Mekakucity Actors Episode 5 Reflection: Apathy Won’t Help Your Life, Shintaro Kisaragi

It’s time for a reflection on another episode of Mekakucity Actors, the anime of the Kagerou Project!

Remember: "Kagerou Project" is the name of the whole series! Mekakucity Actors is the title of the anime (and it's also the name of the album that Jin-sensei released before Mekakucity Days), Kagerou Daze is the title of the light novel and the manga (and also the title of Jin-sensei's breakout hit!). Also, I highly recommend listening to the songs (and the upcoming drama CD that's gonna come with a certain set of the daze/days single), watching the music videos, reading the light novels (and that little novel that's also gonna be coming along with a certain set of the daze/days single!), the manga, and the supplementary information booklets if you wanna understand the whole series!

Remember: “Kagerou Project” is the name of the whole series! Mekakucity Actors is the title of the anime (and it’s also the name of the album that Jin-sensei released before Mekakucity Days), Kagerou Daze is the title of the light novel and the manga (and it’s also the title of Jin-sensei’s breakout hit!).

Today’s episode:

"The theme of the album's last song is 'carrying out a plan.'" --from Jin's commentary on Kaien Panzermast in the Mekakucity Days album

“The theme of the album’s last song is ‘carrying out a plan.'” –from Jin’s commentary on Kaien Panzermast in the Mekakucity Days album

Kaien Panzermast! This episode’s namesake is actually one of the two instrumental tracks (the other track is “Lost Time Prologue”), which has words from Ene (voiced by Kana Asumi), in the Mekakucity Days album. You can find a translation of Ene’s words, translated by sailorenna, here. Now then…

Ah, August 15...What a significant date.

Ah, August 15…What a significant date.

Good morning, Shintaro Kisaragi!

Good morning, Shintaro Kisaragi!

Welcome to a room in the Mekakushi Dan hideout!

Welcome to a room in the Mekakushi Dan hideout!

No, it was not a dream, Shintaro. You went to the department store to buy a new keyboard, terrorists attacked, you managed to have Ene hijack the security system, and passed out after getting shot.

No, it was not a dream, Shintaro. You went to the department store to buy a new keyboard, terrorists attacked, you managed to have Ene hijack the security system, and then you passed out after getting shot.

Ene, I need your assistance.

Go, Ene!

Go, Ene!

Ene, your master needs to calm down!

Ene, your master needs to calm down!

Shintaro, you need to calm down.

Shintaro, you need to calm down.

Shintaro. Calm down, please.

Shintaro. Calm down, please.

Let us go through your memories calmly, Shintaro.

Let us go through your memories calmly, Shintaro.

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Shintaro. Baby. You really need to take some "How to Improve Calmness!" classes, you know.

Shintaro. Baby. You really need to take some “How to Improve Calmness!” classes, you know.

Shintaro, I highly suggest gathering some calmness and talking with kindness.

Shintaro, I highly suggest gathering some calmness and talking with kindness.

Shintaro, please remember that your assistant here is friendly troll. Also, please remember the "troll" part of the phrase right now.

Shintaro, please remember that your assistant here is friendly troll. Also, please remember the “troll” part of the phrase right now.

Oh boy. Looks like Ene's gonna have to bring out the big guns. Make sure that you don't destroy him, Ene!

Oh boy. Looks like Ene’s gonna have to bring out the big guns. Make sure that you don’t destroy him, Ene!

After some persuasion from Ene…

Oh, hi there, Mary Kozakura!

Oh, hi there, Mary Kozakura!

Shintaro. Your lack of calmness is facepalm-worthy. I hope that your calmness would improve.

Shintaro. Your lack of calmness is facepalm-worthy. You could have gotten information from Ene through a better way. Anyway, I hope that your calmness would improve.

By the way, Mary entering the room was an unexpected event. Try guessing what happened after Mary saw Shintaro.

By the way, Mary entering the room was an unexpected event. Try guessing what happened after Mary saw Shintaro.

Some time later…

Well, looks like the butt-biters got to you, Shintaro. Lack of calmness can lead to butt-biters chasing you, you know.

