Yakuza’s guide to babysitting is a brand new comedy anime debuting in the Summer 2022 anime season, featuring gangster Kirishima Toru and the boss’s young daughter, the shy Yaeka. The two make an odd but wholesome couple, and they’ve both learned some important lessons about the value of family, blood or otherwise.
Meanwhile, there is the lingering problem of Yaeka’s mother Miyuki, who has been in a coma in the hospital for a few years now after being in a car accident. She hasn’t said or done anything so far, but Miyuki appears in flashbacks, such as in episode 9, and these scenes establish her as an outstanding wife and mother. It’s no wonder Yaeka misses her company so much.
In episode 9, most of the YakuzaThe main characters gather for Toru’s birthday, including the boss Yaeka and Kanami, not to mention Kei and some of Toru’s other gangster associates. Toru’s birthday is a happy and straightforward affair, and the scene serves not to develop Toru’s own character, but that of Sakuragi Miyuki, who isn’t even there. Kazuhiko and his sister-in-law Kanami both became nostalgic for the absent Miyuki, and they share some fond memories of her. That’s when Episode 9 begins its flashbacks to reveal how exactly Yaeka’s mother met her father one fateful afternoon.
The flashback depicts Miyuki in her late teens or early 20s, cheerfully working in a flower shop when the tall, handsome Sakuragi Kazuhiko walks in, only for Miyuki to greet him and make an awkward first impression. The scene immediately establishes Miyuki as a charming, hardworking and slightly goofy person, while Kazuhiko’s gap moe side is reinforced with his wholesome hobby of flower arranging.
This is a revered and serious art form in Japan, and the beautiful, constructive and innocent nature of this art form helps to remind viewers that there is more to the tough-talking Kazuhiko than his gangster business. In fact, their shared passion for flowers is what brings Miyuki and Kazuhiko together, and they agree to meet again soon to discuss it. Kazuhiko may be reserved and serious as a gangster, but he does not have a heart of stone. Then and now, he always puts other people first, even if he won’t admit it.
The flashback continues from there, depicting Miyuki and Kazuhiko turning their outing into a proper date without even realizing it. The date itself is fairly conventional, but it serves two purposes Yakuzahis narrative. First, the date’s dialogue clearly establishes Miyuki as an emotionally mature and resilient person, given how her parents are dead, but she has come to terms with her grief. No doubt the emotionally warm, outgoing Miyuki misses them, but she doesn’t wallow in the past. Instead, she works hard to support herself and her younger sister Kanami, and Kazuhiko is no doubt impressed by all of this. Perhaps this is what inspires Kanami to be such an attentive and dedicated aunt to Yaeka today, with Kanami working hard to be to Yaeka what Miyuki once was.
The second purpose is to deepen the emotional impact and stakes surrounding Yaeka and her comatose mother. Back in episode 2, the narrative really only told fans that Yaeka misses her beloved mother, but episode 9’s flashback actually shows the emotional warmth that Yaeka lacks. Scenes like this serve to show viewers what one character is missing out on, usually if the other character is comatose, missing, or dead. This strengthens the emotional impact of seeing Miyuki unresponsive in the hospital, with fans now knowing exactly what Yaeka is longing for.
Also, Miyuki isn’t just a comatose mother for the sake of drama. She is Sakuragi Miyuki — a fully realized, wonderful character whose absence now feels much more severe. Fans finally get to see what Yaeka’s mother was like before the accident, and now, more than ever, fans are fervently hoping for Miyuki’s return. It gives viewers the same emotional stakes as Yaeka herself, which will definitely bring anime fans back for more.