OP: 「Bravely You」 by Lia
「絶望の旋律」 (Zetsubou no Senritsu)
“Melody of Despair”
Behind every light lies a shadow. Whether you notice it or not is the question, and in the case of Otosaka Yu, it looks like he no longer has a choice in the matter. The fact that he developed powers and was found out by Tomori means he’s been officially roped into something he won’t be able to get out of, and it’s a situation that’s quickly turning into more than just fun and games. The blackmail, blatant abuse of powers, and other antics from the Student Council continue to give the series a light-hearted atmosphere, but there’s more than meets to eye here, and the series seems to be hiding quite a bit behind its comedic cover.
For one, it’s interesting to note the major contrast between the sides we’ve seen of Otosaka and Tomori and the lives that they actually lead. Otosaka’s arrogance, hilarious faces, and cheating antics cover up the fact his parent’s are estranged, as well as the fact that his sister’s forced to cook meals for them to save money. At the same time, Tomori’s outward bluntness and the ease in which she approaches people covers up the fact she doesn’t have any friends at all, and if it weren’t for her own admission, one wouldn’t know she’s someone who has difficulties trusting people either.
Given the background story we get however, it makes perfect sense why things are the way they are, but more answers only lead to more questions. Who is this mysterious individual that rescued her and her brother? How was he able to set up the “system” the way he did? How much do they know about the powers they have? And how big of a potential link is there between their powers and the alignment of the stars? Because darn, they’re really rolling with the stars motif throughout the series, and sneaking in some mentions to zodiac signs like Gemini and Sagittarius while they’re at it.
Either way, the truth is still shrouded in mystery, but for a series two episodes in, Charlotte’s doing a great job setting the foundations. The notion of scientists sitting there as the proverbial boogiemen heralds the potential for sudden shifts in the story’s tone, and there’s always the possibility that Tomori’s “benefactor” turns out to be more sinister than even them. The latter would be a cruel twist, but that’s exactly the kind of narrative we can get here, and I’ll say the excitement from the first episode hasn’t worn off. The opening sequence also turned out greater than I ever expected, and the fact that first press copies will come with an ad poster makes it a likely buy for me in the near future.
Until next week!
ED: 「灼け落ちない翼」 (Yake Ochinai Tsubasa) by 多田葵 (Aoi Tada)