Let’s unwind to another relaxing episode of Koufuku Graffiti.
Food and Family
The entirety of this episode is spent on Ryou and Kirin really getting to know each other. The premiere saw the two meeting each other for the first time, so their interactions here show so much more. Their growing intimacy may be somewhat curbed by the recognition that they still have much to learn about each other. But seeing the two together, there is no doubt that they will quickly become the closest of friends. Heck, it might even be more appropriate at this point to say that the show is more about family than it is about food. The food aspect does remain present and relevant, but it is rather overshadowed by the developing friendship.
A jealous Kirin.
The way I see it, food is used more as a device in the show as its primary purpose is to advance the relationship between Ryou and Kirin. In this episode particularly, we see Kirin getting a bit jealous of Shiina for knowing a side of Ryou that she does not. While this is presented under the guise of having the privilege to eat Ryou’s rolled omelette, the underlying point of contention is that Shiina sees Ryou at school while Kirin does not. This can at first appear a bit childish, which is actually in line with Kirin’s character. But in the context of the two being family (which they technically already are in the strictest definition of the concept), Kirin’s desire to see every side of Ryou is extremely endearing and reminds us of the true core of the story.
The episode also reintroduces the typical Shaft-isms that we have come to expect from the animation studio. There was a notable absence of such stylistic flourishes in the premiere, or at least they were applied less liberally then. But apparently the head tilts, crisp imagery, sudden cuts, and unusual camera work are back with a vengeance. This return to form isn’t too surprising as animation studios tend to settle into a certain style of their own. So I am not particularly concerned with how things are looking.
As expected, Koufuku Graffiti isn’t a show in which there is all too much to say. Which is great since I am trying to cut back on the length of my posts. So far, the show has struck a great balance by presenting enough material that there is something to talk about without needing to squeeze too much into a post. And this is made even more impressive when you consider that it’s often quite hard to find things to talk about in a slice of life show. So whatever choices Shaft is making in adapting the source material, they will be set if they keep them up for the rest of the run.
Hug it out.