Yaay, done with this file. Now comes the good stuff! Although I’m not as fond of either of the ones set in schools. Not that I dislike them. They’re just not as appealing to me as the rest. But, onward.
Someone in the Ghost Hunt tag said the theme reminded them of Doctor Who, and they’re right. It’s totally that spacey, abstract thing with weird music. It’s not like any other anime opening ever.
The first appearance of dream Naru! Or, well, Gene, depending. The anime doesn’t really get into that.
Monk calls Mai jou-chan a lot, and the subs translate it a bunch of different ways; ‘girlie’, ‘miss’, ‘young lady’. It’s interesting. I think, keeping in mind my very limited knowledge, that ‘kid’ or ‘kiddo’ might convey the feeling most appropriately? It’s not gender-specific like jou-chan, but it seems like the formality and familiarity level is similar. ‘Girlie’ is similar but sounds a bit weird, maybe old-fashioned.
Mai was unconscious till 4 am! That’s a little worrying. Also Monk, Ayako, and John stayed with her the whole time, which is really sweet.
Um, wow. I just realized that I guessed jou-chan would be romanized with an ou or ‘long o’ (ipa: /o:/), even though I’ve never seen it spelled before. I used to have trouble telling quantitatively long vowels (i.e., pronounced a longer time) from short ones since English doesn’t make a distinction for meaning. My linguistic ear is improving! Sorry. Back on track.
Everyone starts arguing about Naru and why he ran off and then John comes up with “maybe he went home to make effigies!” The rest laugh after a little bit, but they look genuinely worried for a sec.
Except Mai, of course. She’s like “Ugh, if he did that I would go and smack him on the head.” I feel like this is why they would be good for each other. Naru needs someone to smack him on the head when he’s being a jerk. Meanwhile, Naru encourages Mai to be a better person by annoying her until she says “I’ll show him how wrong he is and pass this test!”
So Mai goes back to school and her friends say that Naru gave Kuroda-san a call. The dub, meanwhile, says the Naru called them. Interesting. Mai gets all fussed either way and says “but he’s been missing since yesterday!” The sub says he and Kuroda talked about the old building and Mai wants to know what Kuroda’s up to; the dub says they talked about Kuroda and the old building, and Mai wants to know what Naru’s up to. I guess it makes sense either way, but I’m not sure why they changed it.
Kuroda and Mai get called to the principal’s office and there’s Naru and also everyone else. Hypnotism and plot points, blah, blah. Mai does not pick up on the fact that she’s being hypnotised. I think I would, because Naru’s spiel looks a lot like everything on TV. But who knows.
AAAAAAaaaaaa Mai actually just said bye-bye or perhaps more accurately bai-bai! It was the CUTEST THING. I can’t explain it, but English words borrowed into Japanese sound adorable to me. Something about the phonetic assimilation process. I don’t know. ;_;
This is Mai’s reaction to realizing she may have a Thing for Naru. Again, I KNOW THAT FEEL. Sucks, doesn’t it? I sometimes think I would like to go through my life romance-free.
Then she goes to see him and starts thinking about Smiling Naru in the dream again and is furiously embarrassed and covers her face with her hands. Poor thing. She does, however, manage to play it cool while he’s talking to her. Well done Mai.
John comes out and says “Mai-san.” which the sub translates as “Mai girl” which strikes me as really weird. Like - seriously? ‘Miss Mai’ would make far more sense in this context. But with a sub, you can really leave it -san; I would say a large part of people watching subbed anime know what that means.
John and Mai seal up the walls and doors and windows and stuff with plywood. They then write their names all over them. I suspect John’s handwriting of being a preinstalled font. Mai’s could be too; I can’t tell.
So when Mai goes back Lin just glares and glares at her. Rude, Lin. You are the rudest. Girl is trying to make peace. I had a screencap, but my computer froze and didn’t save it, so no screencap for you. Sorry.
the chair has moved! This was what the hypnotism was about. I didn’t say because it was dull as compared to, say, talking about honorifics or squeeing over John. I am a woman of simple pleasures. Anyway, the chair has moved even though the room is sealed up and there is shock all around. Turns out that this poltergeist is caused by a human - Kuroda. She has unrecognized PK and a craving for attention so she did it mostly by accident. That pretty much wraps up the mystery for this episode.
Mai is a total sweetie to Kuroda after she’s exposed.
Uh, so Naru explains Ayako was trapped because of a nail. He says he noticed it but didn’t mention it. Then he produces it from his pocket. Naru. What are you doing with it in your pocket? Did you just pick it up like, “What if she asks about being stuck in that room? I’ll show her this. That’ll make me look super cool.”
-SNORT- Okay, Naru and Ayako are having a debate about this and Mai and John are watching and…their faces…they move around like puppies towards whoever is talking. IT’S ADORABLE. -snicker- They don’t look at Monk, though. Sorry, Monk. No puppies for you.
Naru says he won’t report Kuroda. Here is Ayako’s reaction.
"Wow. I had no idea you were so sensitive. Do you have a giiirlfriend?”
AYAKO HE’S NOT EVEN SEVENTEEN YET AND YOU’RE TWENTY-TWO. Should you be coming on to him so blatantly? I mean, at least display a little tact.
Naru is having none of it. He says “While I do appreciate the offer, I’m too used to looking at myself in the mirror.”
Run cold water over the affected area, Ayako. It’ll feel better.
That’s about all except that Naru calls Mai and offers her a job so that the series can continue. Yaaay!