「襲撃・ESPガールズ」 (Shuugeki ESP Gaaruzu)
“Attack ESP Girls”
In case you haven’t heard, Stilts is away this week on a lovely vacation overseas and I’ve been given the privledge to blog Tokyo ESP in his place. I don’t usually blog in his format, but for the sake of consistency, I will give it a try.
Overpowered Rinka… but how?!
I hope everyone is wondering the same question I am because this episode left me so confused as to how Rinka suddenly went from zero to hero. She was literally beat up to a pulp (and died!) two episodes ago and now she’s come back stronger than ever. I don’t think it’s because the villains just miraculously got weaker so that’s a huge fault in the writing that I wish they explained. To the very least, they could’ve made Rinka’s training progress look like it wasn’t all for naught in the previous episodes. I got the impression that Rinka was just far too inferior to the other girls and hence why all was doomed for Tokyo… at least, until this episode. On top of all that, she doesn’t even have her powers back yet! She’s doing all this with her eyes closed and no superhuman powers. That is just insane and I have no other way to describe it.
Just when I thought thinks couldn’t get any weirder, they do. And they get weird with birds. And romance. I would say that it’s totally uncalled for, but I’ve seen my fair share of thinking “out of the box” and talking pelicans that want to fall in love? That’s cool. I can live with that if it’s their way of explaining how Kyoutarou will make his way back to Tokyo. It’s just a shame that he reappeared back into Rinka’s life for only half a day, before he was made completely useless again on some island off the coast of Japan. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really like Kyoutarou’s character and his relationship with Rinka is definitely a ship that I’m on, but he feels so uninvolved in the entire second half of the story. I wish he played a more centric role in general.
Coming Back to Episode 1
It took a while, but we finally get back to the cold opening. The story comes full circle and I get a different vibe now that I’ve seen everything that has led up to this moment. In the first episode, you see a bunch of people wreaking havoc and killing innocents, but you still have this hope that someone will save them. This time around, I don’t feel that same hope towards Rinka as I once did; not to say that she’ll lose, but I’m not excited to see her fight. Maybe that’s because I know she’s powerless and the Professor is actually incredibly dangerous, but I think it’s simply that the story leading up to this point has lost a lot of its hype. I was so anxious to find out what led to the cold opening, and now that it’s revealed, everything is just mediocre. The background story for the villains wasn’t one that I particularly liked so I neither empathize nor sympathize them and Rinka has just been beat around a lot until this episode. Unfortunate for Tokyo ESP because I had a lot of high expectations for it even after watching the first episode. I guess it’s just hard to condense everything into a one-cour show.
Finale Next Week
Next week, I would expect to see a few things in our finale and probably all predictable from other viewers. The fight between Rinka and Minami will be the most interesting one for me because I’m genuinely curious how that will turn out. The other event would be Peggy’s involvement now that Kuroi, Edoyama and Oozora have saved him. I wonder if he’s just going to go around eating everyone’s abilities – especially the Professor’s. That would be too easy, but that’s still better than a cliffhanger or leaving plot holes everywhere in the show. I don’t think Tokyo ESP needs anymore issues for people to poke at so I will take the ending for whatever it’s worth. I just hope that somehow Kyoutarou’s reappearance will actually mean something and maybe we’ll finally get to see some Rinka x Kyoutarou reunion.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #TokyoESP finally comes full circle but uh… How did Rinka suddenly become so kickass without her powers? O.o and mind reading birds? Sure.
- Since when could Roshi walk again?! Wow, rehabilitation works fast.
- Seeing Edoyama and Oozora work as a combat duo was a good way to break away from the rest of the episode. I like this ship as well!
- So many secondary characters get neglected in this show even though they actually do stuff. It’s a shame that they’re not given the proper time to develop or connect with the audience.