Learned a bit more about Kukuru, her parents and she learned something too.
We began with a brief dream about young Kukuru at the aquarium with her late parents (because of course they were gone). We’ll come back to this later. Back in the present everyone gave Kukuru leeway at school because they knew how devoted she was to the aquarium. Most thought it’s only a matter of time before it closed its doors, even Kukuru’s grandpa, but Kukuru refused to let that happen and would give her all to prevent it.
At the aquarium Fuuka noticed the cute “First Penguin” key chains personally crafted by Kukuru herself that apparently didn’t sell well. Fuuka looked up what they meant. Long description short a first penguin is symbolic for someone who is willing to take on all challenges to help those in need and be a positive influence to others. Remember these for later.
Later Kukuru gave Fuuka a better explanation on how to feed the penguins with Choko as an example. However, as Fuuka celebrated a successful feeding Kukuru noticed Choko had bumblefoot, similar to corns on human feet but infectious for penguins. Kuuya said to tell director grandpa about it but Kukuru insisted she could handle it and phoned the specialist Dr Takeshita…
…who was on maternity leave but agreed to come help. As we can see there’s a 99.9% chance what viewers suspected could happen would.
After doing her best to separate the guests from Dr Takeshita Kukuru and Fuuka tended to her. As they did so Kukuru reminded her of the advice she gave long ago, to care for every life in the aquarium. Kukuru took it to heart and swore to protect not only the animals but the people as well, including her.
As Dr Takeshita struggled a certain spirit used its magic again to help ease her mind by having her future son greet her and whisper an encouraging message.
More action followed. By action I mean everyone doing their part to care for the aquarium and get Dr Takeshita to the hospital safely. Thankfully her son was born healthy and we learned the encouraging message was “I’m on my way soon”. Beautiful stuff. Kukuru and Fuuka learned a valuable lesson on how special moms were. Based on the text she sent to her mom it looked like she finally told her the truth, or at least where she was. Meanwhile Kukuru asked Dr Takeshita about a maternity handbook because of the one her mom had. Kukuru also learned a valuable lesson about not carrying all responsibilities on one’s own shoulders. Ask for help when needed.
We ended the episode with Kukuru happy Fuuka bought one of her keychains along with asking her if bravery was different from recklessness. Something for Kukuru to think about next time.
Good stuff yet again.
Update on Kuuya. Saw two translations of this scene and in both Kukuru said “He’s not really like that”. A sign to give up or Kukuru not seeing it that way herself? I want to hear it from Kuuya himself so for now I’ll wait and see.