Well, looks like the butt-biters got to you, Shintaro. Lack of calmness can lead to butt-biters chasing you, you know.

Come on, Shintaro can improve! You'll need calmness and optimism if you're gonna help him, you know!

Come on, Shintaro can improve! You’ll need calmness and optimism if you’re gonna help him, you know!

Right now, the reaction that I'd like to show to Shintaro is a facepalm.

Right now, the reaction that I’d like to show to Shintaro is a facepalm.

Yeah, Shintaro needs some proper encouragement, you know!

Yeah, Shintaro needs some proper encouragement, you know!

Well, it looks like your calmness is improving, Shintaro! Good!

Well, it looks like your calmness is improving, Shintaro! Good!

Step by step, Shintaro...Improve that calmness step by step...

Step by step, Shintaro…Improve that calmness step by step…

Yes, they're the Mekakushi Dan, Shintaro!

Yes, they’re the Mekakushi Dan, Shintaro!

Yes, thank you very much, Mekakushi Dan!

Yes, thank you very much, Mekakushi Dan!

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Aw, Shintaro's calmness broke. Oh well, step by step. No need to force-feed.

Aw, Shintaro’s calmness broke. Oh well, step by step. No need to force-feed.

shin needs to be untied Some chaotic situations later, which include…

Momo, I feel like your older brother can learn his lesson in a gentler but still serious way.

Momo, I feel like your older brother can learn his lesson in a gentler but still serious way.

A beatdown by Shintaro’s younger sister (It was hidden via focusing on Ene and comical use of the anime’s ending theme, by the way.)

Ene, I don't think you need to do that.

Ene, I don’t think you need to do that.

A card battle…

Ene, I don't think playing around at the expense of your master is a good thing.

Ene, I don’t think playing around at the expense of your master is a good thing.

…at the expense of Shintaro…

Ah, is this another friendly troll that we're seeing here?

Ah, is this another friendly troll that we’re seeing here?

…and at the expense of Mary as well.

Okay, so what's embarrassing about this?

Okay, so what’s embarrassing about this?

I have a question, though:

Seriously, what's so embarrassing about this poem?

Seriously, what’s so embarrassing about this poem, Mary?

What’s so embarrassing about these thoughts of yours, Mary? I don’t think that there’s anything offensive about it. Your line of logic is kinda weird when it comes to what happens if all sunfish lived, though. Wait a minute…When I think about it…If you don’t let all sunfish die, then…yeah, the world would probably be overflowing with sunfish, and the balance of nature would become messed up. Still, what’s so embarrassing about your poem, Mary? Anyway…after all that chaos…

You and Ene are now members of the Mekakushi Dan, Shintaro!

You and Ene are now members of the Mekakushi Dan, Shintaro!

Ta-da! New members!

Ta-da! New members!

Welcome, Ene! Welcome, Shintaro!

Welcome, Ene! Welcome, Shintaro!

You know, Shintaro...

You know, Shintaro…

...you can't hide from problems. Run away from them all you want, but you'll still have to face them.

…you can’t hide from problems. Run away from them all you want, but they’ll never run away from you.

Why not look at the bright side while you're dealing with your problems?

Why not look at the bright side while you’re dealing with your problems?

If you want to find true happiness while you're living, you'll need to go through a tough path, you know.

If you want to find true happiness while you’re living, you’ll need to go through a tough path, you know.

Ah, by the way, you're Mekakushi Dan Member Number 7, Shintaro.

Ah, by the way, you’re Mekakushi Dan Member Number 7, Shintaro.

So, what are your thoughts on you being a new Mekakushi Dan member, Shintaro?

Yay!

Yay!

Yaaay!

Yaaay!

Yaaaaaaay!

Yaaaaaaay!

Yaaa--Really, Shintaro?

Yaaa–Really, Shintaro?

You're eighteen years old, Shintaro.

You’re eighteen years old, Shintaro.

It appears that your calmness is slipping, Shintaro.

It appears that your calmness is slipping, Shintaro.

You're gonna have to take some calmness training, Shintaro. You can start your training now, you know.

