「白いリボンのワンピース」 (Shiroi Ribon no Wanpīsu)
“White Ribbon Dress”
Let’s do this list style. Cause I feel like it.
First things first, Yukiatsu… is an enormous douchebag… is what I want to say, but I can understand his character. His obsession got pretty out of hand, but it’s nothing more extreme than what otakus do all the time. His deflection and twisting of himself and Menma respectively was almost poetic, like a battle of “who had the better relationship with Menma.” What do I feel about it? After the massive speculation fest last week, I’m a bit numbed really. While the show was implying his issues since the beginning, I didn’t think they would take it this far (nor reveal it this early), but it’s not as ridiculous as I initially thought. I was intensely embarrassed watching him get caught, but I’m glad it happened instead of him escaping. Would’ve been pointless dragging.
And we all owe thanks to Tsuruko. She remains the mysterious one, having never actually talked about herself, but only of others. Her particular insight on Yukiatsu only makes herself suspicious, but the obvious way to see it is that it’s simply because she hangs out with him most of the time. Her wavering eyes when acknowledging the fact that Yukiatsu is indeed the one crossdressing as Menma tells me that there might be some love/pity/affection there, considering how little of that she shows to anyone else. Tsuruko also draws Menma’s ribbon as red, whereas her ribbon is actually blue in all the flashbacks and present. Not sure if relevant.
If there’s anything to hate the show on, it’s the fact that Menma can physically affect things. It’s integrated into the plot now, and I can imagine one screaming, “for the love of god, just have her drink the coffee to end all this nonsense!” I don’t have too much of a problem with it, but they’re making it really hard for me to not scream the exact same thing. This brings to another speculation, which is simply that Menma isn’t real, and the things she does are actually Jinta’s actions. A Beautiful Mind anyone? The leading argument against that would be the fact that Menma can physically affect other people, like Poppo this episode. Giving shivers is a trademark side effect of a ghost passing through you. So yeah, I still believe Menma is most likely a ghost. That’d be more fun wouldn’t it? All I want, is for there to be a point at the end of this series.
I think the show needed this. The characters were starting to reach a dead end, because although they were closer than before, there was nothing else to bring them further. I’m not exactly sure how the characters are going to deal with Yukiatsu (or the big question, what is Menma going to think?), but I want to see significant changes in the cast instead of getting it all at the finale, and it seems like next episode might actually do that. Nonetheless, Anaru is coming to terms that Jinta actually likes Menma, which leads Jinta to slowly come to terms with his feelings for Menma, so perhaps a confession is soon in order? Haha. And really, I sincerely hope there’s twists that no one can figure out. “Reading” the story is never going to be as exciting as letting it read to you.
The Super Peace Busters consists of Seven Sins:
Anaru is Envy (envious of Menma), Jinta is Wrath (hates everyone), Poppo is Sloth (the weakest sin, is too carefree), Yukiatsu is Lust/Gluttony/Greed (a triple whammy, self-explanatory), and Tsuruko is Pride (not much is known about her, but she certainly sees herself as above everyone in terms of the Menma issue, hence pride)
A bit of a stretch? Don’t know, but it’s definitely interesting.
Let’s pee together!