This episode attempts to inject some actual tension into the fairly sickly sweet atmosphere and in the process finally has Souta think about his relationship with Poco and what it actually is. The realisation that it has gone beyond just looking after a strange pet has been a long time coming but it is a welcome relief that Souta has understood that Poco is now definitely a part of his life. But that leads to the question of whether or not the two can stay together. The missing child search has just enough tension in it to be interesting but never gets particularly dark or meaningful and the side-story with the brief but thwarted romance is an amusing enough diversion at the end. All and all, a fairly decent episode.
Poco’s Udon World is available on Crunchyroll.