Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko – 02
「失踪する思春期のパラノイア」 (Shissōsuru Shishunki no Paranoia)
“Paranoia of My Disappearing Puberty”
And as I begin, I ask, why? Why do they keep making Erio sparkle? :/
Typical of second episodes, the show introduces two female characters with the most empty reason I’ve ever seen, because there is none! The two were given slight focus last episode, making it obvious that they will be introduced, but other than taking notice of our healthy protagonist, there’s not much to be taken other than, “what a lucky guy.” I got the impression that Mifune Ryuuko (Katou Emiri) actually seems to like him, since she wanted to get to know him, and had lunch with him. She could just be leading him on unexpectantly and likes being nice to transfer students, but such a complex relationship occuring when she’s a mere supporting character is unlikely.
The taller, cooler archetype fill, Maekawa (Fuchigami Mai) just happens to meet him in a completely empty classroom one morning, and then they just start hitting it off. I can imagine some funny jokes based on her not being able to raise her arms for ten seconds, but she took my interest more due to her wearing a sandwich (or something) suit and basically calling it a pastime (I also just like the calm and collected more. Plus look at these bro poses!). The connection between the two new characters lie in Touwa Erio, with Ryuuko directly involved since Erio apparently made up the nickname “Ryuushi” for her because it was “more alien.”
I’m not sure what to expect from the two, but Maekawa’s interactions were a lot more fun to watch than Ryuuko’s. Ryuuko’s pretty much a clone of Kushieda Minori~n from Toradora except with SHAFT’s perverseness attached, so I found that a bit off-putting. Makoto’s dialogue still generates novelty in the show with his self-concious words such as, “oh hey, I’m pretty lucky getting to bike home with a girl two days in a row.” I just wish he would have questioned why, because the two girls feel like forced relationships. Whether that matters or not will depend on the direction of the show.
The main interest of the episode comes near the end with the explanation of Touwa Erio’s past, and how she ended up this way. Meme surprisingly covers most of the oddities around Erio, like why she’s like the way she is, why the bike is rusty, and why she hides herself in a futon. What’s unknown is her one year of disappearance, which leaves me guessing it might be the focus for the rest of the series. I also don’t really see why he got so irritated at the news, seeing as he’s only known her for a couple days. More forced emotional development lol?
The second episode wasn’t as interesting as the first, which seems to be natural with most shows that don’t setup anything to look forward to in the beginning. About 99% of the jokes fell completely flat for me as well, though admittedly a lot of them seemed like a problem of the language barrier. On a random note, a friend of mine noticed Erio Touwa’s initials would be E.T., which would explain the references.
This anime loves closeups. Closeup cap count: 10. At least they’re great to look at :P