Some parents just reallyyy want their kid to be a meganekko
|I lost the majority of my post and had to start over, so I’m sorry if I brush over subjects a little more quickly. I’m the type of person who is impatient and can’t stand doing the same thing more than once because it bores me. I’ll do my best though!|
To be honest, I’m a little sad that Izumiko took off her glasses. Glasses make everyone look cuter! Unfortunately, it had to be done to allow Izumiko to continue taking small steps towards changing herself. Mayura notes that changing your hairstyle or appearance won’t change who you are inside, but at least it’s still a sign of welcoming something new. Not to mention that every time Izumiko makes a seemingly insignificant alteration to her appearance, it ends up having serious ramifications. Cutting her hair changed her spiritual powers and removing her glasses improved her ability to see inhuman creatures. Her mom says her ability to see is too strong, so the glasses were like a limiter so she wouldn’t freak out at seeing spirits all the time. Now that she’s becoming more powerful, even the glasses had trouble suppressing that.
It’s probably a good thing she ditched the glasses because it’s like she enrolled in friggin ghost school or something. This school’s version of bullying the new kids involves slapping charms on their back and throwing rice at them. Everyone knows some sort of crazy spirit-channeling magic, and it’s treated as the norm. Mayura is so casual about the whole situation that you get the feeling this kind of stuff happens every day. It’s actually a refreshing crowd compared to her old school. Now that Izumiko is surrounded with people who can truly understand what she is, she won’t be afraid to embrace her powers and even learn to control them. Instead of being a taboo subject, it’s something that’s encouraged at this school. Of course, there are still rotten people who may be after her, but she’s got more allies than enemies at this point. If Yukimasa won’t provide any answers, maybe Mayura and Manatsu can shed some light on the situation instead.
The twins (which is easier to say than “thriplets minus one” so cut me some slack) have a good grasp on onmyouji, but they seem to use it in a different way from Takayanagi. Izumiko sees his shiki, the exchange student, as the same horrible shadow she’s seen several times in the past now. She doesn’t have the same fight-or-flight instictual reaction to them being in the same room when she meets Masumi. Masumi is also a shiki, but she appears completely normal to Izumiko. I imagine she will always look just like a normal girl and never lapse into that creepy black mist mode. The key difference is that Takayanagi is a shady character trying to do bad things to Izumiko and he doesn’t care about his shiki at all. He says he could have protected him easily, but he still allows Miyuki to fire that arrow. To him, they’re just peons.
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On the other hand, I get the feeling the twins may be a little too close to Masumi. MAL might have spoiled me a bit because Show ▼
. This is probably the better way to look at things since Takayanagi could potentially turn out to be a very cruel and results-driven character.
I doubt this is everything Takayanagi has to offer either. He was all talk, but it’s hard to not believe that talk when he speaks with so much confidence. I’ll be curious to see what his true motives are. He doesn’t actually know who or what Izumiko is, and he might change his mind about bullying her if he figures out she’s the Himegami. For now, he’s her enemy.Surprisingly, Miyuki does a good job protecting her from this new enemy. It’s kind of amazing how right after dealing with Wamiya, there’s already a new threat. That’s part of what made this episode so exciting – three new chess pieces on the board to deal with. Miyuki finally gets a chance to shine when confronting Takayanagi, although I fear his powers aren’t quite as great. It was still impressive though! He killed a shiki and then reacted quickly to the computers going bonkers. Arguably, the most important thing he did for Izumiko is just be nice to her.
Izumiko is the type of person who is very fragile, and therefore difficult to handle. You have to carefully cater to her needs to make sure she’s comfortable, and knowing what she needs in any given moment requires a certain amount of sympathy. Miyuki understands her enough to be able to target her problem, what she needs, and how to do it. Furthermore, he does it without screaming at her. He’s come to a point where he trusts her and cares about her enough to take this whole protecting thing seriously – which is ironic because he’s been relieved of that duty. Although I dread the moment these two become a couple, I’m still glad they’re becoming closer friends. RDG is getting really good!
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Preview: Izumiko gets more and more caught up in the strange atmosphere of her new school.
I’m keeping an eye on you little shits! Don’t make me throw any more rice at you – it’s a waste of food!