Mieruko-Chan Episode 4 – Things Are Not Always As They Seem When Ghosts Are Involved

Mieruko-Chan Episode 4 Review
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For four episodes now Mieruko-Chan has continued to surprise me with how it has used its simple premise and formula. While the fan-service is a little on the obvious side, and that continues in episode 4 with an extended bathroom scene, the rest of the story manages to feel fresh and interesting and actually pulls off clever twists and reveals in each of its segments that sometimes you see coming and sometimes you don’t.

However, regardless of what scenario Mieruko-Chan sets up, what remains true is that Miko and her reactions to the sudden ability to see ghosts is what sells this story.

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Miko is the heart of Mieruko-Chan.

While episode 3 had a heavy focus on Miko’s relationship with Hana and their friendship, episode 4 moves into family territory with Miko’s brother and parents appearing in a number of the segments this week.

The episode starts with Miko’s brother waking her after she has had a nightmare before we go to a short skit at the convenience store where she sees a ghost standing behind the cashier and she buys a pudding while Hana buys more or less every snack in the shop. It’s a pretty ordinary kind of segment and left on its own it wouldn’t even be all that memorable, except that each segment this week actually ties back in so the whole pudding shopping is more significant than it at first seems.

And, as usual the ghost design is creepy as.

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What follows this week in Mieruko-Chan is an evening of Miko watching ghost stories with her brother and abruptly deciding to go buy a drink. It’s assumed this is because she’s seen something and wants to avoid it but you’ll have to wait for the post-credits scene to see how the TV looks to Miko.

While out and about Miko drops her 500 yen coin and when it rolls under a vending machine she spots a little ghost. Then she makes the superbly dumb decision to follow it.

You know, prior to this point Miko has been a pretty switched on protagonist but I guess even switched on people get tired or curious and occasionally just make dumb decisions. This one turns out to be pretty terrible however just when you think we’re finally going to see what happens if the ghosts know she can see them help arrives in a truly unbelievable form (and yet it fits within the anime so far).

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And then we get the connection to the next story as Miko returns home to tell her brother she doesn’t have drinks and because her lie about why not is so terrible, he decides she must be keeping something from him and his friends at school decide she must have a boyfriend.

Brother stalker segment begin.

This is a much lighter segment (not only because it happens during the day) but also because of the misunderstanding her brother has about why she’s acting weird. It ends with the extended bath scene and yet another ghost, but I think this segment of Mieruko-Chan is sold through the relationship being explored between Miko and her brother.

At their core, horror stories are all pretty much the same but what makes one stand out from another is usually the cast and Mieruko-Chan is spending the necessary time in really building up Miko’s relationships in these early episodes.

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There is one more segment after the bathroom one and it is very much about Miko’s family. However, other than saying it ties back to the pudding purchase and does a brilliant job with the cast, I’m pretty much leaving this one alone because if you haven’t watched this episode of Mieruko-Chan yet you deserve to see it for yourself.

It was the perfect conclusion to the episode and then the post credits scene where we see a different take on the earlier segment just stitched it all together.

Mieuko-Chan Episode 4

Mieruko-Chan continues to nicely balance out its sillier moments with some decent emotional beats and some good tension in the more horrific moments. Honestly, if they would tone down some of the fan-service that still feels a little intrusive and unnecessary in this story, there’d be pretty much nothing to complain about as so far each episode of Mieruko-Chan has delivered.

That said, I am glad I am watching this episodically. As each episode is already pretty split up into pieces I think binge watching this might not be the best way to really enjoy the story.

You can read the full season review here.

Images from: Mieruko-Chan. Dir. Y Ogawa. Passione. 2021


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Mieruko-Chan Episode 3 – The Bus, The Lover, and The Broken Beads

Mieruko-Chan Episode 3 Review
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If I ever get around to doing a list of my favourite anime friends I kind of feel Hana and Miko from Mieruko-Chan will deserve a place on that list. These two characters are delightful together. While Miko is capable of carrying a scene all on her own (or at least on her own save for the creepy ghost thing) the trust, love and sense of fun that exists when these two girls are together in a scene is an almost unbeatable combination.

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Mieruko-Chan Hasn’t Been a One-Trick Pony

Despite my fears in episode one that Mieruko-Chan might become stale or formulaic, through good characters and clever writing each segment of each episode so far has actually worked pretty well. I’ve yet to feel like we’re stuck on repeat even if the running gag is that Miko is pretending not to see the ghosts.

Episode three is divided into three main set-ups with the final act being the longest and most complicated and actually doing a bit of world building.

