And we finally cover the much awaited origin of Hyobu and Fujiko. As with the manga’s first impressions, I find it hard to believe that such an optimistic boy would end up becoming the devil. Well, cruel as it may be, it is still quite logical. As Kyuubey puts it, the greatest hope can become the biggest despair. Still, I find it odd how the young Hyobu aspires to help humanity with his powers while his older self attempts to crush it. Oh the irony.
As far as adaptations go, I have to say that they outdid themselves. Not just with the faithful content based off the manga but how they neatly expanded the characters. We won’t know how much detail they plan on shedding for the rest of the characters but it’s good to know how Hyobu and Fujiko’s resolve were molded.
In particular, I do love Fujiko’s motivation. At a time when women are treated below men, Fujiko strives to achieve her independence. Sure, she may be ridiculed and may be doing tons of shit that fucks up the peace but hey, her back story is rather solid and consistent with her present-time self.
From the next episode preview, I guess they’re planning on wrapping everything up, up to the point where the entire team was disposed of. I don’t think the manga detailed that part very well. I guess I never understood why they were needed to be rid of and how they managed to retrieve and store the dolphin’s brain. Rather, how did that dolphin die in the first place? And what was it that strained Fujiko and Hyobu’s relationship? I doubt it’s something as simple as choosing sides.