Finally, some exposition has arrived. But is it too late or even needed at this point?
(Spoilers in this review)
A heart thiefvery cute blogger had this to say about Flip Flappers (episode nine in particular) last week:
“Everything is just so straightforward and simplistic from an outside view…For a series that hangs its hat on its creative visual direction, the choice not to play up to those strengths really exposed a narrative that was far too linear in my opinion”
In my opinion, these words of wisdom applies to this episode, and possibly the entire series. This episode is different from previous episodes: we actually get answers to some of the questions and there are no Pure Illusion scenes. And because they didn’t try to bedazzle us with flashiness, we’re left to witness a very predictable story.
Because honestly, everything that happens in this episode has been seen in plenty of other shows. Let’s go through it, shall we?
I mean, the story seems too pedestrian now that there’s no sense of mystery. Is this the real reason why Studio 3Hz has been trying to keep things in the dark? Because they knew we’d realize this is a commonplace story?
I’m calling next week’s episode right now: Papika bumps into Cocona. The two fight and the fight either ends with Cocona winning or Cocona losing. If she wins, Papika retreats and regoups with Flip Flap and they discuss about what’s happened to Cocona, allowing us to fill in the rest of the blanks. Meanwhile, if Cocona loses, it’s because Papika is yelling at her face about how she feels about Cocona and who Mimi exactly is.
tl;dr Cocona develops trust problems and becomes a spiteful bitch who’s jealous over Mimi. She then turns her back on Flip Flap only to get captured by her “grandmother,” who works for the organization. However, Mimi, who turns out to be Cocona’s mom, then possesses Cocona and she basically destoys the people who were trying to capture her. Said possession is implied to be not be just an one-time thing.
Truly riveting stuff. Continuing to keep us in the dark or coming up with a better story should have been better options than this.
Next week’s episode is titled, “Pure Store.” The preview was hilarious since Salt was being silly. See you next time!