「はじめてのお使い」 (Hajimete no Otsukai)
“The First Familiar”
So apparently Wamiya turned out to be exactly as suspicious as he seemed. He is in fact not a student at all but supposedly Izumiko’s familiar. It’s explained in the episode, but Wamiya is basically a spirit which is meant to serve a greater spirit – in this case, it would be Izumiko. Sometimes they can be an animal spirit as well and it’s hinted that Wamiya would be a crow if he had a shape and form. Unfortunately he didn’t have any real identity until Izumiko wished for it. I would assume that Wamiya’s “spirit” has been wandering around the mountains for a long period of time waiting for Izumiko. He mentions that he wasn’t around until she cut her hair (back in episode 1); that it changed her powers and he was given a physical form. In reality then, Wamiya’s being has been entirely created only recently.
Given that Wamiya is Izumiko’s familiar, it would make sense that she’s the most attached to him – or rather even aware of his existence. At first I thought it was weird that all her girlfriends seemed to push them together, but then I realized it’s only because they actually don’t recollect that he exists. It seems like he only exists when Izumiko is around. If that wasn’t enough, Miyuki doesn’t even recognize the name Wamiya. I knew that Miyuki wasn’t the most reliable guy, but he straight up did not know who Wamiya was. Of course, Miyuki also seems to have no sense of “danger” or evil spirits coming after people so I wouldn’t exactly say he’s the best protector for Izumiko. In which case, he’d be leaving for school in Tokyo anyway to attend Houjou High School.
From the looks of it, Izumiko may not know exactly the powers that she holds or what her purpose is, but she can hold up her own in a confrontation. I know Miyuki was trying to be all manly to protect the girl, but in all honesty, I haven’t seen him do squat. Whereas Izumiko had the nerves to tell Wamiya to back away and even stand her ground as a greater spirit. I’ve never seen Izumiko as a strong female character (rather somewhat dull and boring), however with every week I find her growing up more and doing things outside her comfort zone. This is a sign of character development and it’s unfortunate that Miyuki hasn’t had the same kind of growth. I see their relationship forming well, but Miyuki still feels rather flat and 2D for my taste (even in anime!). I would like to see some trials that he goes through as well and what he exactly wants to achieve by staying with Izumiko – because from my memory, he wanted nothing to do with her.
Fast forward several months, Izumiko joins Miyuki at Houjou High School in Tokyo. I suppose this is when the story really starts to kick off because Miyuki mentions that Houjou isn’t your average school – probably with a population of students like themselves whom are “different”. There are probably people watching over them as well which sounds somewhat more safe and creepy at the same time. I’m not sure what to expect from here on out – but Izumiko finds herself sharing a room with an energetic girl and loses the glasses? =O *gasp. It’s taken 3 episodes to get to this point and I still have no idea where the story is headed. I almost want to say that it’s slow considering the lack of development in the actual storyline. What’s going to happen to Izumiko? Who is this spirit within her? And what are these things chasing after her? So many questions and I still see next week as an introductory episode for new characters and settings. Does RDG meet my expectations 3 episodes in? I would have to say that it’s building itself up very well… I just hope it’s all worth it in the end.