I thought having a full-on Reigen episode might be taking it too far, but boy was I wrong! Spoiler alert: I cried again. I’m just loving this show.
Reigen has been set up to be humiliated in a public TV show by the psychic Kirin-sensei, yet another self-proclaimed medium that has a massive bald spot and wears purple lipstick. Despite his odd styling choices, Kirin is an actual medium and has the ability to perform low level exorcisms; but that’s not why he’s there, is it? He hands over the ‘spotlight’ to Reigen and allows him to exorcise a possessed child, giving him an opportunity to show his psychic talents. Reigen assumes this is a television programming cue to be followed and spends a good 30 minutes or so spraying the kids with salt and massaging his shoulders (I’m not sure if I should at this point say that I’d rather have him massage my shoulders, which makes me realize that I find Reigen kind of attractive – maybe because we have the same hair and age and well, you know, I’m so tired of teenage drama, this guy has problems too and they’re much relevant to mine, OKAY?).
Uh long story short the kid is not possessed and Kirin proclaims that in the most humiliating way possible for Reigen. Reigen gets ridiculed on national TV and even becomes an internet meme – people are bashing him big time. Mob hear about this but is just assuming that’s just part of his plan to become famous.
In the meantime, as Reigen realizes everything he believed to be true is a lie (his ‘friends’ are abandoning him and he has done very little for himself). He also realized he should probably be visiting his mom a lot more often. Tired of being stalked by annoying reporters, he decides to hold a press conference; what a brilliant idea. No, seriously, for a guy like him, this is basically the ideal setting to speak, where he has control over what he is saying. After an emotional throwback, he remembers meeting Mob and admits to his horrible mistake of holding him back and undermining his effort to change. Surely enough, Mob makes a small earthquake happen, and the two of them meet outside.
Mob tells Reigen that he is a really nice person, and all is nice again.
What a good episode. As I said, I was sceptical about having a whole episode on Reigen. It felt a bit too much like a spin-off of the original show. But it was put together well. First of all (and I’m sorry to say that, dear average otaku friend), but characters like Reigen are a lot more relatable to the aging anime audience. Most of us are around his age, very confused about what we are doing with our lives, and very rarely get to see someone like us in popular culture media. The characters are usually younger, with a strong calling to their vocation, ethically uncorrupt, and full of theoretical ethos; Reigen is one of us. He hated his job. He had dreams of becoming a better person, but he ended up taking advantage of the foolishness of others. He is a bit of a fraud, but not a bad person, and certainly not someone who would turn their back to a kid. That’s why he’s so likeable: because we understand him and all the motivation behind the actions he’s not proud of. He is a starry-eyed underachiever, and either we’ve all been in his shoes, or are in this very moment. He’s a true 30-year-old human being in today’s society. And Mob is someone who understand the struggle of being Reigen. And that’s why I cried.
This show is giving me so many feels and I just want to binge watch it right now. Cannot. Wait. Also, dear director, please, can we get a love interest for Reigen? Or a tinder account or something.
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