September 2008

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       This episode begins with a younger salary-man getting chewed out for insulting the firms biggest client, and he gets sent by his boss to apologize or lose his job. While the man is driving to the client’s house he experiences a host of supernatural events culminating in a female ghost appearing in his car’s backseat causing him to crash his car.


          The next morning Ran and her father are being treated to a meal cooked by Rin when Ran receives a desperate telepathic message from Midori telling her that she is at the Tsutano hospital. Ran rushes to the hospital to see Midori, where she finds out that Midori is ill from winning a pork eating contest, she won first place and $1000. As Rui and Rin also rush to her side, Midori tries to use this moment to confess to Rin but a nurse with a large injection for her and a ghost that Ran sees breaks up Midori’s big moment.


         Ran follows the ghost into the hallway with Ran and Rui following close behind, Ran is the only one in the group that can see the ghost. The ghost leads them to a room that seems to be occupied by the young man (Yoshino Tatsuhiko) from the night before. Once Midori sees that she’s been left behind she leaves the room to join them, and she get physic vibes from the man’s section chief.


      Once Ran and the others enter the room Ran gets vibes from the man and Ran sees a red face on the man’s elbow. Midori and Ran then join powers and search the face on the man’s elbow. Once they use their power they get a message asking for help from a girl who appears to be held prisoner somewhere, she asks them for help and she tells them to follow the guide. Back at Ran’s house they find a injured stranger inside and then the girls get more physic vibes from the man. The man tells them all he knows is that he has to take someone named Ran to the Kitougami house.

        The group follows the guide to the Kitougami household and along the way Rui looks up some information on the family, they were once wealthy but to tragedy befell the family and now they are considered cursed. As they get close to the Kitougami house it begins to rain, and they make their way inside where they meet a worker named Sumida, and when he asks them what they are doing here they show him the guide, and he knows him and he is named Maruzou. It turns out that the man is the estate’s doctor Satoe-san, and the group gets invited into the parlor for refreshments.

         After talking with the staff for awhile Midori and Ran see the female ghost again, and they ask Satoe if the sick person has a image of a person’s face on their body, upon hearing this she tells them to leave now. But, just then the master of the house (Yuka Kitougami) arrives and she asks what the fuss is all about? After reading Yuka’s thoughts Ran and Midori begin to asks questions about a girl, possibly her granddaughter, or maybe her sister. She gets very upset and demands to know how they know about her, and Ran and Midori tell her they saw the girl, and they tell her that they know everything about her being imprisoned.

        They end up staying the night but are warned not to eat the desert by Sumida, after their meal they hear a commotion in the hall. The doctor is missing, and the young sick girl (Yuri) is very ill, as Ran and the crew rush into the room Ran and Midori see that the face image is on Yuri’s elbow. Well, that’s all for this episode.

       Well, this episode was the start of another two part adventure with this episode setting up the mystery and leaving the solution for the next episode. But, the real meat of this series is all about the interplay between Midori and Ran. Midori is always doing things to pull Ran’s chain, and Ran is always throwing water on Midori’s self-aggrandizing.

         Again in this episode Midori is still crushing on Ran’s brother Rin, she always trying to come up with situations to be alone with Rin. This is actually pretty funny, some of her ideas are almost Rube Goldberg like in nature. I guess it would be too simple and wouldn’t help the plot if she just told Rin that she likes him and wants to be his girlfriend, if I was Rin’s age and in the same situation I’d hit it.


       This episode begins with Sora arriving at the airport and falling asleep on the bus ride into Tokyo. After being dropped off by the bus a good deal away from where she needs to be Sora has to walk a long way to get to her location. While walking, she takes in the sights of the city, and she also has a chance to use her magic. At a intersection Sora uses her magic to stop a tanker truck from crushing two people, one of the people she saved seems knows something about magic, and when he finds out that she’s going to study magic he asks her why is she bothering to study if she can already use her magic to such a great extend?

       Sora eventually arrives at the bureau of magic, but she is late for the start of class and causes a commotion when she enters the classroom. Sora gets chewed out by the teacher (Kawada)  for being late to class. Afterwards, she has to introduce herself to the other students, and they are told that they will have a written test on basic magic. Then they get a break before the start of another class and Sora meets a girl named Yamabuki Hiori who seems kind of friendly to her.


          The first magical assignment they get is to turn a fish tank full of water into ice, Sora gets very emotional because the boy (Midorikawa-kun) she met at the intersection snubs her and she creates a very dramatic ice structure. One of the other girls wants to make it a competition between her and Sora, but the teacher tells them that magic isn’t a competition, and the goal of this training is to allow the students to decide what kind of mage they will be.


       After class Sora talks to some of the other students, and then she heads off to find the instructor’s house, students live with a instructor while attending class in Tokyo. She has to find her way to the Shimokitazawa district of Tokyo, along the way she takes in the sights and sounds of the area.

        Once Sora arrives at her instructor’s house she introduces herself to Hara (her instructor/dorm dad) and she thanks him for being her instructor. He tells her where her room is, and he tells her to rest up until dinner. Sora also finds out that other students will be staying there too. Once Sora gets to her room she sees that she’ll be staying in a room that’s decorated for a boy. Sora then opens the window to get some air and she notices that the boy from the intersection and class seems to be staying there too. Well, That’s all for this episode.

       Well, after viewing episode two we find out some more about how the magical system in this world functions, and how it governed.

1. Whether a person as the ability to use magic is determined by their DNA.

2. A person may train to use magic and be called a mage at age 16 or older.

3. A person training to be a mage must undergo one month of a live-in apprenticeship/training program.

         Now that I’ve given you the basic rules governing the system, it’s time to get down to brass tacks. What this series is really about is how Sora will react to meeting new people and experiencing new things, and how those people around her will change due to meeting her.

         Also, another key character in this series is the city itself. I know that several blogggers have expressed their displeasure over the use of real pictures/photo realistic backgrounds throughout the episodes. But, with the liberal use of these backgrounds and the weaving of music and background noises makes the city come alive, it has it’s own pulse and rhythm. I like watching Sora, a small town country girl, interacting with the sights and sounds of the city. Overall, I find this series to be a nice stress relieving distraction, it’s easy to get pulled into the ebb and flow of Sora’s awaking to the larger world around her.

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