「黒ウサギがエロイヤらしい奴に狙われたようですよ？」 (Kurousagi ga Eroi Yarashii Yatsu ni Wawareta You Desu yo?)
“It Seems Some Pervert is After Kurousagi?”
It’s strange how Mondaiji manages to remain one of the shows I most look forward to each week, even while I find myself falling behind on some of the more ‘prominent’ shows of the season. I decided to pick it up because I thought it provide entertainment. Not complex plots, intricate dialogue, or deep and creative worlds, just pure, simple entertainment. It’s certainly held up to my expectations in that department. Fun is fun, regardless of the simplicity or complexity of the source. Contrary to unscrupulous sources, things cannot be enjoyed wrong. Probably.
There are many reasons why I like Mondaiji so much, or rather, why it continues to deliver entertainment every week without fail (no, I’m not talking about the end card, but yes, you can enjoy that too if you want to). I love mythology and folklore – they’re incredible sources of all manner of tales which continue to rival even the best fantasy writers of the modern day. In fact, a large amount of fantasy writers draw upon mythology all the time, it’s everywhere throughout video games, books, films, and all other manner of media. Mondaiji does it too, quite profusely. From the the Perseus community, led by Luios Perseus (Inoue Go), being based entirely around Greek mythology, to Indra’s spear and the moon rabbit throwing itself into the fire, it’s a series which has a lot of mythological references. The fact that Kurousagi has Indra’s spear brings up a myriad of question – just how high is her power level behind that innocent and whimsical guise? Does it signify a deeper connection with the creator of the Little Garden? I want to see just how far the mythology spreads through this world – I hope we get to see more communities based largely upon mythology!
I find myself moderately surprised that the vampire who stalked our trio would turn out to be the Demon-Lord-turned-slave mentioned by Jin. But with this information, the fact that her actions served as a test for the newcomers was no surprise at all. Her devotion to the nameless community is admirable, even going so far as to throw away her gift to reach them. While there have been sightings of it in previous episodes, this one really brought the nakama theme to the fore (no doubt my girlfriend will be overjoyed about this!). It’s a theme I personally love to see from time to time – that fiery spirit that comes into play when friends and loved ones are threatened. The desire to do anything to help one’s comrades, no matter the personal cost. There was something quite magnificent about finally seeing the normally amiable Kurousagi snap…
…and immediately be restrained by Izayoi. You just have to love these kind of anticlimaxes, just as things are about to heat up, as Kurousagi is about to gain her certificate of badassery, she’s pulled up short. There’s a bit of satire in there too, poking fun at the lengthy power-up sequences so many different varieties of media are fond of. In fiction, powering up seems to come with some unspoken law of courtesy that you will never exploit any of the million massive defensive gaps present during the process. You just sit back and wait to get hit, or maybe dodge or something. Izayoi doesn’t care. He just doesn’t. He’s above everything and everyone else. It makes me wonder if there’s any credence to my speculation that he might turn out to be the creator of the Little Garden just screwing around with his creations. Who knows, maybe we’ll eventually find out!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Plenty of folklore, some nakama, and Kurousagi remaining the butt of all jokes! #Mondaiji
- I love Shiroyasha’s sneaky face!
- I also love how Izayoi just doesn’t care about anything. None of the attacks thrown at him this episode faze him in the slightest.
- I’m eagerly anticipating the day when he elects not to use a door at all and just enters through a wall instead or something.
- Poor Kurousagi, always the butt of every joke!
* Special thanks to the ever awesome Stereo for taming a particularly disagreeable full-length! You’re the best!