A Couple of Cuckoos ‒ SEASON FINALE (2024)

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A Couple of Cuckoos ? Community score: 3.9

A Couple of Cuckoos ‒ SEASON FINALE (1)I'm not sure how much of an actual ending I expected from the finale for A Couple of Cuckoos. It's a show that's always been content to coast along, and coast it does in this "hour-long" finale. Those quotation marks are there on account of the fact that this doesn't even really pretend to be a whole final episode, instead being two basically separate entries simply aired back-to-back. They are nice enough entries, mind, and seem to set out with the intent to show the kinds of growth several of the characters have undergone as we reach this perfectly cromulent stopping point. But if you were hoping for any kind of resolution or revelations for the show's relationships or ongoing mysteries, you're probably going to leave disappointed. But then, here at the end, I'm not sure how many people are still coming to A Couple of Cuckoos for that sort of thing.

The twenty-third episode is probably my favorite of the pair, self-admitted Segawa supporter that I am, though some of the follow-through on her situation feels a little odd here, namely Erika and Sachi's seeming surprise at Segawa's previous-episode indication of going after Nagi. Yes, everyone in this show has the memory and attention span of a gnat, but I still must look incredulously upon Erika acting like this is the first indication she's encountered of Segawa being interested in Nagi when her confession to him was one of the inciting incidents that led to Erika planning this beach trip in the first place! I guess you could read this as Erika (and Sachi) having been in denial, but mostly it comes off like A Couple of Cuckoos simply sticking to a particular well-worn romance-comedy playbook in having its characters interact and react to these situations.

That certainly bears out in the writing's approach to putting Nagi and Segawa together in this episode. You know the drill: Go off together without the others, get caught in some abject weather, check into a hotel together pretending to be a couple, only one futon. Like I genuinely want these two to get together, but even I felt like watching this was just checking off obligatory genre boxes. It's that payoff, however, that makes arriving here worth it. That is, apart from just contriving to get Nagi and Segawa together alone somewhere, the sequence is designed around fleshing out Segawa's more mischievous side. She lies about her age and situation to get into the hotel, and has no problem flirtatiously playing with Nagi in the room, getting to the point where she enthusiastically suggests they get some drinks to really get the party going! I knew I liked her for a reason.

Segawa's rebellious efforts fill out an expected, but still entertaining element of her character niche: the respected honor student who wants to act out. In this case it also rings well with her particular situation: since she's got her whole adult life planned out for her, she might as well do all the wild, 'bad' stuff she wants to while she can. That does cast an interesting interpretation for her recently-admitted attraction to Nagi. With her arranged-marriage engagement waiting for her on the other side of adolescence, getting together with anybody else fills the criteria for rebellion, especially with someone in a similarly spoken-for situation. As much as I like seeing Segawa and Nagi together, and think they do have chemistry, it begs the question of how much of her going after him at this point is based on genuine interest, compared to him simply being the best target for her escapist attractions. It's that potential for the messier emotional elements powering this plot's love-polygon that drives that penultimate episode effectively, and of course any tension is immediately defused by Erika and Sachi busting in wearing cop costumes, causing a wacky misunderstanding, and things ending with virtually none of those explorations followed up on in the actual final episode. Classic Cuckoos.

What that final, twenty-fourth episode actually brings us then is an even more low-key come-down of a finish than I might have expected for this series. And referring to it that way is pretty impressive considering this episode contains an actual party being thrown! Granted, it's a one-man-arrangement birthday party effort by Papa Yohei, who still rules by the way, only begrudgingly attended by Nagi and Sachi with Erika in tow, so it's not exactly communicating serious exuberance. It is seriously adorable to see how this man apparently goes to town celebrating his own birthday for himself every year, and it's brought up by Erika's natural enthusiasm for it. To say nothing of the point that Erika came along to attend her biological dad's birthday anyway, which forms the backbone of the kind of emotional connection Cuckoos seems to be looking to end on here.

That is, the idea is that Erika marrying Nagi is confirmed as more of a means than an end for the Umino parents. They ultimately just wanted more good kids, and Erika has welcomed herself so warmly into this new, effectively chosen arm of her family that they now only care for her and Nagi to be happy. It's an incredibly sweet, simple sentiment separate from the continued (even shown in this very episode!) machinations of whatever Daddy Amano is still trying to plan. It's the most agency Erika has been afforded in this situation for a while now, bringing us to the idea that family is something you can choose, and the sorts of support you receive from them must necessarily be a deciding factor in that choice. It prompts a pondering, though not really suspenseful, question from Erika and Nagi about what their relationship might get to look like now that the engagement isn't really seen as necessary.

The answer, for now, is still wishy-washy and unresolved, arrived at on account of Erika catching a timely cold necessitating some nursing from Nagi, which forms probably the firmest emotional conclusion we're going to get from these two at the end. But the care does indicate the kind of chemistry the pair share at this point, distinct from Nagi's rapport with Segawa in the preceding episode. After all this time cohabitating, Nagi and Erika have become 'engaged' in spirit, if not personally-pursued action. They are, as much as they choose to be at this point, still a kind of family, and they don't yet need to put society's or their relatives' demanded labels on what that is in order to exercise it. It's a genuine feeling that even seeps out to the eavesdropping Sachi and Segawa, who realize they might have recently honed in too much on the romantic aspects of this love square they're navigating, and momentarily forgotten about Nagi and Erika as people, as their friends.