Mieruko-Chan started this week with a simple scenario: Miko catching a bus and in the end missing her stop as she endeavoured not to see the multi-headed monstrosity that was at first sitting in the seat in front of her. It’s a straight forward play on the basic premise. There’s a ghost that Miko can see and she’s going to pretend she can’t.

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Though, perhaps its mocking laugh and text-like speech of O-M-G was more off-putting than its appearance.

Again, this is a situation very similar to the bathroom sequence we have seen previously or even the ghost in the school hall in episode two. However there’s some decent tension built up in the scene as Miko hesitantly reaches for the stop button on the bus and then steadfastly stares at her phone rather than getting off in order to avoid making the ghost aware she could see it.

The second segment this week was perhaps the most entertaining and kind of build off the idea from episode two that Miko can get a sense of someone’s personality from the ghost near them. Mieruko-Chan had Miko waiting in a café for Hana when she spots a ghostly woman hanging around a guy who clearly thinks he’s quite attractive. After Miko has stared at the ghost the guy gets the wrong impression and smiles at her.

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This is apparently sufficient to set the ghost woman off as she approaches Miko quite jealously.

I won’t spoil the punchline of how Miko managed to throw this ghost off but it was pretty hilarious and was perhaps my favourite scene so far in this series. Again, it is Miko’s deadpan delivery that really just makes it work.

And if that wasn’t entertaining enough, the girl the guy is actually waiting for then turns up with a host of male ghosts trailing in her wake. It’s just the icing on the cake of a very effective sequence.

Then, we move into the final act of episode 3 Mieruko-Chan. This involves the girl at school spying on a fortune teller and it’s pretty much implied that the fortune teller is related to her but I’m assuming that’s a later on plot line. Instead, the focus shifts to Hana and Miko who have been out buying prayer beads approaching the fortune teller because Miko’s beads keep breaking (of course Miko knows this is because of the scary ghost following her but Hana just thinks it is a shoddy product).

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I love the old lady as she at first aims to scam them and then decides she wants to help Miko. Just as you think this is a lovely redemption story for the little old-lady there’s another twist that leaves the fortune teller somewhat dumbstruck and Miko once again without a solution to her ghost issue.

It’s a solid segment and brings the best of Mieruko-Chan to the foreground with Hana and Miko’s friendship really shining through, a great ghost design, a punch line that really gets a laugh, and an unexpected outcome to the whole segment. It also opens up the possibility that we’re getting closer to a couple more characters coming into this story now that they’ve established the set-up.

Mieruko-Chan isn’t a laugh a minute comedy but there’s definitely a solid reward at the end of each section and the mix so far of creepy supernatural and humour is actually working quite well. I’m definitely sold on Mieruko-Chan after three episodes and I really hope it continues to build on this.

You can read the full season review here.

Images from: Mieruko-Chan. Dir. Y Ogawa. Passione. 2021


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Mieruko-Chan Episode 2 – Is She Seeing More Clearly?

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I said in my review of episode 1 of Mieruko-Chan that there was a lot of potential for Miko and Hana as characters and episode 2 firmly cements their friendship and chemistry as almost the entire episode revolves around their interactions as Miko continues to pretend not to see ghosts. And it works incredibly well as the two complement each other nicely and it really does feel like a comfortable and genuine friendship.

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Mieruko-Chan is developing a solid friendship at the core of this story.

However, I also pointed out that some of the fan-service in Mieruko-Chan felt a little out of place and the pandering shots this week as the girls change in the locker room and the groping ghost both continue the trend.

While I’m not against nudity, the locker room scene the lingering camera on Hana’s bare middle didn’t add anything to the overall set-up of the scene. Basically, Hana and Miko are overhearing a conversation about a ghost show on TV and that prompts Hana to discuss something she saw on TV involving a severed head in a locker.

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The set-up is solid and the pay-off, when Hana gets Miko to open her locker, works. You know exactly what to expect, and Mieruko-Chan is self-aware enough to point out that its a bit of a trope, but that doesn’t stop it working. Nor does it prevent the second round jump scare from working when Hana can’t reach her phone on the upper shelf and Miko needs to reach up to the shelf where the head is placed.

Sometimes things are classic for a reason.

That said, despite being set in a locker room, I’m not finding the scenes of the girls changing really adds much to the overall situation and really all it will do is put some viewers off. It isn’t the kind of fan-service that is actually going to draw in viewers so it just feels kind of there.

Then of course Mieruko-Chan introduces a ghost made up of groping hands and has quite a few more lingering shots of Hana’s over-sized bust.

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Which is kind of a shame because this sequence actually gives us Miko’s first real attempt at intervening with the ghosts and yet its marred by poorly delivered fan-service.

