30 year-old web designer Souta Tawara takes a leave of absence from his job in Tokyo to return to his hometown and sort out his family's affairs. His recently-deceased father's udon restaurant is now closed, and the house Souta and his sister grew up in stands empty. Ridden with guilt over disappointing his father, Souta is beginning to doubt the choices he's made in life thus far. While trying to figure out how he should move forward, he meets what appears to be a small boy sleeping in one of his father's old kitchen pots, but who turns out to be a shape-shifting tanuki! Cute, playful and full of energy, Souta names him Poco and the two develop a strong bond. But now he faces a conundrum: should he quit his job in Tokyo and remain in the countryside, or will he again leave his childhood home in favor of the big city, leaving Poco all alone?
When I first started to watch this, I didn't really know what to expect. I wasn't sure what sort of slice-of-life values were going to be in it, and what it was going to focus on and teach. Of course, the name being what it was, I thought it would have to do with udon; I wasn't completely off base in that, but there was much more to this than udon. Family, growing up, and finding one's place in the... read more
I just finished watching this anime and I absolutely loved it! it has made me cry and laugh throughout the whole story. Very moving and I actually liked the story itself, it is not a standard son takes over family restaurant at all it covers many themes from parenting to growing up and finding your own way in life to being kind, accepting, caring and letting go and moving on. I absolutely love it. It... read more
Poco's Udon World