With summer in swing, Kukuru puts the Gama Gama staff to work setting up the Touch Pools exhibit, with Fuuka assigned to be the main attendant, and with the return of Umi-yan, a gentle middle-aged man with a bad back and an eye for identifying pop stars. He leaks Fuuka’s identity to the young women from the tourist association and the nearby bar, who later use this information during the exhibit to tell that being recognized by a group of local teens almost gives Fuuka a panic attack. They summon Kukuru, who takes Fuuka “backstage” where the two have a heart-to-heart about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. The pair emerge with new confidence and closeness.
Moving right along, aren’t we. I expected some befriending to happen here, but not that my socially inept brain would be left wondering if bringing another person’s hand to your face doesn’t carry romantic overtones. This could also be skewed by the pandemic increasing my already worrying isolation to the point that I couldn’t say whether I’ve shared any more than a fist bump with another human being in a year and a half, but enough about my problems.
A somewhat saccharine episode, but well put-together.