Qualidea Code has a unique talent: in each episode it manages to lower the quality of the animation while at the same it creates more questions than it answers. I must admit that I had more fun pointing all the animation flaws than with the episode itself.
Japanese Title: 反転のクオリア
The episode starts with the two unknown main Kanagawa characters crying over Maihime and Hotaru’s death. If this was an attempt to make me care about their NOT tragic demise, it didn’t work. Even after they dedicated three episodes in trying to build their character and backstory, the only interesting aspect of their death was Hotaru’s whisper to Kasumi after she saw a glimpse of the real world. We couldn’t hear what she said, but even before being revealed in this episode, it wasn’t hard to guess that it must have been something like ‘This world is an illusion’ or something. After all, this kind of development was the only trump card of the series. At least for me.
Now that the Kanagawa top students are dead, the focus shifted to the Chiba twins. The majority of the episode was a sad attempt to highlight their sibling complex and their awkward but strong relationship. The series did a good job of associating a shift of focus to a target over the next victim, and if I had to guess, I’d say that we have another NOT tragic death coming in the next couple of episodes, this time of the Chigusa siblings.
In a nutshell, we learned that: Kasumi gains the ability to see the fake world after he defeats Ookuni Mahiru who tried to kill him after he learned the truth. Hotaru told Kasumi that the world is fake. The children are probably still sleeping according to Mahiru, a statement that makes the Matrix scenario all the more likely.
What we still don’t know: There are HQ? Who is in charge? They need money? Wtf, why. How does the world work? What the hell is going on? Who was Mahiru? An alien? Maybe? Maybe not? Is there going to be a definite answer to anything? Is Suzaku going to suck every time even if he appears in just one scene?
Mahiru Fan-Service: I don’t know if there is a connection between wearing sexy outfits and having an affinity to belong to the dark side, but Mahiru definitely fits the profile. She is definitely the sexier of the Qualidea Code characters and definitely the bitchiest. I’ve always found that mole on her cleavage enticing, and it seems that the director agrees with me. Of course, it’s sad that I decided to put a cleavage-focus scene in the episode highlights, but believe me, compared to the rest of the episode, it was a highlight.
Suzaku Flash Appeareance: How the hell did Suzaku hear about Kasumi’s defence proposal? It doesn’t make any sense. And before you accuse me of trying to make sense of an illogical series, I must tell you that I still believe there is hope for this anime to redeem itself. Thought that hope is so miniscule that I barely feel it myself. Suzaku came, made no sense, and left in a puff of insignificance.
Killing Mahiru: Even though her cleavage will be missed, her character won’t. When it comes to villains, I prefer the little pink pikatsus, so can we bring them back? Killing Mahiru was supposed to be this sentimental scene where the children kill in cold blood an enemy that tried to take them out of the picture. Of course, the whole scene was out of focus and didn’t make any sense. Logical Kasumi killed I-know-something Mahiru in cold blood without interrogating her. Maybe he was afraid she was going to kill them first, maybe he wasn’t thinking straight. And what the frak was in that coffee? Am I not paying attention to the series and missing stuff? My head hurts.
Themes & Trivia
Little Sister Complex: The majority of the episode focuses on the Chigusa siblings and their brother-sister complex. The Little Sister Complex (which can be reversed to the Big Brother Complex) is a theme widely used in manga and light novels. It’s an excessive love for one’s sister (or sisters) that often goes past the ordinary family relationship to one that may go close or even cross the borders to incest. It’s also used as a tease (like the Chiba students tease to Kasumi) to someone who is overly protective of their sister.
The complex is often shortened as sis-con from the Japanese word shisukon (シスコン).
And the rating is…
And here I am…Still waiting for something to happen. Next time someone makes a recommendation for an anime based on a light novel, I may have to shoot him like the Chigusa siblings shot Mahiru. Unless there is a light novel adaptation out there that can change my mind. Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.
NEXT TIME: Jailbreak Idea (反獄のイデア)