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29 January 2008 @ 10:06 pm
 
So, blathering about Mebius ep. 18 inspired me to try and keep up blathering on the episodes as they come out. I mean, how hard can that be...? One episode every other week -- and it's not like I haven't watched them all a bunch anyway, right? Heh. We shall see.

At any rate, I'm dividing this one into the spoiler and the non-spoiler comments.


Man, I've seen this episode more times in the past month than I've seen it... well, ever. This episode is not exactly in my top ten list. Or, come to think of it, my top forty. It's not a bad episode. I just don't think there's a lot of there there. It's nice of them to develop the side characters a little. And if there's any side character who deserves it, it's... well, I'd have to say Misaki, actually. But that will have to wait until episode 26. But Maru runs a close second, and his boss arguably sucks more than Misaki's. So I guess it's about time he has an episode to shine, in his own earnest, dorkly way.

I suppose this is also the episode Toriyama gets to shine in. And yet, it's the nature of Toriyama's character that he doesn't get to shine. He's a self-serving dork through and through, so it would be out of character for him to do something openly cool. It's a nice touch, though, that when a real problem arises, he gets over himself and knuckles down to work. Not that he helps -- that's really not, er, his job, really. But he is at least there, part of the team in his own useless way.

(Though I hated the way that he kept smacking Mirai around. It's just so... inconsiderate. Mirai was being honestly concerned for Toriyama's welfare, while Toriyama himself was not only oblivious to Mirai's concern, but didn't even notice that Mirai was standing there. Me? I notice when someone's standing that close to me -- particularly if they're talking to me -- and don't smack into them. Feh.)

Speaking of Mirai... Going back to alienation from episode 18, I felt that in this episode even more than that one, it underscored how much of an outsider Mirai is. So many things that are clear and obvious to everyone else are a complete mystery to Mirai just because he lacks the social background to come to the same conclusions they do. He doesn't see what was wrong with Toriyama's interview with the press, couldn't understand that Toriyama was obviously faking being sick -- and couldn't even read into the rather obvious clue given by the Adjutant showing up in the Direction Room with golf clubs after supposedly being "sick". I suppose it's a positive sign that the group doesn't really notice (or just plain accepts) his complete and total lack of clue. And yet, at the same time that almost makes it all the sadder, I think. They should be noticing that something's amiss. And yet they don't.

This episode does raise an interesting point, though, that I think may not be entirely clear from the dialog. For all his whining, Toriyama does have a valid complaint: he is supposed to be the assistant to the Inspector General. And he isn't. He isn't to such an extent that if he came face to face with his supposed boss, he wouldn't even know. So for all that he's a dork, he is in kind of an unenviable position. There's nothing like being completely unable to do the job one is nominally supposed to be doing.


But in conclusion, I'm afraid my main lingering thought on this episode is that there were a freak-load of signs in it. Fortunately yuusada is the master of Fextracker, so we have awesome signs that swing and fade and look like they're sitting still when in fact they're moving up and down. It's very impressive from a geekly point of view. My virtual hat is off to him.

(Kudos also go to kazuhiko04, who did the groundbreaking work in the opening credits for how to fade off letters being wiped out by a random, ever-changing infinity loop, which made the insanity of the elevator sign a good deal easier to figure out.)





Every time I see it, I wonder what's going through Mirai's head when he's hearing everyone else's description of the Inspector General, since I'm pretty sure he knows just who Sakomizu is. I keep imagining him hearing everyone's stories and holding them up to his mental picture of Sakocchi and scratching his head.

This episode is not at all with the subtle on who the I.G. is, if one cares to look. Pretty much all the "rumors" end up happening in the episode itself. (Except for the chasing people in a Jeep thing... That was just plain weird.) Which was kind of a nice touch, once I realized that was going on. Though the wiping out the brutal aliens with just him and a buddy, I think, is a reference to the time when he first met Zoffy. Not a planet, true. But certainly a bunch of rather nasty aliens.

And about those rumors they were discussing... What's so cool about wiping out a planet of aliens?? I mean, genocide for fun and profit? Really, people. Xenophobia can be taken too far. Or chasing people through a ring of fire? This is not describing someone I would want to hang out with. What are these people thinking?




Anyway, those are my (very disjointed) thoughts on the episode. The next episode is one that lands on the higher end of my favorite episodes list. Otanoshimi ni!
 
 
 
z107m: interestingz107m on January 30th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
Speaking of Mirai... Going back to alienation

;_; Dude, totally feeling it with Mirai there. Wish I could grow giant golden eyes and fly away. I would also settle for developing a laser beam that could wipe out a planet of aliens called RI.


What's so cool about wiping out a planet of aliens??

If that planet were called RI, I could understand. *nod* *nod*

Right, I need to stop leeching off commentary and watch these episodes...
Cirdancirdan_havens on January 30th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
Your love for RI is endlessly fascinating. Perhaps you should consider joining one of the aliens? Or Seven in an angsty episode in which he debates whether or not to save RI until it's too late and RI gets wiped out. Eps on their way. You'll probably get them tomorrow. Except 20 because it just came out.
Cirdancirdan_havens on January 30th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
I agree that Misaki should have an episode instead, but oh well. Choosing Maru instead must be one of those Japanese fascinations with the good subordinate. If anything, his pic with his very pretty gf should count to make up for everything that happens to him. :p As for Toriyama, I also agree he's not supposed to shine. As much as they'd like to say he has his good side, as far as I'm concerned, if he can't do his job well, he should get fired or demoted. He should consider himself lucky that he's still part of the team. Guess that just means I don't think it's a valid complaint as much as it is a miracle he's gotten this high in the ranks.

Mirai being clueless was really very cute. It's a nice combo of believable and yet... how did you miss that clue? They never do explain it satisfactorily to him so I can understand where he continues to be confused. It reminds me of all the things I didn't understand (like what does 69 mean?) but couldn't ask or no one would answer and just laugh if I asked (something sexual but huh?). Don't even think I got that until after college. -_- I keep thinking it must be the same with Mirai hearing their talk about the IG. He might've been told to keep it quiet but not understand why, like deceiving Teppei's mom but not realizing it was deception (because spying is bad).

Rumors only cool from the POV of kids or military types? And assuming the aliens are bad. I'm sure they weren't exactly thinking of aliens who got forced off earth because of mean humans.

Can't wait to hear more. :) Guess Mebius has been off the air for a while for others so it's not as fresh of a topic for some as it is for others.
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