Musaigen no Phantom World Episode 2

Vantage

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  1. Ooh! Another (resists urge to drop DJ Khaled ‘meme’) series with “coil” in it!

    Now as for the current plot, well, if Phantoms were having an impact on the world it beforehand it was a) written off as crazy talk b) written of as a mystery or c) handled by ‘specialists’. As for that last point, however, we don’t know how long this official organization for dealing with Phantoms has existed as things could have very well been handled much like in Monogatari before everyone could witness Phantoms (on that note Araragi’s healing ability was the first thing I thought of when Reina healed Haruhiko, but…)

    The other point to consider in terms of the impact of Phantoms is: “the act of observing changes what’s being observed”, no? Phantoms definitely aren’t roving about aimlessly like the Buranki. So their activity was certainly kicked up and affected by people suddenly being able to perceive them… although on that note those graveyard “ghosts” really weren’t doing much compared to every other Phantom we’ve seen thus far. Curious.

    As for the plot moving forward, I’m rather frightened. It could either pass up on beginning to make use of its potential, or it could REALLY make use of its potential. We’ll see~!

    On a more persona level there were three points of interest to me:

    [1] I’m wondering if Reina…
    a) gains different energy based on what she consumes, like with real food (satisfied Phantom=positive energy, subdued Phantom=neutral energy, healing wounds=negative energy – I mean Haruhiko didn’t even get as flustered as when “all girl’s school” was mentioned)

    b) has to eat a certain amount of real food in proportion to her phantasmal consumption, like a diet that she can (or will have to learn to) follow to use her powers most effectively

    [2] Mai has to stimulate the areas of her body that contain the different elements (Chinese mysticism), right?

    Now we know there’s an official organization for handling Phantoms, so might she eventually gain a device that allows for more direct (non perverted) stimulation and thus heightened powers?

    [3] Ruru is such a distinct Phantom! It worries me.

    At the same time there’s potential for quite the origin story. Her outfit makes me wonder if she’s genie-like… and is currently only with Haruhiko to be his friend until he properly makes friends with others (he seemed kind of lonely for a moment when he went back to his empty room after the others left)… hopefully she doesn’t disappear if that’s the case, but maybe just moves on to “grant the wish” of someone else.

    • Vantage says:

      [1] Does she gain any energy at all? I know there’s a theory floating around that she’s got a massive army of phantoms in her stomach (think Chamot from Rokka) that she might unleash in the future, but I’m not sure how much I’d back that idea. Haruhiko has some weird reactions. He gets flustered from the mere mention of an all-girls’ college, yet when he gets to the very pink-looking love nest of two college girls he doesn’t react. When he sees Mai and Reina naked in towels he doesn’t react. He also nonchalantly invites them both to his house. What is he doing?! How can he react so calmly to Reina sucking his finger?!

      [2] Come on, now. No way are Kyoani ever going to discard their fanservice for non-perverted stimulation.

      [3] As for Ruru, one thing did come to mind that never made it into the post – where does she even go at night? Haruhiko waves goodbye to her, and she just flies off into the sky somewhere. It’s so strange that she doesn’t know anything about herself – and yeah, she’s definitely very distinct. Totally human-looking, for one.

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