WARNING: The next comprises spoilers for Uramichi-Oniisan Episode 5, “Once This Concert Is Over…” now streaming on Funimation.
Anime authentic content material has lengthy been a tough factor for studios to deal with. Filler episodes can usually really feel inconsequential and there’s a excessive probability of characters appearing, properly, out of character. However the uncommon situations the place authentic content material not solely dietary supplements the supply materials however really elevates it reveals true care from a studio, and are deserving of recognition and reward. That is very a lot the case with Episode 5 of Uramichi-Oniisan.
The final 5 minutes of Uramichi-Oniisan Episode 5 is an anime authentic sequence that goes out of its method to make the very best use of its quick runtime. It builds characters, conveys an vital message, and options a completely authentic tune. It’s already a enjoyable music video by itself, however throughout the context of the narrative, it provides extra richness to the already-relatable Uramichi.
Most of Episode 5 is concerning the youngsters’s present internet hosting an annual live performance for the youngsters. It is principally a musical model of the present, with Uramichi and the mascots appearing as background performers whereas Iketeru and Utano sing. It is an exhausting occasion for all concerned, so the director (who admits he did not even watch the live performance) treats everybody to an izakaya for an afterparty. Solely Iketeru thinks to ask about Uramichi’s whereabouts, and Kumaya responds that he’s already gone dwelling.
On his method dwelling, Uramichi sees a tiny crab on the highway, picks it up, and places it again into the river. That is the place the primary tune of the sequence begins. It is in Uramichi’s perspective, however in a way more tender tone than his common voice, so it might be one other youngsters’s tune. It talks about Uramichi discovering a small crab by the river then placing it again, however its true theme is about taking note of the little issues in life.
The sequence intercuts between Uramichi with the crab and his colleagues consuming them on the izakaya, implying Uramichi’s actions are in the end meaningless as a result of the crab might be eaten ultimately. That is the sort of irony and nihilism that is change into a signature of Uramichi-Oniisan.
Whereas he eats, Iketeru wonders the place the restaurant will get the tiny crabs, and Kumaya says they’re everywhere in the close by river — the place Uramichi finds his little crab. Iketeru feels sorry for the creatures, but fervently devours them quickly after. This quick scene provides some depth to Iketeru and Kumaya’s respective personalities. Iketeru is naïve and even childlike, genuinely feeling unhealthy concerning the crabs, but he in some way doesn’t make the connection between his urge for food and his feelings. Alternatively, Kumaya is extremely perceptive — as famous in Episode 1, he notices issues most individuals wouldn’t, however doesn’t actually care to behave in any respect.
Uramichi is totally different from each of them as a result of he cares rather more, which is partly why he’s usually depressed. He sings about placing the crab again into the river as a result of he doesn’t need it to get trampled, however the crab nicks his finger whereas he picks it up. He then laments doing form deeds and sometimes getting unhealthy outcomes from them. Although he doesn’t maintain a grudge in opposition to this unreasonable society — not as a result of he loves it, however as a result of he doesn’t have the power.
That is such a tragic outlook on life, however it’s an ideal abstract of Uramichi’s character. He believes no form deed goes unpunished, a mirrored image of his pessimism. But that doesn’t cease him from being form as a result of deep down, he cares about all of the little issues he encounters in life. Maybe he sees a little bit of himself in all of the issues most individuals ignore. Because the tune’s lyrics be aware, he’s curious concerning the mushrooms rising underneath the gorgeous row of cherry blossom timber as a result of he feels his life is like them — mundane however resilient.
Uramichi-Oniisan Episode 5 ends with Uramichi his wounded finger and smiling, comforted by the truth that one thing as tiny because the crab can nonetheless depart a mark — one thing he could possibly do as properly with all his good deeds.
The enhancing of this sequence demonstrates the manufacturing crew’s nice consideration to element: as a lonely Uramichi walks dwelling in a darkish alley, his colleagues get pleasure from their drinks in a brightly lit izakaya, but they stay linked by a tiny crab. The lyrics cleverly join the 2 eventualities, emphasizing the hypocrisy and irony behind everybody’s actions. It is the sort of sharp social commentary Uramichi usually says out loud, however maybe it cuts even deeper when it’s proven quite than informed.