The Meeting and Promise Between ‘Mr. Sahara & Toki-kun’ Episode 1

A yankee and a handsome physical education teacher meet in the first episode of ‘Mr. Sahara & Toki-kun‘.

Toki, a quarrelsome student, is scolded by the vice principal for fighting. Sahara, the physical education teacher, intervenes, treating Toki’s wounds. This sparks Toki’s newfound motivation to attend school to interact with Sahara.

 

Warning: Spoiler alert. Read at your own risk.

 

Toki sits by the river, enjoying a moment of peace as the special place has a soothing effect on him. Before the reason for its importance is revealed, three high schoolers approach him and demand that he leave, claiming that the area belongs to them. Toki puts out his cigarette as the confrontation turns into a physical altercation, with Toki effortlessly defeating the trio single-handedly. Despite his victory, he soon finds himself scolded by teachers for once again getting involved in fights. Unfazed by the scolding, Toki dismisses the teachers’ complaints as noise. The tense situation gets interrupted by a teacher wearing a jersey. Toki’s first impression of him was how weird he was, questioning why he intervened. The teacher responds that while fighting is discouraged, expressing anger without understanding the reason is also unjust. He proceeds to apply a bandaid to Toki’s forehead. Seeing the genuine smile and caring actions of this teacher, Toki claims it was the moment his world began to change (he’s in love!). The next day at school, Toki’s unexpected appearance surprises his fellow students, sparking gossip among them. Rise, apparently Toki’s classmate, guides him to their classroom. Toki clarifies to him that he’s not there to attend classes and is instead searching for the kind teacher who helped him. As Rise continues to talk to him, much to Toki’s ignorance, Toki reiterates that he has a specific person in mind and describes someone tall in a tracksuit and is likely a teacher. To his surprise, the exact person he is describing enters the classroom at that moment, prompting Toki to shout in surprise. Rise reveals that this person, Sahara, is their homeroom teacher since their previous female teacher is now on maternity leave. Sahara introduces himself to the class, and while the girls express excitement over having him as their homeroom teacher, Toki is happy, repeating Sahara’s name in his head.

After school, Toki looks at Sahara near the entrance, talking with students and bidding farewell to those leaving. Rise appears out of nowhere, informing Toki about Sahara’s popularity due to being young and in charge of PE before heading off to his part-time job. Toki, also leaving the school, passes by Sahara amidst the crowd of students. However, his attempt to blend in doesn’t work when Sahara calls out to him, urging him to return to school the next day. Instead of responding, Toki quickly runs away. Going down the stairs, he thinks about Sahara’s pretty looks. While examining himself in a street mirror and looking at his own appearance, questioning himself if he is ugly (you’re definitely not!), he is approached by the same three high schoolers he fought with before. Sahara is informed of the situation by concerned female students who saw the brawl. In response, Sahara rushes to find Toki, only to see the three students already on the ground. Startled by Sahara’s call and sensing his anger, Toki drops to the ground, attempting to explain himself (it’s cute how he’s scared of him). Recognizing an opportunity, he seizes the moment and escapes by slipping through Sahara’s legs. This starts a chase around the school between Sahara and Toki, with Toki finding the situation fun like they’re playing tag. Toki, thinking he has successfully lost Sahara, hides behind a wall. However, Sahara surprises him by jumping over the railing, trapping Toki beneath him. Despite Toki’s attempts to escape, Sahara firmly grips his arm. While Sahara is scolding Toki, Toki is panicking because of the close distance between them. Sahara wants Toki to stop fighting and Toki, still trapped, has no choice but to agree. Sahara seals this agreement with a pinky promise. During this, their eyes meet for a few seconds, but Toki breaks eye contact first (I bet his heart was beating fast). Unbeknownst to Toki, Sahara subtly takes the cigarettes from his uniform pocket.

Toki attempts to take the cigarette back, but Sahara surprises him by pushing a lollipop into his mouth instead. Sahara encourages Toki to see him whenever he wants one since he has a lot in his pocket (Sahara’s plan: stop Toki from smoking, giving Toki a reason to see him. Win-win!). Toki bumps his head on the railing and confesses to liking Sahara and wants to know more about him. He decides to attend school properly, wearing the school uniform, and awkwardly greets Sahara at the entrance. Sahara responds with a smile, finding Toki’s weird but endearing greeting amusing, and looks as Toki goes inside the school. In the classroom, Toki shouts in surprise after finding out about the midterm exam. After class, he hesitantly approaches the teacher’s room, lingering by the door. Sahara notices him and, catching him off guard, Toki lets out a surprised squeak. Sahara assumes Toki has been called in again, but Toki clarifies that he was thinking of seeking guidance from the teachers. Sahara steps closer, suggesting that he could be the one to help, and proposes a meeting at the self-study room at 4:30. This invitation makes Toki’s imagination go wild, leading to a series of amusing scenarios playing out in his head. In his mind, he envisions Sahara closely guiding him, almost whispering in his ear. Another moment is Sahara moving his head by cupping his chin, playfully suggesting the idea of rewarding him. These imaginations fuel Toki’s passion, prompting him to run excitedly to the self-study room to meet Sahara. 

Upon reaching the self-study room, Toki’s excitement comes to an immediate end when he discovers another student already present with Sahara. The person introduces himself as Todo Shinji, a third-year student (an enemy!?). He remarks on having heard various rumors about Toki but mentions that Icchan, Sahara’s nickname, informed him that Toki doesn’t start fights despite his appearance. Toki, confused, asks about the identity of Icchan and Shinji reveals that Sahara’s first name is Ichiro, hence the nickname Icchan. This revelation leaves Toki visibly sulking, frustrated that a third-year student seems to know more about Sahara than he does. As Toki eavesdrops on their conversation, he learns that Sahara is, in fact, an alumnus of the school. Sahara, after leaving Toki in Shinji’s care, requests Shinji to train Toki well and leaves. Feeling defeated, Toki dramatically (he’s a princess I swear) lies down on the table before dramatically standing up, cracking his fists. He interrogates Shinji, attempting to intimidate him by getting close to his face. However, Shinji remains unfazed and instead suggests that Toki likes Sahara. Shinji’s suggestion immediately stops Toki’s intimidation (the gap is crazyyy!), prompting him to think about the times Sahara has helped him. Toki openly acknowledges his feelings, stating that he proudly likes what he likes. 

This was an amusing episode that showcased the comedic elements of the series, Toki’s funny and dramatic reactions were especially fun to watch. Despite having a tough image, he has his cute moments, and Sahara is just as charming as Toki perceives him to be. I’m looking forward to the interactions between the two and how Toki will slowly improve himself in the upcoming episodes.

Watch the frustrating love comedy of ‘Mr. Sahara & Toki-kun‘ on GagaOOLala – now available to watch on your Smart TVs by downloading the app on Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and Roku.

 

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