In Caligula episode 5, “Everyone gets hurt. But those who don’t realize they’re hurting can’t be healed,” Ritsu Shikishima drags Tomoe Kotaro and Marie Mizuguchi to the grand opening of a new sea-themed park. Once there, Aria notices that Kashiwaba Kotono, a young woman popular with the male students, seems to be able to see her. But only some of the time. What does that mean? Why has Mirei, one of the Ostinato Musicians, gathered everyone at this park? And what does Kotaro see in the dark room with sexy music when he peeks through his fingers? Hint: It’s not what you’d expect!
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
What’s In This Post
3 Favorite Moments
- To be up front and honest, I’m not entirely sure this will rate as one of my favorite episodes. I struggled with this one. For example, did Shikishima really convince Kotaro and Mizuguchi to go to a park — without having read the not so fine print? When Minesawa Izuru was talking to Kagura Suzuna (in what has to be one of the most awkward conversations in history!), he noticed the blurb saying “Confess and be Lovey-Dovey Together!” right away (5:14)! Aria and Kotaro seemed pretty surprised (5:32). That might be understandable if Shikishima didn’t show them the tickets. But you’d think he would at least have glanced at the ticket! Or had he really read it — and he secretly wanted some friends as wingmen? Could Caligula really be that subtle?
Okay, just to be sure I understand the setup for this episode: Our heroes realize they’re in a virtual world. They’re surrounded by enemies who could attack at any second. They don’t have a coherent plan yet, but their numbers are growing. They’ve established a base of operations. So, what do they decide to do?
They go to an amusement park.
They go to an amusement park?
Kids these days…
Throughout the episode, we see Satake Shogo running after someone. We briefly see him talking to someone who’s standing on the edge of a roof. At the end, we see him collapsed in despair. Who was he trying to save?
How is Shinohara Mifue’s mom in Mobius?
And where did Mizuguchi go after she fled the brainwashing room? She wasn’t with our heroes at the annoying — I mean the “Which is the Good, Sexy Woman” — competition.
Even mentioning that competition reminds me how I struggled with this episode. The first time I watched it, I wondered if this show was starting to veer into Taboo Tattoo territory — get me hooked with some intriguing ideas, then descend into the depths of blithering-ness. That would have been a real bummer.
I always watch an episode twice to write my reviews. The first time through is for me to see it as an unencumbered viewer — no thought of reviewing it, no pausing to take notes. Just watch it. The second pass is to decide what my favorite moments were and to get an idea of what I want to put into this section.
By the time I’d finished watching it once, I almost hated this episode! Not only for that competition, but for not showing us more of the world. For not moving the characters forward. And for not showing us what was going on with Shogo!
The second time through, though, I began to pick up on some subtleties that I missed the first time. My second favorite moment, for example, showed us a lot more about our main character than it appeared to the first time I saw it. We now know that like our other heroes, Shikishima has endured some kind of psychological trauma. In another scene, we learned that re-applying their brainwashing techniques seems to help keep the Ostinato Musicians in power (which is what Kotaro saw when he peeked). I also began to see what was going on with Shogo as a dramatic choice that’ll likely be clarified in the next episode.
This wasn’t my favorite episode, but it’s not as bad as I’d first thought.
What do you think? Could you get past the competition? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
Other Posts of Interest
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit Discussion of Caligula Episode 5
- Anime Q and A: Caligula Episode 5 – Anime QandA Review
- Marth’s Anime Blog: Caligula Episode 5: Finally some powers
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Caligula Episode 1
- Caligula Episode 2: Anxiety, Irritation, and Other Such Negative Emotions Spread to Others
- Caligula Episode 3: Why do we live? The further we pursue the meaning of life, the more confused we become
- Caligula Episode 4: People who do not respect themselves will not be respected by others
- Caligula Episode 6: Looking forward doesn’t equal progress on its own. Understanding one’s situation is also an important step.
- Caligula Episode 7: When you’re in a desperate situation, it’s all the more important to keep smiling
- Caligula Episode 8: Your life shouldn’t be built from someone else’s blueprint. No matter how unskilled you may be, you should draw it yourself
- Caligula Episode 9: Even if something has already happened, you can still choose what you do
- Caligula Episode 10: Caligula
- Caligula Episode 11: People constantly seek out the right answer. Yet, is being right really all that matters?
- Caligula Episode 12: Destroy your ideals and self, and return to hell and reality