「はじめての学園祭 」 (Hajimete no Gakuensai)
“The First School Festival”
There’s an ominous air that surrounds Houjou High School’s school festival this year and I’m not just talking about the showdown between Mayura and Takayanagi, but also what’s going with Izumiko and her internal demons too. It’s clear that there’s more than one story being told one, one that follows Izumiko and the spirit within her, and the other one surrounding the Souda family. For the most part, it seems like Miyuki and Sagara are mainly trying to keep Izumiko away from it all. They’re trying to protect her for her own good (and for good reason) but it also seems like Izumiko gets herself dragged into these situations. It doesn’t help that Mayura and Manatsu have no idea what Izumiko is and I think that’s a secret that Miyuki is trying to protect from them.
The rest of the episode was made up of little happenings around the festival. There was the parade which required a princess – a role which is apparently cursed. I wouldn’t say that Izumiko was off the hook either, but that’s an entirely different situation compared to what the other girls encountered. I thought Izumiko would’ve learned to grow a backbone a bit more, but luckily Miyuki was there to knock some sense into her. Their relationship really is coming more to life with every episode, however I also think that makes it more frustrating to watch. It’s pretty obvious now that Izumiko likes Miyuki (and vice versa) and as she comes to terms with that, I just know it will drive me crazy that she’s so quiet about it. I like strong dominant female characters and Izumiko isn’t growing as quickly as I’d hoped.
Then there was that haunted house… was anyone else reminded of FMA:B when they saw those hands? Damn that’s creepy. I don’t doubt that Izumiko saw ghosts, but that’s what makes it so much more terrifying for her. I’m not sure what the message the ghosts were trying to get across, but I do think that they’re trying to save or tell her something. Speaking of haunted houses, I don’t think any of the people visiting the house actually got sick. It just seemed like there was a massive line up for the nurse’s office just because Sagara was there; not because girls were actually getting sick. That’s one mystery solved…
There’s only 2 episodes of RDG left and while there’s still quite a bit of story left, I don’t want to overhype myself for the ending. Even after 10 episodes, I still feel as though there’s a general lack of understanding that I have for this anime. Perhaps it’s because I don’t fully understand the intentions of the characters or what the ultimate goal is for each of them. This is definitely an anime that needs a second season, one cour is not enough to dive into the heart of the story that RDG has to offer.