Old Enough is a simple but adorable Japanese reality series. It’s a show that does a lot with a little, delivering bite-size slices of feel-good joy that’s sure to put a smile on your face.
This second season is very similar to the first, although notably there are only 10 episodes this time instead of 20. However, what’s here is more than enough to whet the appetite, with each segment clocking in at around 12-15 minutes each.
For those who haven’t seen the first season, you don’t need to watch all of that before jumping into this. The episodes work as stand-alone chapters, and each have a pretty similar narrative thread. Within the episodes, camera crews follow toddlers as they’re sent out into the world completely alone, tasked with going shopping or navigating public transport.
Sometimes there’s a family member or adult waiting in the wings or anxiously standing on balconies watching, but the concept remains largely the same. These kids are sent off to do some errands and then return to their parents or guardians. During the chapter we also see the adult version of said kid, and the life lessons they’ve learned along the way, which is a lovely touch.
The concept is very simple and the quirky narration and added diagrams, showing the routes these kids take, helps to add to the whole experience of this.
There’s certainly an endearment with watching these toddlers tackle menial tasks, but an understated part of this show comes from the Japanese community itself. Seeing random passersby helping the kids out or cashiers and shop assistants making sure the kids get what they need is absolutely heartwarming and should thaw even the coldest of hearts!
This is the perfect sort of show to chuck on for a slice of pick-me-up entertainment. Old Enough is a great watch and while this second season doesn’t really expand on the premise of the first, this is one of those perfect examples where if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Verdict - 8/10