So this week’s episode introduces a new character, Nishimori Yusa, who has a fairly mundane ability of being possessed by her dead sister Misa. However, while possessing her sister, Misa is able to use her own power of pyrokinesis, which raises a few questions about the nature of these powers. In most cases, supernatural powers are manifested within users based on their body’s physical structure (for example, I believe mutant powers are coded in DNA in X-Men). Because of that, powers should not generally be transferable.
So how is Yusa able to use Misa’s ability while possess? This fact suggests one of two possibilities. For one, they could both have the “potential” to use the powers, but only Misa knows how to execute it. The second possibility is that the ability is linked to something ephemeral, like a soul. While this possibility is harder for me to swallow (I’ve done an entire post on why I think the soul is bogus), it makes more sense in this world because you already have to accept the fact that Misa has to be able to linger around her sister somehow.
I’m sticking with this show for now just because it seems like the best of my options in this season. That’s not to say that a lot of the other shows in the season are bad…they can be perfectly enjoyable without being post-worthy (my MyAnimeList account shows everything I’m actually watching). However, this does mean that I will probably be spending each week harping on the supernatural elements of this show…fair warning.