Welcome to Winter Watch, a series of articles taking a look at some of the shows in the winter anime season. The second episode of this three-minute series continues to tell the stories of the most unusual siblings I've ever seen.
Episode 2: Atsumi and the Everyday
Summary: Atsumi is constantly teased, questioned, and misunderstood because of her height. But at home she is just an ordinary girl, with an ordinary bother.
Air Date: Jan. 12, 2012 / Available on Crunchy Roll for Free Users: Jan. 19, 2012
Run Time: 3:00
Warning: This article contains spoilers. We recommend watching the episode HERE first.
In this second episode, Atsumi and Atsushi continue to cope with being different in their everyday activities. At school, Atsumi explains to her friend Sayo that milk doesn't make her grow. Yet, she continues to incorporate a lot of calcium into her everyday diet, including milk. Back at their home, Atsushi continues to show his youthfulness by wanting to play with Atsumi. As the responsible, childish-looking adult, she tells him that they need to go shopping frist. At the mall free candy was being passed out for kids. Atsumi got candy yet the actual 11-year old didn't. Because of her brother's height, Atsumi had help to get the things she needed from the high shelves. The disappointed Atsushi, however, only complained about his physical differences. With a tender heart, Atsumi conforts her younger brother by telling him how some people would kill to be as tall as he was. Also, Atsumi tells him she will always need him and likes him just the way he is.
I am definitively warming up to these siblings. The tender relationship they have might be the cherry on top that will make this a memorable series. The comedy throughout this episode didn't seem to stand out like it did on the last one. Even so, I found myself chuckling at a couple of gags. The heartwarming qualities are what really took prominence here, which I enjoyed. I am also very interested in Atsumi's friend Sayo. In the last episode, she seemed to showcase a small crush on Atsushi. In this episode we find out that she doesn't know that the older guy she showed interest in was in fact her friend's younger brother. When talking about Atsushi at school, Sayo addressed him as an undisclosed person, making it clear she thinks they haven't met:
"Any younger brother of [Atsumi] must be cute"
I'm still not convinced about the three-minute episodes. It seems like there is so much more that could be fitted into a normal-length episode. At least it doesn't feel like there's something missing throughout. The one thing that did bug me was that this had no continuity with the previous episode. In the last one, Atsushi gets falsely accused of being a pedophile which gets him arrested. It ended in what I thought was a cliffhanger. I was expecting to see how his sister would get him out of that mess, and how he would try to convince people that he was not an adult. I guess I won't get those questions answered.
I should be able to get over the fact that the episodes are three minutes and that there is little, to no continuity between each episode. Also, Atsushi's portrayal sort of reminds me of Robin William's Jack, and I loved that movie. This is a heartwarming and funny episode, you can't go wrong with that combo!
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