In Listeners episode 5, “In the Embrace of the Beat / When Doves Cry, ” µ (Mu) and Echo arrived in Paisley Park looking for the elusive Denka. Their ultimate mission was to find Jimi Stonefree, and since Denka spent a lot of time with Jimi 10 years ago (before the cataclysm), µ and Echo hoped to learn where Jimi might have gone. But a quarrel tore µ and Echo apart, and they had to get separate part-time jobs to pay room and board. Can they get back together and complete their mission to meet Denka? How much does Denka really know about Jimi? Does µ really end up working as a kind of phone sex operator? And what does Denka know about her past?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best Moment in the Show
µ’s almost reflexive courage appeals to me — or maybe the younger version of me! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Remember the notice above about spoilers? I’m about to mention one! Now’s your chance to bail if you don’t want µ’s past spoiled!
So, µ is Jimi’s little sister? In this episode, as we got some more up close shots of Jimi’s face and got to witness his mannerisms, I could see the family resemblance. Now I want to know how µ ended up in a trash heap in episode 1!
At the beginning of this episode, µ and Echo had basically split up. He was furious that she’d thrown their money away — money he’d planned to use to fix up the Amp — on what he called a scam. She’d heard him complain that his lower back hurt, so when she saw an infomercial (though I don’t know where she would have seen it!) about a miracle futon, she bought it for him. So basically, he was mad at her for trying to help him feel better.
Does that sound like a lover’s quarrel or what?
Denka, the character modeled after Prince (and might I add, very well acted by Jun Fukuyama?) had seen them enter town, and something about the couple inflamed his imagination. He had “accidentally” run into Echo on a stroll and struck up a conversation. Echo had no idea who he was, which made the moment funny. After they’d talked (and there was some important plot developments I’m skipping to focus on the Best in Show moment), Denka said he wanted to reward Echo. So he arranged for Echo to go to the combination peep show/phone sex setup where Echo “accidentally” got paired with µ. While they were arguing about it, two of Denka’s top employees, Wendy and Lisa, asked them if they’d like to go someplace “nice.”
Prince. Wendy. Lisa. Even I got that reference!
I don’t think µ ever really did understand the nature of her job. Echo only understood it a little better. Talk about babes in the woods… Capture from the Funimation stream.
The “nice” place was First Avenue, a stadium for Equipment battles. Wendy and Lisa were actually Players, and not just average Players. They were called the Queens. There were apparently undefeated, but µ and Echo didn’t know that. It turns out the Queens were a bit jealous that Denka expressed an interest in µ, so they wanted some payback. The stakes? If µ and Echo won, Wendy and Lisa would introduce them to Denka. If they lost, µ and Echo would leave town.
I’ll give them props for being honest, if discourteous. Wendy said, “It’s unforgivable that country mice like you get to debut right away” (12:16).
Echo was completely confused, and he had no qualms about admitting it. He wanted to better understand their situation and even tried to ask some questions. But it was µ’s response that I thought was the Best in Show moment.
In a perfect encapsulation of her character, she said (12:24), “I don’t really get it, but we accept the challenge!”
She’s impetuous. She’s fearless. She doesn’t hesitate to commit herself and Echo to a fight she has no idea if she can win. There’s just something endearing about that level of self-confidence. Maybe I’m getting nostalgic, but I remember taking on challenges like building a money wire processing system without really knowing all about it. It was a huge success, but the me of today wouldn’t dare do anything like that without an in-depth requirements study. I guess her fearlessness just appealed to me.
What did you think of Denka as Prince? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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- Reddit: Listeners – Episode 5 discussion
- AngryAnimeBitches: LISTENERS – Episode 5
- Random Curiosity: Listeners – 05
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- Review: Listeners Episode 1: Live Forever
- Review: Listeners Episode 2: Half Man
- Review: Listeners Episode 3: You Made Me Realise
- Review: Listeners Episode 4: Teen Spirit
- Review: Listeners Episode 5: In the Embrace of the Beat / When Doves Cry
- Review: Listeners Episode 6: Special Edition: Pink Floyd References
- Review: Listeners Episode 6: Goodbye Blue Sky
- Review: Listeners Episode 7: Day of Rage/Problems
- Review: Listeners Episode 8: Real Me
- Review: Listeners Episode 9: Freedom