From the beginning of the series Mao Mao has daddy issues. Shin Mao keeps turning up in flashbacks and it’s clear that he never gave Mao Mao the love he wanted. When we finally meet Shin he seems like the big jerk we all thought he was, but it turns out that he’s just a small man who’s been hurt himself.
Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart really wants Mao Mao to learn to be comfortable with himself, but Mao Mao’s dad has been needing to learn that lesson since before his son was born. Let’s dissect Shin’s debut episode, Small, and see what we can learn about the patriarch of the Mao clan.