Review of the themes and plot of the first episode of the new anime "Koi to kake" or "Love and Bake"

This original anime is getting pretty good early buzz, good first reviews. So let's take a look at it.
In the first few minutes we get hints that the story is set in Okinawa. Something tragic has happened but we don't know quite what yet. Our "heroine" Hinata has been feeling the emotional strain of this unknown trauma, which makes her highly sensitive. She becomes attached to the smell of the "Akiami" peach.
In the last few minutes of the episode it is revealed that Hinata was in a car that was hit by a truck. Her mother was killed instantly but Hinata was able to rescue the "Akiami" peach by shielding it with her body.
Plot Summary of Episode 1
We first see the heroine Hinata coming back from a run and smelling the smell of an "Akiami" (small, slightly yellow-colored peach). She remembers that smell of peaches. Then she remembers something bad happening. She thinks she might be responsible for something bad.
Then we see (in a flashback) that her mother Hinata is in a car driving home. We hear other cars honking and some men shouting.
Suddenly, Hinata's mother runs a red light and we see a big truck. Everyone in the car except Hinata screams in horror.
Hinata's mother is thrown out of the car and killed on impact. Everyone in the car except Hinata screams in horror.
Then we see Hinata's father go to Hinata's room. Hinata has her face pressed on the window and her hands are wrapped around her face. Her father calls out to her, but she doesn't respond.
Then we see how Hinata's father takes pictures and writes down things in a notepad in his hand.
An acquaintance of the Hinata's father gets a call. The driver who is in the hospital has had a mental breakdown, screams nonstop, and has a broken arm. Apparently the "Hinata" of his memories is a different person than his current friend's daughter Hinata.
Whatever happened, her father and mother switched places with the "Hinata" and the "Hina-chan" of the other driver's memories. And the Hinata and her father are living that person's life now.
Whatever happened, the "Hinata" in the mother's memories died and the mother "survived" in the mother's place. Whatever happened, "Akiami" now seems to symbolize the tragic event for Hinata, as the "Akiami" she smelled now reminds her of the past tragedy and seems to give her hallucinations of her mother.
It is a very poignant and touching story that is putting a lot of emphasis on the fragility and value of life and the importance of cherishing the people around you.
We see that the flashbacks involve a seemingly happy family with the parents in love and the whole family loving to eat "Akiami" peaches.
Quotes and Observations
* In the opening credits of the first episode, we see a lady with a pointed headdress which has a straight ponytail coming down to her lower back, and it has a "B" in kanji as a decoration, and we see many pictures of "peaches" and some of them are "Akiami" peaches.
* In the first few minutes we get hints that the story is set in Okinawa.
* In the last few minutes of the episode it is revealed that Hinata was in a car that was hit by a truck.
* Somehow, the "Akiami" (small, slightly yellow-colored peach) seems to symbolize Hinata's love and feelings for her mother.
* The little girl in this story (Hinata) seems to be all alone in the world. Her mother is killed in the beginning of the story. Her father has become distant and seems to have issues that he is not dealing with (is probably still grieving). We see that she used to love baseball before her mother died. Now she doesn't care about it and doesn't even know her favorite team. She didn't want to go to baseball practice or to see any game in the city tournament.
* The father doesn't seem too thrilled to be raising the daughter by himself and the daughter seems to" …
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Comments

  • What do you mean by "hints that the story is set in Okinawa"?  Also, I can't seem to parse the bit about Hinata possibly being switched with someone else.  Additionally, do they have baseball teams in Okinawa, or was Hinata a fan of some American team (if it was the Mets, then that's the saddest thing in this whole sad story... nobody deserves to go through that).
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    Ali_Roz said:

    What do you mean by "hints that the story is set in Okinawa"?  Also, I can't seem to parse the bit about Hinata possibly being switched with someone else.  Additionally, do they have baseball teams in Okinawa, or was Hinata a fan of some American team (if it was the Mets, then that's the saddest thing in this whole sad story... nobody deserves to go through that).

    This is computer generated text. So don't ask me, ask the NeuralNet.
  • “Alice is like Princess Kaguya, except instead of being found in a stalk of bamboo and sending suitors on impossible quests, she was found in a toy store and eats all the candy.” – Fossilmaiden
    @Ali_Roz Baseball is actually very popular in Japan! They have professional leagues and everything just like we do here.
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