Flip Flappers – 11
「ピュアストレージ」 (Pyuasutorēji )
So the Krazy Kultists go out of their way to awaken what is basically an eldritch god and it doesn’t end well for them. Who saw that coming? Besides everybody? Really, what were they expecting to happen? Sure, Mimi certainly seems to be the kind of reality warper with the power to reshape the world, and it’s the kind of thing madmen lust for, I guess, but whatever convince these summoners that the summonee will either be cooperative or controllable? Okay, the madmen I can understand having a much higher opinion of themselves than is warranted because, y’know, mad, but I’m always surprised that they’re able to convince so many other people that they’ve got a good idea going.
And of course, it’s not going to end badly for just them; it ends badly for everyone, in this case because Mimi (or the divergent Pure Illusion fragment of her psyche or whatever) is one of those possessive mothers, in the most extreme way possible. I guess that’s what the optical illusion thing was about; Mimi is a being of multiple faces, and one of them is kinda creepy. At least we also find out how she got that way (sort of), and I must say I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. It was all just backstory, and we already knew that it could only end in tragedy, but I was engaged nonetheless. Maybe it’s just that Salt, Mimi and Papikana were just unfairly cute, and temptingly easy to root for.
I shouldn’t be at all surprised that Flip Flappers is good, I guess because when has it not been? What did surprise me was that Salt actually survived to the end of the episode. The moment he pulled the gun I was so sure he was going to die because, really, what kind of physical god respects bullets? We even got all his backstory, too, so he was well poised to exit the stage dramatically, perhaps redeem himself with a big dad moment after having basically spurned Cocona the entire series. Instead, his sacrifice is mostly in pride, which I actually found moving in its own way (guess the enigmatic doctor was just an awkward dad at heart), but is not quite as ultimate. It’s probably good news; sure, Salt may still be called upon to give his life for the sake of drama further down the line, but the longer he lives the higher the chance that we will get a wholesome happy ending. I’d like that. It would be sad if the most stable family Cocona ever gets to know is her robot sleeper agent grandmother.
That’s thinking a bit too far ahead probably; right now we still have two episodes to go, and Flip Flappers has shown that it can do a lot in that span of time. We’ve also come to a curious juncture in the narrative. Before, we knew mostly nothing, with only a few key scraps of information to work off. Now, it feels that we know most things, save for some specific holes, namely about the true nature of Pure Illusion, and about that gap between Papika(na) jumps in after Mimi and when we first met her in episode 01. I still trust that Flip Flappers will fill in everything before the end, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Flip Flappers is in the process of tying off loose ends before the finale, but there’s still plenty of others to work with, still (like Nyunyunyunyunyu, the twins (or maybe just one of them, pending survival rate)). In the immediate future, we at least know one thing we’ll be getting: Yayaka being badass. I can look forward to that.