This is blatant lies considering these “illusions” are capable of wrecking people’s shit. Per the definition, an illusion is something that is likely to be wrongly perceived by the senses. There’s nothing wrongly perceived here; these things are wrecking shit and causing issues in the world of this anime.
Are you fucking kidding me? An illusion cannot run amok in the school courtyard while trying to kill one of the students. Nor can it electrocute you when you fail at a game of limbo with it. Are we seriously trying to give credence to this idea? Just call them what they are: phantoms. Spirits. Ghosts. Any of those is more accurate than this tripe you continue to shovel about them being mere “illusions” caused by your weak ass brain virus.
Yeah, fuck off. Take your attempt at philosophy and shove it up your ass, anime. There’s questioning reality and there’s complete idiocy as you try to sound smarter than you actually are.
We get Haruhiko then trying to explain what phantoms are. Which is pointless considering even he doesn’t know. The anime doesn’t know what to do with itself; it’s trying to give the concept of spirit hunting or monster killing a new twist but is failing at it in such spectacular fashion it’s almost painful to watch. The anime has deluded itself into thinking this approach is new or unique. How can a brain virus cause physical manifestations in the world? It honestly would have been so much easier if they simply went with the virus allowing the spiritual world to be perceived and interacted with. This idea that because of the virus the phantoms are given form by humans themselves is UTTER BULLSHIT.
It’s beyond stupid really when the anime even flip flops on the issue itself. You can’t say on one hand phantoms are a result of the human brain triggered by the virus and then claim they’ve always existed and explains shit like ALIENS. How fucking stupid must one be to accept this without question?
We finally open the episode with Haruhiko telling us how Reina joined the team after the utility pole incident. Yes, I didn’t want to remember it either but he had to bring it up. It’s only now that Harhiko explains how his power allows him to trap (and summon) phantoms by drawing them. Which we saw last episode. We don’t need you to point out what we’ve already seen, anime. Instead, Haruhiko claims that he should improve his summoning prowess to help out, and leave the sealing to Reina, who does so with all the joy of an overeager housewife who just learned a new trick in bed.
Question: why do we want Haruhiko summoning MORE of these things? I brought this up in the previous episode, too. If these things are truly a result of the same people tasked with sealing them, why is it allowed for people to summon them willingly in the first place? We’ve seen that characters like Mai are capable of combatting them just fine. Is it really necessary to take a step backward just to accomplish the goal? Haruhiko might not abuse his gift, but what’s to stop others from doing so? Honestly people like him should be killed on the spot. They have the greatest chances of causing MORE trouble.
I don’t care what your fucking full name is, you waste of animation dollars. SHUT UP AND FUCKING DIE. Who seriously thought we needed a chatterbox pixie in the cast? She has contributed NOTHING so far and doubtful she ever will. At least Tinkerbell was mute. GAG HER.
WHY IS SHE EVEN AROUND IF SHE’S A NUISANCE TO THE PROTAGONIST AND PLOT? She’s a phantom like all the others, right? HAVE REINA EAT HER AND BE DONE WITH IT.
We get a brief scene with Minase, the redhead who briefly appeared in Episode 1. Despite Haruhiko and Reina introducing themselves to her, she just walks off without saying a word. See, that’s just fucking rude. I hate people like her. Especially in a school setting where she has NO reason to be blatantly rude. We also learn via flashback that she’s especially proficient as a phantom exterminator or what have you. Figures, she’s good at what she does so she thinks herself better than everyone else.
I’ll try not to keep bringing up Ruru but she is in almost EVERY FUCKING SCENE spouting pointless shit in her squeaky voice it’s making this a lot harder to sit through as a result.
I suppose if utility poles can become phantoms ANYTHING CAN. Why, though? At least with the poles there was an explanation, what with being made of wood and trees and all that horseshit. What possible reason could a robot, a creation of man formed from scrap metal have for animating as a phantom? It just doesn’t make any fucking sense. What else can become a phantom? The walls? The floor? GRASS?!
