Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Telepathy Shoujo Ran - Episode 24

An episode of Telepathy Shoujo Ran without Ran hearing voices would be like... well, quite a good episode of Telepathy Shoujo Ran, most probably. Okay, to be fair the voices are largely kept to a minimum this time around, and if nothing else we at least look likely to be finishing the series with a story arc that has rather more meat to it than most of the previous instalments, so I suppose I can't complain.

What begins with a freak gust of wind while sweeping up leaves (the writers of this series really know how to create tense and dramatic scenes, don't they?), soon turns into birds flying into closed windows, animals going berserk and escaping from zoos, and an earthquake - The only problem is that hardly anybody seems to have noticed this huge earthquake, and those who have are acting strangely. Indeed, all around town people are getting disproportionately angry, although I suppose that's what happens after sitting through twenty-three episodes of Telepathy Shoujo Ran.

This episode is really just a lead-in for what I'm assuming will be a story arc that closes out the series, bringing back an old face as an adversary (hmm, I wonder who that could be?) and hopefully actually ramping up the tension and feeling of actual danger for once, as it's been conspicious by its absence for much of this series. My ire was again raised by Ran's powers and their occasional deus ex machina effect (in this case she suddenly magicked up some kind of telekenetic lasso to stop somewhat - This isn't telepathy), but that aside this was in all honesty one of the better episodes of this series, and it does bode well for a more interesting ending after way too many episodes that have been, quite frankly, dull. Seeing as this series started off relatively brightly, it would at least be nice to see it end on a similar note.

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