「地を這う少女の不思議な刹那」 (Chi o Hau Shōjo no Fushigi na Setsuna)
“A Strange Moment for the Girl Bound to the Ground”
So basically, this felt like a three episode prologue to the first “in reality” meeting between Makoto and Erio. Due to her being such an incoherent wall until now, coming to her senses actually did feel like, “oh wow, so she can be normal.” Would this be a moe gap?
The first half had me in fear thinking the show might actually start to get boring, because the more I see of Ryuuko, the more I don’t like her. “Marketable” slaps me in the forehead everytime the camera pans around her and the more annoying thing is that none of what she says this episode makes any sense at all. She’s never serious, which annoys me too. But wait, isn’t that pretty much every character in this series so far? A bit, yeah, which is why the second half was a relief.
A show about nonsense is okay. A show where the characters can’t even make a conversation make sense, is not okay. Until this point, Makoto and Maekawa were the only ones that could even make any coherent thoughts that I cared about. Meme was close near the end of last episode, and although seemed to have reverted at first, decided to finally spill the beans. Meme’s revelation of why she is the way she is feels like a cheap trick to suddenly get me to like her, because apparently putting a front of immaturity is a good excuse. I especially hate adult characters like this, who act like children in front of our main characters, scold them when they act out, then go back to being hypocrites (Eureka SeveN is a great example). Meme is not nearly as bad, so I’ll bite. She did make me nearly cough a lung out coming back to check on Makoto. What a perverted tsundere (Niwa that is). He should just ravish her in the plethora of openings she gives so casually to teach her a lesson. Tch.
Now the second half, or well, the last third, surprisingly went somewhere. In fact, the end result destroys Erio’s “illusion.” This early? Yeah I’m shocked too. I guess that’s denial down, and now admittance. She can thank Alcoholics Anonymous for the steps to recovery. The later steps won’t work since it’s not a recurring habit (hopefully), so solving the blank memories seems to be the next plot to tackle.
The three episode rule applies here, except I don’t think there’s too many that were planning on dropping it anyway. Hilarious episode, characters developed, ET references thrown at your face, one possible Index reference, and fly like an eagle. Hope it keeps it up next ep.