Izumiko abuses her power to turn water into wine
|“Man, that punch looks good. I hope it isn’t spiked” were my first thoughts upon seeing that delicious fruit punch. Doesn’t anyone serve non-alcoholic fruit punch anymore? Anyways, I think we all knew what was coming…much like when Chitanda Eru went to town on those wine chocolates in Hyouka. The difference is that in this show the aftermath is DRUNKEN MAGIC!|
Red Data Girl has been enjoyable to the point where it exceeded my expectations by quite a bit. I’ve been enjoying Izumiko slowly evolve as a person to the point where I don’t even know how she went from being an outcast to going on trips with heaps of people and not feeling nervous. It’s rather remarkable. The addition of all these supernatural curveballs have spiced things up from just being a plain Jane shoujo romance as well. As much as I like this show and its cast, I found myself zoning out for more than half of the episode. Everything just felt off in one way or another.
For starters, it mentions boyfriends and girlfriends every second in a very blatant way. It was like they couldn’t think of a serious way to have anyone sit down and meaningfully discuss their views on love, so characters will just say “you should have a boy/girlfriend” over and over. Almost every character had their life as a single person being questioned, and it just comes across as a very 2nd grade approach to how people talk about love. The rest of the episode is spent on student council affairs, which has somehow failed to elicit any interest on my behalf. I don’t know why, but I can’t bring myself to care about school elections and the politics between Mayura and Takayanagi. What happened was that Mayura droned on about elections and how the school works for a huge chunk of time, and P.A. Works showed us lots of pretty pictures to console us. I only looked at the pictures. Everything she said was promptly ignored for lush trees and picturesque shrines.
The only interesting thing to note is that Takayanagi is far from being defeated. I like wimpy, pathetic villains. They try so hard to be bullies and yet they crumble under the slightest provocation. It’s fun to watch them flip between their megalomaniac side and their weakling side based on the circumstances. Hopefully we see more of him, because I was a bit upset they got rid of another “villain” so quickly. He doesn’t pose a big threat for Izumiko, but you have to dedicate time to a guy who is rumoured to be the entire reason for Ghost School’s existence. There might be something more behind that based on his origins. He may be weak, but perhaps his family is actually strong. They come from a ninja village, and you can’t tell me that isn’t the coolest reveal ever for this show. monks and ninjas! I doubt anyone will start running around all in black and disappearing in wisps of smoke, but at least we now know that ninjas have at least some sort of presence in this show.
Takayanagi may be inferior to Mayura and her brother, but he still appears to be stronger than Miyuki. Therefore, I find it highly unlikely that Miyuki will be able to fight against her properly this week. It will most likely be a short fight. In fact, Izumiko might end up having to protect him – further exacerbating his inferiority complex that’s been stewing over the past while. With Miyuki still in a position of weakness, how will he survive in a school full of people with so much power? How can he protect someone he’s weaker than? I find it kind of refreshing that the lead female character’s knight in shining armour isn’t actually so perfect. He’s weak, moody, and doesn’t know how to save her. Izumiko will have to meet him in the middle for anything to work out.
Although Izumiko is stronger, she doesn’t really realize this power yet. She can’t really activate her powers consciously very well, so they kind of just “pop out” when she’s acting boldly or…drunk. Most of her amazing feats have been done while she was possessed by the Himegami, but she was able to release Wamiya and make flowers bloom in her original form. It appears her powers while still in a normal state extend beyond that. She can teleport, walk through walls, float, and contact really elusive spirits that very few people can see. I was actually pretty pleased to see her talk to Masumi. He’s what makes the thriplets so interesting – the fact that they’re not quite whole without him. They have to live with the fact that their sibling died without being able to healthily let go, because he’s always there as a shiki. It’s like they’re being haunted by a ghost of their dead thriplet…literally.
“You’re hitting on me? Is this..reverse necrophilia?”
Even their mom call them twins, and I don’t think it’s because she’s too lazy to say “thriplets minus one.” That family has a really interesting dynamic because the mom can’t see Masumi and therefore has nothing forcing her to cling onto that death. I wonder if Manatsu and Mayura dote too much on their lost sibling and are unable to let go. Mayura even says that part of the reason she doesn’t want a boyfriend is because of Masumi. She doesn’t want a boyfriend because of a dead person. That doesn’t sound healthy. I’ll be curious to see if that’s the case, or because shiki and spirits are so commonplace that this sort of lingering relationship with the dead is acceptable.
Preview: Mayura fights Miyuki, and then somehow Izumiko gets herself lost in the forest. I bet you anything that Miyuki is the first one to find her.
TENGU RAVE PARTY