Their club leader and overall cutie pie professor informs them that Minase has already departed for their mission. Haruhiko points out the obvious issue: why should they bother if she’s apparently SO FUCKING GOOD? The teacher dodges the question entirely, going on about how Minase had her powers since forever and she doesn’t fit in but the teacher wants her to and I DON’T FUCKING CARE ANSWER THE QUESTION: why should the team care? She’s capable on her own! Just because the teacher wants her to become a member of the team doesn’t mean she will just because you force others to assist her. In fact, that will only cause her to resent you and make her want to join up LESS.
But of course, we all know in the end Minase won’t prove up to the task, and if only because the team was around to save her will she learn the error of her ways and join the team and friendship and love and BLAH BLAH BLAH. I will never understand the need to force people together if they don’t want to be! If you wanted her to be a part of the team, MAKE HER ONE. Don’t write her as opposed to the concept only to go back on her word. It’s a weak way to write a character and shitting plotting regardless.
As expected, Minase opens strong with her crappy dialogue meant to resemble lyrics and starts fucking up robot phantoms. Of course the robots find a way to neutralize her only means of attack and she goes on the defensive until the team cut in to help. I said it, didn’t I? EXACTLY THE WAY I SAID IT WOULD HAPPEN.
We get a lengthy explanation as to why Minase’s only attack is ineffective. Then Mai takes it out, and Minase does her thing, and then Reina sucks them in with her whore mouth.
Also, Mai rubs her boobs.
It’s all so anticlimactic I really don’t give a shit beyond this. Nor do I give a shit about what they’re talking about after the fact. This anime puts forth the bare minimum effort.
We then cut to Reina in the shower because fanservice. I mean, she clearly couldn’t go home DIRTY so she decides to take a shower at a boy’s house instead? What leap in logic dictated that? Are her parents more accepting of clean girl fresh from a guy’s house? We needed the fanservice in early to make up for the shit plot, didn’t we? I’m starting to think the sooner you put in the obligatory shower/bath/beach scene, the more desperate you are to keep your show going.
Also Mai uses it as well because WHY THE FUCK NOT?
We learn that Haruhiko apparently lives in a library, because his entire place is wall to wall, floor to ceiling bookshelves. No explanation, just is. We saw this in episode 1 but I didn’t care then and only now bring it up because the anime did and didn’t follow up on it. Yeah I know, this is boring but it’s the anime’s fault. Not mine. We also learn the stupid pixie stole something from the factory they were at. And of course Haruhiko keeps it instead of tossing it out? Nothing good will come of having it but our people are too stupid to realize this.
And just as easily as the girls came and showered, they left. What was the point, then? Fanservice.
The next day we get more fanservice. I mean exposition. Don’t know which is worse when the exposition advances the plot about as much as the fanservice. We literally spend 2 minutes on this stupid shit WE DON’T CARE ABOUT. IT DOES NOTHING FOR THE PLOT OR WORLD BUILDING. And to prove it we cut it off abruptly and move on to the next scene. TIME IS BEING WASTED AND I CAN FEEL IT. YOU’RE FAILING ANIME.
A UFO phantom… that peeps on girls changing. You know what? I give up.
But of fucking course, Reina. And no sooner do they kick Haruhiko out that the phantom shows. And then he bursts through the door and-
Do I really have to say what happens here? Really? We all know it’s going to turn into this big mess of a fight because the girls try to cover up while working and it’s like FOR THE LOVE OF GOD JUST FORGET YOUR FUCKING MODESTY FOR ONE SECOND TO DO YOUR FUCKING JOB.
Yeah I really give up.
Haruhiko then summons a demon phantom of his own which turns out to be… this:
And somehow the stupid dog allows them to beat the phantom UFO which was snapping pictures endlessly and Reina eats it and then she does this:
I’m done. This anime wins. There is nothing I can say at this point. It exists and just… fuck.
There’s a trail of saliva for fuck’s sake.
Minase shows up, says like three words and then leaves. And I just… I give up. Honest I do. I can’t keep doing this.
Thank the stars the episode is over. I quit.