REVIEW: SOMALI AND THE FOREST SPIRIT EPISODE 4 – THE WISHING FLOWER AND THE PROMISE REQUEST


SOMALI AND THE FOREST SPIRIT

Picking up exactly where we left off last week, Somali and Kikila have found the flower they were searching for and have to be “saved” by the mysterious wolf character. To keep things short and sweet. This episode really pulled on my heartstrings and brought literal tears to my eyes.

I found myself questioning how and why this series manages to pull on those heartstrings even without having any emotional scenes…yet! As I’ve mentioned in my previous reviews, this world of Somali and the Forest Spirit is vibrant and relaxing. Bringing forth a sense of tranquility and relaxation. Even more so with the show’s soundtrack.

This is my favorite episode thus far. Reason being that it really takes the saying “a father is not the one who made you, its the one who raised you”.. And that point was really driven home in this episode. Somali and Golem have found themselves in Anthole City, where Golem is working to earn some money in order to travel to the Osuna Desert. After their little venture, Somali and Kikila return to Kikila’s home/restaurant, where Somali is scorned by Golem for not following her curfew orders.

After a little emotional breakdown, rightfully so. Somali becomes ill with a fever. Here is where the emotions really hit. Golem finds himself frantically searching for medicine for Somali while blaming himself for her coming ill. He reflects on how he hasn’t taken into account the journey so far and him being overly bearing in wanting to protect Somali has taken a physical, psychological and emotional toll on her. So he does everything in his power to make sure he shows her how much she means to him, and how much he cares about her.

They have a really touching moment that’s sure to make anyone overcome with emotions. Once again driving the point that I mentioned above. A father is not the one who made you, its the one who raised you. The relationship between Golem and Somali is a prime example of that. Unfortunately, the story keeps building and foreshadowing the inevitable end of Golem and his journey with Somali, despite him making her a promise that he will always be with her.

While it’s surely a reassuring moment, it’s heartbreaking because of the information we have. And Somali has shown that she is not open to that kind of emotional heartbreak and separation. But then again who would be?

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