Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari – 01 (First Impressions)


The Gist: Shouta is a 30 year old guy who comes back to his home town to close up after his father dies. While cleaning, he discovers a boy living in a barrel in his family’s udon restaurant.

The boy is obviously a tenuki. Also, Shouta keeps meeting people who are desperate to have his family’s cooking again — it’s even noted in a guide book.

Roll credits…


The color pallet is a mixture of washed out and muddy, not very broad, and the highlights are all thick bands of pure white. This makes the characters look something like cut-outs on top of simple backgrounds that are equally uncolorful.

I loved last season’s Amaama to Inazuma for its specific and accurate rendition of children, its delicate pace, and its love of food, friends and family. While Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari has some similarities, the ‘child’s wonder’ feels cheap. Not authentic. The narrative is also sluggish, as opposed to thoughtfully slow.