Posted by psgels on 27 January 2008 with categories: Porfy no Nagai Tabi


I’m getting rather annoyed at the huge negligence of this series. Sure, this definitely isn’t the first time that I blogged a series that almost nobody watches, but it’s really getting extreme here: this afternoon, when I checked up on my google-keywords this afternoon, I found out that eighty-four people came to this site, searching for the “Porfy sucks”. I mean, what!?

Okay, rambling aside, this was another excellent episode, as it continues to develop the characters. The episode starts with Porfy, waking up, and heading downstairs without waking up Mina. It’s here where he starts working on Mina’s birthday-present. It’s going to be something, carved out of wood, but he still refuses to show it to anyone. We also see him, borrowing a piece of string from his mother.

Mina then wakes up, and climbs downstairs. There, her mother (whose name is Anek, by the way) and father (whose name is Christopher, by the way), congratulate her on her eleventh birthday. Mina then rushes over to Porfy, though he acts like nothing happened (obviously, because the present isn’t done yet ^^;). Let’s just say that Mina isn’t happy. In any case, since this day it seems to be weekend as well, so Porfy and Mina are off from school. Therefore, Christopher offers to give the whole family a ride.

For that, however, a car is needed. It then turns out that Christopher is a car mechanic, and he can use the car of one of his clients (Corrina’s father, to be exactly), as long as he fixes it. And suddenly a lot of things become clear; most importantly Porfy’s obsession for cars. Of course, if your father is a car mechanic, you get to see a lot of cars. Now that I mention it, Mina must have become interested in Ancient Greece because of her mother. She came from a wealthy family, so she obviously has been schooled in these subjects, and she must have told Mina a lot of wonderful stories of those days.

Christopher indeed teaches Porfy a few things about cars as he works, after which Corrina drops by, looking for Zaimis. Once she left and the job is done, he takes the car along with Porfy to Mina and Anek. What’s also interesting is that he didn’t ask for a fee at all, as long as he could use the car for one day to go out with his family.

On the way home, Christopher and Porfy pass Zaimis and his father, who are just painting their stone hedges. Porfy wants to use the paint a bit to decorate his present for Mina (which we still didn’t get to see, by the way). After this, Anek and Mina are picked up, and Christopher heads to the ruins of an ancient Greek city, along with its own ancient theatre; something which Mina loves; you can really see that as she tries to imagine how that might have been. She even starts singing in Greek at one point. I must say that her voice-actress does a decent job. It definitely beats Les Miserables’ attempts at speaking French. :P

While the foursome has lunch together, Porfy finally gives his present to Mina: it’s the wood-carved Apollo that you can see in the OP. This will probably have a huge symbolic value, later on in the series. When Christopher and the others return, a guy named Nicholas arrives at his house as well, delivering various materials that are used to build a house with, along with a very young tree, which gets to be planted in the back-yard of the house. It seems to be a “minen”-tree, though I’m not sure what that translates to. I did find a tree called a “minesakura”, which means a Japanese alpine cherry, though I wonder whether those exist in Greece. In any case, because the name of the tree sounds like Mina, the tree is called “Mina’s tree”, and the episode ends. I’m not sure what kind of house Christopher intends to build, but I’d guess it’s some kind of inn.

On a side-note: I’m still surprised at how detailed, yet simple the dialogue for this series is. For every episode, there’s usually just two or three line that I just can’t understand. Apart from that, I’m having no trouble at all to figure out what the characters are saying. Ever since I started watching raws, there hasn’t been any series that I was able understand as well as this series. That’s also why it’s such a shame that no subs have come out: it’s the perfect series for beginning translators to practice their skills.

11 Responses

  1. L.A says:

    I may watch this when I’m finished with the last seasons. But well…I usually don’t like what Motsijuki Tomomi produces.
    Currently I am watching 6 series now, and I really feel enough.
    it’s actually surprising that you manage to watch like 20 series at once though.

    Well, thanks for the reviews everday~

  2. Dylan says:

    Boo!!! I feel the same way! I desperately want to take a look at this show! It looks and sounds so great! Character Designs are over-exaggerated, backgrounds look gorgeous, and the story and writing seem top-notch.

    It is really such a pity that only the mainstream standard anime series really only get the attention, when there is anime that is so much more than cliches and big-eyes. Monster really comes to mind on that point, but it didn’t exactly get ignored. In any case, some group should come out and realize the potential this series has!

  3. usagijen says:

    those people just don’t know how to appreciate great classics like this T__T

  4. Petrouchka says:

    What’s with “X sucks” searches anyway? Seriously ^^;
    I don’t expect Porfy to be subbed any time soon, but as it’s fairly easy to understand, I’ll try to follow it raw. It’s a good show to practice one’s Japanese listening skills.
    I hope your blogging it will convince other people to give it a try.

  5. Tania says:

    You’re so right! This series is really good. For now I just don’t know what to say about it, but all the characters – design and the OP are really well done. Plus it might be the first anime in which the plot happens to be in Greece(at least I don’t remember any others). I like the way the characters are linked to each other, they are obviously very close. Porfy and Mina as well. It’s quite easy to understand , you’re right. But I can’t get why nobody wants to sub anime of the World Masterpiece Theatre. Do they think nobody cares about them?

  6. Windspirit says:

    Zetsubou shita ! This world without subs has left me in despair !

  7. Kenji says:

    As I can recall Episode 1 of Master Keaton takes place in Greece, So what you’re Claiming is not true. Besides that I want a group to sub this. Don’t care If not many people want to down it. We want to. That’s good enough =D

  8. lmd_84 says:

    It’s quite ridiculous that people would search just to find someone slagging off a show. Anyway, I hope I can get hold of this eventually, (subbed, that is, as my grasp of Japanese is close to nil) because what I’ve read of your reviews of it intrigue me.

    Oh, and I find all your reviews on series I am watching informative and entertaining. Just thought I’d say it. :) Good luck with your blogging.

  9. flarezard says:

    Glad tosee someone blog this series. I’m a great fan of World Masterpiece Theatre. Thier animations often made me cry. (When I was a kid, TV channels aired many animations of World Masterpiece Theatre, such as, Pollyanna, Little Women, Little Lord Fauntleroy, etc.)

    Too bad I can’t find a RAW of this episode… (I searched on Tokyotoshokan) I really want to see it myself…

  10. flarezard says:

    Oh, thank you so much. YvY

    Can’t wait to see it with my own eyes.

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