Mieruko-chan Episode 8 Review – Quick Summary
In Mieruko-chan Episode 8, “The Things She Sees,” Miko Yotsuya and her brother Kyousuke went shopping for a gift to their mother. Nothing could be more wholesome, right? Well, first there was a long-necked ghost in the changing room. To that ghost’s credit, she thought Miko looked good in the dress she tried on. But that was nothing compared the what Miko saw on the train ride home…
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Mieruko-chan Episode 8
This young woman has nerves forged in steel, then reinforced with adamantine. I have no idea how she keeps up with the sheer variety of her encounters! Capture from the Funimation stream.
As she walked from the final bus stop to her home, she passed a ghost (Apariation? Ghast? Ectoplasmic representation?) that had obviously not survived a car wreck. Since this ghost wasn’t particularly gruesome, she began to reflect on her life. She asked herself what she was really seeing. She thought about why she had started seeing them. Things like that. I thought that was the sign of a healthy mind!
Even more impressive, she began to wonder if she should take them head on, like Yulia Niguredou or Mitsue Takeda seemed to do. She had almost convinced herself to try when she came across a particularly Cthulhu-like creature standing at a vending machine. It turned to look at her, its many tentacle-snouts dripping viscous fluids.
“Nope,” Miko said to herself (18:25), the fluid cascading all around her. “Don’t know how I can even face this one.”
I respect her courage. I also respect her discretion.
Best in Show Moment for Mieruko-chan Episode 8
It turns out abject terror isn’t the only thing Miko has to contend with! At least her brother has her back. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: Miko Has to Peak, Doesn’t She?
If I’m not careful, I tend to be one of those glass half full sorts of people. More accurately, I’m one of those “the glass is half full because someone drove a spike through the base and it’ll bleed out soon” kind of guy. But let’s not quibble. The point is that even if I’m enjoying a series as much as I’m enjoying Mieruko-chan, there’s a little voice in the back of my mind whispering something. It’s whispering, “Sure, this episode was fine. But what about the next? Or next? I bet they blow it big time!”
In the case of Mieruko-chan, that little voice seized on the fear that sooner or later, the show would run out of interesting ways to make Miko’s encounters interesting. The whole schtick revolves around Miko trying desperately not to react to the horrifying creatures/ghosts/monsters. Sooner or later, those encounters are going to run out of steam, aren’t they?
This was unsettling, sure. But not terrifying. A sign the show’s losing steam? Oh, me of little faith… Capture from the Funimation stream.
We started off in episode one with the stakes being Miko herself. Could she keep herself safe from reacting? That escalated until she was naked and alone in the bath when one of them showed up. Then she had to save Yulia in episode five. In episode six, she had to shield Hana from a supernatural battle that rivaled warring gods. Finally, in episode seven, only Miko’s quick thinking seemed to save both Hana and Yulia.
Was that the limit? Would Miko have to do something like save whole class? Maybe an entire city’s population? We’ve seen her under threat, her under intimate threat, and her friends under threat. What could top all of that?
“Watch and learn,” Mieruko-chan said. And it then proceeded to top itself.
Delivery: Miko Hasn’t Peaked Yet!
Let’s Build Tension, Master Class Level
Miko and her brother Kyousuke spent the day looking for a present for their mom. Encountering ghosts, too, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Kyousuke had fallen asleep and had leaned against her. She smiled at how cute he looked because he was drooling.
Then she heard the axe.
One of the most formidable monsters we’ve seen to date entered the train car from the rear. It taxed Miko’s self-control to not to obviously react. The creature stopped at the first passenger, who was as asleep as her brother. As she watched, horrified, it lifted its axe and drove it straight into the last passenger’s skull. “Wrong one,” it growled (06:23). The passenger appeared unharmed. It shuffled sideways a few steps, then repeated the process on the next passenger.
Okay, this one looks, um, interesting… Maybe the show’s not running out of steam after all! Capture from the Funimation stream.
I’ll tell you what, the level of anxiety I felt for Miko and Kyousuke was as high as any character in any horror film I’ve ever seen. I expected that Miko would be okay. She’s the main character, after all! But Kyousuke? I have no idea if Miko’s plot armor covers him. The monster worked its way up the line, sleeping figure by sleeping figure, trying to cleave the skull of each. Miko’s fear grew with each stroke, until the creature was right beside her. This time, the passenger to her left had a little black smoke trickling out of her mouth. And this time, when the creature swung the axe, it connected with something infesting the woman. It heaved whatever it was out of the woman. The axe wielder didn’t eat or kill the screaming infestation. It just stuffed it into a bag.
Using Doubt to Racket Up Tension
Poor Miko! She had no idea what had happened. Had she just seen an exorcism? Was the woman beside her spirit-sensitive like Yulia or Mitsue? Was whatever was inside the sleeping woman the result of being able to see the creatures?
See how the show built tension? They not only gave us a line of people that basically constituted a Countdown to Miko. They played on our uncertainties about the rules of this world. Those are the same uncertainties that Miko has, so they merged our perspective with hers.
Now, the creature stopped in front of Miko. It raised its axe again. And Miko closed her eyes.
So terrified she couldn’t stop the tears, Miko could not see how she would stop herself from reacting. Not with that thing swinging its axe straight at her skull. Capture from the Funimation stream.
For an instant, we had to wonder: What happened? Did she pass out? Then we learned that the train had stopped. And so had the axe, half way through Miko’s head (09:46). The creature removed the axe and moved on.
That would be a good enough place to leave off, wouldn’t it? That was an amazing moment! But there was one loose end. I’m a rational person. I also pretend to be a writer, and that part of my brain that tries to work out plot (which is separate from the part that forecasts doom) said, “Dude, no way she walks away from that unscathed. She had never been more terrified in her life!”
There Were Consequences
My brain, bless its little heart, was on to someone. Miko forced her brother to get off at the wrong stop. When he asked why, Miko covered her mouth and said in an embarrassed tone (11:04), “I need underwear.”
When that creature had swung its axe, Miko’s poor bladder said, “I’ve had all I can stands; I can’t stands no more!” I, for one, completely understand. What an ordeal! I can’t believe this is the first time, in fact.
Miko could not even correct her brother for fear of drawing him into her world. She’s got it rough! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Oh, I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that her brother tried to be understanding. “Boy, girls have it rough,” he said. Little dude gets points for trying to get a good and supportive brother!
What did you think of the baby ghost? What were your favorite moments in the show? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!
Mieruko-chan Episode 8 Review: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Mieruko-chan – Episode 8 discussion
- RABUJOI: Mieruko-chan – 08 – Let Sleeping Moths Lie
- Random Curiosity: Mieruko-chan – 08
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Mieruko-chan Episode 1: Can You See Them?
- Mieruko-chan Episode 2: She Can Totally See Them
- Mieruko-chan Episode 3: She Still Sees Them
- Mieruko-chan Episode 4: Yep, She Sees Them
- Mieruko-chan Episode 5: She Sees Them, Too
- Mieruko-chan Episode 6: She Sees Real Crazy Ones
- Mieruko-chan Episode 7: Did You See That?
- Mieruko-chan Episode 8: The Things She Sees
- Mieruko-chan Episode 9: Things She’s Seen Before
- Mieruko-chan Episode 10: Don’t Look
- Mieruko-chan Episode 11: She Looks
- Mieruko-chan Episode 12: The Girl Who Sees, Mieruko-Chan