Conquest time! Once again, probably gonna keep these notes pretty brief. Depends on the episode, though – if this turns into an incisive exploration of the intersection of family, youthful idealism, and reality, that might not be the case. Anyway. On with the show!
0:28 – …or maybe this episode will be a wacky light novel romcom. You never know!
0:45 – God damn you, Sekai Seifuku
0:54 – Of course. I actually think the mask motif and this show’s style of storytelling (well, in the good episodes, anyway) play off each other in a pretty neat way. In episodes like Natasha’s backstory or the last one, the fact that our lives are a product of interpretation is always foregrounded – whether Natasha was actually taken to a secret cave by her parents is irrelevant, because either way, that is the “truth” of that event to her. And that’s what Kate’s power is – the ability to sell her personal truth as reality for those who believe in her, or even impose that reality on those who don’t. And the masks demonstrate that this interpretive, perception-based view of reality applies to people, as well – “wearing a mask” may not change your physical body, but it can certainly change who you are, or at least who you allow yourself to be
3:00 – I love this show’s delivery. The dry tone of its absurdism is great
7:01 – Renge’s kind of proving herself the “destroyer of facades” in this story. She’s fond of Dva, likes the alternate version of her coworker, and even forgot to wear her mask to the treasure hunt. They might be going somewhere with that
Or nowhere! Sekai Seifuku etc
10:22 – This stupid show
10:39 – Oh my god this show. Romcom shenanigans – in disguise!
13:16 – What is even
13:50 – Nicely chosen words. Masks failing to hide people all over the place this week. Jimon tucking Kate in was pretty adorable, too
15:20 – It’s the darndest thing
17:11 – Your identities are blending, Egret. Looks like your mask isn’t working so well either
17:41 – Molding her into a Kate-like figure. Someone unburdened by doubts, a pure vision
18:28 – Dang, looks like this story really is all coming together. Good, I like family dramas a whole lot more than pure farces
19:33 – Shocking reveals all around
20:35 – Alright, didn’t see that one coming. This is one complicated web of connections here
21:05 – Big line being drawn here. Jimon’s father forces his children to be subordinates. Kate allows her family to make their own choices, even if that choice is “not be accepted by the family that loves you”
21:38 – Wonderful expression
22:25 – And things keep moving!
Very nice! I think this show is gonna pull together very well – this makes three episodes in a row that actually pushed the show’s story and characters forward in a meaningful way, and its ideas about family and identity are all lining up smartly as well. I really liked how this episode complicated the power of masks in Sekai Seifuku – though they often seem to be the source of various characters’ power, it now seems clear they can’t really divorce you from whatever you’re choosing to hide.
This episode also was again full of all the whimsy, deadpan absurdism, and small moments of genuine affection that really give this show its identity. In a show like this, it’s important that the characters are both loveable and clearly care about each other, and that was very clear this week. I’ve got high hopes for the last act.