You’re gonna have to take some calmness training, Shintaro. You can start your training now, you know.

And watch your language, please. Life can be beautiful, you know.

And watch your language, please. Life can be beautiful, you know.

Some time later…

Oh come on, Shintaro.

Oh come on, Shintaro.

Um, a group of teenagers (and a more-than-a-century-old medusa) that saved you and a bunch of other hostages from a group of terrorists is a shady group? Seriously?

Um, a group of teenagers (and a more-than-a-century-old medusa) that saved you and a bunch of other hostages from a group of terrorists is a shady group? Seriously?

Shintaro, have you ever thought about why in the freaking world your younger sister attracts so much attention?

Shintaro, have you ever thought about why in the freaking world your younger sister attracts so much attention?

What's in your mind now, Shintaro?

What’s in your mind now, Shintaro?

Maybe. Maybe not. But seriously, rehabilitating you wasn't their main intention. They just wanted to save you from being killed by terrorists. Also, you knew about their eye abilities, which is why they don't want to let you go so easily. Still, hanging around with the Mekakushi Dan can help you get out of your mostly self-inflicted misery, you know!

Maybe. Maybe not. But seriously, rehabilitating you wasn’t their main intention. They just wanted to save you from being killed by terrorists. Also, you knew about their eye abilities, which is why they don’t want to let you go so easily. Still, hanging around with the Mekakushi Dan can help you get out of your mostly self-inflicted misery, you know!

Shintaro, why are you even insisting on staying in your NEET life? You can't hide from problems forever, sure, but still, you can encounter so many more reasons to be happy if you just put your mind into finding them!

Shintaro, why are you even insisting on staying in your NEET life? You can’t hide from problems forever, sure, but still, you can encounter so many more reasons to be happy in the courage zone if you just put your mind into finding them!

Oh hey, seems like there's a problem going on out there.

Oh hey, seems like there’s a problem going on out there.

Oh hey, is that a cosplayer?

Oh hey, is that a cosplayer?

Apathy won't help your life in the long run, Shintaro.

Apathy won’t help your life, Shintaro.

Again, apathy won't help your life in the long run, Shintaro.

Again, apathy won’t help your life, Shintaro.

Speaking of apathy, looks like you'll need to kill it right now, Shintaro.

Speaking of apathy, looks like you’ll need to kill it right now, Shintaro.

Also, did your apathy make you forget about something important, Shintaro?

Also, did your apathy make you forget about something important, Shintaro?

Like, something very important?

Like, something very important?

Man, apathy can be a freaking annoying stray brick. Make some proper problem-solving bricks, Shintaro.

Man, apathy can be a freaking annoying stray brick. Make some proper problem-solving bricks, Shintaro.

Oh yeah, your apathy changed the flow of events, Shintaro. Apathy is still a freaking annoying stray brick, though. I discourage apathy, you know.

Oh yeah, you and your apathy changed the flow of events, Shintaro. Apathy is still a freaking annoying stray brick, though. I discourage apathy, you know.

Shintaro. Baby. You can deal with this calmly and positively. Relax, man. Relax.

Shintaro. Baby. You can deal with this calmly and positively. Relax, man. Relax.

Okay, now let's go through this calmly and positively, Shintaro.

Okay, now let’s go through this calmly and positively, Shintaro.

Habit Number Five, Shintaro. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Habit Number Five, Shintaro. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Okay, looks like Mister Cosplayer here doesn't know what the police is.

Okay, looks like Mister Cosplayer here doesn’t know what the police is.

Shintaro, patience. Patience can help your life very much, you know. The road to improving your patience can be a tough road, but trust me: You won't be disappointed by the rewards that you'll get as you go down that road.

Shintaro, patience. Patience can help your life very much, you know. The road to improving your patience can be a tough road, but trust me: You won’t be disappointed by the rewards that you’ll get as you go down that road.

Relax, Shintaro. No need to force info out of the guy.

Relax, Shintaro. No need to force info out of the guy.

Let's slow down and relax...Keep up with Mister Cosplayer's pace...

