The ham-hams open the episode with a new year's greeting. They want to welcome everyone to a great new year of episodes. Hamtaro says that the ham-hams are going to have a great new batch of adventures. Howdy cracks a bad joke (what other kind?) about hot dogs and suntanning. Dexter says that Hamtaro should say something special to bring in the new year. But Hamtaro is completely speechless. At Laura's house, Kana's family is visting for the new year. Kana and Laura's fathers fight over taking their daughter's pictures. The girls play a Japanese verison of badminton. Their fathers, always looking for ways to compete, take over and start a fierce match with each other. Kana's Dad suggesting something less strenous (for Forest's sake -right!) He claims he was really good at kite-flying when he was in school. The ham-hams like the kite-flying idea. Howdy and Oxnard take the idea back to the clubhouse. They tell them all about it. Dexter makes a quip about Howdy having been told to "go fly a kite." Panda helps out with making kites. He makes one for Penelope and the ham-hams all join in, creating kites bearing their likenesses. They go out to fly them. Panda helps again, by getting them to run fast, so they get a good wind. Boss, however, gets a little carried away and ends up crashing into a tree. Howdy quips that he's been "officially grounded." Stan stirs up trouble by noting that Bijou and Hamtaro's kites are flying close togehter in the air. This causes Boss to fight to get his kite next to Bijou's and he and Stan have a tussle over position. Howdy and Dexter get in on to too, trying to get positions next to Pashmina's kite. Then the kites all get tangled together. They fly away in a tangled mess. Penelope is really upset by this and lets out choked, incomplete "ookwees." Boss, Stan, Howdy and Dexter leave, feeling kind of bad about what they did. In the meantime, Laura and Kanas' Dads have managed to turn the kite-flying into a competition. They're trying to impress their respective daughters. Laura and Kana don't even really care. They're busy flying their own kites, which feature pictures of them and their hamsters. Then, Travis comes and offers to help them with flying. The Dads get upset over their daughters not paying them any attention. Hamtaro, who's watching, grumbles that kite-flying isn't a spectator sport. Boss is at the clubhouse. He's thinking about apologizing, but he also feels that he's being unfairly blamed when it wasn't all his fault. He overhears Snoozer dreaming about kite-flying and finds it ironic that Snoozer is the only one flying a kite. Howdy, Dexter and Stan arrive. They have the kites! They found them stuck in a tree. Back at the park, the ham-hams all pitch in to make a new kite for Penelope. Penelope likes the kite --- but ends up getting trapped at the top of it! Hamtaro dashes up in a daring attempt at rescue. Boss, Dexter, Howdy and Stan show up. They help with holding onto the kite, so that Hamtaro can rescue Penelope. There's a near-miss, where Penelope nearly falls off. But Hamtaro saves her and coaxes her to slide down the kite. At the bottom, Pashmina asks Penelope if she was scared. But based on her response, Penelope apparently thought it was fun. Boss reveals that he and the other guys made a kite for Snoozer. Since he can't be there to fly it, they'll fly it for him! They all fly their kites as one. As they do so, a rocking version of the closing theme plays. They sing along with the "ooh, ya, la, la" portion. That night, Hamtaro gets a nice package of sunflower seeds. Laura reflects that it was a great year and that she thinks the next year is going to be even better.moreless
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