Well, this just turned into a creepy game of “He said/She said.” I was a little puzzled when, after commenting on how Ryoko’s character seemed largely shaped by her getting dumped, some of you corrected me in the talkback by saying she’d actually been raped.
Turns out that possibility wasn’t actually introduced until this episode: although it has been left intentionally ambiguous as to whether it’s just a case of this metro dude getting too pushy or her simply trying to save face after a break-up. If it really is that gravest option, then this show’s mood seems to play the inverse of BROTHERHOOD’s by abruptly breaking up cheery antics with bits of grim, atonal seriousness.
Either way, even if the dude with the umbrella didn’t do anything, he still deserves to be fed into a wood chipper. I just don’t like the look of him.
Maybe I’m simply missing the allusions, again, but I found it amusing that the sitcom-like conceit of this episode adhered to fairy tale logic more closely than any previous episode. Ryoko gets a bop on her head and her personality reverts to what it was before she was such a bitch? That’s right there with a sorceress cursing a whole kingdom simply because she wasn’t invited to a baby shower.
Then again, thinking back to my Psych 101, if her “transition point” was brought about by an especially traumatic event (which the possible scenario above certainly would be,) you can see why she would establish a childish dissociative identity to cope. That sort of thing comes up a lot in cases of abuse…
…and, you know what? I think that’s a little too serious for even another session of reading too far into this show. Let's just leave it where it is.
Watch this episode, “Okami-san Goes on a Double Date with Jizou-san” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.