「はじめての迷子」 (Hajimete no Maigo)
“The First Time Getting Lost”
I wasn’t expecting a full on attack from Mayura, but I was also expecting a more realistic battle that actually showed off Miyuki’s skills. I was a little disappointed that Izumiko ended up saving him again since she seems to be doing a lot of that lately. Come on! What kind of protector is he? What caught me a little off guard was how tied together Manatsu, Mayura and Masumi were. They’re very in tune in terms of their feelings and thoughts and it intrigues me how their powers are so dependent on it. That’s probably why Mayura and Manatsu seem “closer” than brothers and sisters.
The episode itself was rather slow for my taste. There was some interaction between Masumi and the students, but only because his brother left to tend for his horse. The episode has also changed its focus from Izumiko to her fellow peers so it’s hard for me to understand where the story is headed. I thought the intentions were to engage in a silent war between the power house students in the school, however that doesn’t seem to be the case either.
What caught my attention the most this episode was when Manatsu’s horse, Tabi passed. My dog actually passed away less than a year ago and I can totally relate to the pain and heartache you face when your pet dies. Perhaps it’s because I’m an emotionally invested person as well, but it really hurts when you outlive your pet and sad to say that it’s inevitable in most cases. I also had to put down my dog and when you’re watching your loved ones die before you – that pain made me cry through 2 tissue boxes in one sitting. That sort of sadness never really leaves your family either. I guess this is why so many pet owners are quick to buy another pet soon after. In the end, it doesn’t surprise me that Manatsu would disappear like that. Heartache makes you do some pretty crazy things sometimes.
「はじめてのお願い」 (Hajimete no Onegai)
“The First Request”
The focus of this episode was all about how to get Manatsu back and how to communicate with Masumi in the first place. What did Mayura mean by Masumi “taking away” Manatsu? I thought it was odd that she framed it up as a crime because it never occurred to me that Manatsu could be lost in limbo. I never imagined that siblings would be up against one another and in the end; it seems to me that Manatsu had to choose between a life with Masumi or Mayura. But no one wants to be stuck in limbo forever so Manatsu made the right choice.
All this time, I thought that Miyuki was kind of pointless up until this episode. Even though he holds a great deal of knowledge and seems to be the protector of Izumiko, he hasn’t been very informative or helpful. I always thought of him as a love interest too, but even that has died down since they don’t seem to be the most romantic couple. I’d have to give Miyuki some points for defending Izumiko even though his role was basically overshadowed when the goddess appeared in person to put the “dragon” spirit back to sleep. This was followed by a brief confrontation between Izumiko and the goddess who is supposedly within her. None of this is explained in detail until Izumiko’s mother (Paku Romi) finally appears and we get to understand why she’s so distant from her own daughter. We heard from her back in episode 2, but even now I’m still skeptical as to her role in helping her daughter. Her father seems to have better interests for her well-being.
All is well now and there is a brief time skip that mentions how Izumiko and Miyuki go back home for the remainder of summer. Like I said, I don’t really feel the relationship developing between Izumiko and Miyuki – mainly because I feel like their “partnership” has been very forced and their interactions are anything but “cute” and “romantic”. Compared to Kiri and Iwai (from Crime Edge), it feels like they’re both still not mature enough to think of each other in that way. However, Miyuki’s remark about Izumiko’s interest in certain types of boys has caught my attention so there’s hope for them yet. At the very least, I think it’s obvious that Miyuki’s been watching Izumiko’s infatuations with boys.
Note: I sincerely apologize for my double posts lately; I have never double posted once in my year at RC and here I go for a month without being able to keep up. I feel as though I owe an explanation for those that are patiently waiting and here it is. These past weeks have been busy for me because someone very special has traveled over 2,000 miles to see me and that’s been my priority for a while. For some of you that might not be a good enough answer, but it’s the truth. I hope everyone can understand (even a little) and I’ll try my best to be timely for the remainder of the season. I’ll have the next episode of RDG (releasing today) up soon =)