「美し風、吹き抜けて」 (Mikaze, Fukinukete)
“MIKAZE blows through”
There weren’t any last minute changes to this episode following the leak last week, which was pretty much expected after director Itou Tomohiko joked about it on his Twitter account. It’s a pretty stark contrast to when CODE GEASS R2’s episode three was leaked to say the least, since Sunrise was busting balls to find out who the culprit was, only to find out it was a result of their own mistake (…supposedly). In any case, the early viewing of this episode I had was nice, but nothing I couldn’t have waited for given all the other shows I had to watch (and cover) in the meantime. The best part of watching a good mix of shows is that there’s always a new episode of something to watch every day, and I’m never twiddling my thumbs out of boredom waiting for the next episode of a certain series to roll around seven days later.
As for the episode itself, it primarily involved the mysterious disappearance of townspeople and a rumor going around that it’s the work of Tengu, a mythical dog-like Chinese demon. Fumiaki wasn’t all that interested in investigating it further, so it was funny to see Maya beat his ass into doing so while bringing up how there’s a theory that the Tengu’s beak may actually be the oxygen mask of an alien. Her facial expressions are undoubtedly one of the highlights of this series and that big-mouthed one was definitely another one to add to the list. Incidentally, one of the most amusing moments this episode came from Fumiaki getting Chihiro off his case about visiting Maya regularly by complimenting her dango-like hairstyle. After the size of her breasts made him reconsider the dreadful lips in his face, I got a good laugh out of him using his phone’s camera to get a future outlook on what they’d be like together. I just love how the picture had to show his skeleton with his hair intact and in the same suit just so there’s no mistaking that it was his corpse lying there. His subsequent reaction was priceless as well, but all I could think of was how handy that camera is. Imagine how much time you could save from dead-end relationships with it!
Ultimately, what I was looking forward to the most this episode was the introduction of Chihara Minori‘s character in the series, Nakagawa Mikaze. Unfortunately for me, Minorin voices her with that one voice of hers that I’m not a fan of whatsoever, which is right along the lines of Hayama Nayu in Chu-Bra. Luckily, Mikaze turned out to be a pretty interesting character to help offset the voice, as she not only works at her family restaurant across the street from Fumiaki’s apartment, but also drives a Porsche like a race car driver with her drifting and heel-toe shifting techniques. What’s more, she’s proven to be girlfriend material to Fumiaki since she’s cute and the only person other than his mother (Hisakawa Aya) to call him by his actual name instead of “Bunmei”. I guess he needed some nice treatment to offset all the abuse he receives from Maya, but I wasn’t expecting the two of them to provide another form of humor altogether. In particular, it’s how Fumiaki gets to try and act kind of cool around Mikaze, which led to some good laughs when they were touring the remnants of the Zouzan Bunker together — the military base that served as the Matsuhiro Underground Imperial Headquarters during the Second World War.
In addition to the variety of character designs — including the two freakish-looking sisters who are Mikaze’s relatives — the extremely unusual personalities that go along with them have been one aspect of this series that I’ve taken an immediate liking to. They sure help bring out the comedic side of things in a very unassuming way, while the story continues to progress on the supernatural side. With the cliffhanger at the end where Maya runs into and gets attacked by the supposed Tengu, it looks like we’re in store for more surprises next time. Somehow, I get the feeling that Kozue got abducted as well, despite Ami’s suggestion that she went off somewhere to hone her spiritual powers, so it’ll be interesting to see if they come across her in the bunker.