Spring 2019 Grab Bag Week 9: Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin

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Ryo is scared of his dreams

Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin Episode 9

This series really knows how to come out of left field, but I think this episode had an interesting concept behind it. The episode had a sense of slowness in the beginning, but I liked the idea of dropping Arata in a completely different group. I think it might have been better if the series built up to its shock ending more, but I’m curious to see how it plays out.

No one thinks about what Anothers think

While I don’t have a problem believing that many people would think this way, I find it hard to accept that it’s as systemic a problem as the show presents. I say this having taken classes on animal behavior in school. Anothers seem much more interesting than a sleeping lion. Maybe the series is trying to make the point that government officials don’t care.

Arata defends the Anothers

I like how Arata explains his position here. The fact that he understands an Another’s motivations doesn’t imply that he agrees with it. It’s a nice mentality, and it gets at how I tend to approach discourse. Rather than labeling them as monsters, Arata can at least see their intentions.

The Another is surprised to meet Arata

On a side note, I did think that the Another in the episode was cool on its own. I think the concept of playing tag in a dream works well. A childish Another is also a good way to introduce the concept of a being who causes harm without necessarily knowing any better.

Arata can't understand

I get the vague sense that this whole encounter is going to be made “okay” later in the story. I suspect that the guy who eliminated the Another has some painful history with Anothers that motivates him to take drastic measures. I’m not a fan of that direction, but I can see it happening. The reason I’m largely against that is that I like how Arata takes his power for granted. It makes sense that the other government workers can’t make the same assumptions that he does, which makes for a valid point of discussion.

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