That’s actually a pretty awesome table.
|Kyo should finally be joining in next episode~. As for the episode at hand, things finally came together quite nicely.|
Things finally came full circle now, with the other side of the events of the first episode being explained. They probably could have just jumped into this in episode 2, but I guess the last episode was more of an introduction to the powers. Momo wasn’t exactly new to the idea of having powers, but she certainly served as a plot device for the viewers so they could introduce the eye powers/Mekakushi Dan. Especially with having her not believe in the explanation, even though she’s totally been through similarly weird experiences. Though the last episode also kind of gave the impression that Momo was a little… slow when it came to some things, so maybe that explains it. In any case, the rest of the Mekakushi Dan is better adjusted to their powers than Momo, so it makes sense that she’d want to join them. They’ve already made a point in the last episode that Momo has had plenty of troubles with her own. There were a lot more character introductions too, but it felt more natural due to having the characters appearing before briefly in previous episodes.
This seems like it was the first real look at the characters eye powers. Momo’s was hinted at, but they took a far more obvious approach this episode with just simply telling the viewer what each power does. Actually, maybe Kido’s was hinted before at as well, since they often had her disappearing suddenly. though of course, that could have easily been mistaken as just an anime effect to make her seem mysterious or of course, Shaft just being Shaft. Anyways, the eye powers seem like just interesting add-ons to help characterize now, but the whole reason behind the characters getting them in the first place has a larger place in the overall plot. …So long story short, there should be an explanation as to why the characters have them somewhere in this.
It also seems that 3+ people conversations aren’t quite the same as the one on one conversations. Maybe it was just the setting, but there was a lot less Shaft-ness going on when the Mekakushi Dan was altogether as opposed to what happens when there are only two characters in a conversation. There were still hints of Shaft, but there weren’t jarring shifts of where the conversation took place or anything. There was more of that towards the end with the really obvious character colour association and whatnot, but that worked fine with the action scene.
As for the Mekakushi Dan itself, it seems to have a pretty good range of characters. Of course, the colour association thing helps keep everyone individualized, but aside from that, their character personalities are also rather distinct. There’s good dynamics there with team work. Obviously Kido, Kano and Seto would work well since they’ve been together since childhood (Marry has been there for less time), but Momo fit right in too when it came down to it. It should be interesting to see how things go for them in different situations, since the teamwork worked so well in this one. …Even if Shintaro just kind of fell uselessly to the ground at the end, was never a part of any of the planning to begin with, and had no idea what was going on at the time.
If you’re worried about the usual “imouto is in love with the onii-san” dynamic that so many anime seem to have fallen into recently, you don’t have to be. This is a pretty normal sibling relationship, even if the episode had Momo being rather concerned with what her Shintaro was doing. It’s more of a (platonic) sibling concern, really. Plus Momo was probably interested in what he was doing, seeing how Shintaro hadn’t left the house for a looong time before this point. …Though if Jin wrote it into the anime script, I could be totally wrong. I don’t think he would though.
At least we can count on Shaft for being spectacularly lazy as always
Yes, this show is definitely better balanced with all of the characters interacting at once. It felt like more actually went on as well, though maybe that’s because they got a lot of the exposition out of the way with a quick explanation since most things had already been set up in previous episodes. I’ve always liked seeing events from multiple perspectives too, so this part in the story was interesting for that as well. They had a music part in this again. I’m pretty sure that Mekakushi Code is Kido’s image song (kind of like how Kisaragi Attention was Momo’s), so it actually fit in pretty well with what was going on. I actually vastly preferred it to the original, since Miku’s voice was soooo high in it, and it sounds so much better in lower pitch. It’s just a shame that the first episode didn’t have Ene’s song. Though it probably would have been hard regarding events that haven’t happened yet and I imagine that they’re going to save that for Headphone Actor. Anyways, this was a good introductory three episodes as far as I’m concerned. Bring on the character deaths.
So now that the introductions are done, let’s get into the more depressing part of the story.