It's all fine as a demonstration of emotional resolution, if not evolution. All the other plot balls are still firmly up in the air as the final credits roll on this one, Daddy Amano continuing to spout vagaries about his manipulations of the kids' relationship even as he shallowly claims he's letting them 'choose' in the end. And Sosuke's still no closer to being found, that kind of story compounded by Erika catching a glimpse of Nagi and Sachi's own mysteriously-missing childhood-photo interloper. Who keeps leaving these things around? The show seems to have known that even with a two-cour run it was never going to arrive at answering these kinds of burning plot questions, and while I wish they had made a little more effort to blend together this pair of episodes if they were going to insist on airing them as this kind of extra-long event, their shot at satisfying us with the story somehow still mostly lands. It all still looks as serviceably chunky as Cuckoos always has, save for a few decent drawings of Erika in the last episode. But that and the odd pacing of all this doesn't bother me as much as when I took this assignment, as I've grown to mildly enjoy these kids well enough. I'll be curious to see if another season down the line answers the more pertinent questions I've got, but for now, I'm fine with this realization that maybe, the real family was the family we found along the way.


A Couple of Cuckoos is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.

Chris is a freewheeling Fresno-based freelancer with a love for anime and a shelf full of too many Transformers. He can be found spending way too much time on his Twitter, and irregularly updating his blog.

A Couple of Cuckoos ‒ SEASON FINALE (2024)


Who did Nagi marry? ›

That is, the idea is that Erika marrying Nagi is confirmed as more of a means than an end for the Umino parents. They ultimately just wanted more good kids, and Erika has welcomed herself so warmly into this new, effectively chosen arm of her family that they now only care for her and Nagi to be happy.

Did Nagi and Erika end up together? ›

On the 112th fowl, Nagi and Erika will talk to Souichirou Amano so that Erika doesn't move, at that moment Nagi confesses that he fell in love with her during the time they lived together to which the father gives them an option of how it will be from now on to which they both accept to be able to continue together.

Is Couple of Cuckoos season 2 coming out? ›

A Couple of Cuckoos Season 2 does not have an official release date, but it will likely be announced in the future. As of early April 2024, Shin-Ei Animation and SynergySP have not renewed for the sophom*ore season. However, Yoshikawa's manga series is currently ongoing and has 21 volumes.

What happened in the last episode of Couple of Cuckoos? ›

Since they couldn't find Erika's father, the group decided to head home. However, right before they enter the car, Hiro grabs Nagi's hand and tells Erika and Sachi that both of them will go home on their own because they still have something to do.

Who is Erika Amano's love interest? ›

Though she initially had no romantic feelings or interest in him, Erika later on realizes she really is in love with Nagi, as she is hurt when he chooses Hiro instead of her. She nevertheless continues to have feelings for Nagi's biological older brother Sōsuke, the person she was originally searching for.

Is Nagi Sousuke? ›

Sousuke Amano (天野 宗助 Amano Sōsuke) is Erika Amano's adoptive and Nagi Umino's biological older brother by 5 years.

What did Erika tell Nagi on the beach? ›

Nagi couldn't say anything back to her, so they decided to part ways and spend some time alone before heading back to the group. Nagi accidentally met Erika on the beach, and she told him that she is actually looking for someone, but he can't tell him who that person is, because it will change his fate forever.

Who does Erika want to reach couple of cuckoos? ›

And as he suspects, the person that Erika has been waiting for all this time is indeed a man. That being said, that man is not Erika's first love or anything like that. His name is Sousuke Amano, and he is Erika's long-lost brother. What's even more surprising is the fact that he looks exactly like Nagi.

In what episode do Nagi and Erika kiss? ›

On the 108th fowl, following the events of the M1 contest, their relationship takes a step forward as Erika kisses Nagi on the lips, resulting in a very embarrassed Nagi. On the 110th fowl, Nagi learns that Erika loves him. On the 111th fowl, Nagi tells Erika that he loves her too.

Where is Cuckoo in season 2? ›

Series 2. Two years have passed and Cuckoo has gone missing in a climbing accident in the Himalayas, Dylan (Drew-Honey) is planning to attend university, and Rachel (now played by Esther Smith) is moving in with new boyfriend Ben (Lacey).

What happened to Cuckoo in season 2? ›

Series 2 introduced two major cast changes: Tamla Kari (Rachel) was replaced by Esther Smith, and Cuckoo was written out because of Andy Samberg's other work commitments and replaced by his long lost son Dale (Taylor Lautner).

Is Sachi in love with Nagi? ›

Sachi is known to be indifferent, especially toward her older step-brother Nagi; however, underneath that, she deeply cares for him, and when he's forced to leave the household realizes her feelings for him.

What happened in episode 24 of Couple of Cuckoos? ›

Namie enters the scene and notes that she'd sincerely be his mother once Erika and Nagi marry. However, Yohei and her both note how they were once worried about the marriage, but are happy that they came to visit them that day and want them to be happy overall.

Is couple of cuckoos season 1 over? ›

Season 1, comprising 24 episodes, originally aired between April 24, 2022, and October 2, 2022. Here's how you can watch and stream A Couple of Cuckoos Season 1 via streaming services such as Crunchyroll.

Who ends up together in Nagi ASU? ›

In the last scene, Manaka and Hikari acknowledge each other's feelings and start a relationship, looking towards the future together. One of the students from Shioshishio.

Who does Nagi date in a couple of cuckoos? ›

The protagonist, the studious Umino Nagi, can't figure out his tumultuous love life when he has his fiancee Amano Erika on one side and the object of his affection, Segawa Hiro, on the other.

Who is Nagi shipped with? ›

NagiReo is the most popular ship in the fanbase. Many fans enjoy their closeness and how their personalities are vastly different but still remain very complimentary. Nagi is unmotivated, distant, and can come across as uncaring, while Reo is extraverted, charismatic, and very driven.

Did sachi and Nagi kiss? ›

It's the only thing she really cares about, and Episode 11 added fuel to the fire when Sachi and Nagi accidentally kissed on the mouth during a power outage -- and Sachi is bitter that Nagi didn't fall in love with her over it.

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