Medaka Box – 02
「貴様が犯人か？／当然、私だ！」 (Kisama ga Hannin ka? / Touzen, Watashi Da!)
“Are You the Culprit? / But of Course, it’s Me!”
Even demons have their weaknesses. It would seem this also extends to superhuman beings of Medaka’s level. While this episode tried pretty hard to trick us into thinking Medaka might be more human than we see at first glance, I can’t say I didn’t see the revelation coming. My first thought when it was mentioned that Medaka and animals didn’t mix well was that it would be due to their instinctual fear of her absurd power. After all, it’s a concept that’s often used in various types of fiction. The coverup provided by Shiranui’s assumptions did manage to throw me off for a little while, but not really enough to give the joke any impact.
While Medaka may not have been proven human by a fear of animals, her love for them and the depression she feels from being unable to befriend them proves it anyway. Well it proves she has a human side at any rate (definitely not a normal one though). Along with her apparent jealousy of Zenkichi and Shiranui’s close relationship, I’d say Medaka can be deceptively human at times.
Of course, this human side is still completely overshadowed by her astounding intellect and physical abilities. Her ability to deduce facts from the simplest of evidence leads me to believe she’d slide right into any notable detective series and I’m more than a little jealous of how good her memory seems to be. On the physical side, I definitely don’t envy Isahaya – as a normal student, facing off against Medaka would be a terrifying experience. Especially when she’s wielding a twin pair of lethally spiked track shoes. Not to mention that gleeful expression! She almost seems like an animal revelling in the thrill of the chase (which, in fairness, she probably is)!
But yet again, Medaka manages to astound me with the level of trust she’s willing to show others. She took Isahaya at her word, instantly reverting to a somewhat motherly mode after the former’s denials. Whether because of this trust, or the terror she induced chasing her target in an almost demonlike fashion (I’m going to go with terror), Medaka once again managed to reedem the culprit. I think we can pretty safely say she won’t be trying anything similar anytime soon! As a bonus, I would imagine that the praise she recieved would help spur her on in trying to regain her position through legitimate means.
The redemption of Isahaya and the appearance of a new pair of shoes reveal something else – Medaka is supposedly so smart she’s stupid. How this works, I have no idea. If she’s willing to believe the best in humans, why would she focus on the fact that the shoes had been stolen and not on the fact that they’d been replaced with a shiny new pair? It seems a little contradictory to me, even if it’s meant to jokingly suggest she’s so clever it overlaps into stupidity. While I could understand if it was happening to any other character, I don’t see why it would override her faith that all humans are good at their core.
I’ve been focusing a lot on Medaka in these past two writeups, mostly because she’s been the major focus of the anime so far (and I’m guessing will continue to be so). But let’s take a break from that and talk about Shiranui for a moment. Shiranui is evil and she terrifies me. Nah, I’m just kidding (partially at any rate). As someone who hasn’t read the manga and has no clue what’s coming, I can’t help but feel as though there’s going to be a lot more to Shiranui than first meets the eye. In the first episode we caught a glimpse of her casually demonstrating a crazy level of skill in flipping a cup into a bin and now it’s hinted that she has an uncanny knowledge of the school and its residents. While the latter is perfectly in keeping with the ‘reporter’ image she projects, the former most certainly isn’t. She’s definitely the character I’m keeping an eye on for now.
Animation still seems to be a little sub-par for this day and age. The most obvious aspect to me is how completely static the backgrounds are and their relative lack of detail when compared to say… Natsuiro Kiseki. Despite this, I’m quite fond of the ‘Shaftyness’ (this is now a word, honest) we often see in certain shots and there are quite a few other stylistic flairs that have managed to catch my eye. I’m still hoping that this just means they’re holding back their budget to animate some spectacular fight scenes later on, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
- Poor Zenkichi… he doesn’t even realise Medaka was pulling his leg and that there’s nothing cool about wearing a jersey under your jacket!
- I really like these fun shots where Medaka mirrors someone else’s pose. I assume they were also in the manga?
- This is the second episode in a row were Zenkichi has ended up injured… I wonder if that will continue for the rest of the series…
- Looks like they’ve helped out quite a few people in-between episodes!
- I’m not sure if I’m the only one noticing, but the music seems to be mixed a little low compared to the rest of the audio. It’s a little sad given how great the soundtrack has been so far.
ED should be up soon. Huge thanks to Takaii who’s been going around encoding most of the OPs and EDs!
ED: 「お花畑に連れてって」 (Ohanabatake ni Tsuretette) by 豊崎 愛生 (Toyosaki Aki)
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