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Episode 21 – Prison Break!
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Before we start Sono is going to give credit where it is due:
Episode 21 – Prison Break!
Episode Writer: Komura Junko
Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki
Nothing to add here.
Team Azald’s Prisonable… He summoned Moebas without throwing coins, I guess they were saving money this week.
Apparently Amu can bite people THROUGH her mask!!
Animal Instincts – Overall Thoughts about the episode & it’s message
I’m not sure how to articulate a “message” from this episode, so I’m just going to kind of go and see if I can get there by the end. I really enjoy the framework for this episode, and how it pulled Misao and Tusk together. Particularly in that they both have hard time relating to people, don’t really have a filter, and that they both are really insecure about it.
But what I like most about that, is that they found this way to relate the two of them without trying to make them awkward in the same way. Misao’s sort of lack of a filter comes from a place of him needing acceptance and that his emotions can swing wildly one way or the other depending on if he feels he has that acceptance or not, while Tusk’s comes from a place of being a bit overly-critical, and overly-harsh in expressing it, because he already HAS those close ties and wants the people he’s close with to be the best they can because he knows they’re good.
For one, it’s nice to see things like social anxieties manifesting in different ways, so vastly different degrees because that sort of thing is not the same for everyone. And that’s sort of expressed through how Tusk is still trying to figure out how to relate to Misao by the end of the episode. He doesn’t know how, but he’s trying. He’s confused as to why suddenly Misao is most attached to him, but he doesn’t hesitate to pair up with Misao to fight, and he’s smiling once Misao starts showing him how to fish.
It’s also nice that neither of them decide they need to be “Fixed” regarding it, and how no one else seems to want to “fix” them. Even Leo, who’s pretty rude about both of them, doesn’t express any desire to make them different than how they are, even when Tusk yells at him in the flashback. Amu and Leo both in the flashback focus more on how their own actions aren’t causing any harm rather than the fact that Tusk apparently does this to them all the time, and Sela even notes that while Tusk could be a little less aggressive, she knows he’s coming from a good place with his concerns and isn’t in the wrong from trying to keep the others on track.
I think really where I’m going with this is that I like how this episode handled two different forms of depression and anxiety in two different characters and had them become able to relate to each other through it.
It is hard to change something you don’t like about yourself. It is wrong to try to force others to change to be more to your liking. Those are the two main things that I took from this episode and I love those messages. They are solid, encouraging and guiding ethical admonitions: they lay out how one should regard their own faults and those in others. The only real issue I had with how it was executed is that Misao isn’t fully mindful of his actions and projects his inner workings onto Tusk when Tusk is chastising Leo at the end of the episode. I take issue with two things her, the first being that Leo should be put in check because a lot of what happened this episode was due to his lack of sensitivity and regard for how Misao processes. Misao stops Tusk from addressing Leo’s problem and instead focuses on Tusk’s need for self-affirmation, which is my second issue. They may have similarities, but Misao is just assuming that Tusk’s critical bent is actually evidence that he has a diminished perception of himself, consciously or otherwise. This is mitigated by the fact that Sela’s advice is followed, despite her sharing it with Tusk alone, and Misao engages Tusk positively and tries to connect with him and help heal him with love and affection.
Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks
- How did Sela just…. Dive into the ground like that? Has she done that before with her powers? If the cell wasn’t down there, what was down there that she was even able to get into? If she wasn’t following through the same portal as the prison guy, this is really confusing to me.
- Leo is still a huge jerk??? Why would you give Leo the responsibility of carrying Misao and why wouldn’t you have him put him down before going into the fight?
- How did neither of them notice the really obvious zyuoh cube hanging from the ceiling?
- Misao should not have been dragged along. I expected more from Yamato and the others.
- Zyuoh Gorilla made a lengthy appearance.
- I cried out an expletive when Naria did the coin thing again. I literally have a visceral reaction to it every time I see it and I want it to stop. I guess I’ll just have to look away from now on, but I am seriously starting to dread the Continue sequence.
Tide Turners – Stuff you enjoyed.
- I’m glad the Zyumans liked the dolls. I was a little worried from the preview that it was going to be the source of Tusk and Misao’s conflict, but everyone’s reactions to them were actually really sweet.
- HOLY CRUD AMU BIT A GUY! You can BITE in those helmets?! Also I really love how through that, they used Amu’s sense of taste to help find Tusk and Misao, since her heightened sense has been tragically underused.
- On that note, I’m glad Tusk finally got to use his sense of smell in a way that wasn’t creepy or humiliating.
- Prisonable’s design is FANTASTIC
- Leo carrying Misao looks hilarious though, ignoring the context.
- Amu BITING Prisonable. Yo, that’s so manga Rider 1, she actually used her Crusher!!!
Evolutions – What do you think this show has in store for the future?
As excited as I am that next week is Misao and Amu, that shot of Misao with hearts in his eyes makes me nervous. I mean I also have a crush on Amu, but please don’t go there, Zyuohger. Don’t do it. Didn’t you learn from the last time you did an episode that had anything to do with romance that this is a bad idea?
Genis is going to want Misao back in a short while once he sees just how great he is.
Quick Reflexes – Questions in reaction to this bit of Zyuohger.
- Do you think the Rhino, Crocodile, and Wolf zyuman are actually Misao’s delusions or something more?
NEXT WEEK — EPISODE 22: Awakening? Or a Mistake?
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