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First off, I really enjoyed this Ghost two-parter. The whole thing was done really well. It felt familiar and refreshing because it was been about two months since we left Drive in the rear view mirror with its frequent “traditional” two-part episodes. The “standard” two-parter is one of my least favorite aspects of Kamen Rider. The structure of Ghost so far has been gloriously Showa-spirited, so one-shot that having this bigger story felt good, it was like getting a Rider feast. I look forward to more two-parters sprinkled in the series and maybe even a longer arc! I love this show so much. It is so fun and so enjoyable. Mostly. A sticking pint for me is Makoto’s apparent Sister Complex.
“It’s only natural.”
-Yu Narukami Sister Complex Kingpin of Steel, from Persona 4 Arena
We get this compelling pathos. Makoto is worked over a bit by Saionji and then shifts immediately to thinking that his trust in Ryu Tenkuuji had been misplaced. He goes on this spell of not really knowing what to think anymore. Makoto is so clearly conflicted and it was riveting to see him struggle with articulating his confusion and anger to the son of the man who condemned him and his sister to hell for 10 years. Makoto feels like Takeru and the others abandoned him and Kanon and what’s more, Takeru’s father, someone he believed in betrayed him and his sister. By the end of the episode we see Makoto making a vow to a reticent Kanon, which is what dropped the cement pellet into my gut. I have a bad feeling about how Makoto regards his little sister.
I’m sure that the intention is there. I think Ghost’s creatives want me to feel unsettled by Makoto imbalance. He is obviously off-kilter. The conversation Makoto has with Saionji early in 08 sowed and manured and watered the seeds of Makoto’s hyper sensitivity regarding Kanon. Obviously I have never experienced something like he has, but the fact that Makoto tells Takeru he doesn’t deserve to speak his little sister’s name and nearly goes into berserker mode because of it fully set in bloom the garden that expresses his unhealthy relationship with his sister. Going back to that final scene, I am hopeful that Ghost’s creative team will give Kanon agency and continue to let her voice her feelings. How can Makoto actually, maturely, respectfully have a relationship with Kanon if he doesn’t consider how she feels? It feels like Makoto treats Kanon like a possession at this point and that really scares me for the both of them. That is a path that can only lead to sorrow. I am happy to be made uncomfortable by Makoto’s personal arc and the arc of the Makoto-Kanon relationship as long as it spends the appropriate amount of time in each stage and ends in a healthy place.
Anyway, enough of my thoughts. What do you think?
What do you think about Makoto having a sister complex? Am I reading this correctly, does Makoto in fact have a sister complex? How do you feel a main character in Ghost having a Sister Complex?
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Kamen Rider Ghost 07 Bullseye! The Legendary Gunman! AND
Kamen Rider Ghost 08 Activating the Other Monolith!
Bones To Pick
What issues did you have with Ghost 07 and 08?
What were some of your favorite thing is this episode? Please keep it to no more than 3 Woah-ments.
Do you think Saionji or Aran was possessed for 99+ days and that is why they are doing what they are doing?
Do you believe Saionji’s story about Ryu Tenkuuji being the one who wanted to experiment on humans?
Do you think Kanon could disallow Makoto to henshin somehow?
What message did you get from this episode?
Are the helper robots too helpful? Do you like their multiple functions? Does the Spider-Lantern’s spectral illumination take anything away from Akari making the Shiranui blaster?
What is the deal with Makoto’s sister complex? What does that mean in anime and tokusatsu and what does it tell you about the show and its creatives?
Do you have questions for us? Do you have any comments for us regarding Ghost?