Not sure how I’m gonna format this. Kinda just want to watch this show straight through. We’ll see!
7:38 – Is this the first time he’s opened his eyes? He certainly picked his moment well – the first mention of someone who might know their parents
8:41 – Loving this guy. They really nail his air of calm, imposing authority
Incidentally, my Buddhism knowledge is pretty limited, but this all obviously relates nicely to the mirror capital. If I recall correctly, Koto was given her form by a Bodhisattva – a being who has attained an enlightened state, but wishes to remain and shepherd others towards enlightenment. In the context of this show, that seems an awful lot like someone bridging the boundary of the human world and the mirror capital/multiverse – and now we have the oldest brother reciting lore of Tathagatas, beings who have ascended beyond the transitory world. Which again recalls the mirror world, where nothing changes and the human world cannot be touched. Much more of this and the show’s lore will swiftly rise above my pay grade, but it’s a compelling metaphor so far
10:42 – Moving right along with this show’s efficient characterization, we quickly establish the eldest’s gifts and desires
“It’s just the capital.” So him and Myoe really do feel very similarly. Neither of them can stand their comfortable cage
13:00 – More adorableness. Really loving this style of one-character-at-a-time storytelling
13:07 – And another pretty background. These seasons just keep on surprising me…
14:45 – Really love this shot. And the blueprint slumping in his hand – wonderful direction all around
15:31 – This show is so great. Fantastic work for a first-time director (well, lead director, at least)
17:12 – Yeah. Extremely FLCL
18:23 – Yase has much style. Looking forward to her episode
20:59 – Another very nice background. Love the soundtrack, too. The song during the chase was great
22:37 – So he knows a great deal. And he’s even got an ex-Shrine member on his side. Conspiracies abound!
23:07 – And here we are full circle. Tidy little episode
Well, not much to say here – that was another great episode from a creative, self-assured, well-directed, smartly written show. This one embraced the lunatic style of the original ONA a bit more fully, but the older brother’s backstory was handled as poignantly as the last two. I hope the current-time events aren’t quite as dominated by wackiness as this episode and the ONA indicated, but if they balance it with the more personal stuff and handle it as well as this episode did, I can’t really complain. Kyousogiga continues to impress.