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|Hello everyone and welcome to another first impression, this time for Tokyo ESP! I remember reading the manga a couple of months ago, just before I heard of an anime adaption. From what I can remember, it was a rather enjoyable read, so hopefully the anime is the same~|
|Well, I saw “a penguin and fish swimming in the sky” and thought “okay, done” when looking at this show’s premise, but I feel like I probably should have kept looking into this. Ahaha. This episode totally wasn’t what I was expecting, but that’s not a bad thing.|
Hoshi // So Tokyo ESP started off in an interesting way: by giving us the climax instead of the actual beginning, something which I enjoyed a lot. It was such a great set up for the series. At first there was the contrast between the cheery atmosphere of Christmas and the tense military presence that right away showed us that something wasn’t quite right in the city of Tokyo. Then comes one of the more significant things from the premise: the flying goldfish. They are actively flying around the city, but go completely unnoticed, eventually returning back to a unknown woman with long white hair. Then the chaos begins with violent espers causing needless destruction around the city, and the tense, discriminatory situation between espers and humans is revealed.
Gradually we get to see some of the main and minor characters; however, we don’t get too much info about them. We only get snippets of the key bad guys and good guys and their distinctive powers. Then there’s the few bits of Rinka, our kickass heroine who’s already that of a superhero/savior for normal humans; her actions during some sort of a attack by the esper group already being told about through stories by eyewitnesses. All in all this in media res thing was nice change of pace. We know straight up what chaos is to come and what direction the series will take, which actually makes me even more excited to continue this series. Now it’s about how Rinka became so widely know, how this esper group got started, and what the deal is with these flying fish.
Karakuri // Well, they just kind of threw the viewer into the world right from the beginning and expected them to be immersed. But hey, that’s okay since the premise of “espers are kind of discriminated against and seem to be lashing back” was demonstrated clearly enough. Plus I guess knowing that this is connected to Ga-Rei in one way or another explains a lot about the world setting. The shrine thing and flying fish are kind of new (though I imagine that like Ga-Rei, only certain people can see them), but hopefully that will be explained. The story summary said something about Rinka only getting her powers after touching one of the fish, so they’re obviously important to the storyline somehow.
The espers having a grudge seems understandable. Maybe not to the extent of killing a bunch of people around town or taking over the government, but they seem like they’re discriminated against. The girl in white (or whatever they called Rinka) seemed to have been detained by officials, and she was using her powers to save people. And even if that wasn’t exactly the case, then like that guy in the suit, the public probably just has a negative opinion of espers because of a few that cause problems. As shown in this episode, there’s not a whole lot regular people can do against espers, so I guess their fear is understandable. Unfortunately for the regular people though, it seems like they’ve been acting on that fear and just making relations with espers worse. Hopefully this won’t be as frustrating as Black Bullet was with the general public discriminating against the few people who can actually save them. …Because really, from the body count in this episode, regular people don’t stand a chance.
Well, until Rinka comes in.
I was expecting something lighter hearted (I mean, what else do you think of when you hear “a girl sees a penguin and fish in the sky”), but this is totally okay too. I don’t know how dark this anime will actually get, but it has an edgy Yousei Teikoku song and a sizeable amount of people died in the first episode, so this should be interesting. And I guess it takes place in the same world as Ga-Rei? Though earlier (or maybe an alternate universe or something), I would assume, due to the developments that happen in that series with the characters they showed. I really wasn’t aware that the two series were even related until Yomi showed up. I rather liked Ga-Rei Zero (and this gives me incentive to start the manga), so it’s fine with me if that’s the kind of direction this is going in.
Anyways, I don’t mind the immediate immersion and lack of them laying out “these are espers, here’s a detailed explanation on what they do” because really, things were clear enough. Having Rinka show up at the very end was interesting too. They were obviously setting up for it for a long time, and I’m sure we’ll get to know her well as the episodes go on. …Actually, I’m pretty sure I remember the first episode of Ga-Rei Zero doing the exact same thing (killing a ton of people, only introducing the main characters at the very end, and THEN at like episode 3, going back and explaining who they are). Though from the promo art, it looks like there are a looooot of characters, so hopefully that doesn’t get confusing. Maybe the story went a little overdramatic with what the espers were doing too, but hell, when taking over a city you might as well do it in the flashiest way possible. I just kind of took it as the espers making a statement. Overall, I’m liking this.
Overall it was a pretty intense action-movie like first episode in the sense that all we get is action: villains with super powers causing merciless destruction in Tokyo as well as kidnapping the national diet by literally holding the building hostage in the air. I actually felt angry at these esper people who are trying to rule over mankind just because of the power they have, especially if they were once humans themselves (well, assuming they got their powers from the flying fish). However I’m guessing that the government was trying to suppress and/or get rid of espers. And in fictional story sense, if you got the power and a powerful group of followers, then why not overthrow the government and rule over mankind? Anyway, I really enjoyed the episode and looking forward to see more, specifically more of Rinka, who already looks pretty cool. Until next week then~!