back with another touching episode of the Fall 2011 slice of life, Tamayura~hitotose. Up until now, it seems everyone except Fu has had their emotional time concerning her father’s passing and Fu growing more and more. Now, with the return of the “Road of Aspiration”, a yearly festival celebrated in Takehara, Fu finally gets to return to the place her father had promised to go back with her, so long ago.
As the townspeople busy themselves, getting ready for the night’s festival. Fu and friends met up at Kao-tan’s house…TO FIND HER STRANGLING A MAN WITH HER BARE HANDS!!! 0_0 (jk). Kaoru and her sister were making a giant teruterubouzo, wishing for the weather to clear up for Fu’s first “Road of Aspiration”.
After running into Shihomi in town, the group goes to Hoboro’s restaurant to find Dougo-sensei helping her in hopes of confessing to her later that night during the festival (which he enlists the help of the girls to do so). This brings up many feelings of different experiences and expectations from all the people, and how Fu is comforted that she isn’t the only one looking for something special tonight. From confessions to long-awaited promises, everyone has their own reasons to coming to the festival tonight, and Fu hopes that everyone will have a smile during such a special night.
Though the threat of rain still hangs over the festival, the girls still hold out hope that the weather will clear up for Fu’s special night. More than just Fu’s expectations, it seems everyone’s desires for the evening seem at jeopardy. Even Kao-tan seems chocked up at the thought of Funyon missing this special occasion because of rain.
Fu, in her daze, feels reunited with her dad, and confesses how, even though she hasn’t cried, she’s happy of how far she’s come. She feels as if returning to Takehara, and the Road of Aspiration, is somehow making up for the broken promise, so many years ago. Full of candle-lit bamboo lamps, the town is full of the hopes and experiences of many people from different places. Some less fortunate in their endeavors than others, Dougo’s confession doesn’t exactly go as planned, but still, the night is full of magic. As Fu is thankful to everyone, friends and people who prepared the festival alike, for helping making her day such a special experience. Perhaps her father’s promise goes unbroken after all…
Until next time,