The Rolling Girls Episode 5
There is an on-going conflict between the two groups Mie Motors and Aichi Tenmusu that both reside the area. Both parties’ Captains are making peace efforts in their own way, but their gangs aren’t digging it. Nozomi and the gang came to this city to fulfill a request from Tomoki, who is seeking assistance to help accomplish his mission. They were greeted with a bang well before they even arrived at their destination due to the shachihoko bombing. Whether or not Mie Motors were the ones to order those bombs, we will find out next week- but is it safe to say at this point, the bombs’ creators were without a doubt the Takumi group.
Basically two things were going on this episode. We had Himemiko who had just returned home after 3 years roaming/training who is asked to make a new Shachi for the castle, and the conflict between the two gangs that resides the area. Himemiko’s story is more or less of a lackluster. I could care less about her complex that she can’t live up to her father’s abilities of making Shachihoko. The gang’s conflict on the other hand, was at least a little more interesting, solely because of the efforts of their leaders. I found it refreshing to see a Captain of the mob for an exchange to be working hard for the sake of co-existence and peace. He is Mie Motor’s leader, Tomoki Suzaka. While he wasn’t in the spotlight of this week’s episode, his presence and efforts were made known as part of his Friendship Project. He is a taxi motorist who drives his clients around for free. His gang however, particularly his vice captain are not supportive of it and just want to pick a fight for territory dominance. The same applies to to the Aichi Tenmusus members, who are fed up with Mie Motors picking fights. However like Tomoki, Aichi Tenmusus’ dandy leader has no intention of fighting, especially when he is aware of the opposing Captain’s efforts.
And that’s it.
That’s the episode.
Here’s the thing, I figured out what has been bothering me for the past few episodes. Nozomi and the gang are the main characters right? But… it doesn’t feel like it, at all. They are rapidly fading into the background while the minor characters that we may or may not even see again are the focus. And I think this is precisely why I have been losing interest in covering this series so quickly.
I am not going to lie, there were only three moments of the episode that sparked my attention. The first was the Sachihoko Bombing. That gave me hope that things were about to get interesting- except it didn’t. The second was when we found out that the moonlight stone (Star of the Circuit) which Himemiko has been holding onto belonged to Tomoki, and the third was when Tomoki took off his helmet and he and Himemiko gazed at each other and I had a, “Oh no, I think I ship it” moment. (DAMNIT THEY LOOK CUTE TOGETHER!) Regardless of the type of relationship they haver I know it will be a precious one. Based on how we know of Tomoki right now, I am sure he will directly or indirectly encourage Himemiko to take on the task of rebuilding the castle’s Sachi along with the rest of the neighborhood’s shachihoko that had been blown up.
-Anyways, I am sorry to say that I will be discontinuing my coverage on The Rolling Girls. I was really hoping for this week’s episode to boost my motivation, and sadly it didn’t deliver. It certainly doesn’t help that there aren’t any previews featured to encourage me to stick it out for another week. So unless next week’s episode surprises me with a burning twist that fires me up (it needs to be a MINDBLOWN moment), there is little chance that I will resume the coverage. Nevertheless I will continue watching it, and if it does end up getting good later on, perhaps it will encourage me to at least write up a Random Review.