Watching episode 9 was a real treat, from the dream sequence to the cliffhanger. And no, this is not an episode review.
While this episode is undoubtedly good with the comedy part, it has its own sober moments too. The most striking thing is Ryuuji and Minorin’s conversation outside. I think it’s a beautiful piece of work, from the way it was presented, to the words spoken. You can take it as it is, or try to take it apart, which is what I’m quite doing now. During the scene, Minorin’s eyes are obscured a lot, but she’s talking in an extremely frank voice that is almost unlike her normal self. It shows a side of her that we haven’t seen before, a side that which we’ll probably see rarely. It’s closest to profound silence when you have Minorin around.
An interesting thing is that Minorin, being Minorin, doesn’t answer Ryuuji’s initial question right of the bat, and goes off a seemingly unrelated tangent. But of course, she relates the two points she raised–not believing in ghosts because she just can’t see them, and not having anyone to love because she just can’t feel it. One might say that she’s dense, or that she’s leading Ryuuji into the Friend Zone. I don’t think I’m ready to probe for the answer for that yet. It’s wonderful how introducing a random character trait (i.e. afraid of ghosts) makes her humanizing instead of just being an ADHD caricature.
Ryuuji then gives a reply: people will react to ghosts differently, anyway. Some will get shocked, some will just outright deny them, and others will see them because they try hard. The punchline here is that Ryuuji finally says that Minorin can’t be sure that she can’t see ghosts, and Minorin “ignores” him in favor of a perceived UFO. Anti-awkward distraction move! Either way, Ryuuji then continues to say something daring: that perhaps there are ghosts that are willing to be seen by Minorin. Subtle move.
The conversation then ends about seeweed ghosts and all, but we are treated to a delicious Minorin closeup shot that’s simply beautiful. It’s like she’s a different character altogether.
Things like this make me thankful that this is my first J.C. Staff + Rie Kugimiya main show–I can enjoy it without any preconceived notions on how it must be. But you must forgive me, because I can watch this just for Minorin alone.