Yakumo isn’t the flashiest series around this season, but damn it all if it doesn’t have one of the best soundtracks. The incidental music is just about continuous, and it’s continually kick-ass. In this episode they even threw some new tracks in, which makes sense, as the series is finally on its feet and ready to run in terms of moving the story forward.
It was about time they started bringing the glasses chick into the picture. She’s Miyuki Nanase, the sole survivor of her family who were victims in a quadruple homicide fifteen years ago. The long and short of the episode is that a ghost video was made as as trap in order to isolate Yakumo and bring him into her stun gun-equipped clutches. I think Miyuki wants him to start using his gift to serve the powers of evil, rather than to help people. In any case, she’s one tough gal.
There are some great interactions between Gotou and his section chief, Miyagawa (another strong, no-nonsense female character in true Beetrain fashion), as well as between Miyagawa and Ishii when he comes back to the station with his tail between his legs (Miyuki also got Gotou with the stun gun in the haunted mansion where the video was taken. She’s a busy bee…) Ishii in particular was hardly inspiring in this episode, and fully deserved the cross to the face from Miyagawa. Let’s hope he redeems himself in future episodes.
Haruka wasn’t really around in this episode, except to invite Yakumo to her concert. However, rather than blow her off, Yakumo actually calls her up to politely tell her he can’t make it (he has to go walk into a trap). The old Yakumo surely wouldn’t have done something so kind-hearted. We’ll see if Ms. Frizzle, Assassin changes all that. Rating: 3.5