In Listeners episode 6, “Good Bye Blue Sky,” µ (Mu) and Echo were following the map that Denka had given them in the previous episode. Their long journey had left them feeling tired and grumpy. µ immediately perked up when she caught sight of the vast expanse of blue that was the ocean. Excited, she sprinted towards it, and she didn’t think much as Echo complained. But when they got the beach, Echo collapsed, a thread of blood flowing from his nose. Terrified, µ called for help, only to find the vacuum tube around her throat glowing brightly. She could see a previously invisible bridge leading to a camouflaged pyramid. Under it was a hidden island a couple of hundred meters out onto the sea. She struggled to haul Echo across the bridge. When she got to the city, she met Roz, who offered to help. But the help she offered wasn’t at all what µ wanted. Can µ figure out a way to convince Roz to actually save Echo? Or will the island’s past come back not only to haunt her — but to consume her as well?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best Moment in the Show: Echo’s Tender Lie
Echo knew full well that he would have died — he lied to µ to protect her feelings. Sounds like if he’s careful, he can avoid the condition in the future — possibly with the help of Roz’s medicine. Capture from the Funimation stream.
The featured artist in this episode was Pink Floyd. That’s probably the group that left the most profound impression on me (ever), and I tried to capture some of that in a special post focusing on the Pink Floyd references in this episode. It’s a bit less positive than most of the posts here, so if you prefer to stay on the sunny side of life, it might be best to skip it.
I won’t be the least bit offended if you do.
Since µ has been hogging the spotlight lately, I’m going to pick a moment that features Echo. It shows he has a little more cunning than I’d given him credit for. Yes, he’s an honest young man. But he knows how to lie when he has to. In this case, I think he had to.
When µ had carried a bleeding Echo into Gnome, Roz immediately diagnosed his condition and tried to prepare µ for his passing — in other words, his death, then resuscitation as an Earless. Roz wouldn’t give Echo the medicine to halt the condition because µ, a Player, had asked for it. Roz still held a grudge against Players because they had wrought terrible destruction years ago. So µ yanked the vacuum tube from her collar and offered it to Roz, saying (10:03), “In that case, I’ll quit being a Player, right here and now. So, please save Echo.”
I still love µ’s impulsiveness.
I’ll give µ credit. She didn’t even hesitate to throw away her status as a Player to save Echo’s life. Capture from the Funimation stream.
After administering the treatment, Roz left them alone. It was heart-warming seeing the pure joy on µ’s face when Echo woke up, apparently in complete health. She explained what had happened and expressed how terrible she felt — including how she felt so responsible. He surprised her (and me) when he berated her for being taken in again — first with the futon in the previous episode, now with a bogus story that Echo had been turning into an Earless. He said he was so upset with Roz that he was going to give her a stern talking to — alone.
Alone? That got my attention. Echo trudged up to Roz’s platform at the top of the central building. But instead of being angry with her, he bowed deeply and thanked her for saving his life. That’s right — Echo knew Roz was right. He knew that being so close to a Player, even as her partner, was dangerous. But he didn’t want to worry µ, and he didn’t want to stop traveling with her. So he lied to protect her feelings.
Here’s hoping the medicine Roz gave him will protect him for the duration!
What did you think of the reappearance of the Neubauten sisters? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Other Posts about This Series
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- Reddit: Listeners – Episode 6 discussion
- AngryAnimeBitches: LISTENERS – Episode 6
- Random Curiosity: Listeners – 06
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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