Our discovery of relationship understanding continues with episode two of Mysterious Girlfriend X and the on going impressiveness of the series. I said this before that this would be the make or break point for me since it has one of my favorite scenes from the manga was going to be shown in this episode. Well it here, and it was handled with respect and crafted with details.
The first note is the opening sung by Ayako Yoshitani with a dream like voice that fits with the opening scenes and feel. The opening also had some interesting imagery going on like the lemons, which I found out that they are a symbol of love but it could also connect with the sweetness of lemons like how the drool is sweet.
Next comes the struggle that Tsubaki is going through. He has a slight understanding, from his best friend Ueno, on what boyfriend and girlfriend do but not all of it works with Urabe. Physical contact is out of the question, both holding hands and hugging, and the strange behavior of Urabe from the way she response to things and her hobby of cutting things up with scissors. However, Urabe tells him there is one way they have an relationship with each other, it is the drool that carries their bond.
To understand where Urabe is coming, she shows him by going nude in front of him, while he isn't looking, and passing on those feelings through the drool. This results making him nose bleed and feeling flush and embarrass. This particular scene had incredible lighting, well shot camera movements, a very intense but gentle musical score, and captured the moment of their connection well that was shown in the manga. They even want with a dark shading to cover Urabe's naked body to not only censor it but to fit with the scene, unlike bars of light coming out of nowhere or fog. The music continues to work with every scene, specially the crazy drum solo when Urabe pulls her scissors out to teach Tsubaki a lesson.
Two episodes in and Mysterious Girlfriend X holds strong with it premise without sorting to overly cliche devices.
Next episode: test tube and a confession?