「はじめてのお披露目」 (Hajimete no Ohirome)
“The First Unveiling”
There is always an obligatory school festival episode! In this case, it’s more like the final arc for this anime because it’s going to end on episode 12. Please don’t spoil for those that have already seen it! I plan to keep myself entertained for the next few weeks and I hope everyone can keep the comments spoiler free as well. Much thanks!
On that note, I can see a lot of development being put onto Izumiko now that we’re almost at the end. She’s grown up a lot since the first episode, mainly gaining more confidence to be more outspoken and she’s even brought up the idea of protecting herself. It’s great to see that she’s finally stepping out of her comfort zone and doing something different. It could be, as Miyuki put it, “teenage rebellion” or simply her growing up; but I’d like to think it’s also because she’s learning to deal with her surroundings. She’s adapting to it rather than just remaining sheltered and I applaud her for doing so. With that said, I also think that for an anime – it’s a bit too slow for my taste and I wish they would get to the point sooner rather than later. Perhaps it’s because I’m not a fan of the shy, passive girl and I prefer strong female characters, but I think it’d be more appealing in a one-cour show to see a different side to Izumiko.
Of course, I’m not referring to the goddess within Izumiko. However, even with her hair done up, it seems like the spirit is able to finally take complete control over Izumiko’s body. In the middle of the school field! Oh no! Do something Miyuki! But of course he can’t, except drag her physically away from the other students. I thought their little bicker back and forth was entertaining to watch… much more than the interactions between Miyuki and Izumiko. I never thought we’d finally get to hear why she inhabits Izumiko’s body – but it’s pretty clear now. She’s a very old human spirit that’s been trying to prevent herself from destroying the human race. On top of all that, she’s been traveling through time and different dimensions using other humans (like Izumiko) for her physical appearance. So far, Izumiko is her third and likely last trip through time. I can’t help but pity the spirit at this rate because although she seems very selfish and single-minded, she’s also trying to save civilization. At the same time, I think it’d be very helpful to show an alternate future of the world and see what actually happens if all the humans were wiped out.
This episode was clearly more focused back on Izumiko which I appreciated. I said in the prior episodes that her peers seem to steal the spotlight away a lot and that especially goes for the past 2 episodes on the Souda twins/triplets. It’s great to finally see some development between the “two sides” at the school as well – Takayanagi has finally approached Izumiko to join his group. We’ll see how the school festival goes down soon I hope. In any case, it’s interesting to see how the goddess ties into all this, is Izumiko even going to inhabit her body back soon?