「マヤの亜美～ゴ」 (Maya no Amiigo)
It may have something to do with trying to catch up on shows at 3am on a weekday morning, but I was completely led astray this episode just like Maya was. All the signs were there that Ami’s father Shige (Shimaka Yuu) had a part in the overnight appearance of a crop circle and the appearance of a UFO, yet I didn’t put two and two together even when JK and Smile were complaining about being forced to help out. I think a vacation is in order to amend the dulling “anime senses” or simply viewing times that aren’t in the wee hours of the morning, though I must say I like the former option a lot more. In reality, I probably should have known better than to expect a development immediately after Maya sees Fumiaki as someone she can relate to. For the most part, the emphasis was on Maya’s childhood with Ami and Shige’s fond memories of them playing together, so I was face palming just as much as Shige when I thought we’d make some headway on Nostradamus’ Key.
Smile’s UFOs were a bit too generic-looking for me to think that it was actually going to be the key, but not so poorly used for me to think that they were going to be a prank. There was also the cow mutilation as well, which reeked of stereotypical occult stuff yet didn’t seem terribly out of place either. While believability was clearly iffy, we are talking about a series with a person sent back in time to prevent the arrival of aliens that have taken over the Earth in the future, so I suspended my disbelief just a tad. Seeing as none of the prior incidents turned out to be hoaxes, I felt that there was enough precedence to warrant the benefit of the doubt as well. Unfortunately, that only led to me being anticlimactically had. *sniff*
On the plus side, I did enjoy the sight of Maya and Fumiaki somewhat working together even though the element of respect isn’t quite there (understatement of year), and the added drama that resulted when Maya started scolding Shige about going to all this trouble to bring back her love for occult stuff. I gather Maya was appreciative of the extent that Ami’s father went to for her, but simply frustrated over having taken this incident seriously. Ami’s slap on Maya for speaking ill of her father on the other hand was an eyebrow raiser, as was Shige’s on his own daughter, telling her to apologize to Maya for needlessly lashing out. We’ve had sci-fi and we’ve had comedy, but drama is one aspect I wasn’t expecting. It sure puts a different spin on JK spitting out pudding into Smile’s face, so I’m looking forward to seeing how these two old friends work out their differences next time. It almost looks like we’ll get some real occult stuff happening as a result, but I’ll hold my breath this time around in case they’re out to pull one over on me again.