Nao can even get violent with her comrades
Sometimes having a special ability is inconvenient as hell. You know, like when you have to get drenched in all your clothes to use it…
Filling Out The Band
I like that Yuu is still looking at the other guy
That’s what this episode was about. We’ve seen in the OP that there is a fourth person in the group the show is following. This episode gets right on with the business of starting Yuu, Nao, and Joujirou on the trail of that person, but there’s again a little bit of a mystery to solve in finding them. Finally they bust up a guy who was chasing the student, and Nao once again gets to play both good cop and bad cop at the same time. The student he was chasing just happens to be the idol we’ve heard about a few times in the first couple episodes, Yusarin of Haro-Haro.
How about a little fire, Scarecrow?
But it’s not just Yusarin, it’s Yusa with a special power… and a piggy-back special power. She can have her body get taken over by her dead sister Misa, who in addition to being a delinquent also happened to be a pyrokinetic (the usage of which made me think about how broken that word is… let’s go with ‘Starting Fires’). Yusa has gotten herself into a little bit of trouble by learning some information about a producer from his cell phone, information about nefarious deeds and stuff that would get him in trouble. So the guy’s trying to silence her. They can’t just give the phone back because he’d still think she knew about it. So they have to concoct a plan to get the guy off Yusa’s back.
I Love It When A Plan Comes Together
Everyone’s taken out
I was kind of expecting the plan to go badly wrong, since it was The A-Team level planning: Throw something together, use everyone’s ability, scare the bad guys away, and everyone lives happily ever after. They even had a meeting in the dark on some dock or other. The only thing that was missing here was a cigar for Misa and firing thousands of rounds of ammunition at each other and not hitting anyone. It was clever how they worked the plan to get everyone’s powers in play, although I’d have not shown Nao at all, either take it as given that she’s the one beating the guy up, or just show her as normal, because it’s already been stated that’s what it looks like to everyone else. Go with something a little more unconventional and that gives the viewer a bit more credit that they can figure out what’s going on. Find a way to make the guy look super confused, or obviously not seeing Nao. I think that would have fit the show a bit better, and been something that you wouldn’t see in any action movie.
Could have done without this, tho
The last piece of Yusa’s story is that they’re going to get her to come to Hoshinoumi Academy. We’ll see how they work her into the group, since she would seem to be an important character, whether it’s as Yusa and she lets people possess her, or with Misa taking over and being an enforcer. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see. That means she has to leave her two buddies behind, tho, and one of them finally has his chance to confess his feelings for the deceased girl. I thought they handled that pretty well, without a whole lot of melodrama or tearjerking. Whether the guy will actually move on is up to him, but it was interesting to find out that Misa’s dangerous power wasn’t the cause of her death.
Sometimes you do get a chance to say goodbye
Another good episode, although it was kind of hard to write about because it was all pretty much what you saw. More great production values, and we have a good level of thinking ahead and around a problem. I’m interested in seeing if there’s going to be another person, because there’s a suspicious open space in that one shot in the OP, and the eyecatch has five people, although one is Ayumi, I think. Will Ayumi be brought up on par with the rest of them? Or will she just be a plot device?