Ataru doesn't say anything properly throughout except for the "updated shimashita" which means that he accepts what is said to him and will follow the instruction but his interaction with Ebina is rather hillarious.Ataru displays his strong liking for certain things e.g.At the beginning of this episode, we hear a man speaking in English to Ataru (Nakai) at the airport and repeating the same instructions to the latter before he can accept what's being said. If Ataru is important to him and he knows that there is a likelihood that Ataru might not stay in the same spot where the man told him to wait, would he even have dared to leave Ataru alone?When the man leaves Ataru for a brief moment, Ataru has actually wandered off somewhere. Subsequently, when it's shown that the man even goes to the US military to broadcast over their radio channel that they are looking for Ataru, it lends more credit to this notion that Ataru has a significant importance to the man and whichever organisation he belongs to.Lum apparently won the trip as a prize in the supermarket lottery, and she’s brought Ataru and the Guards and Shinobu and her nondescript friends along with her.Surprisingly, Sakura and Cherry have also come along too, much to the delight of most of the males present.Like I always say, episodic dramas tend not to attract me to stay for the long term so it remains to be seen how my interest level will be after a few episodes.
Last but not least, there is a background story about Ataru aka Chokozai which will be gradually unveiled as the drama progresses so this would be something that could pull in viewers for the long term.I guess that if I want to find out the answers to these questions, I'll have to stick with this drama for a while.Another key story which needs to explored is why Ebina's mother.At the same time when Ataru is on his little exploration tour of Tokyo, an explosion happens in a factory which kills an employee there.
Ebina Maiko (Kuriyama Chiaki) strongly thinks that there is something suspicious about this case but her superior Sawa Shunichi is dismissive of this.
I was very impressed with what I saw in "Suna no Utsuwa" years ago so it would be of no surprise that there are many others who feel the same way.