One of my most anticipated anime of the Spring season had arrived. Let’s see what we’re in store for the coming 20+ episodes. From what I’ve gathered this show borrows similar story themes as the Blue Reflection game but follows a mostly different cast of characters.
Update: Okay. It’s actually a sequel to the game but hopefully they summarize past events in a flashback that motivates people to check out the game later and find out what happened in more detail. Either that or what I hope for even more, a “Blue Reflection DX” for PS4/5, Switch and PC.
Note: I haven’t played the game (yet) so I neither know nor will recognize anything. People who have played the game or saw playthroughs are asked not to spoil anything about the world or its lore.
We began the show with what was either a flash forward or something that happened before the start of the show. The big boss up there is a Sephirot (Yes I know it’s missing one letter to spell the name of a legendary figure).
Next we see one of our two leads, Hiori, broken down with a treasured music box probably belonging to her older sister, who was a magical girl. The sisters seem to have had a falling out. We’ll hopefully learn more in due time.
After the prologue we’re introduced to the other protagonist, Ruka. She transferred to an all-girls’ school and would share a dorm room with Hiori, who was out at the moment. The class rep tried giving her a tour but she just wanted to go to her new room. While unpacking she saw one of her notes. She was supposed to become more social but failed. We would quickly find out she had difficulty socializing with people. A hint was a girl from her past.
In school she did the bare minimum in her class introduction and replies to classmates were minimal. She tried walking off and overheard the brunette here, Miyako, or rather her “friends” talk about a missing girl. They complimented Miyako’s cool phone case as Ruka looked on with a serious expression. Miyako’s like “What?” but Ruka couldn’t say anything. After school they met again. Ruka tried complimenting her cool phone like the other two but Miyako knew they actually envied her because her family was rich. She said Ruka “wouldn’t understand”. This stuck with Ruka. We’d later get a hint about what she “wouldn’t understand” as Miyako heard her parents favoring her seemingly more successful brother. They literally called him the “best child”.
As Miyako walked off the blonde from the prologue, who we saw investigating something afterward, bumped into Ruka. She’s in a hurry responding to a distress signal of some kind. As she ran off Ruka tried to tell her she dropped a blue ring. When Ruka picked it up she felt a weird sensation.
These are two of the bad girls on the show. They were seen earlier with another girl who would turn out to be the missing girl Miyako’s “friends” gossiped about. The taller girl took pleasure in “defiling” her targets. We would get a bit more clarity on that later.
Back at Ruka’s room as she felt bad for her poor communication skills Hiori tried to sneak in through the window as it was past curfew. Thus our two leads met. Hiori had a ring too. It most likely belonged to her sister. The next day Hiori cheerfully snuggled with Ruka who had no idea how to respond to her positive attitude. As they walked across the hall she noticed a girl in pain outside. Hiori rushed over to help. Ruka was confused Hiori helped someone she’d never met before. Hiori said it was because she hoped she and the girl could understand each other, just like someone else she knew (her sister). Ruka couldn’t understand how she could think that way but before she could interrogate her they heard a scream.
The big bad girl was attracted to Miyako’s negative feelings and was about to do what she did to the missing girl from the night prior when Hiori and Ruka came to the rescue. Before their arrival Hiori dragged Ruka along. As Ruka tried to stop her both rings glowed and seemed to answer some of her questions about it and Leap Range.
We learned from the girls’ weapons that “blue is good and red is bad” or so it appeared. The bad girl was about to strike down our heroines but the blonde arrived in time to launch a fireball to drive her away. However, she left an unconscious Miyako on the ledge who was about to fall. Hiori leapt to grab her arm but wasn’t strong enough to pull her back up.
She heard voices coming from her ring. We got a better look at them in the prologue. These twins appear to know about the rings and “Reflectors” (What the blue ring magical girls are called). They told Hiori that so long as she believed in her feelings she could save Miyako. Longtime fans of Magical Girl series have a good idea what that means.
It appears this series has a strong emphasis on girls’ feelings as we noticed throughout the episode. The OP was nice too. This is my kind of “bleep”. I’m very intrigued.