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|Oh thank God my exams are over. Time for summer-lovin’ and blogging until I have to go back to school in September. I’m a bit out of it still (my head’s still full of gene and enzyme names) and don’t have too much to say about this episode, so here’s a short post. A short, kinda late post. Gomen ne, minna…u_u|
One of the biggest questions this episode had me asking at every turn was “friend or foe?”. Yes, “why is this chick suddenly in a glowing kimono?” also ranks up there pretty high, but I’ll get back to that later. Her relationship with Miyuki is one of the only clear ones aside from her blood relatives. Although Miyuki would rather babysit a hive of swarming bees, he would never just abandon her if she was in danger. What I got from this episode is that even though Miyuki is bitter, he will still grit his teeth and help Izumiko. Although the entire meeting arrangement is for his own benefit, he does go slightly above the bare minimal requirements to achieve this. He holds Izumiko’s hand to calm her down. It’s a tiny, tiny gesture of kindness, but it’s better than nothing. He may hate her, but at least he’s not skimping on his duties.
On the other hand, Wamiya and Yukimasa still throw me for a bit of a loop. I tend to be suspicious of everyone thanks to the genres of anime I usually watch, so I don’t trust either of them yet. Yukimasa may claim to be helping Izumiko when he really is after something. Unfortunately, he refrains from telling us so many details that I have no idea what he could possibly take from a Goddess, but he still is extremely sketchy. He beats his own son, keeps secrets, stops Izumiko from meeting with her mom, and then appears shrouded in a black miasma. Even if they’re just setting him up to look shady and he’s really nice, I still think he’s a jerk. However, I think Miyuki will discover that Yukimasa has selfish intentions and then feel morally obligated to protect Izumiko out of his own sheer will.
Then there’s Wamiya. Izumiko seems very fond of him and he’s the nicest male on the show thus far, but there’s something off about him. Again, he might not be a foe, per se, but he’s certainly hiding something. I suspect he has some spiritual powers like Izumiko and can tell who and what she is. Furthermore, I think it’s becoming more and more likely that he can either turn into a crow or can control one. I re-watched the first episode and there’s a crow stalking Izumiko at every turn. The preview for the next episode also reinforces that notion. I wonder if he’s trying to get Izumiko away from Miyuki from some reason.
What’s interesting about how the show is progressing so far is watching Izumiko get trapped in the flow of all the other characters. She still hasn’t grown a spine yet, so she’s at the mercy of Miyuki, Yukimasa, her mom, and everyone else around her. I get the feeling all these new characters that are being hinted at will all try to force their own ideas onto Izumiko, and she will eventually be so confused that she will have no choice but to make up her mind herself. As annoying as it is to see her acting so painfully weak and obedient, I think it might push her to a breaking point where she finally gets sick of just being a sheep. With the appearance of her Himegami self, I’m eager to see that change occur.
Although it was only for a brief moment, I was glad to see some of Izumiko’s powers. RDG has been exceptionally shy at revealing what’s actually going on here and what these characters are capable of. It’s making me a little frustrated that we’re being led through the dark without much of an explanation. It was about time to prove that Izumiko wasn’t just an electronic-breaking freak of nature and a genuinely powerful person of great importance. Will Miyuki respect her a little now that he’s seen what she can do? Haha, we’ll see how generous the little jackass feels next week, I suppose.
Hmm, not bad.
Preview: Despite being dismissed, it looks like Miyuki won’t be changing schools again. Maybe he wants to find out more about her? Then again, he just seems to be continuing his angry, rebel streak and punching random students in the face. On a side note, it appears Wamiya was never really a student.
Caw caw motherfucker.