Posted by psgels on 28 April 2009 with categories: 07-Ghost



Short Synopsis: The old guy goes after Teito as Mikage faces the decision between Teito and his family.
Episode Rating: 7,5/10 (Good)
So, this is where the shounen-ai elements pop up, with Mikage and Teito wanting to see each other that badly, up to the point where Mikage chooses protecting Teito over his family. But really, the relationship between the two of them isn’t that bad, and it doesn’t get in the way of what’s really important in this show at all.

It overall was still a pretty good episode, especially with all of the stuff surrounding the old guy, who turns out to be a ghoul. The fight against him was really well written: it had impact, and at the same time there were lots of things going on. I’m interested to see what role the Ghouls will have in the rest of the series: with such a considerable amount of time devoted to them, there has to be some link between them and Ayanami.

And that mermaid… I’m not exactly sure what to think of her since her introduction was pretty strange. All we know is that she has two different forms (probably one under water and one for out of water), she likes Teito but hates Frau. That probably is a subtle hint for at least something, but I can’t exactly put my finger onto what.

10 Responses

  1. WHAT?! Mikage chose Teito? From what I remember from the manga, he chose neither/both (in other words, both are equally important to him)!!! Aaaaaahhh!!!!

    Anime seems to want to cater to shounen-ai fans somehow

    but still, it seemed to have been a good episode. Hehe

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Hmm, it could be that I misunderstood that part with my limited Japanese, though. But I’m still surprised at the lengths he’s willing to go through not to betray Teito.

  3. a random passerby says:

    “But really, the relationship between the two of them isn’t that bad, and it doesn’t get in the way of what’s really important in this show at all.”

    I’m pretty sure the relationship between Teito and Mikage serves as part of the backbone to the plot as a whole… I don’t think it’s POSSIBLE for it to ‘get in the way’ of anything, it being so integral to Teito’s personal journey. Though they are playing it up in the anime.

  4. lialiakicks says:

    Oh, the mermaid can shape-shift her upper body to look like any person she wants. XD I’m not sure if this is a spoiler or not, but in the manga….

    she shape-shifted to look like Mikage. Poor Teito fell for it too. LOL XD;;;

  5. Moira says:

    uhh…ya…y did mikage chose his bff instead of both…and like…y didnt the bishops…u no…tries to understand teito’s desperation even for a lil bit…i mean…its QUITE apparent with how teito is willing to make a contract with some1 unknown to him…hell…he even said the reason out loud…o…w.e…they’re all nuts…hee hee…this episode got me hooked…
    i think that…frau loves teito…he doesnt no that…and uhh…naturally…since the mermaid wanted a piece of teito,she hates frau…i just hope this part of the story doesnt distract the main parts…im also crossin my fingers that this doesnt turn into gundam seed(did i spell it rite?)…anyways…we could always hope…that it doesnt rite..???

  6. I just saw the subs and yeah, in the anime, Mikage chose his best friend.

    Uuuuggghhh . . . it wasn’t like that in the manga. What is the anime thinking?! =_= it’s like making mikage a little out of character. aarrghh . . .

    but putting that aside, yeah, it had been a good episode.

  7. Dew says:

    Wait a second – so (in general terms) if it’s more than friendship between two boys/men, then it’s bad, and if it’s just some kind of bromance, then it’s A-OK? Or did I just misunderstood what you wrote? I’m sure you didn’t mean for it to sound this way, but it kind of did. This is btw. coming from someone, who doesn’t care about any romance at all as long as there is a solid story, but I just found that comment a bit unfitting, that’s all.

  8. anon says:

    so what exactly does ayanami want from mikage? he keeps saying choose between teito and family but it’s not like mikage has anything to say or reveal. and i don’t understand why teito still has chains on his arms and legs. you would think they would have taken them off by now

  9. the op of kurozuka is weird says:

    “if it’s more than friendship between two boys/men, then it’s bad, and if it’s just some kind of bromance, then it’s A-OK? ”

    Pretty much, if you want to get offended over someones preferences of NOT watching shounen-ai, go to some yaoi/yayoi bloggers site

  10. Dew says:

    “Pretty much, if you want to get offended over someones preferences of NOT watching shounen-ai, go to some yaoi/yayoi bloggers site”

    That would be too bothersome, as I really don’t watch yaoi :). Preferences don’t offend me, it sounded to me, like it was meant in more general terms. If that’s not the case, then sorry for bringing it up.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:51 PM)
    But seriously I only watched this sequel because I was told to. From now on if I don’t like something at a glance of its plot summary/promo material I won’t watch it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:48 PM)
    And I also want to added to what I said about the latest psycho pass episode by mentioning that ridiculous fight scene with shisui, arrows vs guns.
  • Mikey
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:47 PM)
    Psycho Pass: So basically there is no season 2 of Psycho Pass.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:59 PM)
    @Bam, Visionary? Ain’t exactly seeing anything new here. fanservice is bad, anime is making people mindless drones. Been there done that.
    You are giving Anno too much credit man. I honestly think he just fires this shit out and laughs as fans try to find an “interpretation”
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:57 PM)
    It took me a little longer to start shaking my head a Mika’s role in the series in comparison to other viewers and I thought there may have been something salvagable, but no such luck there.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:55 PM)
    At the beginning I saw some potential in this sequel, although it was kind of slow going at first. Initially I was able to get behind the silly gore as dumb entertainment, at the start I liked kamui more than Makishima and I liked the way they had Akane as a stronger character too here.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    And Kamui’s final moment, that shot was pure fujoshi baiting I don’t care what anyone says, add to his last stand being fairly underwhelming. Another unmistakable Mika moment too later on in this episode. This is the kind of thing that leaves me depressed at it whereas previous episodes I could just laugh, raise an eyebrow or stop caring.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    Really Togane, is this all you come down to and amount to, an oedipus complex mess, the last nail in the coffin after you spend the show dragging out the buildup around him and killing the intrigue around him. Then giving him those silly flashbacks, now in this episode giving him a ridiculously cartoonish performance.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:01 PM)
    @Bam: Well put together it is and I actually like the music, the last three minutes stood out for me particularly.
    I also noticed the Eva reference slipped into the video.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 02:14 PM)
    This is the gratuitous fan-service done for a purpose that people argued for Kill la Kill, which quite frankly just wasn’t there, but there is no denying that even in this music video some value of the fan-service is sheerly the eye-candy.

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