「満ちる時、動き出す少女達」 (Michiru Toki, Ugokidasu Shoujo-tachi)
“Fruition, Girls Set into Motion”
Ayumu’s mom is comical, but so are the villains. Or at least their ideas are.
Ayumu’s mother apparently doesn’t believe her anti-esper schtick as much as she wants to use it for political gain. That’s…refreshing, I guess? She’s not a bigot, just an opportunist. Yay? But without exploring that theme in greater detail, it seems crass. I’m not interested in her coming to terms with it and becoming a better mother to Ayumu because she’s such a cartoonishly one-dimensional character. Mostly I just want to see her kicked in the teeth. Needless to say, I’m not expecting much from this subplot.
The big question is still “What’s the professor’s goal?” Because everything he’s doing is making espers more and more hated. The murder test Minami is giving out to newly-minted espers is a sure-fire way to turn the public against them. Which can be useful if you’re trying to galvanize a force – nothing motivates your side like an enemy to be opposed to, something Ayumu’s mother knows all too well. But since we already know what they’re going to try to do – fly the diet away, rule the humans, etc – I can’t help thinking pissing everyone off is a bad way to go about it. Better to be a respected conqueror like Iskander than a hated one like all of the other ones. That does make me think that maybe “rule over the humans” might not be their end game though, which would be interesting. Or they’re going to try to kill all the humans. Or they’re just idiots. But at least my interest is piqued.
P.S. To all you esper idiots – you’re still human. Just because you have special powers doesn’t mean you’re a new species. Especially not when you get your powers from a glowing fish. At best you’re humans with a particularly useful parasites.
I Can’t Take These Villains Seriously
I’ve come to realize that I have a strange view of the modern world. To whit: the present is amazing! People keep talking about how the whole world is going down the drain, but I don’t get it. I paid attention during history class, so I know just how wonderful the present is. Even ignoring marvels like vaccines, super markets, cell phones, and the democratization of economic activity thanks to the internet, a lot fewer people die in wars and from preventable diseases than even a few decades ago. Yes, the world isn’t perfect, and the arc of history is long, but it does bend toward justice, peace, and prosperity.
That’s why I can’t take these villains seriously. If theirs was a world like Akame ga Kill, I could understand it; that seems like a shitty world. But the world of Tokyo ESP looks more or less like ours + espers. And they think the whole thing is so broken humanity can’t be saved? Hah! Even the simple fact that slavery doesn’t exist in their society – or its thinly veiled cousin in serfdom – means their present is a thousand times better than their past.
So if you find any sense in the terrorist espers’ message, I suggest you stop listening to the news and start reading history books. You may be worried about what’s happening in parts of Eastern Europe, the Middle East, or Africa, and fair enough. But where people are lobbing rockets right now, they used to wage all-out war. That’s twisted progress perhaps, but progress nonetheless. And the simple fact that I can watch this show minutes after it airs from half a world away, write a post about it, and publish it for all of you around the entire world to see is a marvel. Anyone who says there’s no hope only wants that to be the case. It has no basis in reality.
Looking Ahead – Free Kyoutarou, Doomed School
The curse of the spoiler premiere has haunted this entire season for me, and made me only really care about two things: what happens after that, and why wasn’t Kyoutarou there? For a while I thought it was going to be because he was locked up, but they let him go. Now they’re attacking the school, so maybe this is a death flag, though it’s as likely he didn’t appear during episode one to troll anime-only viewers, or because the Professor still has his power on lock down. (Minami did tell him to return to his mundane life.) I honestly just wish they would cut to the chase though, because the anime isn’t doing the small motions well enough for me to enjoy the buildup after that massive spoiler premiere.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Ayumu’s mom is one-dimensional, so are the terrorist espers, & Kyoutarou is free for reasons. Just get to the final battle already #東京ESP 08
- I don’t remember if Kyoutarou mentioned the date he promised Rinka back when that scene actually happened, but it would have been a lot more powerful if so. If he did, it would have been more powerful if the details were being done well enough for me to remember that.
- There’s not a lot of variation in the ESP powers here. Two main characters as teleporters was borderline, but a second wall phaser betrays a dangerous lack of creativity. I can understand the duality symbolism, but that could just as easily be done through personality, not just power.
- It looks like the fish respond to strong emotions – Kyoutarou’s desire to save people, Murakami’s desire to do something, and all these mooks’ desire to kill people. I can understand I-don’t-want-to-be-raped girl – that was horrifying – but the lazy I-want-to-kill-everyone girl? Not as much. I hope there’s added depth there.
- I wonder if the Professor is going to do a hope thing like Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, using the Shiroi Shoujo as the point of hope which, after its crushed, total despair follows. Use those spoiler tags if you want to comment, people.
- She teleported part of herself. That’s…downright frightening. Eeee.