Sabikui Bisco doesn’t really advance the plot much in its fourth episode. Instead we watch Milo and Bisco attempt to progress from point A to B and along the way we get more of a feel for the dynamic between the duo as well as some comedy in the form of Milo attempting to learn how to ride the giant crab.
As much as Bisco seems like he has an interesting history, his portrayal in this episode is far more standard shouty reactionary character who gives poor instructions and is quick to laughter or anger. Playing opposite him is Milo, the more logical minded doctor who wouldn’t mind getting an instruction manual if it helped him get on the crab so they could get on their way but Bisco’s more visceral instructions aren’t exactly what he has in mind.
Sabikui Bisco kind of settled into an odd couple pattern for the episode.
They’ve kind of got the contrast between our red-headed hot-head of a mushroom keeper and the more timid and yet very determined doctor. More importantly, they aren’t just making Milo the wimp and dead weight. He surprises Bisco more than once in this episode and probably surprised everyone when he treated the pink-haired girl they came across along the way.
Speaking of which, Sabikui Bisco has Bisco and Milo cross paths with the pink haired girl who was working for the governor of the city in the previous episodes. Turns out she was fed a worm larvae and without certain drugs it has now hatched. As much as her character is not particularly interesting or impressive in any way, watching her die like that would have been pretty awful and Milo’s quick actions most definitely saved her life, even if she doesn’t appear overly greatful.
More than that, we see earlier in the episode that when it comes to treatment, Milo loses all of his uncertainty and timidity that he seems to have in other situations. Even the crab becomes more manageable for him when he positions it in a patient/doctor relationship and he takes charge of the situation. And watching a giant crab being told to sit was pretty amusing.
What I do find odd is even after Sabikui Bisco spent a whole episode largely focused on the two characters interacting, I still don’t feel like we’re really got much sense of who Bisco is under that gruff exterior. Both Bisco and Milo are aligned in their goal to save people they care about from rusting and yet otherwise there’s little that is clear about Bisco and his overall sense of the world.
For instance, I didn’t expect that when we caught up with the post credit scene from last week and the temple turned out to be a giant animal, that Bisco would immediately advocate for taking it down. I kind of expected him to be more for conserving life and finding a way to divert it or settle it down. Though I guess getting your skull punctured by a crab claw and then giant mushrooms bursting out of your head would settle you a bit.
What was pretty clear by the end of this episode of Sabikui Bisco is that this anime is fun to watch. Whether the plot is progressing or not its just fun. Milo and Bisco work well together, I like the interesting landscapes and oddities the characters come across, and there’s just a sense that this story is taking itself just seriously enough but not too seriously. Hopefully it can continue to find this nice balance of fun and more serious end of the world content as the story continues.
Images from: Sabikui Bisco. Dir. A Ikariya. OZ. 2022
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