[Description]: My thoughts on Flip Flappers episode 3.
Where to even begin with an episode like this. Perhaps what was most impressive, baring the awesome animation, fight sequences, character designs, and transformation sequences was just how damn broad its material was. The episode starts out in a Mad Max-esque desert landscape populated by a humble village people under threat from raiders. It’s a fairly typical scenario but what spins out of that is something else entirely. Cocona has been ensnared by some kind of mind-controlling helmet and is forced to combat Papika. A sinister woman, who has an awesome design, reveals herself to be the one pulling the strings and later transforms into a gargantuan monster.
And what then? Mahou Shoujo transformations, giant lasers, the girls are thrown into orbit, and a highly-skilled retrieval team consisting of one of Cocona’s friends who work for a cultist organization and pray to an immense, towering caduceus in the name of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine. But Flip Flappers doesn’t feel overburdened by all of this but rather invigorated. The previous episodes have established the tone for the show well and set up this third episode spectacularly.
After a relatively tame episode last time, it was nice to see Flip Flappers’ action animation come roaring back with so many fantastic moments this episode. While episode 3 was a little more focused on action and developing a few overarching story concepts, there was still a bit of provocative dialogue shared between Cocona and the creature that manipulated her. Whether what she said was merely for the sake of taunting Cocona or not, the idea that Cocona is hollow – uncertain of what she wants to be and what she wants to achieve. We see this contention in her character in the first episode as she waffles over what school to attend and what she should do with her life. Allegedly, it’s through this void that the creature is able to exert her dominance over her, so I wonder if such a concept will return in some form in the future. Regardless of these implications, this dialogue further speaks to this kind of internalization and perception surrounding the nature of Pure Illusion and how that will manifest in the coming episodes is additionally interesting.
The organization opposing Flip Flap already strikes me as really interesting. The designs of their outfits are sinister, unsettling, and just as pristine and sterile as the environment we encounter them in – an enormous white room, completely spotless and barren save for the altar erected at its center. They make the previously shady Dr. Salt look almost mild by comparison. From what little insight we receive, clearly they are competing with Flip Flap in harvesting these otherworldly objects from Pure Illusion. Yayaka refers to the pink gem as an ‘amorphous’ and what better a word to describe something as unfixed, and whimsical as that which is derived from Pure Illusion. The gem itself seems different from the ones Cocona and Papika have encountered before however though the significance has yet to be revealed. It’s later absorbed into the caduceus and so we’ll have to see whether this is for some bizarre medicinal purpose in the future.