So it seems Flip Flappers is really buckling down and getting to business this week. Normally, each episode Flip Flappers is first and foremost about the new and wonderful way it’s going to visually impress us, and that’s been it’s chief strength and main draw. This week, though, we don’t even get a foray into Pure Illusion (flashbacks aside). Instead, we’re fully into what we can call the revelations arc of the story, not only for us, the audience, as we see the intrigues of the plot unwind after a season of mystery, but also for our protagonist Cocona, as she confronts a newfound truth about herself. And it is now that everything starts to come together, both figuratively and literally. The Flip Flappers and the Kreepy Krazies Klub finally meet in direct battle, and we’re invited to make some comparisons between the two. Juxtapose the Flip Flapper’s relative compassion for their enemy with a lack thereof for one’s own. Search for that link between Yayaka’s childhood and Papika(na)’s. And question whether it’s better to slink around, masked, in some secret cult or to just wear your crazy on your sleeve.
There’s a still a bit of confusion, on my part, not really with how events have been progressing (I mean, of course the grandmother was a robot sleeper agent; I’ve been trying to warn you all along!) but in how we’re supposed to view them. Cocona finally learns that basically her entire life and everything she knows is a lie and, yeah, I’d be a bit upset too if it happened to me. But how much are we connecting with our protagonist here? While Cocona has been our point-of-view and we, like her, have been kept in the dark about all sorts of things, we’re not exactly in the same boat, are we? Cocona’s not really representing our frustrations. We actually know far more than she does, and are in a way accomplices in the conspiracy against her. We certainly had cause to be suspicious of her grandma while she did not, and we were told about Yayaka’s falsities last episode. No one’s seems to really be on Cocona’s side, not even us. Flip Flappers hasn’t lied to us at least.
Well, even with our privileged positions, questions still abound. It’s probably a good thing that Flip Flappers is managing to string one mystery into another to keep the suspense going until the very end, but the closer we get to that end the more worried I am that we’re going to be left with that dragon, plot holes. But Flip Flappers has shown remarkable method to its madness thus far, so perhaps I just have trust issues. Still, I look forward to the day when characters in this show develop the ability to give straight answers and finish their sentences. In the meantime, I really would like to know: how old is Papika? Salt’s obviously aged (what the hell happened to this nice kid?!), but Papika seems to have always been as she is and always will be. Are you a robot? A clone? Speaking of which, if Mimi is Cocona’s mother (…or something), who’s the father? Is it the clone thing? Is it Salt? Is Mimi a spore-based organism?
Episode 10, and there’s still so much we don’t know. It’s a unique sort of excitement. Or maybe trepidation.