Episode 4. We begin in medias res. Someone’s feeling fancy today.
We start this way because Nanami is taking us
all on a hiking trip on the way to the duel, and we’re going to pass through a
couple of high-altitude locations, and there’s an octopus? Involved?
And it’s going to be an entire episode later by the time we get back to
the plot, so it’s important that we are shown the destination beforehand, lest
we begin to suspect that someone forgot the directions.
I love the way the floating windows in the exploded
buttresses rhyme with the floating
windows in the music room. Where are we,
Miki Is playing my ringtone.
I used to have a flip phone that kind of looked like an ipod if you
weren’t paying attention, and its big selling point was that you could key in songs
in a little sheet music editor, and it would play them back to you in a
wide variety of musical styles. So for a
while when people called me it was Reggae Sunlit Garden, and then for a while
it was Bossa Nova Sunlit Garden, but I think in the end I went with Flamenco
Sunlit Garden, with extra handclaps. I
miss that phone, although not as much as Miki misses his sister.
The soundtrack, as always, is extremely good at its
job. This song is meant to evoke
nostalgia, and upon hearing it I am immediately transported to the atrium at
the top of the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, where I would sit
in my black trenchcoat [!] and listen to the season one OST on my
discman [!!] when things got to be too much.
I remember the bright shiny pink CD, a hong kong bootleg I bought from
some disreputable website. I was so young, then, so full of hope. Where have they gone, those halcyon days,
when I felt alive, when everything seemed possible? How can
I get that music back?
Through violence, obviously.
But enough about me: Nanami’s getting owned again.