As you can see, I ultimately did not follow through with my plans to drop this show, and after this episode I’m somewhat glad for that. Granted, it still is not a spectacular show, but the premise of this particular episode was better and more focused than its predecessors, which ultimately made for a more satisfying experience.
The episode begins with what seems like a fairly pointless scenario in which Hibiki is revealed to now have a cell phone. Admittedly, it does provide for some humorous backstory into her dad’s overprotective nature, but all-in-all it doesn’t feel very important. From here, the res of the episode begins to unfold, as Inoue mentions that her cousin is staying with her, and that despite her best attempts she cannot make fried eggs for him that he will actually eat. Inoue ultimately enlists Hibiki’s help in this endeavor, and the two girls work together for the sake of Inoue’s cousin.
This episode is more along the lines of what I expected from this show: the idea of Hibiki and Inoue getting to know each other and becoming friends, while Hibiki uses her ghost-speaking abilities to solve issues. Without spoiling anything, that does become necessary in this episode. The cell phone thing even turns out to not be entirely pointless, as Hibiki’s cell phone ends up being useful to her a few times in the episode. On top of it all, Inoue (and the viewer) is let in on a little bit of Hibiki’s backstory, which goes back to the concept of building a deeper friendship between the two. Overall, this episode does an extremely good job of providing a cohesive story and decent character building.
If there is one thing worth complaining about, it’s Eroneko. While many would probably agree that perverse jokes are never really warranted in any media, that argument feels all the more true here. Re-Kan is not an anime that relies on perversity and fanservice to sell itself (if it did, it most likely wouldn’t continue receiving reviews here). Given the general tone and direction of the show, it just seems out of place.
At the end of the day, this episode does a good job of providing a legitimate plot line that manages to be enjoyable and to incorporate Hibiki’s ghost powers in a way that legitimately leads to a resolution, rather than have them there just as a gimmick in the story. Despite the complaints about Eroneko, this was an enjoyable episode, and the series would do well to present more like it.
A Christian Perspective:
John 11:35 – Jesus wept.
Okay, so there may be better messages that someone could draw from this episode, but this is the best I have; and besides, it is (or at least, was) a bit of a pet-peeve of mine.
Near the end of the episode, we find out that Yuuki (Inoue’s cousin) refused to cry over his father’s death because he was due to be a big brother, and therefore couldn’t cry, so when he finally lets loose and cries at the end Inoue just stands back and watches out of respect for something her aunt said. My pet peeve here is with the idea that “men don’t cry”. This may not be exactly what Yuuki said, but I feel like it stems from the idea. Now let’s look at the verse above: Jesus wept.
Jesus. Wept. If you think you are more manly than Jesus, then please show me how you’ve gone about your life fully knowing you were going to die, taken the sins of the world on your shoulders, and were crucified (and if you don’t know what goes on in the process of crucifixion, I suggest looking it up, because it will give you a much deeper appreciation of what Jesus endured). So Jesus, who took more of a beating than any of us probably ever will (and who, by the way, walked into it and didn’t fight back—even though He could have—because He knew this was what was necessary) saw no shame in crying. I could point you to other places in Scripture where men cried and there was no shame cast on them (Acts 20:37, for example). The point is, somewhere in history society decided that it was shameful for men to cast tears, and now men are looked down on if they cry (or, at the very least, our young boys are made fun of if they cry, which has the potential to carry into adult hood). I’m no expert, but I believe there are even health concerns with holding in your tears. The fact is, the idea that crying is “unmanly” just doesn’t seem to match up with Scripture, and it is a cultural phenomenon that I think we should cast aside.
Spiritual Concerns: As always, Hibiki is able to see and communicate with ghosts
Language: 1 “d*rn”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A flashback shows a young Hibiki in a one piece bathing suit, while other women in bikinis walk the beach around her; the episode preview shows several of the female cast in bathing suits (including bikinis and cleavage)
Violence: A ghost knocks a sign onto Eroneko
Other: Eroneko is shown peeing on a sign; Eroneko talks about wanting to see panties; as usual, Hibiki can see ghosts; Yuuki flips Hibiki’s skirt, but you don’t see anything