As Sakura and Ren focuses on their two guests, there is a certain someone who looks familiar.
In the first half, an old man came to visit Sakura. It makes me wonder why he visit her on a regular basis. It is revealed that he used to fight wars. Since he doesn’t fight wars anymore, he has no use for the sword. He uses the sword to cut bamboo to make a twirl toy.
Aside from the old man, two sisters came to the inn. Of course, Ren looks after them. The two sisters are apparently gods of entertainment. Apparently, they are reminiscing the good old days where Konohanatei is busier.
Sadly, it’s not what it’s like it is with fewer people from the moral world coming. When Yuzu talked to a familiar woman, the woman reminiscing how lively the hotel used to be lively even during wars. Gods during that time visit far more often than now. While it’s obvious that Yuzu won’t know how the Konohanatei is like then, she mentions the hospitality it gives to the guest.
The next day, that woman who is staying at the hotel happens to be Ookami all along. Apparently, her human form surprises them. When she puts on powder while doing the makeup, her appearance completely changes to human fox form. I have to admit that her human from looks prettier for obvious reasons. Still, it’s funny to see Natsume’s and Ren’s look on her face after Ookami’s appearance changes drastically.
On the second half, Okiku seems bored and decides to go to town with Urinosuke. She finds a discarded doll. After bringing it back to the inn, she asks Ren to make a new outfit for the doll she found. Of course, she is busy. As for fixing it, Natsume ends up running into Okiku and her head fell off. Natsume had to do a quick fix. Of course, Yuzu finds her. Okiku have Yuzu distract Sakura. It’s obvious that Okiku is afraid that Sakura will cut her and the doll’s hair.
After managing to run away, the doll asks her why Okiku decides to run away from Sakura. The doll thinks otherwise. She believes that dolls are meant to be played with. She mentions this because Okiku looks pretty since a child didn’t play with her. Apparently, the doll’s owner used to play with her a lot during her childhood. The girl created a lot of memories with the doll, until she got older and stopped playing with it. The doll believes that being thrown away is like the end of life.
While it’s sad to see toys become abandoned and parents probably throwing them away, it’s bound to happen. When people grow up, he or she move on doing new things and having other interests. It doesn’t mean that they forgotten the memories he or she had with a toy and the such. While parents tend to throw toys away, nostalgia is powerful. Once the grown-up child finds it, he or she will remember the time they have with a toy. After all, it doesn’t have to be limited to toys and dolls, it can be anything.
In the end, it seems that Okiku couldn’t be friends with the doll. It’s obvious when the original owner found and recovers the doll from the trash. Apparently, that doll’s name is Lilly. Still, it’s interesting that dolls can end up in the fantasy world.
Either way, Ren finished her furusode and Okiku started crying. Maybe it’s because she is happy that everyone at the inn cares about her or Lilly leaving Okiku. Either way, it’s yet another nice episode. Next week’s episode is the last and it’s focusing on the new year. This should fit the holiday spirit that is coming up soon. ¶