|What's in a name?|
The next day, Masahiro and Takagi go to Azuki's house to confirm that her mom really is the girl from Uncle's letters and indeed she is, although - though still a MILF - she now sports grotesquely large blonde hair rolls. The title of the episode is "Parents and Children" after all, and this visit - along with the phone call to Dad - forms the bookend of the episode. One gets the sense that Masahiro's father and grandfather always hoped he would follow his Uncle's dream, and that Azuki's mother never really got over Nobuhiro. The theme emerging is once again the dreams of youth, though in this episode we also see it from the perspective of the parents - how adults live their dreams vicariously through their children, sometimes. We also get the sense in this episode that Nobohiro was a deeply-loved man - by his nephew, his brother, his father, and his middle-school sweetheart. Nobuhiro comes off as a kind of "beautiful dreamer" who inspired - and inspired affection - among everyone he was close to.