Apparently underage porn is okay if it’s girl on girl (what I want to know is, why is Urabe posing here?).
|First of all, thank you to everyone who helped Metanorn advance to the last 8 in the Aniblog Tourney. It’s been a fun and weird journey, and we’re all excited to have made it this far. Speaking of fun and weird, was there any way this episode could top the previous one’s shenanigans? With just this and the finale left, it may be winding down with the falling action instead of building up to a climactic finish. Which is just fine, because this penultimate episode was a pleasure to watch. I guess many others thought so too, because it made its first return to the top 5 in the Anime Power Rankings since its debut episode.|
Besides the parallel between Akira and Mikoto, we’ve got Oka trying her darndest to make her and Ueno act in parallel to the main couple. Poor Ueno.
One of the joys of watching Mysterious Girlfriend X has been seeing the ways this couple reacts to the new experiences of their first relationship. Despite the slow feel of the show, we’ve seen them learn and change through these experiences. We’ve mostly seen Akira’s side of things, so it was fun seeing more of Mikoto’s this episode. A good way to follow up her nude antics in the previous one.
As Mikoto herself pointed out, she’s just as perverted as Akira is, and most of this episode was seeing her coming to terms with that. It was refreshing to watch her struggling with her feelings, since we had primarily been watching Akira’s struggles up to this point. Oka had to make her think of it, but just like Akira, she couldn’t stop once she started. As usual, her emotions manifest themselves in unique ways: first by (unknowingly?) letting him see her nude during their daily saliva exchange; then by committing an error while cutting up his handkerchief.
The look of abject terror in Mikoto’s eyes clearly conveyed the weight of the situation. Apparently, hurting anyone, much less her boyfriend, with her scissors skills never occured to her. To be honest, I was quite shocked as well. I know another well known female character might be known for using school utensils in a much more blunt manner, but I had always considered Mikoto’s scissors dances to be non-violent. But when emotions overflowed, both of these characters found themselves inadverdently performing violent actions: Akira with the unprompted hug and Mikoto with the slip-up during her scissors dance.
It was funny that, in the end, it was an embrace – the thing that got Akira into trouble in the first place – that got Mikoto out of her funk. Perhaps the key was that Mikoto initiated the hug, and to Akira who was clearly willing (actually, it looked like Akira was the one getting more out of it).
Good job with the color as usual, the orange hue of dusk in Mikoto’s room turning into a lemon-yellow background.
We also saw the same act in the dream sequence. There was a head fake here, seeming to be Mikoto’s dream at the start, but the barrage of rice cake breasts making it clear that this was Akira remembering the feeling of the aforementioned hug. But then again, was it only his? Maybe this was a shared dream. If Mikoto is as perverted as Akira, who’s to say that that dream wasn’t also hers? We’ve already seen her exhibitionist side. Maybe Mikoto visits this city in her dreams too and did so in that dream she refused to tell Akira about.
I’ve said it before, but as slow as the show can seem, it keeps throwing new stuff at us each episode. Just like Akira, who (could have) hurt her with his actions in the last couple episodes, she ended up hurting him twice due to her own awkwardness. Seeing Mikoto finally accept Akira’s desire to be close, tell him that it’s okay, and even initiate it in one case was immensely satisfying. These teenagers still don’t quite know what they’re doing, but their learning experiences have been so fun to watch.
Besides the drool, another connection that Akira and Mikoto share is that they’re apparently fans of old school science fiction movie posters.
We were treated to quite the assortment of new facial expressions on Mikoto.
It’s a romantic thought, but it’s highly unlikely that Akira and Mikoto stay together for the rest of their lives. Then again, this show has never been one to eschew romance for realism.