「出会い、幻と少女」 (Deai, Maboroshi to Shoujo)
“Meeting, Phantom and Girl”
The espers attack, because they’re a new race that’s superior to humans, so they must rule ov–and you know where this is going.
The Tablet, the Glowing Fish, & the Collector
While this show still reeks (for good or ill) of X-men in Tokyo, the way the espers get their powers is fundamentally different. Rather than a mutation, which frankly makes a lot more sense to me, they come from some mystical tablet that spawns the glowing fish, which are managed by the collector, that shark thing currently inhabiting Peggy. So there’s something more mystical going on here, a softer sci-fi/fantasy than X-men. Of those elements, only the collector interests me. That hints at something larger, not an incidental quirk of nature that leads to the espers, but a system with an enforcer of sorts to keep things in line. Peggy remains one of the characters I’m most interested in, because it’s the flying penguin who could most upset the villain’s plans by setting everything aright again. An odd situation when a bird is the most interesting character.
Illusions Are Bullshit
Tangent time! Azuma Hokusai (Kawahara Yoshihisa’s), AKA the Professor’s, ESP power is straight up, Grade A bullshit. Being able to fool not only sight, but touch, taste, smell, and hearing as well is ridiculously powerful. To be honest, I don’t like it. I’ve never liked illusion magic though, or mind control either.
It’s all fair and good when illusion magic fools one of the senses, usually sight. Then the characters have to use their other senses to best their enemy. Fair enough. When it can trick all of them though, it’s utterly terrifying. We perceive the world entirely through our senses, so if those are manipulated, our reality changes. It not only undermines the characters’ trust in the world, but it does the same for me. Ever since the Professor started playing his little games I found myself thinking “Is that an illusion? How about that? That?” I was questioning more than getting lost in the action, such that when Azuma got shot through the neck I was like “Probably an illusion”, and wasn’t shocked when I was right.
When someone can manipulate all five senses, how do you beat him? Wolverine Papa probably could via indiscriminate car-hurling of the surrounding environment. After all, you don’t have to see your enemy if you’re killing everything around you. Rinka should have a tough time of it, especially since he can apparently screw with people’s minds i.e. how he manipulated Kyoutarou’s teleportion ability, which is a whole new level of bullshit. A powerful villain is good, but I can’t say I’m looking forward to battles against this guy. I mostly hope Rinka ends up fighting Minami more often, because I’m more interested in her.
Having already had their later plot spoiled for us with the first episode, the flying ship didn’t surprise me. Which is another mark against it – if they doesn’t surprise me now, what will? Though I was surprised he only asked for a special Esper zone. That seem’s awfully…modest. No ruling over the normals? Wuss.
Oh, and there was one other thing: Kyoutarou ripping his hand out to save Rinka. Youch!
But there’s not much else to say, because everything else made me think “It’s like X-men“. And I’m trying not to think that, but I’m sorry, when they have superpowers and they do the whole “
Mutants Espers are superior” bullshit, I’m going to think X-men in a hurry. And that’s okay, as long as they’re doing something different…but right now this is more like a fairly standard X-men mini-series rather than a story which takes the essence of X-men and goes in a new direction. Maybe it’s because I’m from the West, and a Japanese audience wouldn’t immediately go to X-men because they didn’t grow up watching the cartoons, but I did. Aside from the origin of their powers and Rinka (and Peggy) being awesome, it’s more of the same so far.
When Tokyo ESP gets a little brutal, it can become interesting. Kyoutarou hurling himself after Rinka is one bastard of a cliffhanger, and that has me curious how he’s going to get them out of this one (or not) (unless his teleportation power works again, in which case it’s obvious). Other than that, I’m just waiting for us to get back to where we were in episode one, and maybe see what the police will do now that they know Rinka’s identity.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The espers attack, with bullshit illusion man flying a tanker over Tokyo & demanding a special administrative zone. How mundane #東京ESP 05
- Yet another father appears, but no mothers. I wish we would see some mothers. Mothers can be protective matriarchs and/or crazed murder-happy psychopaths too! Wolverine Papa needs to stay a papa though. We can’t lose those muscles. Masato and Gou-chan will never allow it!
- Minami’s rants about the city were dark. She’s way too cynical for one so young. Which I actually saw in some people back in high school, they just couldn’t do anything about it. it goes to show you: guns don’t kill people, superpowered teens with warped views on the comparative corruption and injustice of modern society versus the historical norm do. With guns.
- What I imagine Rinka is thinking: 10/10, would cuddle Peggy again.
- Well, at least they justified the matching plunging leather suits by making them sisters? I guess.
- So he’s Two Face. First X-men and now Batman!
- Peggy pushed that girl off the boat. Battle Penguin, fuck yeah!
- Another thing that surprised me: Minami’s dress. I wouldn’t have thought it would make a great battle outfit, but she makes it work.
- Was that a Ga-rei ad oh gods I can’t take this seriously anymore.
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