Things get more complicated as the Imaginator arc is almost halfway through and I only have one thing that keeps worrying me at this point: What hell did Suema just unleashed inside of Aya with that long conversation of positive reinforcement?
Japanese Original Episode Title: VSイマジネーター 3
Spooky E confronts Aya about her mission telling her that she needs to find more information about Boogiepop. Masaki comes in and has a fight with Spooky E, only to be defeated in seconds and wake up with no memories of what had just happened. Aya starts questioning him about Boogiepop and then suggests him that he should become one of those ‘reapers’ that help people out. Meanwhile, Suema and Touka are at school where Kinukawa Kotoe comes to ask for Suema’s help about her cousin, Asukai Jin, who seems to be acting strange lately. Suema sneaks in his office and witnesses Jin perform his powers on two girls which made her more confused and intrigued about the overall situation. Later on, during the orientation day for new students in Shinyou Academy, Suema finds Aya on the rooftop thinking of killing herself, but after a long and thought provoking conversation, Aya decides not to and is reinforced to fight off any of her troubles, even if that means fighting with Boogiepop herself.
Camille, let him do you: I have no idea what Towa Organization’s deal is about, but Spooky E is absolutely horrible to look at and listen to. He wants Camille to find out more information about Boogiepop because she is a threat to him and the organization but why does he want her to have sex with people? Does she has some sort of power as well that is passed on by sexual intercourse? Are they trying to make more slaves? What is going on here? This is very strange to me because after Spooky E’s fight with Masaki we kind of got that he has no balls, or at least balls that will make him feel pain, so if Aya is a synthetic human as well, why is she forced to have sex around with people and how does this whole thing work? Probably she is not and is just used as a pawn for their evil plan or something.
Imaginator and Jin: So far I believe that what the Imaginator is trying to do is make people’s hearts more stable or probably just make humans better in general. She was doing that by removing the ‘thorns’ in their hearts, which probably caused problems, but after finding Jin I assume she changed her ways by using him and improving the overall process. I think Jin is just ‘fixing’ the flowers that he sees inside people by making them complete. Every flower is missing something so that’s why he asked the students to come in pairs, because he takes the parts he needs for one and give it to the other and vice versa.
Are they actually evil? What confused me more in this episode was Suema’s words when she mentioned that ‘Boogiepop is protecting an unstable heart.’ If that is the case why does she want to get rid of the Imaginator? Is it because she is ruining the balance of human nature and that’s not okay? To me it seems like Jin is doing a very nice thing and is helping people out by making them happy and fearless. I don’t really see the problem here but I guess the quote ‘no pain no gain’ is the moral message we need to get out of the whole story.
Themes & Trivia
MPLS: Spooky E mentions that Masaki might be using MPLS. I don’t know if this is something related to the Boogiepop universe only but in general Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a routing technique in telecommunications networks that directs data from one node to the next based on short path labels rather than long network addresses, thus avoiding complex lookups in a routing table and speeding traffic flows. And judging how Towa Organization is all about technology maybe that’s what he actually meant by that.
Suema is trying to be the realist and down-to-earth character in this story but I think she just made things worse for everyone with all the things she said to Aya. She mentioned herself: ‘I have no idea what goes through the mind of people that commit suicide’. If that’s the case, love, you should be more careful about the things you say to random strangers… What if Aya is like an OP monster that will annihilate everyone off the face of the earth and you just not only confronted her but also helped her not to kill herself?
‘Whatever I just witnessed was beyond my comprehension.’
Suema, darling, it’s the same for everyone that watches this anime, but let’s be patient and surely in the next few episodes all our questions will be answered.
NEXT TIME: VS The Imaginator 4
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Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast