Nagi is finally back in the game and things finally start to come together in this week’s episode of Boogiepop wa Warawanai. It seems like the various characters presented to us over the last few episodes are starting to cross paths which makes this whole story feel like it’s leading up to something really good.
Word is going around about Kotoe’s change in behavior which makes Suema meet up with Jin to discuss more about her situation. Despite Suema talking to him about Kotoe, he tries to sweet talk her by offering to fill the void in her heart, but she declines. After she leaves, Suiko appears and Jin decides that it’s about time to deal with Spooky E. Meanwhile, Misaki is followed by Kotoe and the men she hired to destroy Boogiepop; he beats all of them up, trying to get some truth out of her about Aya’s forced deeds. Just as he threatens to kill Kotoe, Nagi arrives and stops him. When Kotoe doesn’t recognize her, Nagi realizes that Kotoe is no longer the same person as before and leaves her unconscious. When Kotoe awakes, she sees Jin who sees into her heart and explains why she was attracted to him and she breaks down asking from him to save her. Jin then appears before Spooky E, revealing that he is the Imaginator and confronts him about his activities for the Towa Organization in using experimental drugs on people to observe their effects. Accusing him and the Organization for the death of several people, he removes his aggression while explaining him his plan to take over the Towa Organization to standardize humanity’s psyche and to end disconnections and misunderstandings in the world. Spooky E then uses his power to kill himself. Jin finds Aya in the building deciding she will the sacrifice he needs, now that Spooky E is dead.
Boogiepop and Touka: Her voice actress is doing an amazing job with the voice change every time Boogiepop takes over, but I have to say that the way she popped in to speak to Suema and then left was funny and creepy at the same time. I know that Boogiepop saved her life but honestly I wouldn’t want to be around a girl that I know that she has a double personality. Suema is a brave girl and such a good friend.
Aya aka Public Toilet: I laughed and cringed at the same time when Kotoe mentioned that. But regardless of what other people call her, there is something that I don’t understand here. Jin mentions that he found the perfect seed, which leads us to believe that it is Aya, which is understandable since she is a synthetic human with no normal emotions, but when Spooky E dies, it seems like Jin is using her instead of him, just because he killed himself. Am I getting something wrong here or what?
The glory of the fighting scenes: I am pleasantly impressed with the quality of the fighting scenes, especially Masaki’s. It seemed perfectly choreographed and might I add that both Masaki and Nagi are beasts when it comes to hand on hand combat. It was short and sweet. Let’s hope that we will see more of these great action scenes in the future episodes as well.
Jin has definitely the Kira syndrome: He has become so powerful and so full of himself that he is actually kind of disturbing when he speaks. The whole scene of him talking to Suema was so mildly terrifying, along with many of the quotes that he mentioned throughout the episode. ‘Make your enemies your allies, standardize humanity’s psyche’, he really talks like a God or a divine being or something. Also, the directing and use of shadows in the Suema scene, is worth mentioning, especially since it seems to enhance Jin’s dark personality coming to the surface and then slowly backing down.
Themes & Trivia
Did you notice the shadow? In the scene where Jin is talking to Suema, you can see a shot of a chair with a shadow that looks like the shadow of the Imaginator. In case you missed it, here is the scene I am talking about. Such a great detail to boost the horror of their conversation.
Spooky E (Electric) did everything out of hatred which puts me into thinking that probably most of Towa’s creations might have some weird feelings regarding their existence. Even though he looked like something went horribly wrong, I got kind of sad seeing him killing himself when he was left with everything else than his aggression. Such a sad existence.
Unlike your sadness, mine is just despair.
In the first episode of the series, Boogiepop mentioned that she is there to only to assist everyone else defeating the sinister things from happening and as the episodes go by it only gets clearer and clearer that that is her actual purpose. Even the opening of the anime feels like she is there to assist Nagi deliver that punch. What do you think?
NEXT TIME: VS The Imaginator 6
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Boogiepop and Others
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast