「はじめてのルームメイト」 (Hajimete no Ruumumeito)
“The First Roommate”
There’s never a dull moment for Izumiko seriously. This girl seems to run into trouble wherever she goes, but I guess that’s the baggage that you carry being a vessel for a spirit. Speaking of which, where is that spirit? When does she ever appear? I think it’s sad to say that I’m more interested in seeing her than I am watching Izumiko’s everyday school life. I actually find her surroundings in general more interesting than her… which is sad. Sorry!
I always thought or assumed RDG would present to me something unexpected and original. So far to date, there hasn’t been anything that’s blown my mind or really stood out even 4 episodes out (that’s a third of the way through the season!). We’ve seen Wamiya – but who couldn’t guess that he was an outcast… and now there’s this new top student named Takayanagi Ichijou (Nojima Hirofumi) who pretty much resembles a jacka**. My point is, this show makes it quite predictable that if Izumiko gets bad vibes, they’re bad. This includes both the “foreign exchange student” and Ichijou. This whole episode, I was dying for someone to prove me wrong… perhaps the shadow-y figures are just figments of Izumiko’s imagination. Perhaps she’s just getting used to being surrounded by new people and maybe people aren’t just “out to get her”. But no – they are bad and once again, she’s saved by Miyuki.
We get to see a little more of Izumiko’s roommate, Souda Mayura (Yonezawa Madoka) this episode and her twin brother. I shall call Souda Manatsu (Ishikawa Kaito) her twin because technically their third triplet is dead. Judging by their introduction and the lack of surprises in this show, I’d say that these two will end up being Izumiko’s friends in school. They’re likely going to play a large role in helping her discover who she is and be there for her when Miyuki can’t. They give off a vibe that says they’re more than siblings… but perhaps that’s just me and they really just have a genuinely close relationship. Individually, Manatsu definitely appears to be more outspoken and cheerful, but Mayura is also an outgoing individual and I never pinned her as an A-class girl. I guess there’s something I wasn’t expecting.
In the end, Mayura invites Izumiko to meet Souda Masumi (Kimura Ryouhei) and I was already sure of who she is. Mayura mentions that Masumi is a homunculus so there’s a dead giveaway (haha! Unintentional pun!). I believe next episode would focus on why they called for Masumi since I’m not sure how or why they would revive their dead sibling anyway. I’ve always seen creating homunculus as a taboo thing, so perhaps they’re just calling on Masumi’s dead spirit. I’m also excited to see what Mayura and Manatsu can do. We all know what Izumiko and Miyuki can do (which sadly isn’t a lot at this stage), but this is why they’re at school with other “strange” people like themselves.