Spring 2011

April 9, 2012

Showa Monogatari 5: Catch and Allowance

Finally, we get to see another episode of this series that most of the people had forgotten. I don’t blame you. This isn’t something people would be interested on. But just in case, read my 2 episode blog of it from last year on the right hand site of this page to loosen your amnesia. But to those who forgot, let me give you a short synopsis on what this series is about.

Showa Monogatari is a 13 episode “TV-Manga” (Don’t ask me why) about a family living in Showa 39, or 1964. It is a peak in the Japanese history as it is the year the Olympics are held in Asia and the first Olympics to be televised in globally.

It’s basically a DORAMA for old folks who are nostalgic for their glory times, which I think they do have a great era to spend their childhood on.

Going back to the story, Kohei, the youngest just went a level as well as with most of the siblings and wants to have a raise. The issue presented in this episode, is the influx of country-side people looking for work in the capital. As with most developing nations at the time (Philippines being in the same situation), the capital is where development and progress is at its peak. With labour laws at its minimal, anybody with able hands and intellect can look for work. The central theme in this episode is Kohei meeting this country-side high school kid who needs to work away for his poor family. Leaving his ambitions and dreams behind for the current survival of his family. With Kohei realizing how fortunate his family are, for his elder brother to take up higher studies and his sister being able to attend high school. It doesn’t restrict itself to the comforts of how times are different now, the values presented is still worth and rings true today. With the materialistic mentality sweeping globally. We tend to forget that money is something that is earned and not something we can just pick up in any curb. It’s a good development for his character, since in the beginning he wanted to raise his allowance so that he can buy stuff, then started looking for part-time work, since his parents are stiff on the raise. When he got the raise, with the experience he got from listening in to the southern kid (He did have a southern accent that is vaguely similar to Arata from Chihayafuru) story, he is more appreciative on the value of money and how other people work hard to get it.

I also like the parents perspective on why they gave-in. It may had stem that their were born in the dark era of occupied Japan, undergoing drastic changes. I think they understand that kids should spend their childhood enjoying themselves and not be restricted to the problems adults are facing. The kids brining the part-time work concerns them, so they gave-in. It somewhat like my father said, when I mentioned wanting to apply for Student Assistant but insisted that I should just enjoy my college life, since you won’t be having another chance at that once you graduate. He’s true on that and I spent every vacation of my life playing video games and learn some tricks on computers. I can’t do much of what I do then, but those memories are forever ingrained in me.

As for interesting tidbits in this series:

Even in Japan, there’s this counter-culture that is starting to sweep the youth (although I can’t find what is this all about).

You can buy four notebooks for 200 Yen, roughly 50 pesos or 2U$. Of course that’s comparing it in today’s exchange rate, but just thinking of it makes you see how things are well over the times. Although, if we look at it closely, we are more cheaper than before putting inflation into factor. Although the difference in goods are far evident.

It still happens in the Philippines, but unless you are buying from a vending machine, you can’t sell cigarettes to kids today.

Overall, it’s a good episode. GotWoot has taken over the subbing and finally catch up with Hatsuyuki on their last sub. All of the raws are available so it’s just a matter of patience to get all the remaining episodes to show.

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