「雨の中の少女達」 (Ame no Naka no Shoujo-tachi)
“Girls in the Rain”
A more focused episode makes for a better episode as Ayumu comes into the fold…and the whole anti-esper sentiment finally hits emotionally.
The Mechanics of Precognition
Precognition is a power that’s either amazing, annoying, or absolutely broken. Short-term precognition like Ayumu’s is the amazing type, useful but not so overpowered that he should be able to rule the world. (For the annoying, see any oracle or fortuneteller ever. The broken are the long-term precogs.) But it still lacked what punch (and interest) it would have had if it weren’t for that first episode! Beating a dead horse, I know, but this is another situation where, instead of having my interest piqued by a new character, I was just waiting for them to show what I absolutely knew was going to happen so we could get to the action.
I did like how Rinka, in one of her few appearances this episode, triumphed over Ayumu. When faced with limited precognition, my first answer is “shoot him” or “blow him up!” I know, that would be rude in a sparring match. The principle of hitting him with an attack he can’t dodge is sound though. What I really like is how Rinka exploited how actions (and reactions) are faster than thoughts. Thoughts are powerful, but in the moment instinct and trained reactions are more powerful.
Bonus: I love how Rinka didn’t go from zero to hero in no time flat. She did it quickly, but as Roshi noted, she already had all the elements from the training her father gave. Good, lack-of-annoying-asspulls storytelling there.
I really liked how they illustrated precognition. While the fuzzy-o-vision they used in the first episode (and occasionally here) works too, blending it seamlessly with what was happening – and then suddenly having Ayumu back up and go “No, that was a precognition!” – both illustrated how the two meld in his perception and gave us a bunch of justified pump fakes. A good bit of visual storytelling there.
Kung Fu Murasaki-chan!
If there’s anything Toyko ESP excels at, it’s strong women. Even if those women are young girls. Murasaki-chan realizing that she can become instantly good by using the weapon of a master was great! I’m not sure it jives perfectly with her power, but it was stated that her body can’t keep up with a master’s movements, so it’s close enough. Also, Kill Bill reference anyone? Also x2, she was just hilarious when she kicked some ass. Go Murasaki-chan! You’re a hero!
Finally, some of the anti-esper sentiment hits home through Ayumu’s mom. She’s still one-dimensional in her “hatred” of espers – I’m not willing to say that with certainty until I see how she reacts to that cliffhanger – but at least it finally seems to matter. But mostly, to be fair, because I want to see how she’ll react to that cliffhanger. Will she stay fast to her bigoted beliefs, or will she pull a Cheney and be okay with it once one is in her family? (No spoilers please, I was being rhetorical etc etc.) But at least there was a little emotional resonance.
It’s all about that cliffhanger, to be honest. Sure, I’m shipping Ayumu and Murasaki-chan a little now – Ayumu’s “I hate women” schtick tasted sour and fake from the get-go, so I’m looking for a nice girl to get him over that, even if it’s not romantically – but mostly I want to see where Ayumu’s mother will be a total bastard or not.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Ayumu and Murasaki episode. It worked pretty well since they delved into the powers & stayed focused #東京ESP 07
- Rinka-san is distracted by steakii :3
- As ridiculous as its name is, I do like the CPC philosophy. It reminds me of a certain immortal loli and her fighting style in a certain tournament match during Negima. Such a good manga!
- Ayumu tried to counter the counter, but Rinka was ready to counter the counter’s counter, and when he pulled the counter’s counter she countered that! …ow.
- Why don’t you just walk out of the place like a normal person Kyoutarou? Yeah yeah, injured and probably guards, whatever. Just don’t keep trying the same thing like the result is going to change.