PapaKiki has been one of the most surprising shows of the season, in that it’s actually watchable and not overtly pedophilic. I mean yeah, there’s that creepy otaku heading up the main character’s club whose presence is meant to… provide a character for the audience to relate to? Okay, this show hates whoever watches it and isn’t afraid to let them know by comparing them to a fat guy that can draw perfect pictures of little girls just based off the sound of their voices—But that’s not the point! The point is I never thought I’d find myself enjoying it as much as I have been, let alone writing about it, especially with that aforementioned weirdo promenading about. But I felt that this past week’s episode was well worth talking about, through yet another one of my personal recollections.
For most of my elementary school life, I wasn’t exactly a social butterfly. I could manage in social situations for a brief period of time, but would pretty much shut down if I were around other people for more than two or three hours at a time. For somewhat extensive details, see my Hanako comparison, otherwise we’ll be moving on.
Around my ninth birthday, the school counselor thought it fit to sign me up for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program to get me out of my shell a little bit more. A meeting with the parental ensued and it was agreed that I would be a part of the program. After a short while I was matched with a college student named Pedro, who spent the next nine years taking me out on a biweekly basis to do everything from watch movies to watch slightly worse movies. Hell, I even got out of school for it, something that I was grateful for. And I’ll be damned if being out for a couple hours at a time to take my mind off things didn’t help me out in the long run. I wouldn’t go so far to say that I owe being as well-adjusted as I am to Pedro’s company, but it was something that made the otherwise dull and occasionally frightening elementary school years much more tolerable.
As for how this relates to the episode, just seeing Kouichi take Miu out for a “date” brought up good memories. It’s a reminder that no matter how tumultuous the situation at home, just a day away from it to treat a child like they’re the most important person in the world can mean the world to them. Because it did to me. And now hopefully I can go back to not paying the slightest bit of attention to this show. Thanks for reading.