「禍野の音」 (Magano no Oto BOTHERSOME TWOSOME)
“The Sound of Magano Bothersome Twosome”
Ah, brotherly love. No, not that way you perverts.
Ryogo is the secondary character I never expected to like. Not because there was anything unlikable about him in the first couple of episodes, but because I didn’t even think he was going to be a secondary character—I had him pegged as tertiary at best. I figured he’d be more like the other two friends or Jissama. Turns out he’s a more important character, to Rokuro at least.
It just feels good, ya know? To see familial bonds, between orphans no less, that push Rokuro to admit his fear and act. Even the old lady’s talk about them as kids pepped him up a bit. Sure, it does feel like the author was searching for a way to push Rokuro back into being an exorcist, because of course he was. The plot’s gotta move. But they foreshadowed the increase in kegare activity/power, and I ended the episode with a wistful smile after watching these two interact. I’ll take that, happily.
Undoubtedly the best moments of the episode came out of the shifting relationship between Rokuro and Benio. In multiple scenes, those where they’re acting like exorcists instead of middle schoolers, there seems to be a sense of mutual respect between them. Or perhaps that’s not right. Maturity? I think that’s it. They display maturity beyond their years—when Rokuro begs for Benio’s help, and admitted his fear; when Benio gives her help freely, and when she compliments him at the end. Of course she had to puncture the good mood, she doesn’t like him all that much at the moment, but perhaps that’s where the respect comes in. She respect his struggle, even if she still thinks he’s useless the rest of the time. Shipping furiously!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Ryogo nearly bites the dust, but Rokuro (& Benio) ride to the rescue #sousei 04
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