Spring 2011

June 22, 2012

Showa Monogatari 9: Grandpa's Ghost

Continuing on with the series. This episode seems to prelude to the probable climax for the older siblings. The theme with them seems to fall into “temptation” or “pressure” with the older brother being dragged into the “hippie” movement, as well as the sister being mixed with her feeling of love and acceptance. Despite my likeness on how Kohei is being characterized in the series (albeit, the show is aimed to reminisce on the childhood memories of the people who happen to experience this era). We should go forward and see more into the older sibling’s problems.

As for this episode proper. I like their uncle. He sort of reminded me of those relative that are forgiving or very objective of sort. Those types that usually spoil their nephews/nieces given the chance. Then we are also toured in the horrid memories of the war and the effects on the people who had lived through after its surrender. Since I was on the other side of the fence, where our country is liberated from then Japanese oppressors. These stories are rather rare and often not being tackled in media as much as stories that has come from the victors. To be more specific, there are few stories that were centred on the pacific war compared to the European front. I guess that’s just how the world works. Hitler was the key figure that ignited the great war and pretty much Italy and Japan were just in it for conquest and strong ideas of supremacy and liberation.

Overall, I’m liking his uncle a lot. The drought part is interesting. I’ve never seen an effect this severe that event taking a bath became a luxury. Oh well. Kohei is cute when scared.

Episode Rating: 4/5

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