While out on the town, Kory and the others come across a sumo wrestler named Toramaru, who has been chased out of his dojo. He seems to owe money, but the bigger problem is that he’s rather timid. This leads to him being the butt of jokes at his expense, not only from other sumo, but even Yoshi weighs in and calls him a weak coward.
It was a bit jarring. After the last episode tried to make Yoshi more sympathetic, here, he’s an obnoxious jerk. He was always a little annoying, but he’s downright unlikable here.
In an odd twist, the antagonists here come off as somewhat more sympathetic. They’re mean to Toramaru, but we also see them as generally easy going and likable at points. It’s jarring to see them go from that to ganging up on Toramaru and beating him senseless, but it helps keep them from coming off as two dimensional villains with no real motivation.
That being said, the ostracization is enough to drive Toramaru to a suicide attempt. This show really does like those doesn’t it? Oddly enough, this one feels more dramatic than Megumi’s. Kory does her best to stop him, but they both end up falling over a bridge.
I’m not sure how having the water be only six inches deep is a good thing. Wouldn’t you want deeper water in this circumstance? I’d think that having a hard surface with that little water would be more fatal than having a deep creek when falling from a significant height like that. Maybe he couldn’t swim, I don’t know.
Bullying and self confidence are this episode’s major themes. It handles it well enough, showing how bullying can affect a person and how self confidence is a good thing. It gets a bit cheesy at points, but it could have been a lot worse.
Kory actually gets to show off her combat skills here, fending off a whole group of sumo. It was still cool to see the others jump into the fray for a group brawl. Although, I don’t think Yoshi did anything.
I wonder if Toramaru is going to be a recurring character, mostly because there was quite a bit of shipping fuel between him and Kory. He’s the only one who seems to like her cooking and her choice of pinching spot (it makes sense in context) is rather suspicious. This is especially true as Toramaru didn’t specify a location. She could have easily just pinched his arm and achieved the same result, but she goes for a different spot of her own volition. It may not sound like much, but I’ve seen people ship characters harder with far less material to work with.
As I said, this episode is cheesy, and it’s a pretty stock story formula, but it was done passably and I didn’t find myself cringing like I did during some of the earlier episodes. It may not be anything to write home about, but I wouldn’t mark it as a bad episode either.