「黒い凶事は笛の音と共に来るそうですよ？」 (Kuroi Kyouji wa Fue no Oto to Tomoni Kuru Sou Desu yo?)
“It Seems That a Great Disaster Will Come With the Playing of a Flute?”
So many new characters this week and you know what that means right? That’s right! More awesomeness! I’ve said it so many times but I’ll say it again: I really like the characters in Mondaiji. Not just the lead characters, but all of them – there’s always something cool about every single one of the characters introduced, even if they’re relatively minor and don’t serve any large purpose in the overall story.
This episode adds several of them to the roster on both sides of this larger conflict. We have the two who take on You in the games – the typically high-strung Ayesha (Tsumita Kayoko) and her companion Jack-O’-Lantern (Hayami Show). Of these two, the latter is easily my favourite on virtue of his completely contrasting personalities, going from terrifying murderous demon to a kindly old pumpkin in the blink of an eye. Then we have the four attackers, each named for something related to the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin: Weser (Iwasawa Toshiki), Ratten (Nanri Yuuka), Strom (Hamazoe Shinya), and the adorable Black Percher (Saito Chiwa). At least I think her name is Black Percher. Or maybe it was Pest. So are these guys Rattenfänger as seems to be the most probable assumption? Or is Rattenfänger a completely different crew? They’re a pretty colourful bunch, that’s for sure, and I find myself particularly fond of Black Percher, especially her deadpan deliveries!
One thing I hoped for very early on in the series was varied gift games and the series has certainly delivered on that front! Combat, unsurprisingly, plays a part in most of these, but there’s always an interesting secondary aspect to these battles that gives them a lot more variety than mere gladiatorial matches. You’s choice to participate alone says a lot – she doesn’t seem to want to rely on the others and would prefer to fight alone, or perhaps doesn’t feel she can ask for assistance or that she has something to prove or isn’t entirely comfortable with their friendship yet. Alone in such an arena, she was clearly outmatched by the opposing duo and even the apparently kindly Jack-O’-Lantern notes that she seems to be lonely. Perhaps it’s time for the trio to think about actually working together rather than fighting separately as they mostly have so far. Now that would be a sight to see! Maybe sometime in the next two episodes?
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – A slew of new characters makes for another entertaining episode! #Mondaiji
- Mondaiji really shines when it comes to being silly. That first scene in which Shiroyasha and Izayoi discuss imagination and mystery in reference to looking up skirts while magnificent music of enlightenment and wisdom plays in the background is brilliant!
- It’s kind of sad to see You surrender, but I guess that match isn’t truly the focus right now. Asuka may be the one who seems to feel a little insecure, but it appears to be You who has suffered the larger defeats.
- Izayoi is having so much fun!
- Sandora in action is pretty badass!
- OTP End Card?