Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Ep. 11: Ketchup saves the day

Does Aoi solve yet another problem with food? Yes, yes she does. 

Hatori is the guy with the silly, tiny hat. It sounds like he used to work for Tenjin-ya, but it’s alright, because it sounds like Ginji also used to Orio-ya. I guess these famous inns like to swap employees like we swap partners.

— As for the guy with the silly blue flame leaking from his forehead? His name is Tokihiko. He runs the bathhouse at Orio-ya, and he has a keen interest in Shizuna, Tenjin-ya’s bathhouse attendant.

— By the way, this device has a “You got mail” alert like a bad AOL-inspired device. Also, when you write messages back to your friend, the words won’t show up immediately. Nevertheless, your calligraphy will be absolutely perfect!

— Anyways, let’s get back to Tokihiko and his creepy obsession with Shizuna. Look at him kabedonning the hell out of the girl. Shizuna isn’t completely defenseless, though. She seems to have the ability to judo throw Tokihiko any time she wants. It sounds like they have a romantic thing between them, right? Ah, but y’see, he used to be her teacher. The girl tries to deny it later, but it’s obvious.

— Side note: I hate okra. I can’t stand the slime in them.

— Another side note: don’t you think Shizuna’s bangs are too long? She works in a bathhouse day, so wouldn’t they get damp and cling to her face? Think about it. Just think about it.

— What makes this relationship unsettling for me is that Tokihiko took Shizuna in when she was a child. This show has an obsession with grown men caring for young girls, then falling in love with said girls when they grow up. It’s just gross, because how do you not see her as a daughter? How do you end up falling in love with someone you used to head-pat like your own child? You have Aoi and her mysterious helper. You have Shizuna and Tokihiko. And in a way, you also had Suzuran and Shiro. Aoi’s grandfather didn’t fall in love with Suzuran, but she sure as hell fell for him.

— Anyways, Shizuna and Tokihiko used to work together at Orio-ya. In order to compete with Tenjin-ya, they went all across the land in search of amazing hot springs. Yeah, you heard me. One day, however, an evil spirit attacked them in a cave. Tokihiko naturally jumped to Shizuna’s defense, but he ended injuring his forehead. That’s why blue flame has been leaking from his head ever since. Okay, that sucked. What was silly, however, was that Shizuna got fired from Orio-ya for this.

— So after being fired, the poor girl ended up spending the night in the rain. Really? Despite having a steady job up until that point, she didn’t have enough savings to even rent a room for the night? Like shit, how much do they pay these characters? Do they work for substandard wages or something? Needless to say, Odanna took her in and the rest is history.

— Shizuna: “It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten a hot and fresh meal.” How?! You have a full-time job at Tenjin-ya, but you can’t afford a hot meal unless Aoi hands it away for free?

— As always, Aoi is determined to solve people’s problems with food. Most people would mind their own business, but not Aoi. She barely knows either of these characters, but that won’t stop her from gazing at the moon with the determination to meddle in their affairs. Don’t even tell her not to; she won’t listen.

— This time, it seems like tomato might just do the trick. When Shizuna has a taste of Aoi’s tomato sorbet, she confesses that both she and her former teacher just love the fruit that is often mistaken for a vegetable.

— Aoi: “I wonder how much the master approves of me right now.” I dunno, he keeps trying to marry you, but yeah, it’s a total mystery what he thinks of you!

— The next day, Tokihiko is getting a little too handsy with Shizuna.

— But don’t worry, because tomato will solve everything! And by tomato, I mean ketchup and crackers…? Who eats ketchup with crackers? This is some ratchet shit.

— Now ketchup and okra.

— Now it’s just tomato eveeeeeerrything.

— Actually, my mom used to make something like this for me when I was growing up. I kinda miss eating it. I could make it myself, but eh… I’m lazy.

— But again with the crackers. Why?

— The problem with this show is that it’s so childish. What do I mean? The characters have such childish thoughts.

