Episode 7 – Damon: A Recipe for Happiness


Viewed from the outside, Nagomu is a disaster. Or at least so it seems to Hiiro, the new apprentice. She’s been deeply engrossed in her own idea of ​​what it means to be “perfect,” and we know veteran anime viewers that this is a recipe for disaster more than anything else. Why she’s so obsessed with perfection hasn’t been fully revealed yet, but we already know she has a very specific idea of ​​what’s “right,” and she doesn’t necessarily do well with changes to it. The clearest example we see this week is when she was told to the counter at the pastry shop. Customer interaction is clearly not an aspect of working at a small local business that you’ve never thought of; In Hiiro’s opinion, confectioners simply make sweets. This lack of understanding is what initially made Nagomu lower in his estimation, because although he is the son of the owners, he is not very good at making sweets, plus he has taken the time to do (gasp) another thing in Tokyo. This quickly made Hiiro dismiss him as a loser, and from that moment on, she looks at everything he does through the lens of her assumption. She didn’t say it, but we can practically hear her thinking he doesn’t belong.

But this is largely due to her narrow view of right and wrong in the confectionery industry. She doesn’t see Nagomu smiling and talking to neighbors when they go out to hand something that is excellent PR, and even when a woman comes to buy something, Hiro is shocked (and shocked) that the woman wants to buy from Nagomu instead. When Hiiro quickly learns that the error of her assumptions leads to swift punishment; Hiro is so involved in the idea of ​​keeping specials and selling what she is “supposed” that she doesn’t listen to her first customer and pisses her off. The humiliation of Itsuka having to save her leads her to collapse.

However, the main takeaway from this episode is not that Hiiro is a pill. (And she seems to be learning to be more flexible in her thinking.) Instead, Nagomu definitely has his strengths, and one is connected to other people. It’s Nagomu’s extroverted personality that makes him popular in the neighborhood, and it’s his quick thinking that makes Store teach at Itsuka School for a special class. More importantly, his kindness and empathy help a young girl whose mother is busy dismantling her self-confidence by “harassing” her, noting that laughter is often cruel to the person being ridiculed. Being that he learned this from his teacher when he was of Etsuka’s age is a good symbol of how Hiiro has learned to relax a little – Masa, one of the older gentlemen in the shop and her idol in confectionery, I spoke to her after her moment behind the counter. It seems that a good teacher can help you modify your view of the world, and this is a lesson that you can pass on in turn.

Although this show is all about making traditional sweets and the family being found or made, I think the idea of ​​learning from others is still a major theme. Nagumo’s perceived rejection of the family store created the notion in his father that he had not learned to value a wagashi, while his return to the barn only showed that he had learned nothing in the time he spent away. Itsuka’s drive to learn is due to her urgent need to belong, while Hiiro’s ideas about learning the only correct way of doing things show that learning a book isn’t all there is to life. And in fact, Nagomu is standing by Miyu, saying in front of the woman who taught him that it is good to stand up for others in the first place, just bring it all home: learning and education, part of the process of becoming a fully aware human being, and anyone who looks at Nagomu and thinks that He is nothing more than an idiot who still has a lot to learn.


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