Yakitate!! Japan – episode 52

January 26, 2006 on 9:31 pm | In Yakitate!! Japan | Comments Off on Yakitate!! Japan – episode 52

“Pierrot crosses the sands of time!! Japan at the apex of the world!?”

Easily the most insane conclusion to an arc I’ve ever seen. With this, Yakitate!! Japan has forever crossed the barrier of possibility.

End of arc! Spoilers ensue!

Azuma’s cannabis japan is finally ready! Pierrot eats it and is instantly transported to 1982. There, both of his parents are still alive, and his mother is pregnant. Over the course of months, Pierrot becomes a trusted servant of the King and Queen of Monaco. As time passes, he begins to fade … but the Queen’s water breaks, and he must get her to the hospital (“or else I’ll never be born!”).

Thanks to the valiant efforts of Pierrot, the Queen gets to the hospital just as he disappears into the ether. When he returns to the present of the Monaco Cup, Pierrot finds that he is no longer a foundling, but was raised as the prince of Monaco – and that both of his parents are alive!

Naturally, because this was all induced by bread – a bread that literally has the power to change history – Azuma clears the Monaco Cup. Kirisaki Yuuichi, manager of St. Pierre, magnanimously congratulates Azuma on the auspicious win. Kirisaki may have conceded defeat, but it is certain that evil lurks afoot.

The sharpest focus brought about by this story is that the main character of the Monaco Cup was truly Pierrot. One clown’s journey from foundling to heir apparent to the throne of Monaco proved fairly inspirational, even if to many Pierrot represented a downturn in plausibility and therefore overall enjoyability of the property.

Every time I was disappointed by the characterisation of Kawachi, I looked to the revelations of Pierrot’s life for comfort. Despite the fact that his life has been completely erased, I don’t think the efforts were wasted; after all, Pierrot can remember his struggle to become a world-level clown. The only issue at hand is the fact that the King and Queen of Monaco don’t think much of Pierrot, and ironically unfavourably compare him to himself.

I might just miss Pierrot when it comes time for his inevitable departure. He may have been the death of realism in the world of bread, but he was a nice guy and provided some good laughs. The execution of the present world changing around him, even as he was still in the past, was convincing and surprisingly entertaining. While it was certainly confusing that Azuma ended up having no idea why he baked his taima machine, the message of passionate baking stayed the course. Good stuff.

While the Monaco plan may have gone off well, despite a few hitches, the battle for Pantasia is only now beginning. Fight, Azuma! Turn the world of Japanese cuisine on its ear!

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