February 16th, 2008
So… Fumika’s father is a novelist… and off his rocker. He loves shiny things… and his name is Kirameki… so… yeah I can’t continue this. I rolled my eyes at that terrible pun something fierce. He also had the uncontrollable urge to write on other people and pull them into the rain to dance because it’s shiny. I think there are medications to control these kinds of mood swings.
Aaaaanyway, some girl kills herself and writes him a fanletter that Fumika has to deliver. She reveals that she’s his daughter after he goes nutso and burns the letter. She then tries to shoot him, but ends up losing the gun and he shoots her. Exciting! And next episode is "Beginning," assumably revealing how all this got set in motion. Definitely a good lead-in to next episode, where the real meat of Fumika’s past will assumably be. I have to admit that the parts with whose-his-face’s investigation of Fumika Mikawa are rather uninteresting. Maybe if he did something a little more exciting than just being a lame talking head, but so far… that’s all that he’s been.
The real meat of the episode was at the end when Fumika went to deliver the letter to her father. I can’t wait to see her past with her father, though I can already imagine that he was at least slightly unhinged before attempting to kill her father. Perhaps also explaining how she’s in the hospital while also delivering letters would also be something worth learning. The imagery of the postal carrier’s world as a graveyard of staves was also somewhat chilling. In fact, there were quite a few weird camera angles and animation techniques that served to heighten Kirameki’s insanity. Like I said though, this is just an appetizer for the main course next week when we assumably figure out what the hell is up between crazy crazy Kirameki and his daughter(s?).
Young non-undead Fumika and her daddy issues.