HoriMiya: Season 2/ Episode 4 “Hori Kotatsu” – Recap and Review

Kyouko (Haruka Tomatsu) and Izumi Miyamura (Koki Uchiyama) kissing as Izumi passes a mandarin slice into Kyouko's mouth

In an episode primarily taking place in the Hori household, we watch the day and day out of Kyouko and Izumi’s relationship and learn how she and Kakeru are bonded, partly by their parents.

General Information

This section Includes information about the Director, Writer, and Cast.

Release Date (Crunchyroll) July 22, 2023
Director(s) Ryō Kodama
Writer(s) Takao Yoshioka
Newly Noted Characters and Cast
Takeru Daisuke Namikawa
Previously Noted Characters and Cast
Kyouko Haruka Tomatsu
Miyamura Kōki Uchiyama
Kyousuke Daisuke Ono
Kakeru Nobuhiko Okamoto
Shindo Taku Yashiro

Plot Recap

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Tangled Up Underneath A Kotatsu – Kyouko, Miyamura, Kyousuke

It has come to a point where Miyamura spends an exuberant amount of time at Kyouko’s home and even sleeps there overnight. Kyousuke doesn’t seem to care, and dysfunction is normal to Kyouko, so it seems fine in the Hori household, but it may not be so in Miyamura’s household. But, considering Kyouko hasn’t met Miyamura’s parents, and neither do we, how they feel beyond a text asking where he is remains a mystery.

We Grew Up Together – Kyouko, Miyamura, Kakeru, Takeru, Kyousuke

Kyouko and Kakeru have known each other since elementary school, maybe before that, and his father, Takeru has known Kyouko’s father since high school. This meant Kyouko and Kakeru have grown up together, but one thing that interests some is that they bathed together. Why? Well, because, spilling into present times, Kyouko remains perfectly comfortable changing in front of Kakeru. Note: she never would in front of Miyamura, Kakeru is different.

Kyouko (Haruka Tomatsu) threatening torture
“Kyouko (Haruka Tomatsu) threatening torture,” HoriMiya, “Page 4: Hori Kotatsu,” directed by Ryō Kodama, 2023, (Crunchyroll)

In some ways, he is like another brother to Kyouko; hence her teasing the reveal of him dating Remi to Takeru, who not only doesn’t know but has forbidden his son from dating.

Always On The Lookout – Shindo, Kyouko, Miyamura

While Kyouko and Miyamura are mostly in bliss, she still harbors fears of things going south. A text from Shindo about reconciling puts her on edge and in a bad mood, but Miyamura knows how to break her funk. His kindness, a kiss, it makes her forget her negative thoughts, and add in quite a few mandarins and a slightly erotic licking of the juice off her finger? Her mind ultimately goes elsewhere.



The Focus On Izumi and Kyouko’s Relationship

The strongest part of “HoriMiya” has been and always will be the core relationship. Whether it is Kyouko’s insecurities leading her to wild thoughts of Izumi cheating on her or Izumi knowing how to leave Kyouko’s defenseless with affection. Just watching the two together makes it nearly impossible not to get butterflies, laugh, or hope that Izumi remains willing and able to roll with the punches Kyouko throws his way. Some of which are actual punches.

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Answers to some questions you may have regarding this episode:

Why Is The Episode Called “Hori Kotatsu?”

Because a majority of the episode takes place in the Hori family living room, with characters underneath the Kotatsu either talking or sleeping.

Who Is Takeru?

Takeru (Daisuke Namikawa)

Daisuke Namikawa plays Takeru, and they are Kakeru’s father and a pseudo-friend of the Hori family, though considering how he bad-talks them, maybe it is best to say he is a long-time associate.

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