「雨と指輪と少女と」 (Ame to Yubiwa to Shoujo to)
“The Rain, Ring, and Girl”
As with most superheroes, there are a lot of missing parents to go around.
I have a complicated relationship with XEBEC. Mostly negative, granted, but they do amazing things on occasion, your Nyaruko-san and Ladies vs Butlers and Rinne no Lagrange. The combat early in this episode screamed “XEBEC!” to me in the most mediocre of ways. Those weapon spins? Really? They seem to phone it in a lot of the time, and I felt it early on. It was the exchange between Rinka and the four thugs that really made me say that, while the rest of it was decent enough. When powers get mixed in it works well enough, but when it’s just natural human movement, XEBEC phones it in.
Clashing Powers, Stealing Powers
I’m all for a story where a penguin is an important character. I didn’t know the fish stayed in the espers – which is moderately horrifying, if you think about it too much – but Peggy’s ability to depower them is…I’m not sure how I feel about it. I liked it when it was happening, it was a sudden (but not unreasonable) reveal and it made the scene interesting. But going forward? Being the pragmatic chap I am, I’m now thinking of all the ways they can induce Peggy to depower their enemies. Does this become a Peggy-focused story? Is that a bad thing? That’s probably not a bad thing. All hail our penguin overlord!
Taming The Thief
I’m of two minds about fiesty thief Kobushi’s crush Wolverine Papa. On the one hand, it’s both genuinely funny, heartwarming, and squee-inducing. She’s cute when she’s in love! What I don’t know is if it’s a cheap way to turn her into a good guy. No–I think it probably is. I would have preferred it if Kobushi came over to Rinka’s side for her own reasons, not because she was crushing on her father. And to a certain degree, you could argue that maybe she is, but it’s undeniable that Wolverine Papa’s line about how nobody should commit crimes hit Kobushi hard. It feels like Wolverine Papa is driving her chance, and I don’t like that, as adorable as she is when she’s crushing on him.
I do wonder though, is she really crushing on him, or does she just want him to dote on her like the father she never had? I don’t understand daddy issues myself – no jokes please. Keep it civil, you lovable degenerates you – but early on it felt like she was crushing on him, while later she goes in from the father angle. Being male myself, I’m just going to completely ignore the whole angle for now and stick with “She’s cute when she’s in love.” That’s it for now.
Rinka, on the other hand, is exactly the kind of female main character love approaching a potential romance in exactly the kind of way I like to see. Rinka is still Rinka, always – she’s going to do what she’s going to do regardless of anyone else. That doesn’t mean she’s not worried about Azuma, doesn’t look for him, and she’s certainly willing to go out of her way to help him. Fair enough! We all do that, and in this Rinka’s sex does not matter. Whether male or female, I would respect her for acting like that, and that’s how it should be. She’s strong, but she also needs and wants others. I also love seeing the girl saving the boy for the once, and said boy being totally okay with it. Rock on, both of you. You’ll make beautiful esper babies. (That’s probably not how it works, but shush.)
A Beautiful Family
I was wondering what happened to Murasaki for most of the episode, but not much actually happened with her. She got her power, she was saved, she moved out for reasons. I feel like Tokyo ESP – the anime, at least – has consistent problems explaining why it’s doing the things it’s doing, likely due to adaptation problems. I feel the gaps, and it’s a little bewildering. Murasaki’s long absence is only one example.
What I liked though, was watching as Murasaki met her family for the first time. That was a beautiful moment, truly, and I very nearly misted up seeing it. Normally it takes CLANNAD-level of character commitment to turn on my waterworks, but the scene itself was beautiful enough to get me close. I tip my hat to thee.
Looking Ahead – Minami
The real question is, what is Minami up to? She wants to change the world, and then the illusion man shows up, but–oh, who am I kidding. We already saw where all of this is going. Now it’s all a matter of how they get there, and whether Kobushi-chan ends up as Rinka’s mother by then.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – It’s a heroines’ story, though Azuma & Wolverine Papa also have a say. Oh, and Peggy too. Peggy is pretty much a badass #東京ESP 04
- Why is he naked?
- Interesting to know that esper powers are always active unless suppressed. How would that work for Azuma and Minami? Not well, I imagine.
- Butadon, is that you?
- Leonidas Papa is so nice. A lot of parents might be missing, but the ones who are here are good ones. Good anime fathers are so sadly rare, they must be celebrated!
- But seriously, why was he naked??
Check out my blog about storytelling and the novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: Control, Temporally unfocused, Fast, easy, guaranteed, and Starting off with a bang, & why you shouldn’t.