What Lurks at Midnight
At this point, my assumption is that Mangetsu is really a construct built and programmed for the express purpose of winning Granbelm and that she was inserted into her family with false memories.
There was no power up unless you mean a temporary power surge. It seems that Mangetsu can access an altered state of mind where she is more powerful. That´s when her eyes turn violet with a white symbol representing her Armanox. It happened in the first episode, too, when she blew Rosa´s mech to bits.I can tell what's outwardly going on, but I can't figure out what's internally going on with Mangetsu here. What causes this power-up? Okay, so Mangetsu somehow sees Nene's memory. I can accept that, by assuming that Nene's magical circle is linked to Nene herself and that somehow striking at it caused a bleed-off of emotion or some other mumbo-jumbo. But why would that cause the power-up? Or if we reverse the assumption and assume that the power-up is what gave Mangetsu the ability to see some of Nene's memories, then what caused the power-up in the first place?
Or we can just assume that Mangetsu is just that powerful to begin with and there was no power-up, but that also flies against convention and Mangetsu herself seems to be surprised.
What am I missing?
This? That´s a reference of her dreaming about just floating in nothingness all the time and the pictures you mean, were the same when she talked to Shingetsu about her being totally meaningless and that she could just disappear without changing anything. She thinks she has absolutely nothing and is deeply afraid of returning back to her mundane life. She is not powered by friendship or love, but fear and desperation. Thinking about it she resembles Anna in quite a few ways (general character excluded ofc). She fights just for herself and a desire for being special, her rage isn´t a persistant state though. Also it´s a lot more effective as she has the magic power to back it up.The usual trope for a sudden unforeseen but inevitable power-up is that the hero/heroine was just about to be defeated, looked inside and remembered WHAT REALLY MATTERS(tm) and discover newfound strength inside, but as far as I can tell no such thing happened. There were two cuts of Mangetsu basically hanging out with her friends and that doesn't seem sufficient as those are her casual friends. They aren't in danger if Mangetsu loses this battle. They will still be there, unaffected, and Mangetsu will still get to hang out with them, and they weren't even close to begin with. They were just classmates. If there's someone Mangetsu really cares for, that should be Shingetsu, but for this one scene she's out of the picture.
Yukamichi's post was from July 21st, but watching last week's episode of Gegege no Kitaro I see that it's still pinpoint accurate. Last week's Gegege no Kitaro was titled "THE SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICT VERSUS THE JOMON MAN" and man if it wasn't a sharp critique on the tendency of some internet personalities to do anything to get views and likes. For something that's broadcast on 9 a.m. Sundays, and thus solidly aimed at kids, it can be quite adult sometimes.Wow wow wow. Much has been made of the social commentary in this new Gegege no Kitaro, but to air an episode like this on the day of an election still has me floored. Whoever's making these decisions on the show has my utmost respect.
I think it's entirely possible that Suishou was taking down anyone who was actually an imminent danger to Anna in the background - if she's powerful enough she could easily pass it off as them being weak, if anyone was watching her do it at all. As long as she does her research beforehand she could know which of the other contestants might be powerful enough to threaten Anna if they get close, enabling her to act flighty and worthless around those who aren't real threats.Yeah. I am wondering a bit about this Anna is a weak mage thing though. She stayed in the battle for a year and the times she got in trouble was when she went berserk. Ok she had two other mages as backup but it didn´t look like they were fighting as a team much. Also Shisui´s support isn´t worth anything, she regularly noped out or fled unless she thought she has the upper hand.
Yeah, I wanted to shake a few of those kids. I realize they're under a lot of stress and pressure here, but did none of them SERIOUSLY not notice that the "childhood friend's" name was just her's backwards? (And used the same VA in flashback). I know who my suspicions are pointing at as the traitor.Astra Lost in Space 07: ...it's backwards. It's fucking backwards. Seriously?!