A Touching Conversation With A Cat

Osomatsu-san is a very serious show about medical ethics and the treatment of animals.
Osomatsu-san is a very serious show about medical ethics and the treatment of animals.

In this second half of this week’s 5th episode of Osomatsu-san, the story revolves around a cat that is able to understand human emotions. Four of the sextuplets mess around with the cat at Choromatsu while Ichimatsu sits in the corner. He has a soft spot for cats, but not so much ones that will spit out what a person is really feeling. It turned out that it would lead to a sort of touching insight into feelings I am very much familiar with:

Good comedies sometimes have moments like these. It’s not as though Ichimatsu really wants to be the loner he feels he has to be, but he doesn’t know any other way and no way to get out of it. So he really talks a big game of how great he thinks he is compared to other people when it’s really the opposite.

I probably don’t get personal enough on this blog even though it is my thing. However, this conversation really got to me. I end up feeling just like and acting just like Ichimatsu here. It’s a positive feedback loop of having no confidence leading to not acting leading to even less confidence. Fortunately for Ichimatsu here, he still has his brothers, both parents and a Showa-era idealized community to help him out in times of trouble. I really didn’t expect a dumb segment in a dumb comedy series to hit me so hard. I just wish more shows would take the time to go exploring the depths of human emotion in a safe setting.

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