「八十神湖に潜む謎」 (Yasogami Mizuumi ni Hisomu Nazo)
“The Mystery Hidden in Yasogami Lake”
So, who was sure, from the very moment he was introduced, that this fool was going to be the first to die? It’s a good day for all those at home playing Horror Movie Conventions Bingo. In fact, I would actually have been offended if a redshirt like him actually survived. There are rules about these things.
Actually, while it may seem that Dimension W had genre shifted into a mystery/horror B movie, this was actually a fanservice episode. We have both Mira returning to her role as Alfred Hitchcock cheesecake (now with a Princess Leia mode) and Blondie getting punched in the face. Now, I have nothing against Blondie personally, incredibly smarmy and incredibly fabulous as he is, and I do think that Kyouma needs someone at least remotely resembling a friend so that he’s not completely sociopathic. He simply has an incredibly punch-able face. Watching it get caved in is a therapeutic experience—or at least that’s how I’m going to explain it, as opposed to a simpler conclusion about how horrible of a person I am. It just goes to show that fanservice is a multifaceted enterprise, not simply having your female lead strut around in nothing but a towel in an otherwise serious scene. I enjoy the combination of Blondie’s face and someone’s fist. Give the people what they want.
…If I was Catholic, I would have to camp out full time in the confessional.
The other thing that separates Dimension W‘s first multi-episode arc from your average ghost story is, of course, the sci-fi angle. People killed in the process of dam building—by sudden flooding, especially—is nothing new, and with coils involved it’s likely that these paranormal sightings have something much more sinister to it, as opposed to a Scooby-Doo ending where the culprit would have gotten away with it too if not for those meddling kids and their talking robot. These coils are, if you remember, gateways to an unknown dimension that can go positively psychedelic, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the prototype Numbers are even trippier. Curiously, whatever weird thing is under the water seems to be powered by equally by the dreams of the current landlady or Mira’s overactive imagination. It’s an interesting angle to the question angle to the question of whether androids of incredible computing power dream of electric sheep, but I don’t know how deep they’ll get into that. For now, it seems robots dream mostly of crazy people.
Looking ahead ~ the truth exists beyond the Gate
After a bit of an intermission last week, it seems that, while it seems that we’re still operating in mostly short story arcs, the plot is pushing ahead in full gear. This is the part of Darker than BLACK where expeditions are sent into the Gate, things get weird, and they die. That is, they’re playing to the full mystique of the setting, more secrets are being seeded into the narrative, and there is none but our hero to uncover them. Woo.
On the character side, the last of the people-who-appear-in-the-OP has been introduced, one Elizabeth Greenhough-Smith (Suzuki Eri). Unlike Loser, silly (but real) name aside (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s patron was a Greenhough Smith, if I recall), we don’t really know all that much about Elizabeth or even what role she’s going to serve in the narrative. For now, she’s just another Collector with questionable fashion sense and bat-coils instead of pigeons. I’m assuming she knows the secret of Mira’s sentience thanks to spy-bats, so maybe she’ll help develop the relationship between Mira and Kyouma/. At least, I await for the day when Kyouma starts treating her with begrudging human dignity. Still, right now she’s got it better than most interns.
For the immediate future, I mostly just want explanations. I suspect that all sorts of things just flew over my head this episode. But while I want to know what’s going on, I also dread an infodump. Am I asking for too much? I guess you can add greed to my sins as well.