It… actually doesn’t work that well for her.
|Oh hey, the Aniblog Tourney got started again after a long hiatus, and Metanorn continues to be in it. A top-2-out-of-4 system this time. Obviously I’m pulling for Metanorn, but they all have quality content. Go check the others out. Here, let’s talk about Urabe’s hair.|
Who doesn’t love sex hair? I think use of the phrase exploded around the time Amagami SS came out. I wonder why? But while Kaoru no doubt carefully styled her trademark wavy hair to look that way, Mikoto provided us with something much closer to the real thing in this episode. After all, having Akira directly grab Mikoto’s head and mess it up is about as close to that as we’ll get from this show. I do enjoy its blidingly obvious metaphors, accentuated in the case of Ueno and Oka by the latter’s fogged up glasses. It short circuits the literal sex and jumps straight to the pleasure of sharing with a partner, reminding us, that hey, romance really is about the personal connection.
That said, Akira’s messing up of Mikoto’s hair was downright erotic at times. The close ups to the UFO charm, the faux slow-motion of his hands and her hair, that red filter, they were clearly going for something. I was actually reminded of a certain similarly themed scene from Nisemonogatari. That red light filter was an especially close connection and was used in each scene to give it that extra surreal – and sexual – vibe.
So many colors.
Mysterious Girlfriend X hasn’t been the most consistent when it comes to visual quality, but I like that it’s playing with its direction. The lighting was excellent in this episode even besides the aforementioned scene: the blinding white light in that serene cold open, the transition from dusk to evening in the park at the end (timed beautifully with the flow of the couple’s conversation). Also, the patterned textures – paper creases to make the characters look as if drawn on paper – were especially noticeable. It went nicely with the show’s established old school aesthetic.
What has been consistent is the pace of the couple’s relationship: slow. It’s fascinating how little has happened in so many events over 9 whole episodes. But they continue to have plenty of fun along the way, and that’s infectious. Each episode has them moving forward, even if just taking baby steps. Mysterious Girlfriend X shows the little changes that happen when one enters his or her first relationship, and it celebrates each new experience as something wonderful.
I think it’s obvious that Mikoto is a passive person. Her hair is that way because she doesn’t care to style it. She doesn’t socialize or even eat during lunch breaks – at least, until Oka started literally feeding her. She’s actually active in her passivity: she refused to join the track team, and she hung back to watch when she saw Akira talking with his old crush.
So this possessive act of cutting up the album – the first display of those skills since in the 2nd episode – came as a pleasant surprise. This was by far the strongest expression of her emotions, stronger than when she handed Akira her panties, or the times when she made him cry, or when she asked him to touch her ear again. This time, she was making a statement, and not with the aid of drool magic. It was violent and emotional. Just like Akira, Mikoto Urabe is changing, and it’s so much fun to watch.
Urabe only takes them out for special occasions. Or rather, her taking them out make the occasions special.
Another new girl? Or is that just Urabe with a makeover?