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Episode 15

Episode 16

「Only God Knows / Natural Woman」

I feel as though the fifteenth episode set up so much. Meeting Desmond (Yamadera Kouichi) in his egg-shaped home meant more than only inspiring Carole and Tuesday to achieve their dreams.

But before I get to that, what an interesting concept to have his home shaped like a hatching egg, symbolic for life. To Desmond, living was more than enough as long as he could ‘breathe’, which in this case is synonymous with singing. When he sang, he lived, which his AI explains is the reason he refuses to take his medication.

Desmond’s final scene where he sang ‘All I see’, his final song, was really touching. I do have my qualms with the excessive autotune as well as the sound mix. It’s difficult to enjoy a song when the vocals get overrun by the instrumentals. But I do wonder if it was done purposely because his weakened body might not have the strength carry his voice.

Regardless, the song was his last goodbye to a world he very much loves. It’s just unfortunate the world he loves so might erupt into chaos. The juxtaposition between the refugees images, the presidential debate, and Desmond’s beautiful space and peaceful/emotional song left me to wonder what messages the show was trying to convey. Is it only a comment on the music industry and the direction it’s headed or could it be that there’s a larger picture?

The people of Mars aren’t the only ones to get divided down the middle at the hands of politics. We’ve seen very similar if not worse divides right here at home (on Earth). The refugee crisis is as real right here on Earth and something people live every single day. Debates such as the one we saw in this episode are constantly happening around the world in regards to the influx of refugees. That said, RandomC isn’t the place for me to dive head first into the debate. But this show definitely gives us all something to think about.

When Desmond showed the girls where other artists came to sign their names, perhaps he meant to show them how music could bring people together, people of all walks of life. Perhaps when he sand his last song, he designated Carole and Tuesday as his heir: “Continue my work and bring people together.”

Then arriving in the sixteenth episode, we’re introduced to Flora (Hayashibara Megumi), Carole’s biggest role model. Flora and Gus’s interwoven story was touching. Seeing her as she is now, just a shell of who she was 20 years ago, was heart wrenching. She was dragged deep into the rabbit hole and never could find her lifeline to get herself out, until now that is. Gus is by her side and he’s become her brightest star.

But the cover of Flora’s “Give Your The World” performed by Carole and Tuesday at SXSW was what truly brought her out of the gutter. I wonder what role she will play in coming episodes. Even if her character barely uttered a world throughout this episode, I think she’s really interesting. Where has she been for so many years? Why does she have nowhere to go? What has she done in the meantime to stay alive? We most likely won’t get more than we just did but the mystery surrounding her character makes me want to see her regularly. I’m wondering if perhaps she’ll teach the girls to create a more ‘mature’ sound.

Since their debut, I’ve been taken by their music. In this last episode, their original at SXSW was very reminiscent of my all time favourite artist, Stevie Wonder. I was really impressed with their switch between styles as well. From Soul Pop and Jazz to soulful R&B. If anything, this is a compliment to vocalist Celeina Ann (Tuesday) and Nai Br.XX (Carole) and the musical team behind them.

I’m glad I kept with the show and moved past the Mars Brightest arc. I would get a little more into Angela’s stalker but I’d rather let the situation and the suspense evolve a little. This is already getting better and better.

August 9, 2019 at 12:20 pm
6 comments »
  • August 9, 2019 at 4:58 pmFrindle

    Episode 16 hit hardest when Flora broke down because she didn’t even have a place to go home.

    Megumi Hayashibara gives a stellar performance as Flora both as her ebullient youthful self and as a shell-of-her-former-glory old self. She gives the decrepit and lost Flora a quiet, husky voice, as if she had not spoken with anyone nor sung for a very long time. When Flora first spoke, it made me wonder if she was kicked out of the music industry because she lost her voice but after seeing her past through Gus’s eyes, we can see she’s likely modeled after Whitney Houston’s music career and personal life.
    We also see Gus when he was young and naive and actually caring about someone. His past with Flora, his first partner in the music industry and possibly first love, make for one of the most heartwarming moments of the anime.
    With the closing lines “the flower you gave me that day was beautiful”, I want to hope she and Gus will reform that relationship again, someday.

    On the Angela side: This episode made me realize she’s surrounded by people who are either creeps who are obsessed with her or want to use her for their own means. No wonder she goes to Tao for company, antisocial as he is.

  • August 9, 2019 at 9:58 pmWorldwidedepp

    i think, Angela’s stalker is her old one
    https://randomc.net/image/Carole%20and%20Tuesday/Carole%20and%20Tuesday%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2008.jpg

    There was a scene where she looked at Angela’s mobile. Perhaps in that moment she copied all Data for herself and is now using it against her

  • August 10, 2019 at 7:49 amstarss

    It has definitely been longer than 2 weeks.

  • August 13, 2019 at 5:44 amWorldwidedepp

    Ep 16:

    This episode is an musical rollercoaster ride of emotions. Now Carole and Tuesday have the harmony they need. They have strong and emotional voices and a band. Now i wish them all the luck they need and hope that the story of Flora let keep their feet on the ground

    I give you the World is like a Ocean branding on the beach it has his ups and downs. They Nail it, but Day a Day is hitting a stony beach. the Flow is still not that “harmonized”. But they are on a good way.

    That’s i said, i wish them all the Luck for their Future (even beyond the anime)

    • August 13, 2019 at 5:46 amWorldwidedepp

      If Flora do not have the courage anymore to Sing in front of peoples. then she can become a Mentor or Teacher for the “new generation”. She still knows what you need for this World of Singing

      • August 13, 2019 at 5:51 amWorldwidedepp

        Angela here is on danger to walk the same path like Flora in the past. i hope they turn it around. Even if she Carole and Thuesday as rivals, she respect them.. It is like Guy and Kakashi in Naruto, right? if someone of them need help, the other jump right away. Okay, here in this case, world of Money and Power separate them, but when it comes to Humanity & fair play, all are the same

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