「はじめての手のひら」 (Hajimete no Tenohira)
“The First Hand”
This week episode was primarily focused on the school trip to Tokyo and Izumiko’s hunt to meet her mother. At first there was some hesitation to even see her mother since she’d have to leave her class behind to do so. However, with the help of Miyuki (and some teenage rebellion), she managed to journey around Tokyo looking for Suzuhara Yukariko. Followed by “dark shadows” and “something evil”, Izumiko spent most of the episode cowering away and scared. It’s a good thing that she had Miyuki to protect her then! *insert some crazy fangirl squeals here*
The majority of the episode focused on these evil shadows following Izumiko and Miyuki throughout her journey away from home. They’re pretty prominent since everyone seems to know they’re around except for Miyuki. I’m not sure what is causing them for the time being but as soon as Yukimasa appeared, they all faded away. This makes me question what kind of person he is – Miyuki definitely took notice and started becoming skeptical of his appearance. I always thought that Yukimasa would play the role of the pretty boy who was also a protector of Izumiko of sorts, but now I’m not too sure. Does he have a hidden agenda as well?
Near the end of the episode, the “spirit” within Izumiko finally appears. It’s revealed that Izumiko is a host to a long-living spirit (she is not a kami herself as I would’ve thought in the premiere) and the spirit doesn’t wish to continue living on after Izumiko passes away. This will be the last vessel that she possesses and I guess even spirits get tired of immortality. This is what makes Izumiko so “special” and thus why she has to be protected – as Yukimasa was getting to. I’m not sure how this all links back to her inability to operate electronics though; she states in this episode that she destroys them upon contact. Even Miyuki is surprised because she really is a decade behind times then – what kind of teenager (or even toddler) these days in a first world country hasn’t touched a computer (or tablet or cell phone)?
As far I’m concerned, RDG is still in the beginning stages of introductions and setting the story up. We still haven’t met Izumiko’s mother (whom I’m sure is going to be revealed soon – her seiyuu’s been) or her father in-person. Now that Izumiko’s “ready”, we’ll probably start to see more evil spirits trying to capture (devour? kill?) the spirit within her. There’s no indication of why, but I guess all divine spirits have a reason for being stalked and wanted; maybe they get her divinity. The next episode seems to be more focused on what Miyuki wants to do now that he’s no longer bonded to protect her. Clearly he still does, but it’s a matter of how and why. I’m sure he’s grown some sort of attachment to her but that development is what I like to see. All girls love to see a bad boy gone good.
Speaking of boys… what’s up with Wamiya Satoru (Kugimiya Rie)? As if his character isn’t suspicious enough, he seems to only pop up when Izumiko is alone. He didn’t even join them on their fieldtrip but chooses to watch them take off. Talk about creepy.
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