Mekakucity Actors Episode 1 Reflection: You Will Never Be Able To Hide From Social Interaction, Shintaro Kisaragi

Hello, people. Today, you will be seeing my reflection on the first episode of the only anime in my watchlist right now, and that anime is…

Say hello to the Mekakushi Dan, people.

From left to right: Seto, Hibiya, Kido, Ene, Shintaro, Konoha, Momo, Mary, and Kano.

Mekakucity Actors.

Written by Jin (also known as Shizen no Teki-P) and with characters originally designed by Shidu and Wannyanpuu, Mekakucity Actors is the anime of the Kagerou Project. Studio SHAFT is the one handling the animation production of Mekakucity Actors, with Akiyuki Shinbo as the general director, Yuuki Yase as the director, and Gen’ichirou Abe handling the character designs in the anime. If you wanna know more about the Kagerou Project, here’s a recommendation post from a fellow KagePro fan.

Now then, on to the freaking reflection.

The song feels pretty dark and serious, you know.

“A story of averting eyes” –Jin’s song introduction for Jinzou Enemy

By the way, the namesake of this episode’s title is the first KagePro song that Jin uploaded on Nico Nico Douga. (If you’re interested, here’s a link to the NND video, and a link to vgperson’s translation of the song’s lyrics.)

Also, I think 12:33 PM during a certain date will also be a very significant time in the series.

You’ll see this date a lot along with August 15 in the Kagerou Project.

August 14: The day when a certain hikiNEET went out of his house after shutting himself in for two years.

But before I explain how it happened, here are some words of wisdom to Shintaro Kisaragi from the cyber girl residing in his computer, Ene:

YOU CANNOT ESCAPE SOCIAL INTERACTION, SHINTARO KISARAGI.

You have a point, Ene. You have a freaking good point.

Now then, how did Shintaro Kisaragi decide to go out of his house?

THE TIME FOR YOU TO GO OUT IS COMING, SHINTARO KISARAGI.

Imagine this scene going in slow motion.

Shintaro was annoyed.

YOU CANNOT ESCAPE, SHINTARO KISARAGI.

Slower…

Shintaro was careless.

ACCEPT IT, SHINTARO KISARAGI. THE TIME IS NIGH.

Even sloooooowwwweeeeeerrrrrr…

Shintaro broke his keyboard.

YOU'L BE THANKFUL FOR THIS ONE DAY, SHINTARO KISARAGI.

Studio SHAFT is so freaking amazing with the mundane-made-awesome scenes that I find them hilariously awesome.

And the Obon Festival was coming, so…yeah.

TIME FOR YOU TO GO TO THE DEPARTMENT STORE, SHINTARO KISARAGI.

Well, you know what that means, Shintaro Kisaragi.

Ah, I am reminded of the importance of coming out of your shell. Self-reminder: SOCIAL INTERACTION IS IMPORTANT IN A PERSON’S GROWTH!

YOU CAN NEVER ESCAPE FROM SOCIAL INTERACTION.

Time for you to go out, Shintaro Kisaragi.

Don’t worry, Shintaro!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE, DEAR BLUE CYBER GIRL. MUHAHAHA.

Thank you very much for the encouragement, Ene! ^_^

Ene’s here to support you, even if she likes trolling you at times! Ah, the beauty of friendship!

AND YOU'LL HAVE TO GO OUT AGAIN EVENTUALLY. MUHAHAHA.

Yes, it’s amazing that you decided to go out of your house after two years, Shintaro Kisaragi.

"DID WE JUST HEAR YOU CALL US JUST NOW, SHINTARO KISARAGI?" --The Legion of Problems

Oh really, Shintaro?

I HOPE THAT YOU SEE THE FUN IN SOCIAL INTERACTION, SHINTARO KISARAGI.

If you want to be truly happy, then you’re gonna have to go out and interact more than “once in a while,” Shintaro.

Well, it’s a good thing you’re improving a little, but you still have a long way to go, Shintaro. Ah, I remember the times when I wanted to be a shut-in…It was a tough road for me, having suffered multiple instances of being messed up by my pessimism back then, but I managed to improve myself into who I am right now with the help of certain people! I still need to keep on doing my best and having fun with improving myself, though. IMPROVE YOUR CALMNESS AND OPTIMISM, TOBBY!

Anyway…

DO NOT WORRY, FOR YOU SHALL HAVE GUIDES WHO WILL ASSIST YOU, SHINTARO KISARAGI!

Onward, Shintaro Kisaragi! Face forward, even in the dizzying heat!

Challenge Number One: Walk to the department store. –COMPLETED

Challenge Number Two: Walk through the crowd and buy a keyboard. –IN PROGRESS

You can do it, Shintaro! Do your best and have fun! You can do it if you put your mind to it!

Alert: Concealing Eyes has been canceled.

Oh, time for more social interaction! Do your best, Shintaro! Step into the courage zone and do your best!

CAN YOU FEEL IT, SHINTARO? CAN YOU FEEL THE STORM COMING?

The significance of this person is shining right now. Amazing, Studio SHAFT. Freaking nuts.

Oh, a cool-looking stranger! Also, she vanished after an exchange of apologies with Shintaro, which lasted for a few moments. And yes, the stranger is a girl, if you’re wondering.

After that little incident, though…

GO, KNOCKOUT SODA!

Wheeee…

KNOCKOUT SODA, EVAPORATE!

Oh, is this soda?

MUHAHAHA. TIME FOR A NEW MISSION, SHINTARO KISARAGI.

Nope, that was knockout gas…I think.

WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW, SHINTARO KISARAGI?

Well, time for a new mission, Shintaro.

KEEP CALM, SHINTARO KISARAGI. KEEP CALM.

