Well, that was intense. Flip Flappers has dabbled in action, adventure, horror, and basically the entire genre spectrum with seemingly effortless success, and it’s now turning its distorted lens to… soap opera, I guess. While this was not a particularly surprising turn, considering the regular spats Cocona and Papika get into, I was more expecting Flip Flappers to start addressing this whole Mimi thing, considering all the post-credits teasing they’ve done on the subject. Instead, the most viable Mimi-candidate shows up once and has no lines, and the plot passes over her for now to give us another episode about Yayaka.
This episode was about Yayaka, right? I assume that the corner of Pure Illusion they dive into this episode is hers, with the pure white, featureless room representing her self-professed purity of purpose (and perhaps a past being messed with in a lab). Pure white except, of course, for Cocona and the twins trapped in a homely room in some strange hair cocoon. Er, symbolism? What that all means I’ll leave as an exercise for the reader, but for the most part it seems Flip Flappers has been uncharacteristically straightforward about probing Yayaka’s character. She almost admits out loud that what drives her is equal parts self-denial and jealous spite. And it’s all shown together with a flashback of her childhood. Woah, backstory! That’s awfully plain for Flip Flappers. I don’t mind actually mind more of this directness, though. It’s not like we didn’t get imagery aplenty anyway, and the plot does need to move and learning more about the nominal villains is one way to move it. So, yeah, mix things up a bit, pair the twins with Cocona and Yayaka with Papika, and get some interactions going.
We now know of Yayaka’s tragedy but, curiously, not really her motivations. Yes, she was the one who extended her hand to Cocona. She was the one who was supposed to be her best friend. And she is the one who ultimately destroyed all that. But why does she do it to herself? We can feel the emotional intensity, certainly, in the her big fight against her own happy memories, but from where does it come from? In choosing her (fake) friendship over her (fake) allegiance to the KKK by refusing to carve open Cocona, what has she sacrificed? I suppose Flip Flappers needs to string the mystery of its plot along for a while yet, and if Yayaka makes it perhaps she could tell us.
Speaking of mystery, how about Papika? Unlike Yayaka, she makes clear her attachment to Cocona, but we arguably have more cause to doubt her than to doubt Yayaka. If you recall, back in episode one she was going through partners without much concern. Cocona was supposed to be ‘the one’, but as I keep asking every week now, who’s Mimi? I don’t usually care to speculate on plot, but perhaps next week the cast will be rearranged a bit and we’ll get some answers. Toto, Yuyu and Mimi vs Cocona, Papika and Yayaka has something of a ring to it, don’t you think?