“The Girl That I Forgot”
Kureha and Ginko:
It was pretty obvious last week, but we got confirmation that Kureha is indeed the Moon Girl and Ginko is the Forest Girl. Reia clearly wrote this story based on these two unlikely girls encountering one another and becoming friends in their youth. Not only that, but tying in Lady Kumalia is a smart move – both Kureha and Ginko are familiar with that concept, but for different reasons. Everything is coming together now, after seven episodes of Kureha and Ginko seemingly being enemies, and for that I’m grateful. The scenes where Kureha watched over and looked after Ginko were sweet and touching, and the differing colours throughout the episode helped signify the passage of time as well as the mood of Kureha at that moment. Yurika, however, continues to provide a counter to all the happiness between Kureha and Ginko’s relationship, and has now made Kureha swear to take down the bear that now wears Reia’s necklace. At this point I’m not sure if Yurika is aware of Ginko and is purposefully making her Kureha’s personal target, or if it’s all coincidence and she just wants to get rid of the bears. Personally, I think there’s something very final-villain about Yurika, her actions, the framing in her scenes, as well as her general demeanor.
I can’t ignore that dream sequence between Kureha and Ginko. It’s reminiscent of when Ginko and Lulu “eat” her after the Severance Court scenes, but this one was all stars and ribbons and there was a certain sweetness to it. The lesbianism is powerful in this one, and Ikuhara clearly has zero intentions of hiding that.
The flashback scenes with Ginko in the bear world were very interesting to me. First of all there’s the scenes where Ginko seems to be an orphan amongst a village of bears with happy families playing games (though Ginko didn’t seem to think it was a game?). Ginko hasn’t had an easy life, especially once it cuts to the scenes of war. There is a mixture of silliness and seriousness to that conflict, but we see now that Ginko was abandoned by the other bears by the law of the animal kingdom – the weak drag the strong down, and so they should be left behind. Funnily enough that’s what seems to be happening in Kureha’s classroom as well, expect much more focused on isolation.
The Next Victim:
Speaking of the classroom, Kaoru is the next to fall by the hands of a bear. In all honesty I’m glad to have her out the picture, but I wasn’t really expecting it at this point. I thought she would be conspiring with that other girl in bed and they’d continue working together, but as it turns out that girl was in fact a bear and now Kaoru has been shoved in Yurika’s drawer, where all dead girls go. The big question now is: who was it? Mitsuko is the first that comes to mind, but it might be a new character or someone we wouldn’t expect. It’s all predictions at this point, but I expect a reveal within the next few weeks.
Overview – What’s Next?
A fairly quiet episode, but a nice breather away from the action that has allowed Kureha and Ginko to finally come together and now hopefully be the friends/lovers that they seem destined to be. Yurika is standing in the way of that, and there’s still a bear on the loose, so I don’t know how this is going to twist and turn, but I’m excited to find out.
Adressed to: Criminal Bear: