she’s conpleted this hanging task, and Sakura comes back to a mess. Momiji, Bobby and Momou have definitely taken advantage of her state. After kicking them to the curb, Momiji rejoices that she’s returned to normal.
(What happened to the cleaner from a couple of episodes ago?)
Overall, this episode is a lot slower as it winds down the antics. Sakura clearly doesn’t handle emotions very well, and and we’re left with an expressionless person.
Even though Keita’s family is shown up close these past episodes, we still don’t know much about them. I get that this is a comedy show, and that characters wouldn’t get much depth, but this episode lost some of the comedy too.
Hopefully, there will more hijinks in the next episode.
Rated – 2.5/5 Slower paced, with a dull focus.