「母の…手…」 (Haha no… Te…)
As promised, a full episode devoted to Mero! I was super excited to see her character’s background and side story…
… but unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype I built for myself. I thought the episode focused too much on Mero’s friends rather than Mero herself. The first half of the episode was devoted to Shinoda Kazue (Matayoshi Ai) and Yasaka Miko (Kuraguchi Momo); both of whom I did not find particularly engaging. Kazue seems to be just as obsessed with zombies as Chihiro (albeit, for completely different reasons) and this led to a confrontation with their scary art teacher. Who the hell keeps a crocodile in their gym bag? I’m sure it’s not even legal to keep a wild animal at home (at least not where I live…). Eating raw meat with your carnivorous pet? That screams all kinds of crazy to me.
Then again, Miko’s story wasn’t any more exciting. Although it did really make me want to eat ramen late at night. This is why I’ll probably never blog a food anime… all I’d be thinking about is eating stuff like this and this or this!
The actual plot development of the episode comes in the latter half when Mero goes to visits her mother’s grave. She stumbles onto Rea and they have this “bonding moment” where Mero sees a strong resemblance between Rea and her own mother. I actually had the impression that Mero didn’t like seeing her brother so attached to Rea. I mean, for so long, Ranko and Mero were the only two girls that Chihiro gave attention to (I’m guessing…). Then in comes this random girl who Chihiro is taking full responsibility for and Mero just has to accept her into the family. I can see why Mero would be upset; although she doesn’t show it and I couldn’t really understand what she thought of Rea.
I honestly didn’t like how they tried to form a connection between Mero and Rea by turning her into a mother-figure for Mero. I never thought of Rea of such, and I don’t think Mero should be looking up to her as a role model in that sense. It almost seems too random since I never got a real sense of what Mero even thought of her mother. The only mention was back in Ranko’s episode when Mero was sick and her mother was taking care of her. Was this when Mero had her fever? I would think so. There are also talks about whether or not Mero’s mother is a zombie. That would explain why she couldn’t test Mero’s temperature. Side note: Since when did Mero (and the rest of Chihiro’s family) realize that Rea’s a zombie? They seem too calm about it – as opposed to Kazue’s strong reactions.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling this episode on Mero as a whole. I was a little disappointed by her lack of personality and more so towards her lack of background story. Was it necessary to devote a whole episode on her and her friends? Probably not, since I found her friends almost as annoying at Chihiro’s. I did appreciate how they branched out to touch upon other storylines though and I’m hoping that the show will come full circle somewhere along the lines. I know that Mero’s mother might play a pivotal role later; however I’m still unsure how that all ties in.
Speaking of mother’s, next week is all about Rea’s! I don’t want to get my hopes up again, but seeing as Chihiro is held hostage somewhere in their house, I’d like to hear what Aria has to say about that.