Flip Flappers – 10

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The Gist: The backstory rolls in this week and its not the only gut punch for our heroes. As the cult invades Dr Salt’s lair, an injured Yayaka has to stand off against the Twins, who are there to collect Cocona. (the target) Unfortunately, their relationship gets torpedoed as the Twins describe Yayaka’s mission to make herself Cocona’s friend.

Later, mid escape, Cocona throws a fit and demands Papika spill the beans, which she does via un-narrated flashbacks. At least a decade ago, Papika was one of many candidates to be Mimi’s partner. (Mimi being the only known person who can dive Pure Illusion) Salt is there — as a young boy — and the three of them have a bit of fun under the watchful (and sinister) eyes of Salt’s father.

What happened to Mimi is not clear, but Cocona is broken by the idea that she is only loved as a target or a replacement for another girl. Double unfortunately, Cocona’s grandmother turns out to be evil as well, and uses Cult soldier robots to pin her granddaughter down… only for the house to be destroyed by a resurgent Mimi, who refers to Cocona as her daughter!

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The Verdict: We finally get somewhere with the ongoing hints of Mimi on the boat, Papika calling Cocona Mimi, and a confirmation that Grandma has been an evil SOB from the beginning. All of these revelations are delivered beautifully and, thankfully, without too much exposition.

I really love the reveal that Papika is way older than she looks, as we can infer from Salt’s current age. (The lines on his face look late 30s at the youngest) It also gives greater context for Salts motivations and his cold persona.

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As always, Flip Flappers is a treat to look at and, Cocona’s angst aside, everyone has an interesting personality to investigate. But above all things, the fact that Flip Flappers retains many mysteries — what happened to Mimi? How did she transition to Cocona? What does the cult want? What does Mimi Want? — is smart and keeps my appetite drooling wet for more.

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4 thoughts on “Flip Flappers – 10”

  1. And thank you, Franklin, for the massive FliFla review dump!

    I must say I have been following this show from the beginning (along with Bubuki Buranki) and both shows are keeping me interested with the mystery provided by their respective plots.

    Here’s hoping they can wrap up All-Things-Mimi (well maybe not _all_) by the end of the cour.

    1. FliFla’s format makes me wish for a pie in the sky Action RPG to be built off of it. There’s no way such a thing will, nor could be done well, but I want to explore the many worlds and characters in a way a linear narrative doesn’t allow.

      As for the show itself, my only criticism is that it occasionally feels like it’s missing 5 minutes of story here and there. The jump to magical girl sailor suits is one example of this — it just happens? It may be that the transformations stem from Salt’s TechGirl’s mind-space via pure illusion, but that theme (the idea that each dive is a specific character) remains vague enough and undeveloped enough to feel unfinished in and of itself. Regardless, it’s solidly my second favorite show this season.

      1. I would argue that the worlds themes are developed enough to sustain themselves each ep. They just dont explore the characters in the way a traditional narrative is. The worlds are more about experiencing the themes rather than making any true commentary about it; and you know what? that’s ok. There is some commentary, but those are in the visual cues which does sometimes make those bits of commentary seem underdeveloped when not filtered through an analytical lense; but at the end of the day it’s still there

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