My heart sank a little when I realized that Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! 8 would finally follow up on Mizusaki’s parents finding out what she’s been doing, against their express orders, but no way was Mizusaki, or the episode going to be deterred by this fact. My worries were forgotten as the last-minute promotion for the Robot Club anime gets crazy, and then absolutely insane. Say what you will about Ono’s meddling in the production process, but his passionate escape from the cops and the student council, all while promoting the film, rockets going off, daring runs up stairs and down cables, while letting loose ad banners, redeems him completely. Kanamori’s blackmail of the club providing AC was also useful, as was Mizusaki just being her celebrity self to gather crowds. It was some of the craziest action yet, topped by the actual screening, which was, again, a major success.
As for Mizusaki’s parents, I needn’t have worried, and in fact I had stopped when she declared her open defiance early in the episode. And it turns out that her parents aren’t really a bad lot. Whatever reservations they might have had melt away while the anime plays and through the character movements see their daughter’s work. What seals it nicely was the idea that none of them, parent or child, have ever been fully satisfied by their own work, hell, neither is Asakusa. It’s something the parents can respect and appreciate about their daughter. Good, so that angle seems to be wrapped up. What is the show going to do now?
Episode 9, after the big event, has the show wandering around a lot of places, mainly as the girls walk around a little town that doesn’t seem to exist but should, full of half-built structures, underground, mostly dead malls, including a spiral one. This all fascinates Asakusa, as you would expect, so we get lots of flights of fancy throughout. But why are the girls there? I doubted that it was for the fruit ramen(?) that Kanamori likes. Was it so Kanamori could talk about the effective use of social media and the death of the liquor store where she earned her first yen, the latter almost a story-within-a-story, and like most of the series, done very effectively.
It becomes clear that Kanamori was the focus of the episode. She brought the girls to Shibahama to inspire them, to give the normally scattershot Asakusa something to focus on, and to start their next project, for which she has already secured funding from the city council. And while Asakusa has the last big dramatic speech, having come to the same conclusion that Mizusaki has, that animation is a performance, the episode is primarily about the cagey Kanamori thinking ahead. Ohe thing bothers me: doing a video to promote a dying town doesn’t sound like the big moneymaker she envisions. Is it because she genuinely loves the town and wants to help it out? Is that out of character, or showing the depth of a character?
Nothing much to Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei Shite Mita 7, that is, no progress in the relationship, not that I expected much. Right now it seems the show is content to take romantic things and riff on them scientifically. First it’s the science lab’s summer break party, held in the lab, of course, where we get to see everyone drunk, except for Yukimura, who aloofly abstains, and Irabada, who seems immune. It’s nothing more than a chance to see the personality changes of drunk people. Himuro’s is the cutest, drunkenly throwing herself at Yukimura, but of course the behavior of a drunk woman can’t be used as evidence of romantic love. Kanade, who turns into a beserker type, comes in second. The second half retells fairy tales in terms of science people, extracting DNA samples from the glass slipper, etc, and while it’s predictable, it does manage to find humor in the contrast of situations, like putting Kaguya-hime in formaldehyde (thankfully they don’t but it’s considered). And so, as Kanade announces, the info gained from the discussion progresses the love story absolutely nil.
Nothing much to Oshi ga Budoukan Itte Kuretara Shinu 7 either, unless you count the results of the popularity poll, where, thanks to another comical accident, Eripiyo is unable to buy all the merch she had intended to so dramatically do on the last day of voting. Well, at least she’s off her crutches and working again. Also, though the votes don’t count, she buys out Maina’s merch anyway, which Maina discovers. Then there’s another nice handshake moment, though I’m beginning to wonder what comes across. Eripiyo has no trouble now telling Maina how she feels, but does it come off to Maina as just fan enthusiasm, or something more? Alas, Maina is so tongue-tied in Eripiyo’s presence they’ll probably never get their messages across, whatever they are. Also blurring the lines is Motoi’s increasingly unpleasant obsession with Sorane, not unpleasant like he’s going to start stalking her, but being glad her fanbase seems to be shrinking because it means he has a better shot at her is antithetical to her wishes. Maybe he realizes it at the end. Meanwhile, we got Aya being an idiot again, a nice addition and a good balance when the show gets too sentimental.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T returns after virus-related delays, just enough time for me to almost completely lose track of the story, not that I had a firm grip on it to start with. Unlike Index, however, Railgun’s crazy plots are grounded by the characters–Misaka and her friends. So even if I don’t know who that goth girl was and have only a vague memory of Misaka doing those things the GG is accusing her of (to make it more complicated, Misaka doesn’t remember either, possibly because of Shokuho), we can at least enjoy Misaka’s sleuthing, the nice cat, a decent confrontation, and the girls beginning to think their way around their memory theft. Having Misaka’s mom and Uiharu as hostages give the scene much more power than any technobabble can provide. So Kuroko’s sudden appearance was a rousing moment, as was the expression of trust that Misaka gave afterwards. She just knew Kuroko would show up. You begin to see why Kuroko would fall for Misaka. All the rest, including DNA computers, shadow metal, and what Shokuho is or isn’t guilty of, is secondary.