But I still need you, Salt! Please, run away with us!
Thank you for being with me all these years.
For the record, I watched this episode 3 (and a half) times, as well as episode 4 because why the hell not. That’s an indication of how disturbed I am with this swing of impressions from “OMG IT’S THURSDAY” to “ugh isn’t it Friday yet?”. Nonetheless, episode 11 wasn’t that bad as I thought it initially was, and I guess it’s better to start this post with the good stuff first to lighten up the mood.
If there’s one thing I love from this episode, it would be that scene with Salt aiming his gun point-blank range at Mimi. It wasn’t that revolutionary, to say the least, yet I really appreciate how well done it was to sell the irony between their conversation and to hype things up further. I feel like it was pretty ironic how Mimi asked Can you really do it, as kind as you are? …I don’t need you anymore when she, herself, is in full control of the situation and presumably can snap Salt’s head off with her lolKaneki powers. But she didn’t, and neither did Salt make any move. What follows is a pretty tearful moment with a cool, techno-sounding OST playing in the background, plus a haunting montage to cap things off. That’s probably the only instance this episode that I felt something other than ‘meh, okay’, and, the reasoning behind my conflicted reaction from this can also be used to explain why I am feeling jaded from the rest of what I’ve seen recently.
The aforementioned moment had some impact in it — albeit not that much as it could’ve possibly been — simply because, well, I had a foundation to base my emotions from before entering the said scene. You could say that I had more context of what is happening and what is at stake thanks to the flashback that was shown prior to it, but that’s also precisely what I felt was lacking from these last 2 episodes. In a way, I guess it feels more like they’re rushing things at breakneck speed, without so much as giving a breather for these characters to have their motivations and convictions explored. Mimi is Cocona’s mother, yeah, I know — we all know — but how/what is Mimi’s relationship with her daughter? How does she treat Cocona when she was still a cutie baby? What’s baby Cocona’s reaction to being craddled by her mom? Are there more going on behind Salt and Mimi’s love affair? Well, we weren’t given any flashbacks there, and instead they’re more concerned with wrapping the plot, rather than showing us “inconsequential” materials that will allow us to get invested with the characters.
So yeah, I’ll make this part short and I admit I am not feeling Salt and Mimi’s love story at all. Like, did it take one playful push from Mimi to make Salt literally and emotionally fall in love at her? I… seriously I don’t know. But take this memorable moment from Kyousougiga, one anime that is stylistically comparable to Flip Flappers, for example:
Yeah, if you’d asked me, I’d be more heart-wrenched to see Lady Koto break up with Myoue. Salt and Mimi? Just a little.
I know it’s unfair to compare Flip Flappers to a show that isn’t Flip Flappers, so I’ll share this very, very short clip from Kyousougiga again to prove my point. This time, showcasing how a family progressed, grow, and become closer to each other in a matter of seconds. I can’t find a Youtube clip, so I hope Sakugabooru would suffice.
You get where I’m coming from. I don’t have any issues with what is happening, what is being explained or whatever, it’s just that I am more concerned with how they do it. It isn’t to say that Flip Flappers should stay under the cover of its creative and unhinged Pure Illusion worlds, rather, there are myriad of opportunities for the show to flesh its character dynamics out without feeling the need to be quirky, yet, again, I’m forced to swallow and contextualize whatever is I am given instead in such a manner that I felt like they stopped trying to give this new arc introduction some weight and impact. Whatever happened to that sentimental use of laid-back storytelling from Episode 4, where Cocona and Papika went on an all-nighter together? That episode genuinely made me care for these two kiddies more. Whatever happened to episode 6’s near-perfect abuse of the anime medium, where, for some funny reason, I cared more about Iroha’s grandma than that of Cocona’s? I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure majority of you enjoyed the past episodes better, right?
Anyways, with that said, I’ll close this post off with more saltiness (heh, no pun intended). I’d probably get flakked from this one, given how disdainful I was with Kabaneri‘s Biba but… hey, shoutouts to Mimi — I still love you as a character. I would love to explore this side more (I haven’t collected my thoughts yet here so I stand by corrected), but I think I’ve already made my point clear.
- Yayaka is awesome.
- Fun fact: I was initially more moved by Yuyu’s gesture of concern to Toto, than with this Salt and Mimi feud.
- That Cocona and Mimi interaction at the end was kinda… awkward.
- I remember someone saying how reminiscent of Persona 4 Flip Flappers is. You won, man.
- Worst case scenario, it’s going to end like a generic battle shounen with ass pulls everywhere. Though I trust Flip Flappers enough for that not to happen.
- Nyunyu is weird. I don’t know how she’s going to fit into everything — probably she’s going to be used to subjugate Evil Mimi.
- I kinda stopped comprehending what’s happening with the plot so… why would Good Mimi want the Evil Mimi to take over herself? To protect Cocona? Can’t just Good Mimi use her omniscient powers to teleport themselve to some PI to escape?
- Don’t get me wrong. I really love this anime. The first half was so strong I’d still give FF a top 3 for this season.
- Yayaka is cool.
Anyways, that sums up my thoughts for this episode. I guess what I’m going to wish for this Christmas is for Flip Flappers to prove me wrong with its last two episodes. I’ll see you folks next week!