「見えてるもの」 (Miteru Mono)
“The Things She Sees”
Mieruko-chan’s past episodes have focused mainly on the daily ordeals Miko has to contend with, but Episode 08 presents new obstacles that can’t be easily be avoided by walking away. Even with the changing room ghosts and ax-wielding murder ghosts she faces, her living situation is going to be far dicier now that her new substitute teacher is the first episode’s cat killer.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT
If there is anything positive to take from Miko’s struggles in this episode, it’s that the more daunting ghosts she’s faced ended up forcing her to re-think how she approaches ghosts. While the horniness of the camera angles has consistently been a detriment to this anime, the fearsome and dread-inducing scenarios Miko has to endure take a high level of tolerance to be able to face bravely.
The axman, in particular, is the freakiest because, regardless of if you know the ax won’t go through you, the possibility that it might racks through her mind as they start to make their way towards her. It’s especially freaky considering that Miko can see ghosts and if ghosts are real enough in her eyes, who’s to say they couldn’t physically manifest the edge of their blade with enough malice.
INNOCENCE AND MALEVOLENCE
But one turn of events that make her question her approach towards ghosts is through the darkest moment of the episode. Though this episode helped commemorate Miko’s father and the tough dude’s wife, it was very heavy for Miko to see the ghost of her teacher’s miscarried child floating around her pregnant belly.
It was also a sobering moment that caused Miko to confront exactly how she handles ghost encounters up to this point. Where seeing his ghost just wanting to comfort his mom and her pregnant belly made her think that maybe she should try to branch out and interact with the ghouls around her. Although it wasn’t made out to be a huge deal, it was nice for Miko to have an easier time around the vending machine ghoul when she orders a warm azuki bean drink.
This comfort is short-lived though when she finds out the new identity of her substitute teacher. It’s hard to imagine the man from the first episode who killed cats being the kind of dude with the background or care necessary to be a teacher, but given that only Miko can see his deadly aura, he’ll likely have an easy time tricking people into thinking he doesn’t murder cats. The axman might’ve been evocative at capturing the high anxiety situation of expecting the worst from a tense situation, but something tells me that this substitute teacher has different ideas in mind knowing how he felt about Miko denying him of his latest cat to kill.