Let’s slow down and relax…Keep up with Mister Cosplayer’s pace…

There...Mister Cosplayer's name is...Konoha...

There…Mister Cosplayer’s name is…Konoha…

Konoha. Ko. No. Ha. コ。ノ。ハ。かれの名前はコノハ、シンタローさん。His name is Konoha, Shintaro.

Konoha. Ko. No. Ha. コ。ノ。ハ。かれの名前はコノハ、シンタローさん。His name is Konoha, Shintaro.

You really need to kill your apathy, Shintaro.

You really need to kill your apathy, Shintaro.

Seriously, you really need to kill your apathy.

Seriously, you really need to kill your apathy.

Well, looks like you're making some effort to kill that apathy of yours, Shintaro. I hope that it dies. Completely. Kill it. Kill that apathy with the cleansing fire of calmness and optimism.

Well, looks like you’re making some effort to kill that apathy of yours, Shintaro. I hope that it dies. Kill that apathy with the cleansing fire of calmness and optimism. BURN, APATHY! BURN IN THE CLEANSING FLAMES!

Do your best and have fun, Shintaro and Konoha!

Do your best and have fun, Shintaro and Konoha!

Okay, now let's know more about the people that you guys need to find. Let's do this calmly...

Okay, now let’s know more about the people who you guys need to find. Let’s do this calmly…

Let's keep up...with Konoha's pace...

Let’s keep up…with Konoha’s pace…

Relax...and listen, Shintaro...

Relax…and listen, Shintaro…

Relax...and...oh...Konoha found them already...?

Relax…and…oh…Konoha found them already…?

Well...that doesn't look good...

Well…that doesn’t look good…

Yes...looks like it's...the two kids...that you're looking for, Konoha...

Yes…looks like it’s…the two kids…that you’re looking for, Konoha…

Shintaro...the kids seem to be in a bad situation...but still...don't panic...keep calm...as you try to find a good way...to deal with the problem...

Shintaro…the kids seem to be in a bad situation…but still…don’t panic…keep calm…as you try to find a good way…to deal with the problem…

Yes...it's a problem, Konoha...

Yes…it’s a problem, Konoha…

They're...being kidnapped, Konoha...

They’re…being kidnapped, Konoha…

Calm down, Shintaro...Relax...Don't panic...Let's face this...calmly...

Calm down, Shintaro…Relax…Don’t panic…Let’s face this…calmly…

Yes, Konoha..."kidnapped" can also mean..."abducted..."

Yes, Konoha…”kidnapped” can also mean…”abducted…”

Yes...kidnapping is bad, Konoha...

Yes…kidnapping is bad, Konoha…

Well, looks like Konoha's gonna power up.

Well, looks like Konoha’s gonna power up.

Start your engines, Konoha. Time to save some kids.

Start your engines, Konoha. Time to save some kids.

Make sure that you don't destroy the kidnappers, by the way! They can be better people, you know!

Make sure that you don’t destroy the kidnappers, by the way! They can be better people, you know!

GOTTA GO FAST, KONOHA!

GOTTA GO FAST, KONOHA!

'Sup, people. Konoha is here!

‘Sup, people. Konoha is here!

By the way, I hope that those kidnappers would find a better path in life. Now then...

By the way, I hope that those kidnappers would find a better path in life. Now then…

Yaaaaaaaaaay!

Yaaaaaaaaaay!

Uh-oh. GOTTA GO FAST, KONOHA!

Uh-oh. GOTTA GO FAST, KONOHA!

Welp, better burn that apathy, Shintaro.

Welp, better burn that apathy, Shintaro.

Sure, it's freaking shocking, Shintaro, but you should pick up your Torch of Calmness and Optimism.

Sure, it’s freaking shocking, Shintaro, but you should pick up your Torch of Calmness and Optimism.

Onward, Shintaro Kisaragi! Burn your apathy away and move forward!

Onward, Shintaro Kisaragi! Burn your apathy away and move forward!

With that, I end my reflection on the fifth episode of Mekakucity Actors.

Up next: Headphone Actor!

Up next: Headphone Actor!

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 them in the comments section below!

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