**In a 100% unrelated note to anime, can we all have a moment of silence for the death of 2NE1?? My first K-Pop love, gone. I am living in a world of tragedy. K, thx.**
Poco’s Udon World is a very, very cute show. It seems to be popular to write shows about guys taking in stray children, and then being changed for the better by their experiences raising those kids. Usagi Drop and Barakamon are notable-and lovable-examples of this. I wonder why that is. I know that Japan is trying to get husbands more invovled in child rearing and housework. They’re experiencing a sharp population decline, notably because most people don’t want to get married and have children, what with the desire to maintain their careers and stay unfettered and independent. So maybe these kinds of anime are romanticizing father involvement in child rearing? Maybe as a way to get people interested in being fathers? Or maybe just to provide a fantasy for girls who like to see guys do cute dad stuff. Who knows? All I can say for sure is that I tend to really love these kinds of shows, mostly because the kids are SO CUTE.