I can’t really figure it out given the handsy ghost crawling out of the desk is actually a pretty cool visual and it latching onto Hana is the right kind of creepy. The gratuitous focus on breast gropes though just feels again unnecessary and I think will put off more viewers than it really draws in.

We get two more ghostly encounters in this episode. The first involves Hana accidentally lining up in a queue of ghosts rather than the living humans when she goes to buy doughnuts with Hana. From start to finish this sequence works.

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Actually, I’m starting to see the comedy label for Mieruko-Chan. While not much is laugh out loud funny, the story is sequences more like a series of vignettes each with a basic set-up and then a punch line.

The punch-line of the line-up sequence is kind of brilliant and one of those moments you just kind of have to watch to really appreciate Miko’s thanks to Hana at the end of the sequence.

Finally Mieruko-Chan brings us a missing cat sequence where Hana picks up a stray and then advertises on social media that she’s looking for a home for it. Here we get the second time we see Miko really use her vision to change her behaviour and I’m going to leave it at that. I will just say I hope there’s more to this scene and that we see these characters again.

Mieruko-Chan Episode 2

There’s a lot to like about Mieruko-Chan in episode 2 and I’m loving the short snippet ghostly encounters. Miko and Hana are also great together and I’m curious to see what Miko will do next when she sees a ghost doing something she just can’t ignore.

You can read the full season review here.

Images from: Mieruko-Chan. Dir. Y Ogawa. Passione. 2021


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Mieruko-Chan Episode 1 – An Odd Approach To Dealing With Horror

Mieruko-Chan Episode 1 Review
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Fictional characters who can see spirits, ghosts and all manner of monsters are pretty common particularly for people like me who watch a lot of supernatural stories. Despite that Mieruko-Chan still managed to feel not entirely derivative and delivered an interesting enough first episode as viewers are introduced to Miko, a seemingly calm high school student, who we learn throughout the episode is able to see some fairly grotesque creatures.

Actually, Miko kind of reminded me of some of the flash-backs we have of Natsume (from Natsume Yuujinchou) when he’s in middle-school and trying to pretend he doesn’t see anything because he’s kind of grown up enough to realise that people won’t believe him anyway and it just draws attention to himself.

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Mieruko-Chan delivered a measured first episode.

Despite the comedy tag attached to Mieruko-Chan, this first episode seemed very grounded as we were slowly drawn into Miko’s current situation. I loved the opening with the girl running in horror and the ghost emerging from the fridge before we get a blood-curdling scream and then realise we’re watching a TV horror special. Though points to whoever provided that scream because that was one nicely delivered shriek.

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Much of the rest of the episode has Miko going to school, eating with her friend Hana before walking home. It’s kind of at that point the episode decides to switch things up. Until Miko returns to the school realising she’s lost her key-chain, we had some atmospheric elements like a potential handprint appearing on a mirror and crows cawing loudly but nothing that really indicated a true supernatural presence.

After Miko leaves the school, this changes entirely.

What sells the scene at the bus-stop where the audience becomes very aware that there is in fact a supernatural element at play in Mieruko-Chan is Miko’s reaction. Her initial shock at the phone hijinks is quickly masked by a cool and calm expression but after the apparition apparently gives up asking her if she can see it, we realise Miko’s internal freak-out.

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There are three further ghostly encounters before the episode end and Miko remains solid as the protagonist as she becomes increasingly rattled but tries to maintain her calm-exterior.

Its an interesting premise and you have to wonder whether Miko can maintain her pretence of not seeing or what the reaction of the creatures will be if she continues to ignore them. There’s also another girl at school who appears briefly and was in the promotional images who will probably get involved or know something about the ghosts when she does join in with the main group.

However, as much as I liked the premise here and really enjoyed the main character, so far the comedy element is either lacking or is a female supporting character with physics defying breasts supposed to count as comedy? Or is it the fact that we get three separate scenes where the camera angle focuses squarely on Miko’s legs/thighs/butt as she bends over or walks away.

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As much as horror and sexualising female characters have kind of gone together forever, in this first episode of Mieruko-Chan the scenes seemed out of place and more like an after-thought. Or perhaps as though they weren’t convinced that an intriguing premise and interesting female protagonist wouldn’t be enough to carry the audience’s interest if we didn’t also see her butt wiggling in the air as she fished her key-chain out from under the teacher’s desk.

That said, there’s a lot to enjoy in this first episode and a lot of potential for Miko and Hana as characters. I’m looking forward to what Mieruko-chan does next.

You can read the full season review here.

Images from: Mieruko-Chan. Dir. Y Ogawa. Passione. 2021


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