The ‘Clive Barker’s Spider Man’ comparison is proving more literal than I expected. Not only is there this familiar scene of our nerdy hero no longer needing glasses after his body strengthens, there are also two shots that directly duplicate that memorable low-angle shot on Peter Parker in the movies where his hand is huge in perspective. At this point, it’s hard to believe this isn’t intentional.
Hell, a big chunk of this episode is even devoted to giving Shinichi a very superhero-esque weakness to properly check his impressive powers. Spider-Man can run out of web-fluid if he gets too thwip-happy (depending on which version you’re dealing with). Iron Man’s always got to worry about pieces of shrapnel digging closer to his heart. And now, Shinichi can’t access his powers during his parasite’s three-hour naps (which might as well be like Green Lantern having to re-charge his Power Ring every time he makes a construct).
There’s probably even another proviso on that, but Shinichi cut Migi off before he could get the full explanation out.
We could probably take this comparison a step farther and note how Shinichi’s already potentially got his own Mary Jane / Gwen Stacy love triangle here. So many of these anime heroes are so embarrassingly inept when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex, it’s actually refreshing to finally see one who’s got a better handle on dealing with girls.
I’d extend that to his relationship with his parents, too. Again, for an anime, it just feels so… unusual, and yet so much realer, to see a teen hero having this sort of panic and anxiety about the wellbeing of his father. Their reunion was just uncommonly moving. I felt such a visceral sense of relief when Shinichi barged into the hospital room. And that’s an impressive emotional impact that the staff was able to set up in such a short amount of time.