OP: 「BELIEVE」 by 栗林みな実 (Kuribayashi Minami)
「ノーマルと、スペシャルと、アブノーマル」 (Nōmaru to, Supesharu to, Abunōmaru)
“Normal, Special, and Abnormal”
Medaka Box returns as you would expect from this arc – with a bang. The extensive battle with Unzen Myouri at the end of the previous series was merely a taste of what’s to come over the next arc, the arc wherein Medaka Box switched to being a full on shounen battle manga. Of course, it still retains all the absurdities surrounding Medaka herself, along with the strong ties of friendship that made the original arc good, but the addition of some (hopefully) spectacular battles should make it far more entertaining to watch. This first episode certainly didn’t disappoint on that front – while the animation continued much in the same vein as the first season, it still gives lots of opportunities for some great shots.
The first season didn’t exactly do very well in terms of sales, which doesn’t really come as a surprise since Shounen Jump anime adaptations aren’t known to be bestsellers and, while completely faithful to the source material, quite a few things about the first season were less than perfect in many people’s eyes. Had it not already been pre-planned, it’s entirely possible that this second season would never have come into being, despite being one of the arcs that many Medaka Box fans would love to see animated. This is why the OP worries me slightly. Perhaps it’s just Gainax having a little bit of fun at the expense of fans, but the OP teases at least one character who should not be appearing anywhere near this arc. On top of that, there’s a giant robot that was never anywhere in the source material. Of course, both these things could just be some extra flair to make the OP cooler and give a nod to fans of the series, but it could also mean one of two other things – either they plan to adapt much more of the material than originally expected, or they’re planning to go for a Gainax ending. I sincerely hope it’s not the latter.
Unsurprisingly, the flask plan arc begins with a slew of new character introductions. No punches are pulled here – rather than introduce them one at a time as the series progresses, Nisio Isin announces their existence right off the bat. Where the focus of the first arc was more on Specials (with the exception of Medaka and Unzen), this arc brings us the Abnormals – beings around whom the world itself seems to bend resulting in outcomes so improbable as to come across as creepy and weird. The first of these new Abnormal characters to cross paths with Medaka is Unzen Myouga (Ise Mariya), Myouri’s elder sister who speaks solely in numbers. Her presence gives everyone’s favourite Nabeshima Nekomi a chance to show off her trickery and remind us why we love her. On top of this we have the rest of the Thirteen Party – Miyakonojou Oudo (Katsunuma Kiyoshi), Munakata Kei (Kamiya Hiroshi), Takachiho Shigusa (Nomura Kenji), Naze Youka (Sawashiro Miyuki), Koga Itami (Yonezawa Madoka), and Yukuhashi Mizou (Asumi Kana). Whew, even discounting the three quickly defeated members of Class 13, that’s a lot of new characters!
We also get some typical Medaka logic in this episode – the idea that if there’s no reason for someone to attack you, there’s no reason to dodge. This is Medaka logic in the truest sense – if you’re not a godlike being, it’s an absolutely terrible idea (even then it’s still a pretty terrible idea). In a way I guess it is true – in most cases when there’s no reason for someone to attack you, they will not, therefore you have no reason to dodge or retaliate. This happens completely unseen in almost every single interaction between two people. Neither party attacks nor does either party defend. Medaka just takes it a step further and applies it to all cases when there’s no reason to be attacked resulting in refusing to defend herself even when she should. It’s a good thing Nekomi taught her a valuable lesson on the subject pretty quickly!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – #MedakaBox returns with a bang! 88248591047!
- From the moment I lay eyes on all that food I was wondering when Shiranui would show up.
- Onigase remains as adorable as ever!
- Nekomi remains one of the more awesome characters of the show!
- We had some nice music from Katou Tatsuya for her battle with Myouga too!
- It was also entertaining to see the differing yet similar thoughts which ran through each of the participant’s heads during that battle.
*Note: There are currently no plans to cover Medaka Box Abnormal on a regular basis here on RandomC.
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ED: 「守護心PARADOX」 (Shugoshin PARADOX) by 美郷あき (Misato Aki)