The second episode was equally amazing to the first one. Blur contrasts between good and bad, interesting characters, environmental messages, and intriguing adventure compose an anime that is worth your time. I don’t know why Magmel Of The Blue Sea is so underrated and doesn’t get the attention it deserves, since I consider it one of the season’s tops and I’m looking forward to see what comes next!
In this episode we get to know more about Magmel and how humans exploit her. Fully fortified scientific facilities are located in the middle of the forest, definitely not for a good reason. As well as in reality, people do experiments on animals in order to create new medicines or even weapons, yet when the time to face the consequences of their own actions comes, they flinch. Instead of understanding from their faults, they become further insolent and end up making things even worse. So, scientists are under attack by horny bears (hue hue hue), and their security is proved useless. That’s when help is needed. It’s a dirty job, but Inyo HAS to do it.
The main reason he accepted this job offer wasn’t the cute blondie, it was the name she mentioned: Shuin. Shuin seems to be quite important for him, and I think they might even be related. A deceased older brother maybe? His master? Noone knows yet, but we will eventually find out. Back to the story, when the rescue team arrives at the facility and take down the bears, a bigger threat appears: a gigantic dinosaur-like creature, which is cited as the Ruler of Zone Seven. So, how many zones are there and what about the other rulers?! It is worth mentioning that the Ruler was dragged there by the blood of the dead bears, but it wasn’t mentioned if he wanted to help them or if he was ready for a meal. I am very disappointed that Angler took its life, because he seems like a guy who respects the environment and I believed that between the ‘evil scientists’’ and the badass prehistoric creature, he would go for the second choice. Maybe it happened to confuse the viewer and show that it won’t be very easy to predict the character’s actions.
Loli: Loli’s disapproving look when it comes to girls with enlarged breasts made my day. Her expression criticized every inch of the client, and I dare to say that she looks pretty unhappy when cute ladies approach Inyu.
Inyo’s height: So, he’s not young? He’s just extremely short?
The jinx: When the helicopter eventually crashed ‘under unknown circumstances’ it felt like Karma did its job. Or maybe the Angler.
Themes & Trivia
Do I know you?: The background in the scene on the sidewalk, with the sunset and the red sea, reminded me of the two-bike moment from The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
Archipelagos: At a certain point of the episode, the world Archipelagos is mentioned. This is a Greek word that means ‘sea with many small islands’.
Animals used as weapons: Many animals have been used as weapons during wartime. It is a very sad truth, catastrophic for both humans and animals. Elephants and horses have been used in myriad battles, while shark teeth were glued on swords in order to make them deadlier. Long ago, fish bones were very popular in the weapon ‘industry’. Though, in modern times too, people take advantage of the animals, treating them like they are not living creatures. During WW2, the British government killed mouses, filled them with explosives and threw them in Germany. The same thing happened to dogs too, except the fact they were alive when the bombs were placed on them by the Russians. Many tanks were destroyed by bomb-dogs running on them, though many Russian tanks were exploded too since the animal obviously couldn’t tell which is the enemy one.
Care Bears: Who hasn’t watched Care Bears as a child? The kawaii little bears, living on the clouds? Though it’s not officially confirmed, I truly believe that the name ‘Kare Bears’ references the beloved kids show.
This was a fascinating episode, with beautiful messages and bestial scenes. The toughest one for me, was when we learned what those bullets are made of. This info disgusted me and made me turn my head away from the screen. The part where the cubs reunited with their dead parents and cried above them, ripped my heart and it was the most emotional moment. As in the end of the first episode where Kurikisu died, we had a similar bitter situation in this one too, where both of the victims are kids and very innocent for this world. I hope it won’t be a habit in the show.
‘The arrogance of using living creatures solely for human’s benefit’
This anime hasn’t disappointed me so far, and I highly doubt it will. I am curious to see where this is going and I hope for more great speeches and quotes by the characters. It’s a great adaption after all. What are your thoughts on the second episode of Magmel Of The Blue Sea?
Gunjou no Magmel (Magmel of the Blue Sea)
Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast