This is pretty and all, but I have no idea how to get home.
|This episode is a little bit hectic, mostly because Miyuki is such a difficult character to understand. He’s so weird! So very weird! I know he’s one of the first guys who tried to protect her, but it’s still amazing that Izumiko has grown to like him so much.|
Takayanagi has been disposed of just as easily as Wamiya was, as if the two of them were villain-of-the-week characters. It’s actually a little sad that every seemingly formidable opponent that confronts Izumiko is taken out so easily. Some people get roughed up in the process, but it hardly ever feels like they’re proper antagonists since their reign is always cut so short. Wamiya was defeated by a dance and Takayanagi was apparently just a weakling pretending to act tough. Is Izumiko even in any danger whatsoever? I’m starting to feel like nothing can touch her now. It feels more like she’s being hounded by tax collectors. They’re annoying, but they never really do anything to her. The student council and even Yukimasa with all his secrecy hardly seem threatening with their winning smiles and soothing voices. However, I’m starting to think the main theme may not be about having a constant villain after Izumiko. It may be about the Himegami itself being the “villain.”
When Izumiko goes out to talk with Yukimasa, he mentions that the number of humans who can communicate with Gods is dwindling. When the Gods are unable to contact the human race at all, it is said they will die out as a result. Yukimasa is somehow convinced that Izumiko can prevent that with the Himegami, and that’s his supposed goal – to safely raise Izumiko so that no one snuffs her out before the Himegami awakens. However, the Himgemai herself says something that completely contradicts his statement. She says that she will bring about the end of the human race. She’s most likely referring to Yukimasa’s conversation and not a bloody massacre of the entire planet. Somehow, if the Himegami takes over Izumiko completely, the human race will lose their connections to the Gods and die out.
This is an issue because it seems the more Izumiko starts to change and become more like the person she wants to be, the more the Himegami starts to reveal herself. Therefore the only way to stop this transformation would be for her to stunt her growth. No more Miyuki, no more ghost school, and no more change. That’s obviously not going to be an option or else this show would become as dull as watching grass grow, so something else must be done. What though? The Himegami is still a big question mark. I’m a little frustrated that they aren’t revealing more, but at the same time I like the mystique it adds to Izumiko’s character.
My best guess is that Miyuki will step up and protect her, somehow working out a compromise between destroying all of mankind and not being a jerk to Izumiko. This episode actually does a fairly decent job at letting us know what Miyuki is thinking. It’s a bit clunky (“whatcha thinking about?” “well, Izumiko, I’m glad you asked because…”) but at least it’s in there somewhere instead of leaving us guessing. Miyuki feels inadequate now that he’s essentially the weakest one in a school full of powerful kids. The reason he says he hates Takayanagi is exactly because he realizes he’s a lot like him in a numver of ways. They both put on a strong front, but they’re really weak inside. That’s not the sort of thing you want to admit – being similar to a sniveling weakling. Miyuki admits this weakness himself to Izumiko after he rescues her from the student council. It’s hard for him to admit that given how much pride he has.
He was also completely outclassed by the thriplets. The final stinger? Someone as dopey as Izumiko still has way more importance than he does. He’s probably not that bothered by the last one, but I’m sure it still crosses his mind when he’s ruminating. It’s hard to protect someone who has more powers than you. Miyuki wants to protect Izumiko, but everything in his life is saying he can’t. He’s not strong enough and his own father is pushing him away from his duty as a protector, calling him inferior. So throughout the episode he’s not only feeling like he’s totally worthless to Izumiko, but he’s also got all this pent-up rage at having to see his dad’s face all the time. As a result, Miyuki’s actions towards Izumiko this week are a little…misguided.
He gets so wrapped up in avoiding his dad that he ditches Izumiko. I think this decision is also because he feels like he can’t protect her anyways, so why bother? He doesn’t ask Izumiko to hide being the Himegami from her friends to upset her, but so that she’ll have friends who will stick with her and save her. However, he can’t just toss that duty onto others because he still worries about her. It’s kind of sweet that he runs after her despite the fact that it’s not his job anymore and Izumiko might not even be in any danger. It’s odd how one minute he’s being insensitive and making her cry and the next minute he’s very attentively catering to her needs. It’s really weird how he goes off and on like that. I guess it all chalks to him being too angry to bother with being nice sometimes, which is why he ditches Izumiko despite knowing full well how cruel that was. Miyuki still has a long way to go in terms of being completely nice to her.
Preview: Ghost schools call for ghost sleep-overs. Why stay up giggling over which guy you like when you can just float around all night?
There is rarely any sleeping done at sleepovers…but there is also not a lot of floating.