Yet again, I am reminded of the importance of calmness and optimism. I’m freaking serious here, by the way.

NEW MISSION: STOP THE KIDNAPPERS AND GET YOURSELF AND THE OTHER HOSTAGES TO SAFETY.

Now then, time for you to meet your guides, Shintaro Kisaragi.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT, SHUUYA KANO AND KOUSUKE SETO.

Say hello to your guides, Shintaro Kisaragi.

YOUR SIGNIFICANCE IS SHINING, KANO-SAN AND SETO-SAN.

Now, imagine some exciting music playing in the background.

CAN YOU FEEL THE SIGNIFANCE SHINING IN HIM, SHINTARO KISARAGI?

His significance is shining. Freaking awesome, Studio SHAFT. Freaking nuts.

Oh yeah, there’s one more guide.

HELLO THERE, MARY KOZAKURA.

Oh, the first KagePro character that I met. Freaking nuts!

Don’t worry, Shintaro, you’ll find a way out! Calmness and optimism are freaking important in dealing with problems, you know! Self-reminder: KEEP CALM AND LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE!

WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW, SHINTARO KISARAGI?

Whoops, we have another problem.

Huh, sounds like shut-ins are increasing these days. IMPROVE YOUR ARTISTIC SKILLS, TOBBY! BE AN INSPIRATION! FRIENDSHIP FOR THE WIN! HOPE! AWAKEN!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MEKAKUSHI DAN.

Oh, looks like we have one less problem to worry about. Sweet!

Now then, back to the mission!

FORTUNATELY, IT SEEMS LIKE THE TERRORISTS WERE COST-CUTTING ON THE RESTRAINING EQUIPMENT. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY NOW, SHINTARO KISARAGI!

And that’s another problem solved.

There’s always a solution to a problem, Shintaro! KEEP CALM AND LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE! Let calmness and optimism gather inside you…and…

FOCUS AND AWAKEN, SHINTARO KISARAGI!

Focus and awaken, Shintaro Kisaragi!

AWAKEN, SHINTARO KISARAGI!

DO YOUR BEST, SHINTARO KISARAGI!

DO YOUR BEST!

DO YOUR BEST!

GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

GOOOOOOO!!!!!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU CAN DO IT, SHINTARO KISARAGI!

You’re getting closer, Shintaro! You can do it!

YOU CAN DO IT!

PLUG IT INNNNNN!!!!! SHINTAROOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Just a little more, Shintaro!

JUST A LITTLE MORE!

YEEEEEAAAAHHHHHH, SHINTAROOOOOO!!!!!!

YEEEEAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!

YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

IT WAS SO FREAKING SUBTLE, STUDIO SHAFT!

Mission cleared…wait, what?

Wait, what?

CAN YOU FEEL THE SUBTLETY SHINING RIGHT NOW, SHINTARO KISARAGI? YOU GOT FREAKING SHOT! ANYWAY, DON'T LOSE HOPE!

Ah, freaking sticks, Shintaro got shot.

Mission cleared, Shintaro Kisaragi…but, for now, it seems like you can only hope for safety as you fall into unconsciousness. If I were in your position right now…I guess I can’t do anything else but hope for safety. Anyway, I hope you feel happier, even if it’s just a little, Shintaro. Also, you’re improving, Shintaro. You can still choose to be happy, man, even if the world around you is filled with sadness. I hope that you realize that.

DON'T LOSE HOPE, SHINTARO KISARAGI!

Where in the world did Shintaro go, I wonder?

Now then, don’t lose hope, Shintaro.

DON'T LOSE HOPE! AWAKEN, SHINTARO KISARAGI! AWAKEN!

What the freaking nuts is this scenery supposed to be, Jin-sensei and Studio SHAFT?

Don’t lose hope.

And with that, I end my reflection on the first episode of Mekakucity Actors.

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU, MOMO KISARAGI AND HIBIYA AMAMIYA. PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR THE ALL-CAPS FORCE OF THE OVERLORD BEAR'S ALT TEXT.

Up next: Kisaragi Attention!

If you have any thoughts that you would like to share, such as reflections of your own regarding the episode or comments on my writing style here, then feel free to talk about it in the comments section below!

Now then, time for a self-reminder:

You will never be able to hide from social interaction, Tobby. Still, it’s not like you can’t choose to be happy while interacting with other people! Heh, there’s definitely someone out there who would be willing to help you out in solving your problems, too, you know! Friendship for the win, Tobby! And don’t lose hope! ^_^

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2 thoughts on “Mekakucity Actors Episode 1 Reflection: You Will Never Be Able To Hide From Social Interaction, Shintaro Kisaragi

  1. I loved the first part of episode one, but did not know what to do with the improbable method of ending the hostage crisis. But, I’ll stick with it for a few more episodes–if only to hear Ene’s banter. 🙂

    The main character’s struggle with his timidity does interest me though. I wonder what kinds of acquaintances will enter his life now. (I figure that he didn’t die in the first episode. This is not Ga-Rei Zero, after all!)

    • About how the hostage crisis in the department store was dealt with, I’m sure that it will make sense eventually, but I think I should wait for and watch the next episodes, as it may have happened in a way which is somewhat different from how I expected it to happen. Heh, even I find the sudden crash of all the stuff in the store during the kidnapping to be strange, which I also found interesting. I wonder how that happened…? Ahahaha, ah, interesting! Freaking nuts!

      Anyway, about how things will go for Shintaro, that would probably be shown in another episode. On the other hand, it looks like the next episode will be centered on Momo Kisaragi, Shintaro’s younger sister. Huh, I feel like each episode will be centered on one character, too, but with some exceptions, maybe. Ah, anyway, I’m looking forward to the next episodes, then!

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