Episode 4 of Tsuritama is Out!
In this recent ep, Yuki is on his way to catching his first fish, but when Haru decides to break the rules, will this cause massive uncurable butthurt for Yuki or will the butthurt come from what Haru is hoping to do later that night? Time to stop dicking around and click below
We begin with Yuki suffering with Haru as he manages to ruin just about every household chore and have a field day with the laundry machine suds.
While Haru and Yuki go fishing, Yuki discovers that Haru has created an alliance with both Natsuki’s dad and little sister as they bond over their mutual love for fishing and food. Papa Natsuki wants to go fishing with them sometime, but Natsuki is peering out the back with dismay.
Meanwhile, Yuki is visiting Kate who is chilling out in the hospital and airing out his woes about Haru to her. However, Kate finds his overbearingness endearing as she says that he has a talent at warming people’s hearts with his intrusive behavior and overall moe personality.
Natsuki joins up with Haru and Yuki as he teaches them how to do the real thing and go fishing. Through this, he gives them an in-depth analysis on the effectiveness of bait as well as the importance of casting into shadier waters as that’s where fish may swim off to to avoid getting eaten by hardcore mofos of the sea.
Yuki and Haru cast their baits out in the Enoshima Bowl fashion, but Yuki is the only one who gets a bite. Natsuki barks out orders at him to pull back and not reel in when he’s shaking, and to reel in when it cuts slack. The pressure that Natsuki put on Yuki doesn’t pay off though as the bait snaps off and the fish goes away.
At the fishing shop, Akira has his haul of reels that he’s showing off to Misaki, which triggers Angry Pink Shirt Guy to respond by saying that he’d be willing to have Akira fish with him, but that it takes skill to catch fish and not just equipment. Yes, Angry Pink Shirt Guy has a voice which you might remember as Mikuni from [c], and he has the name Ayumi-chan. He also has a crush on Misaki as her compliments inspire the inner GAR in his soul.
Papa Natsuki continues to try and impress his kids by hoping to go fishing eventually and getting a round of whitebait bowls for everyone, but Natsuki is not impressed since he got a strange call about making some drastic changes to their store.
Haru looks to solve this, as he uses his squirt gun to supersoak that hoe and make him go fishing with his pops. The sight of this confuses Yuki until Natsuki slips out of the trance to storm away pissed at this attempt to repair his strained relationship with his dad.
Shockingly, Yuki is more offended by this as he thought he told Haru that he wouldn’t go brainwashing people with his squirtgun anymore. Haru says he’s sorry but because this isn’t the live-action Grinch movie, “sorry” does jackshit as Yuki is hurt, wounded even, that Haru would betray his trust like that.
Haru consults Kate on how he should deal with Yuki after he mortally wounded his soul with such deception. Kate tells Haru that the word “sorry” is not a cure-all for fuck-ups and instead he must talk with Yuki and start a dialogue to begin to understand him.
This doesn’t stop the angst though, as Yuki finds himself sitting all alone without Haru while Natsuki looks at him in pity. However, some great did come out of this as I think I spotted two cameos from Fuura Kafuka from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and the hung up shirt and labcoat of Ichirou Irabu…I think
Natsuki wants Yuki to stow this shit though, as he wants him to get out of his funk and take back Haru. He figures he could try even though he’s still mad, but it’s not until he catches a fish where he starts to get a boost of confidence.
He takes a picture of the fish so he can show it to Haru, but he’s nowhere to be found. Yuki looks just about everywhere for him and is about to give up when he finds him floating in the ocean. Yuki, scared that Haru drowned, hops in to save Haru but he’s perfect fine in the water so in the end it’s Yuki who needed to be saved. Nonetheless, this gives the two some time to bond.
When they get out, Haru makes his resolve that rather than saying sorry all of the time, he would try to get to know others better instead. This gives Yuki the idea to show him the photo of the fish he caught that day, but the phone had some water damage and died right when he was going to show it to him, much to Haru’s dismay. The episode ends as Akira ponders whether he truly did come here to make friends or if there’s something there that wasn’t there before.
Overall, it’s been another great week of Tsuritama. It seems that not as much happened, but I am very interested in the developments on Natsuki’s side of the story, like how his strained relationship with his father might get worse if he considers drastically changing the shop like the phone call suggests. It’d be powerful if this came into play with the concept of making the most out of everything before shit goes down to persevere through it. It’s also pretty sweet how Yuki and Haru’s friendship is starting to grow as Yuki is beginning to open up more towards people and speak his mind without turning into Ponyo’s dad, and Haru is starting to learn that conversation is the closest way to let people know about you. Looking forward to the next one.