Mekakucity Actors Episode 3 Reflection: Synergize, Mekakushi Dan!

Greetings, dear reader. This is The Overlord Bear, and I am now back with another reflection on an episode of…

The opening animation has been improved again! Freaking nuts!

The opening animation has been improved again! Freaking nuts!

Mekakucity Actors!

Now then, in the previous episode…

Don't worry, Momo Kisaragi!

Don’t worry, Momo Kisaragi!

Momo Kisaragi had just escaped another crowd of fans, and she’s had enough with attracting unnecessary attention.

Backup has arrived!

Backup has arrived!

Fortunately, Tsubomi Kido has come to help!

"A story of concealing eyes" --Jin's song introduction for Mekakushi Code

“A story of concealing eyes” –Jin’s song introduction for Mekakushi Code

And so, welcome to my reflection on Mekakucity Actors Episode 3: Mekakushi Code! (Here’s a link to this episode’s namesake, and a link to soundslikematsuda’s subtitled video.)

Now then…

By the way, Kido is her family name. Her given name is Tsubomi. So, her name is Tsubomi Kido. Or Kido Tsubomi, if you wanna read it in the Japanese way.

By the way, Kido is her family name. Her given name is Tsubomi. So, her name is Tsubomi Kido. Or Kido Tsubomi, if you wanna read it in the Japanese way.

Here are some inspirational words from Kido:

kido inspiration part 1

kido inspiration part 2

kido inspiration part 3

kido inspiration part 4

Have you ever thought that you weren’t “normal?” Have you ever, say, looked at your classmates, your family, passerby, and felt like you were the odd one out?

If you were to ask me, I’d say that no one is “normal.” Uniqueness is normal, you know.

You don’t need to have a supernatural power such as this

concealing on part 1concealing on part 2

concealing on part 3 concealing on part 4

for you to be able to do something that can make you and other people happy. Each and every one of us has a unique set of talents, you know!

Now then, let’s move on to the next scene…

Momo fainted after being greatly surprised by Kido's sudden appearance. With her Concealing Eyes, Kido is like a ghost, you know.

Momo fainted after being greatly surprised by Kido’s sudden disappearances and reappearances. With her Concealing Eyes, Kido is like a ghost, you know.

Welcome to the Mekakushi Dan, people.

Welcome to the Mekakushi Dan headquarters, Momo Kisaragi.

Welcome to the Mekakushi Dan headquarters, Momo Kisaragi.

Time for some introductions with Shuuya Kano.

Time for some introductions with Shuuya Kano.

kano and mary intro

I feel like laughing and squeeing at this.

I feel like I should laugh and squee at this. How do you maintain your hair, though, Mary Kozakura?

seto intro

Now, here are some inspirational words from Shuuya Kano, Kousuke Seto, and Tsubomi Kido:

inspiration from the founding trio part 1 inspiration from the founding trio part 2 inspiration from the founding trio part 3 inspiration from the founding trio part 4 inspiration from the founding trio part 5 inspiration from the founding trio part 6 inspiration from the founding trio part 7 inspiration from the founding trio part 8 inspiration from the founding trio part 9 inspiration from the founding trio part 10 inspiration from the founding trio part 11

We all have talents, you know, but still, we’re imperfect. We have strengths, but we also have weaknesses. At times, we underestimate ourselves. At times, we overestimate ourselves. At times, we end up using our talents in the wrong way. With the help of other people, we can find ways to solve problems that are difficult to solve alone. Also, the road to improvement is a rocky and thorny path, and it is an even rockier and thornier path if you try to go through it by yourself. There’s always someone out there who can support you on the road to improvement, too, so go look for that someone if you need help from another person!

Also, know the importance of synergy.

But before we talk about the importance of synergy, here’s a scene which will lead them to cross paths with Shintaro Kisaragi and Ene in the department store.

tea spill part 1 tea spill part 2

Ah, we meet again, hilarious slow motion from Studio SHAFT.

Ah, we meet again, hilarious slow motion from Studio SHAFT.

tea spill part 4

First, slow-motion soda, and then, slow-motion tea. Spilling beverages have been getting a lot of focus, huh? It's freaking hilarious, in my opinion.

