Posted on 28 October 2009 with categories: Konnichiwa Anne



Every week I keep hoping for Anne NOT to go to school, and this episode listened to my prayers: it was an entire episode, dedicated to the Hammond family, and holy crap! Spoiler alert!

Hammond was bound to die, we all knew that. However, I didn’t think that the creators were going to be this fast with it! We’ve got eight episodes left. I really thought that the entire second half of this series would be spent on the Hammond family, in contrast with the Thomas Family, and that Hammond’s death, and Anne’s subsequent leaving of that family as the major climax. This episode gives my entire expectations for the rest of this series a whole new dimension.

Hammond’s death didn’t have the same impact as the Bert’s, but that’s only logical. He’s only had the screen-time of about four episodes, and really didn’t have the time to truly make an impact. And not to mention that his death was a bit cheesy. Did the creators really have to pull down these angelic lights for it? Nevertheless, this was a great episode that really gave a lot of depth for the Hammond family for as far as possible. We see how the couple fell in love, and how Mr. Hammond just kept working himself to death, in order to support his family.

The death scene also showed a fundamental difference with the Thomas family. One thing I really liked about that scene was the random passer-by: he immediately tried to do everything he could to try and save Mr. Hammond. That’s not something you see often in anime, is it? It really showed that Mr. Hammond is well liked in his town, completely the opposite of Bert, who people refused to help even when Noah was in trouble. You could call Mr. Hammond naive, but at the same time he strikes me as someone who didn’t want to give in to his illness: with his heart, he knew that he wouldn’t see his children grow up, and therefore did everything he could to ensure them a future as good as possible: he kept taking on large jobs to give his wife financial support, he searched for Anne to support his wife for after he dies. And in the meantime, he simply tries to forget about his problems by being nice, fantasizing like Anne and generally looking at the bright side of life.

But yeah, the problem is going to be: what will the rest of this series focus at? Anne is going to have to leave eventually, but how long will that take? We know that she and Mrs. Hammond don’t go well together, and I think that Mrs. Hammond will use that reason to send Anne to the orphanage. Still, I do think that the two of them are going to spend a few more episodes together.

I also really wonder what this series is going to do for its climax, and what this series is going to look like once Anne does arrive at the orphanage (which at the same time seems so close now). At this point, episodes in this series can either be really good or really dull, with nothing in between: at this point I’ve really lost my patience with this show’s cheesy episodic stories like what we saw in the previous two episodes. However, at the same time the themes of dysfunctional families have been fleshed out really well now, with the Hammond family to contrast with the Thomas family.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

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  1. Chris says:

    Sadly this series shines and then downright fails at times. I do admit that when it shines though it REALLY shines. It’s no Les Miserables but there have been way worse World Masterpeiece Theatre series. I’m hoping you’ll still check out 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother the movie version, it’s my favorite WMT/Nippon production along with the Dog of Flanders film.

    Do you have any info on the next WMT series? I haven’t been able to find any info.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:47 PM)
    @K-Off Always glad to share a nice read :3
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:38 PM)
    Just because someone is smart does not mean they are wise.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:21 PM)
    @Realist: What is worrying is that it is the intelligent who seem to make the stupidest and most dangerous decisions.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:20 PM)
    @ninja Lol thanks for linking, glad to see the best and brightest that the Ivy League system churns out: Arrogant, wealthy, white conservative Americans.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:16 PM)
    @ninja Yeah, I completely agree. Iraq is a shit hole, and it’s a nation that should be split into their respective ethnic groups immediately. Now, while I can see hostilities and possibly war rising between the hypothetical Shia and Sunni countries, the Kurds will play a crucial role as a mediator, IMO, in such a future state of conditions.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:15 PM)
    @Emma I can’t imagine those women are treated extremely well by ISIS but I have nothing to substantiate that.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:13 PM)
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:12 PM)
    @K-Off But I do think it’s a little unfair to suggest that any aspect of post-invasion Iraq hasn’t been a disaster. I think the death tolls speak for themselves. Not even Saddam killed that many people.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:10 PM)
    Ah yes there brides of Isis thing as I’d call it. Read some of an article were otherwise well educated women of middle eastern descent bought into the whole isis ideology and signing up. The article in the paper crudely called them “isis fangirls”
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:08 PM)
    @K-Off I completely agree. I just think people need to think more about how instability creates more instability, which, to me, is clearly what happened here. The main focal point of ISIS is clearly Iraq, but they could never have developed to the point of being able to attack Iraq without the instability of Syria.

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