A first year college student who was raised by his older sister for a majority of his life takes a stand out of everyone else from the family to take in all three of his sister’s daughters to his poor apartment room meant for one. Can he do it? Is he able to take care of not only three girls of contrasting ages, but support them as well as going to school and going to work for almost every day? If this situation were to be placed in real life, a majority of the world would have to say no. An eighteen year old college student taking care of a fourteen year old middle schooler, a ten year old grade schooler, and a three-year-old toddler while going to college that his sister wanted to achieve that she originally could not and working at several part time jobs to attempt to make ends meet at first glance and sight is seen as literally impossible. The stress of taking care of three children is already a hassle, and to start as a first year college student along with going to work is just more piles of stress. However, Yuuta has managed to do that and do that long enough to get his family’s consent to become their guardian as well as return back to the home which they have once came from. It is amazing, really, to attempt to grasp just how he did it and the magic it took to make it work, it is has been shown here.
For one, Yuuta should be very glad that all three of the daughters are well-raised. For girls at their stage of age in particular, at least one, if not all three, would have some form of attitude. Yet, these girls are very mature and understand quickly the situation they were in. Neither of them complain, but rather, they have kept quiet about everything that has happened to them, whether it be not going to a club or falling asleep in class most of the time all for the sake of Yuuta. Both Sora and Miu understand that Yuuta already has it rough for them; thus, they hide all of their pain from him so that he does not worry about what he is going. Yuuta has felt the same way as well (doings things for the sake of family), but he is not doing a good job at it. The three keep saying that everything will be alright somehow, but when reality slaps them in the face (sometimes, in a hard fashion), all of them have to stop and think not only what is best for everybody, but to place themselves on their shoes and try to infer what they think is the best solution. Yuuta should be glad that all three of them are able to click with the correct answer without any conflict. I say three because Hina is currently too young to understand what is going on. She should not lose her innocence that quickly. In fact, Hina is pretty mature for a three-year-old as well, going as far as not crying when she is told about their parents and stating that she would not cry in front of the family. It truly would be a wonder to have such kids like them.
The series touches upon one prominent topic: the theory of family. A strange word, family. Exactly what constitutes as one? Do we have to be related by blood? Do we have to have some sort of relationship or connection with one another? I think Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai answers these questions well. A family is a group of people of whom you have created a special bond with. It can be blood relatives; it can be friends from a club; it can even be your next door neighbors, your landlord and his/her family, or shopping clerks that you meet every day who say high to you with a smile on their face and helping you out if you are in some form of a crisis. The collective bonds shared with each and every one of these people is considered to be a part of your family. Those who will be there for you in the good times and bad, for emotional support, and to make sure you are brimming with a true smile with every second is family. Believe me when I say that if your pre-grade school child’s classmates thinks that your child has a lot of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, etc. who are cheering for them in their school musical that the previous concept of family is correct. And, again, Yuuta should be really glad that he not only as his friends’ support but also the hands of nearly the entire shopping district cheering for Hina during her lowest state.
While Yuuta is a man with many flaws in a parental point-of-view, he made it up at the very end of the series. His ability to grasp what it means to be a parent and what it takes to be a family has grown from originally a young man with the ideal concept that everything will be fixed with time. Now that he is able to understand this, he can move on and do what is best not only for himself, but for Sora, Miu, and Hina as well. Yes, Yuuta, this is what a family is and should be.