First, slow-motion soda, and then, slow-motion tea. Spilling beverages have been getting a lot of focus, huh? It’s freaking hilarious, in my opinion.

Here's Reason Number One for the Mekakushi Dan's visit to the department store...

Here’s Reason Number One for the Mekakushi Dan’s visit to the department store…

...and here's Reason Number Two.

…and here’s Reason Number Two.

Well, accidents happen to us at times. No need to flip out so much. Keep calm, keep calm…and look at the bright side.

Uhh, Kano, you should be careful with your words...

Uhh, Kano, you should be careful with your words…

Oh, and Mary, patience plea--Whoops, too late. Oh well, do better next time, then.

Oh, and Mary, patience plea–Whoops, too late. Oh well, do better next time, then.

Welp, do your best in helping Kano out, Kido.

Welp, do your best in helping Kano out, Kido.

And here's some info about Mary's Meeting Eyes.

And here’s some info about Mary’s Meeting Eyes.

We may commit mistakes at times, too, but let’s not wallow in regret forever. Let those mistakes inspire you to face forward and improve!

Now, moving on to the department store…

concealing eyes info part 1 concealing eyes info part 2

Let us remember that we all have limits.

And let us remember that life is more fun with good social relationships!

And let us remember that life is more fun with good social relationships!

Now, one awkward encounter later…

mekakushi dan and the terrorist attack

MISSION: SAVE SHINTARO KISARAGI AND THE OTHER HOSTAGES!

Kano and Seto will go to Shintaro. Kido, Momo, and Mary will be hiding somewhere else.

Here is an introduction to two more eye powers, by the way.

kano's selfie looking at kano's selfie deceiving eyes info part 1

Introducing: Deceiving Eyes, Shuuya Kano's eye power.

Introducing: Deceiving Eyes, Shuuya Kano’s eye power.

kano's message part 1 kano's message part 2 stealing eyes info part 1

Introducing: Stealing Eyes, Kousuke Seto's eye power.

Introducing: Stealing Eyes, Kousuke Seto’s eye power.

stealing eyes part 3And now, time for some info on the current situation.

mission situation

Don’t worry, there’s still a way out, Kido!

Shintaro is a pretty smart guy, by the way.

Shintaro Kisaragi is a pretty smart guy, by the way. And Ene came along with him, too!

momo has an ideaOne hilariously dangerous planning later…

execute the freaking plan already

It’s time to execute the plan. Let’s sit back and watch it roll, people. (By the way, I recommend having Mekakushi Code playing in the background during this part.)

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Now, let’s talk about synergy. This plan wouldn’t have happened without the differences and teamwork of the seven. Heh, I feel like the importance of synergy was already being shown before Momo’s plan even started. I mean, look at Kano, Seto, and Kido. If it weren’t for Kano’s Eyes, he wouldn’t have communicated with Shintaro and the other Dan members without being caught. Without Seto’s Eyes, they wouldn’t have known about Shintaro’s plan, which holds importance in the execution of Momo’s plan. Without Kido’s Eyes, their cover would have been more easily blown. Without Shintaro and Ene, hacking the security system wouldn’t have been thought of. In Momo’s plan, without Momo’s Eyes and Shintaro’s actions while being confronted by the chief hostage-taker, Kido, Kano, Seto, and Mary would’ve been noticed while they were creating an opening for Shintaro. Without Momo’s Eyes and Mary’s Eyes, the hostage-takers wouldn’t have been subdued.

In a freaking nutshell, things wouldn’t have gone well without the synergy of the seven. Synergy is amazing, you know! Habit Number Six: Synergize! Also, here’s a quote to keep in mind from Sean Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens:”

Synergy doesn’t just happen. It’s a process. You have to get there. And the foundation of getting there is this: Learn to celebrate differences.

You don’t need to agree with all the differences in the world if you want to celebrate differences. You just need to value them and let them inspire you to find good ideas and opportunities. Celebrating differences can be difficult for all of us, but you can do it, you know! And once you start celebrating differences…man, trust me, it’s freaking refreshing!

Now, it's time for the next course of action...Hurry up, Mekakushi Dan.

Now, it’s time for the next course of action…Hurry up, Mekakushi Dan.

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

Up next: Kagerou Daze!

Up next: Kagerou Daze!

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!

 

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