Wow… just wow, I didn’t expect to see Benten so vulnerable.
Welp, this episode reveals more of Benten’s story and it’s slightly disturbing to know that she was actually kidnapped by Akadama-sensei who then trained her to be what she is now. Didn’t know you could actually train people to be tengus but oh well. All the signs this episode do hint on her still being very affected by the incident, which I’m sure that anyone who’s kidnapped like that would be. Benten’s story looks like be a very deep and twisty rabbit hole after this week…
The rest of the episode also expands more on Hotei-san’s character, with his motto in live being “To eat is to love”. He has… a really unique outlook at life, but I can’t say I don’t see where he’s coming from. After all, the great Circle of Life is a thing (or used to be!), so I guess I can understand his respect and love to the food he partakes in. And we humans literally do almost manage to eat everything after all.
It’s also probably really surreal for poor Yasaburo to be talking to him so much on those matters too. Y’know, about the eating and being eaten parts. And they actually made it even more awkward by having Hotei reveal of Yasaburo’s father’s last words and thoughts before he got ate up by the guys. Still, I have to hand it to the big guy… he’s only worried that he’ll not make a good dish after they cook him in the hot pot.
Awesome excuse too
Yeap, he’s really quite the amazing tanuki as they all say, heh.