Musaigen no Phantom World Episode 2
I didn’t even know I had this fetish.
I told you she was best girl.
My poor heart. You win, Kyoani. I’ll watch your stupid show. I feel like I’ve been bought off really cheaply. In retrospect, all Phantom World had to do was to just pander to my brand of fanservice. I’m not particularly proud of that. I mean, I have nothing against boobs, it’s just that Mayonnaise-sama’s huge, bouncing in-your-face ones didn’t really impress me all that much, especially when Kyoani chose to do that fully knowing that this would be everyone’s first impression of their new work. I’ve seen some of the promo art for Phantom World since last week’s episode, and apparently Mai has a small mole on her inner thigh, which is very visible from certain revealing angles when she’s wearing spats. You can go look it up if you want, I bet it’s really easy to find given that fan art has exploded at an even faster rate since that official image was released. If that’s your thing, then I’m happy for you. But it’s not going to change the fact that I’m not a Mai fan – I was perfectly happy with my Windows 7 Mori Summer, and I didn’t need a forced upgrade into a Windows 10 Mayonnaise edition.
Now Reina, on the other hand, was made for lewd. Apparently the novels already sexualize her a lot, but… wow. She didn’t even know what she was doing, she just instinctively did it. And she wouldn’t stop until she was told to let go. Her best girl game is currently off the charts. I’m proud of having labelled her best girl last week. I honestly don’t think the loli can beat her, guys. That’s a big deal coming from me. I didn’t even have a finger sucking fetish until that scene happened. Can we all agree that the cherry on top was that lewd string of saliva that left her mouth when it was over? This is what they mean when they say ‘Kyoani finds a way’. Kyoani reinvents things, and transcends previously established boundaries no matter the genre. With fanservice, they’re not satisfied with the standard boobs, panty shots and swimsuit episodes. They’re after something more tasteful, if you’ll excuse the pun (and if fanservice can ever be tasteful). Something unique. Like inner thigh moles and finger sucking. I also noticed a lot of leg stretching. Kyoani seeks to awaken the fetishist within you, deep down in your heart of hearts. And I approve.
As for the episode itself, it wasn’t bad. I felt that the second half largely redeemed itself because of the lewd Reina scene, and that it was otherwise quite mediocre. Oh god, I hope she continues to heal everyone’s wounds like that. Ahem. It also seems like the Koito recruitment drive will take a little longer than expected. At the moment, it doesn’t feel like she has much to her character other than being a stoic, reserved girl with what should be a powerful ability. It’s a pity she jobbed during the very battle her power was introduced in, because it would have been nice to see her hold her own without Team Mai coming to rescue her. Her Parole also sounds really tiring to chant, especially if she has to do that every time she wants to activate her hyper voice thing. I actually thought they were just green flames from what the OP seemed to indicate, but apparently they’re linked to her voice ability.
Phantom World has also started hinting towards a plot. I don’t think it was a coincidence that they were sent to a factory belonging to the company responsible for the virus – both the strange thing Ruru took back and the robot’s dying words (‘my directive is to protect Alayashiki’s secrets) are most likely going to be important in the future. I hope, at least – if Kyoani can take a break from fetishizing different body parts every now and then. Haruhiko also seems very set on emphasizing that their world still doesn’t know a lot about phantoms, and that they’re not sure of the exact nature of the reality they live in. I was confused by his opening monologue, in fact – he says that phantoms which cause trouble must be sealed off, as if that ‘trouble’ never really existed (in terms of quantity and extent as it does now, at least) before phantoms appeared. But the show seems to imply that phantoms were always there, just that they couldn’t be perceived. Now that they are perceived, suddenly so is the trouble that they cause. So how is it that their previous reality didn’t recognise the existence or impact of phantoms? If they’re created by the human consciousness, then how does something which originated like that have a physical impact on the real world? It all reminds me a lot of Dennou Coil, a now-very dated but very deep and quaint series where technology and actual reality start blurring. Except this also has lewd finger sucking.
Please remember to correct your best girl allegiance to One True Reina. If you don’t, she’ll eat you. is that a bad thing