For most of this series I’ve found Flip Flappers to be a confused mess of imagery and ideas and there was always some kind of hope that coherence would be found. Episode 11 attempted an info dump to try to somehow make sense of the senseless and it did, kind of, but at the expense of the wonder and mystery or anything that may have actually been interesting.
Episode 12 takes us to the nightmare after the dream, almost the moments before waking, where all the ideas are mushed together and we are running from set-piece to set-piece revisiting images we’ve seen before but in a new and horrific light. Which sounds kind of interesting until you realise that in the entire episode Papika and Yayaka chased after Cocona and Salt walked to the cult base and may or may not become relevant next week.
All the emotional screaming and calling out of names amounts to nothing. The undoing of the transformation sequence before an instant new transformation (Princess style no less) amounted to nothing. Yayaka finally getting to transform just allowed the running around to go on for longer because this story feels the need to never allow Yayaka even a single moment of glory without punching her in the guts right after. Yep, Mimi is our final boss (unless you count Cocona’s own uncertainty which is probably equally to blame at this point), but only evil Mimi.
There’s good Mimi as well from time to time. Sorry, but evil Mimi with overly possessive parenting tendencies is just not enough after all the build up this series attempted. It does link most of the ideas together but it just isn’t satisfying. We’ll see what the final episode delivers but at this point I’m really not expecting much.
Not sure if this episode of Flip Flappers clarified or if it just made things more confusing. We kind of vaguely know who Mimi was, though we still don’t know why she could go to Pure Illusion, or why she was being experimented on, or why she needs a partner to go to Pure Illusion or… you know what, we know nothing other than she’s related to Cocona and made friends with Papika.
I will say that the episodes have become much more linear and less confusing in and of themselves over the last couple of weeks and this one was fairly straightforward in that the base is attacked, Papika and Cocona escape, and then Cocona returns home. Even if the grandmother hadn’t turned out to be part of everything (which was pretty obvious given how Cocona met Yayaka etc) surely someone as supposedly smart as Cocona could have figured out that if you are being pursued home is not a safe place to go.
Was it just me, or did we feel closer to getting a reveal in Flip Flappers this week? Not that we actually had a reveal that makes anything make sense but we finally saw some back story about why Yayaka is so hung up on Cocona and the fact that their relationship was orchestrated in the first place (meaning there really is some reason why it had to be Cocona).
Papika also kind of has some kind of awakening with regards to her memories so possibly we’re going to finally learn what her deal is in the next episode. This show continues to tip-toe around the edges of making sense without actually taking the plunge but this is probably the first episode that has given me real hope that there is a plan for this to all come together.
On a character note though, I do have to wonder if Cocona is just prone to following any random exuberant kid who takes her hand and drags her out of her comfort zone.
Flip Flappers this week takes us to a futuristic city full of lights, giant birds, robot battles and a very short man who apparently created the city.Visually it is stunning as usual but from a story point of view all we see is Yayaka moving further away from her core purpose because of her genuine affection for Cocona (no matter how much she tries to pretend otherwise). I can’t help but think that Yayaka is walking a very fine line and will soon find herself either in real trouble with her group or thrown away. Other than this we really just see Cocona and Papika do their usual run around and let their emotions guide their actions. Somehow Cocona has recovered from her fear of changing things. We know this because she says so. And that’s it. There’s no real build up to this fairly major shift from the previous episode where she was nearly paralysed at the thought of change. Apparently hanging out with Papika has just done it. Still wondering what the end game of all of this is going to be but still entertained enough to keep going.
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