After a pretty slow moving 2nd episode, I was pretty worried that this show would start going down a path that would lead me to jump off it pretty quickly. Not many shows were catching my attention this Winter Anime season. Yet the characters in In/Spectre, specifically Iwanaga Kotoko gave me hope that I’d find something to enjoy.
This episode went a long way in validating said hopes.
A LOVE BROKEN BY AN ABSURD REALITY
In case you missed the first episode review, you will find it here. The 2nd episode was an example of how important Kotoko’s role in the spirit world is. A mysterious murder mystery had unfolded in the stream that a giant spirit snake presides over. The first half of this episode dealt with Kotoko solving that mystery through deductive reasoning. It was mostly pretext in establishing that role to her crush, Sakuragawa Kuro whom was keeping her somewhat at half-arms length after his breakup with his ex. However, watching Kotoko at work seemed to break the ice completely between them. We then hit a 2 year time jump.
Where we are reintroduced to Kuro’s ex, who has now become a traffic cop. While watching the episode, its clear the drive to become a police officer was a way for Yumihara Saki to regain order in her life. Seems that the reason for dumping Kuro was in response to a disruption of sanity in her world. Kuro completely healed himself right in front of her eyes, and it disturbed her sense of rationality. She loved him dearly, but she couldn’t accept that he was so bizarrely different that even ghosts were afraid of him. This sense of order is disrupted once more when rumors of a rampaging ghost start spreading, Steel Lady Nanase.
Still in a funk, while walking home she comes across a stumbling Kotoko, whom she saves from falling on her head. Kotoko just so happens to be fighting that ghost at the moment. A huge-boobed ghost idol wielding the two-foot long steel beam.
Only in anime I tell you.
WHEN TWO LOVE RIVALS MEET
Anyways, we kind of get a glimpse of Kotoko in action, and she’s surprisingly nimble for a shorty with only one leg. Saki, reasonably fed up at this point with the absurdity, foolishly attacks a ghost with no effect. Kotoko however, has no trouble chasing the ghost off. Yet the best part came afterwards, since Kuro’s ex-girlfriend has been saved by his, according to Kotoko, his CURRENT girlfriend. The exchange between them provided the cap to an enjoyable episode.
A series has hooked me when the desire to read a manga tips over to obssession. In/Spectre hasn’t quite gotten me to that point yet. I’m looking forward to seeing where the series goes next. Maybe i’ll reach that point then.
- Kotoko is quite the unique character!
- Story is picking up, but still slow at this stage