|I Love Darling's Sincerity|
|Original airdate:||22 May 1985|
|Manga counterparts:||The Last Date|
|Previous episode:||Appearance of the Youthful Old Man! Shine, Great Teahouse of Dreams!|
|Next episode:||The Honest Fox Again! I Love Shinobu|
I Love Darling's Sincerity (ダーリンのやさしさが好きだちゃ… Dārin no yasashi-sa ga sukidacha...?) is the 157th episode of Urusei Yatsura. It originally aired on 22 May 1985. Its opening theme is Rock the Planet and its ending theme is Every Day.
A young girl named Nozomi who passed away on Christmas Eve needs to achieve her unfulfilled wish before she leaves. Her true wish is to have a date with a lustful young boy - Ataru. With the help of Sakura, Cherry, and Nozomi's diary, they have a cheerful and heart-warming date. At the end, Nozomi slowly fades away without leaving any regrets.
- Warning: the following text contains spoilers about the plot or the series.
Nozomi suffers from a serious illness ever since she was very young and the only thing she could do was spend her whole free time on her own bed, making some mittens and watching the same old view through the window beside her bed. She felt that there was an object, a moving object, that always caught her sight every time. And the moving object that she mentioned would be a young boy who often rushed to school in a certain time. Since she knew that was the only boy who used this path to reach his school, the only moving object made Nozomi rub off her loneliness, making her more attracted to the boy's action. She asked her mother for more information about hism, but she only told her his full name and had a nervous smile. Nozomi hoped that she could recover as soon as possible so that she would have a chance to meet the one that she admired along these days.
Unfortunately, as the season changed and it started snowing slowly in Tomobiki-cho, Nozomi's sickness turned worse. At the end, she leaves the world on the day of Christmas Eve, leaving her mother with her pet bird in the cage. Someday, after Nozomi's mother packed all of the shirts and leaving hospital, she released the yellow bird outside the window who used to be the side of Nozomi's bed. The bird quickly spread its wide wings, flied onto the sky and never return again. Before she truly left the hospital, she did remember to bring Nozomi's diary along with her. When she arrived at a restaurant, Nozomi's mother showed the diary book to a particular person - Sakura.
A day later, Sakura informs Ataru to come to her house as she has something important to talk to him. At first, Ataru thought that he will have a date with Sakura, but Sakura's intention is not a date. No longer later, Ataru and Lum leave their house, for Sakura's.
When two of them arrive at Sakura's home, once again Ataru behaves like a pervert Sakura, and also Cherry shows up between them. The reason that Sakura called Ataru to her house was there was a "guest" (spirit) who has been waiting for him and has a request for a date with Ataru. Under the order of Cherry, the spirit starts showing herself in front of Ataru. The name of the spirit is Nozomi, the same girl who passed away, and who always hoped to have a nice date with Ataru.
Ataru did not realize that Nozomi is a spirit seeking fulfillment of her wishes. While Ataru tries to hug her, he passes through her body without psychically touching her. Though Nozomi was a spirit, she treated Ataru with kindness instead of harming and scaring him. Soon, both of them have a joyful chat. Knowing that Ataru treated every ladies that he met with kindness, Lum feels extremely jealous on his normal behavior.
After the conversation, Nozomi intends to give an unfinished cotton cloth as a gift for Ataru. The reason that she could not made it at time was that she already passed away on Christmas Eve. She also told him that she wanted to see how he looks after wearing her hand-made cotton cloth. In summer season, when nobody wills to wear coats or gloves for warmth, Ataru just follows her instruction and wears it. Looking that Ataru did not complaint a word during wearing cloths, Nozomi is very pleased, and so she gives a pair of gloves and scarf for Ataru to wear. Despite Ataru could not stand this summer weather with those warming items that he wore on, he started to runaway. Sakura quickly releases the rope to stop him and has some conversation with him. In order to fulfill her wishes, he has to just do anything that Nozomi wanted. Nozomi's mother stayed herself at the corner of certain place, kept watching of them with a sight of wonder.
Soon, Ataru and Nomomi take a walk around the street. Sakura, Cherry and Lum follow their footsteps at the back. Both of them watch movie, go to an amusement park and have some lunch at a restaurant. They spent a lot of time together, satisying Nozomi.
As dusk approaches, their last stop would be the amusement park. After Nozomi rides the horse at the merry-go-round, she needed Ataru to accompany her to have some fun with others, the rest of the three people sat at the bench to take some rest. One of them felt curious on what made Nozomi not leave Ataru's side and reach heaven. Sakura rechecked her diary again and read the important sentence, and the last wish of Nozomi. The sentence said that she dreamed she played with Ataru on winter season. After they completed a snowman, the snow started to fall from the sky, thus creating a romantic atmosphere for two of them. Nozomi wrapped Ataru's left arm, standing at the middle of the ground covered by white snows. Regrettably, winter season only begins in June, in other words they had to postpone it for several months. And so Lum start to behave annoyed and kept herself argued against Nozomi and Ataru's friendliness.
Without anybody's expectation, the park released various patterns of fireworks to the sky. The moment those fireworks started to fall from the sky and faded themselves, Nozomi spotted that those fading fireworks looked like the falling snow, creating a perfect winter season mood. Later, Nozomi requested Ataru to allow her to wrap his left arm. As soon as the fireworks released completely, Nozomi's soul slowly faded out at Ataru's side, silently...
After Ataru accomplished his duty, Sakura called him to take off the warming cloth. But Ataru did not rush to take off them, his eyes only glanced at the night with a pleaded grin.
The next morning, Ataru and Lum walk downstairs from the place where cemetery is located at the shore of beach. During that moment, Nozomi's mother go upstairs to visit Nozomi's tomb. While Ataru and Lum reach to the shore, Lum claims that she loves Ataru's sincerity, and hopefully that he could do the same thing to her, like treating Nozomi during her existence. However Ataru did not want to showed any sincerity to Lum at anytime, and so Lum begins to tease him for some fun. On the other side, Nozomi's mother face the shore, standing at the cemetery and looks into the infinity, enjoying the beauty of the sea.
- "That's Moroboshi Ataru's for you! When he has an opportunity, he makes his move on any woman, living or ghostly..." - Cherry
- "Will this be okay? I mean, she doesn't seem to know what darling can be like sometimes..." - Lum
- "So, we'll see a movie, go to an amusement park... Maybe have a little lunch, and then you can rest in peace, sounds good?" - Ataru
- "I... I'm always kind! And I just thought it would be sad to break a ghost's dream." - Ataru
|Moroboshi Ataru||Furukawa Toshio|
- This episode is claimed to be the best episode of Urusei Yatsura animated series among most of the fans.