Medaka Box – 07
「誰にでもこういうことするの？／勝手でなければ!!」 (Darenidemo Kouiu Koto suru no? / Katte Denakereba!!)
“Does She Do This to Everyone? / My own tune!!”
It looks like I may have a new favourite character after this week’s episode! For a bespectacled student council treasurer, Kikaijima is not what I would’ve expected and I really appreciate that deviation from the traditional archetype. She’s shy, she blushes easily, is easily pleased, and is completely, adorably socially inept!
The first half of this week’s episode was, in my view, probably the best part of the anime so far. I’m personally a huge fan of these awkward face-offs in which the internal monologues of the characters play a huge role. I don’t think I’m alone in this either – the Literary Girl segments of Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou are often touted as the anime’s strongest skits. There’s something really entertaining about watching characters betray their outward appearance with their panicked thoughts – a glimpse behind the marble facade of all the ‘cool‘ characters out there, and the idea that they might not be quite as calm on the inside.
It’s hard not to feel some sort of affection for Kikaijima given how tough life has been for her so far and how badly she wants to make a single friend. I’m sure many people have been in the sort of situation where they don’t want to interrupt someone because they ‘look busy’ – I know I have. Damn those people who casually immerse themselves in reading something instead of making conversation, whether to hide their own awkwardness or because they’re cold, unfeeling bastards – it doesn’t help at all! But I’ve gone slightly off track, I was writing about Kikaijima. She really gels well with the so-called ‘introverted otaku’ archetype, not because of her purportedly ‘unhealthy’ interests (though she does have quite the obsession for money, so perhaps she could be considered one) but because of her afore mentioned shyness, excessive thought put into minor things, and possibly most of all, feeling that she needs to go through with something she quite probably hadn’t intended to say.
Our latest in a long line of new characters is Yubaru, an artist from ‘Team Special’ who acts just like a real artist! Yes, those of us who practice some form of art (hey, music is art!) can be selfish, excessively picky and often follow an illogical form of logic. An artist must do everything like an artist or s/he is no artist at all (disclaimer: much of what I’ve just said was done so jokingly; no offence is intended)! It would depend on which school of art you asked, but I would agree that art is a vessel for the transcendence of reality. Some might say that art once existed as a way to freeze a single moment in time and keep it for all eternity, but with the advent of photography, that became less true. I personally see art as a way to elaborate on reality (much as Yubaru does) and to give life to things which do not – or cannot – exist. It would be interesting to hear other people’s thoughts on the subject!
Based on the preview (and short epilogue) it seems like things will finally start to heat up next episode with the proper introduction of at least one member of the group of ‘villains’ from the OP. While I’ve enjoyed much of what we’ve seen so far, I can’t deny I’ve been looking forward to this arc since the very beginning of the series! Up to now we’ve only had rag-tag members who opposed the student council… an organised group could definitely add a whole new dynamic.
- Zenkichi, I think you know why you’re the lowest ranking member of the student council.
- Didn’t take long did it?
- If there was ever any doubt (there wasn’t), it has been dispelled. Three hundred images of a split-second event, all taken from different angles? By a single photographer? Should she ever become a foe, Shiranui will be terrifying.
- I’m once again pleased that some of the side-characters aren’t being neglected and I hope that continues as a trend for the rest of the series!
- It seems perfection isn’t always… ideal! Poor Medaka.