Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World)

I love anime (and manga) with men and kids. In a non perverted way of course. I find it endearing when guys suddenly find themselves in a situation where they have to take care of and raise or guide young children, while they have to figure out who they are themselves and what they value in life. This is exactly that sort of anime.

Poco is a little tanuki who occasionally turns into a human boy around 5 or so. Souta is a man in his late 20s moving back home for a break from his intense work in Tokyo. By chance the two meet in Souta’s family’s now closed udon restaurant where Poco is taking a nap. After some commotion the little fur ball moves in with Souta and a heartwarming and love filled relationship between the two builds up. It’s a story about family and friends, and belonging. It is such a feel good story and if you are not moved by it by the time it is over then your heart is made by something dead.


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