— All Shizuna has to do is to tell her teacher that she wants to be with him one day, but she’s just not ready. Sounds simple, right? Because it’s really not that hard. Just take a deep breath and communicate clearly. Take half an hour to state your feelings. Write down your thoughts if you need to. Unfortunately, both Shizuna and Tokihiko have the mentality of a child, so they can never do anything but freak out at each other. The guy scares the girl by backing her against the wall, then when it gets to be too much, she throws him to the ground. It’s pathetic. It’s doubly pathetic because ayakashi live longer than we do, but they’re so comparatively immature. Aoi solves Shizuna and Tokihiko’s communication gap by simply having them make meatballs together. Yeah, that’s right, I said meatballs. I’m not even joking. That’s her “clever” solution. Make meatballs and calm the fuck down. Have you guys calmed down yet? Okay, now talk.

— Nobody cooks with hairnets here. They don’t even put on a hat. Shizuna ties her hair back, but she still has her long bangs covering half of her face. How do they make sure none of their hair gets into the food?

— Anyway, that about does it for this week’s episode of Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi. I guess the Orio-ya guys aren’t as bad as we thought.

9 thoughts on “Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Ep. 11: Ketchup saves the day

  1. DerekL

    “You have a full-time job at Tenjin-ya, but you can’t afford a hot meal unless Aoi hands it away for free?”

    Yeah, that caught me too… Doesn’t Tenjin-ya feed or pay it’s staff?

    I’ve made a couple of things my mom used to make… Some are part of my regular repertoire, some I’ve never mastered, some are just not the same without Mom.

  2. Maria DeLuca

    I was about to make some of the same remarks you did about how this show handles (well lack of handling) commutation. It ashamed that it doesn’t take a more adult way when it comes to handling certain situations. Although, I’m pass the age of 21, this show might be gearing towards a younger generation. Ever since I was 4 years old I’ve always been blunt and don’t beat around the bush.

    “As always, Aoi is determined to solve people’s problems with food. Most people would mind their own business, but not Aoi”
    I’m wondering if she’s Italian, Jewish, or Spanish or from Queens lol (J/K I know she’s not) But to be fair I tend to not mind my own business in reality either when it comes to helping others clear the air. Sometimes people need a gentle push forward and what better way to do it over some good food. Although this food episode wasn’t good looking.
    “Now ketchup and okra.”
    I love tomatoes however I am not a fan of making it a dessert. As for okra you couldn’t pay me enough to eat that. I think when it comes to Aoi’s food choices in the show it’s disappointing that it really doesn’t shine a light on what she serves on the menu of her restaurant or a full dish.

    BTW, I hope you have a good time here in the City. Are you coming here for work, pleasure, or both? NYC is awesome 24/7. Time Square fun to walk around at night, however I wouldn’t recommend eating there because the prices are crazy. The Village is always FUN, plus there are some great places to chill out, listen to some great bands and chill. You should go check out St Mark’s Place for some night time fun. And I could post a few other places if you like. I’m a tour guide when it comes to my city lol. Either way I hope you have fun :)

    1. Sean Post author

      I’m on a work trip, but I’m going to try and squeeze in some fun at night. For me, that means going to restaurants. I’m definitely going to visit Momofuku Ko and Per Se. I guess I gotta try Shake Shack and Katz… other than that, everything else is still up in the air.

      1. Maria DeLuca

        Ha, so you are going for the tourist themes. Although, Katz happens to be mostly loved by the locals I remember going there after playing gigs in the area for late night dinners. Hope you enjoy your stay and especially enjoy all the good eats :)

          1. Maria DeLuca

            That’s true :) I’ll admit that most people I’ve spoken on line seems to ask about places that aren’t tourist traps. But when I go to other states I love to do the tourist thing myself aside from going to the local “hang outs” As I said before I hope you have a good time here. If would like like any recommendation please let me know. I’m always happy to share 411 with people :)

  3. Maria DeLuca

    In other words ,most people I have spoken to online (friends from out of state) ask where are good places to go eat that won’t be expensive. Sorry for confusion

    1. Sean Post author

      I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the chance to eat at two of the best restaurants (Per Se and Momofuku Ko) in the country when given the opportunity.


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