Uh-oh. Ginko’s got a girrrrrrrrrrlfriend.
Well, in all likelihood, the relationship won't extend beyond this episode. I feel like a guy promising to take a girl around the world with him when they’re both old is tantamount to him saying they’ll do it when pigs fly. Or when the Angels win the pennant (name what that’s referring to and you get +500XP.) Actually, wasn’t there some episode a while back with some mild sexual tension between him and somebody’s older sister or single mom? I feel like there was, but I can’t recall any other specifics except that it happened at some cabin in the winter.
If you were going to play matchmaker, I reckon a guy with a mushi curse would only be compatible with a girl with her own mushi curse. And nerdy occultist knowledge to match his, to boot! It's like a date put together on Geek2Geek. I liked seeing Ginko with this kind of foil to play off him and I’d wish to see more of her but I think I’ve learned “to wish in one hand and spit in the other” (as the saying goes) when it comes to what I want to see in this show.
This is a great episode to follow up the last one, though. Maybe we’ve got the making of roll here (that doesn’t just involve spinning arcane scrolls together.) I think we’ve seen enough one-off episodes with somebody’s life getting ruined by a combination of the mushi and their own insecurities, so it was a pleasant alternative to see one where somebody’s actually living in some kind of harmony with these critters. Maybe there’s something to be said about how the gal's invested her time into actually understanding the things, so she lacks the ignorance that breeds fear and anger and all the self-destructive emotions that follow from that.
Half the time I write these, I feel like I’m inferring a lot more subtext and symbolism into the plots than anybody involved probably intended. They’d probably read this and say, “Dude, it’s just about a girl who writes with book worms. Relax.”
Watch these episodes "A Sea of Writings" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.