Mysterious Girlfriend X Episodes 9-13 END

And in the end, the love you take…

So, post’s a bit early this week…

Self-deprecating jokes aside, I’m finishing up Mysterious Girlfriend X with this final post. I imagine that there’s still plenty of topics to be covered from the series, even in my own little corner of esoteric minutiae; however, for the sake of brevity, this post will be about as long as the other ones, instead of five times as long. For other aspects of the show, as always, I suggest Kritik der Animationskraft and We Remember Love‘s series of posts. With that, let’s get started!

Mysterious Scissors

Can you believe that I haven’t talked about scissors this entire season? It’s true!

Getting off that honey must be an absolute pain.

The most obvious imagery the scissors bring up is that of an X, as in the title card in the opening sequence. The title Mysterious Girlfriend X suggests that the X represents the unknown; however, it could also be an X representing what is impossible or futile, from its familiar use as a marker for incorrect answers on school assignments.

The shot of scissors with their blades open also suggests the image of a woman’s legs spread apart, and the element of danger brings to mind the vagina dentata, myths of teeth on the… lower mouth, as it were. In Japan, Ainu folklore tells of the island of Menokokotan, inhabited by female warriors who have teeth growing from their genitals which shed every winter (much like antlers). It is said that the explorer Tokunai Mogami visited Menokokotan and tested the strength of these lower teeth with the sheath of his dagger, resulting in visible teeth marks.

While the connection with scissors and vagina dentata is perhaps tenuous, it is clear that scissors at least play a similar role in representing the male fear of castration, as is evident in the many shots of Mikoto wielding her scissors menacingly.

Like this one.

Mysterious Cherry Blossoms

The final episode of Mysterious Girlfriend X ends the series on a bit of a sobering note, forgoing the usual antics for a more reserved look at Akira and Mikoto’s relationship, with Akira’s family, including his deceased mother.

So perhaps it’s little surprise that the cherry blossom (or sakura) features prominently in the episode, from the establishing shot:

And then there’s the sakura-mochi, which also feature prominently.

The cherry tree is a fairly common visual shorthand in anime (to the point of cliché), so I’ll keep it short. The blooming of cherry trees is inextricably linked with the coming of spring in Japan, and symbolically carries many of the same connotations that spring itself does, including hope for the future, or optimism. However, it also has its own meaning not tied to spring: the cherry blossom also represents female dominance, beauty, sensuality, and love―all familiar themes in MGX.

But the thematic significance of the cherry blossom that most viewers are familiar with is that of mono no aware: beauty in transience. The cherry tree blossoms splendidly, but never for long before its petals are shed unto the wind. The idea is reflected in Youko’s story of her high school romance, which ended not in a tearful breakup, but with distance and time: a love lost in the streams of life.

So on this slightly melancholic note, I bid Mysterious Girlfriend X farewell. Here’s to hoping for a second season! And of course, thank you all for following the show with me.

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10 responses to “Mysterious Girlfriend X Episodes 9-13 END

  1. On a lighter note, I’m never doing an episodic series ever again, God help me. Back to brewing up editorials it is!

    • Haha, I was wondering when you were going to release this. (But I love your discussion on the the imagery of this show, as always. Bravo for completing and it was really fun to read your reviews. Thanks for posting!)

  2. I’d have to agree with you on episodics, I’m spending too much time thinking about the show, and not enough enjoying watching it. I appreciate the link back, and it’s been fun discussing this series with you over the season!

    • Yeah, same here! It’s a shame all of that Buddhist imagery never went anywhere… Well, maybe in the manga, eh?

    • June_Kuro

      I don’t mind doing episodics since me and my friend do watch the episode atleast more than twice… One is for us to have fun, the next to spot some episodic review and the next is… to have fun again… But yeah… It’s very tiring to do… And the anime loses tastes once in a while when you do this…

  3. June_Kuro

    I’ve been also thinking about the scissors things (or as Akira put it, the panty-scissors) And with your explanation about it being similar to vagina dentata, is quite astonishing since I don’t think alot of anime covers about such myth… If none at all… But then again… I’ve been looking at the scissors in a different light since Mikoto uses is, mostly, on the magazines of Akira and to keep him in track… This being said I think is symbolizes how Mikoto is allowing Akira to do the usual stuff in a relationship… Seeing her slowly use it on Akira and more on the magazines shows that she is slowly and gradually letting Akira to do the things a ‘normal’ relationship should have…

    This anime ended almost a month ago so yes, it’s very saddening… However, I loved it and do hope for atleast a second season or if not, an OVA… But meh… I’ll be looking forward for this to be show in Philippine TV and do hope they’ll have an open spot for dubbers so I can go and apply for the dubber position… ^^

  4. Stef

    I’ve recently rewatched the series(plus the OVA I missed) and I’m surprised of how well it holds up. Actually, I like it even more than on my first viewing! Picking up all of the subtle (and less subtle) erotic imagery is truly a joy. It feel a lot like an introduction to the manga than a complete story though. I blame it on the lack of an actual ending. Where’s my second season, goddammit!?

    I didn’t expect the OVA to come so close to actually supernatural elements but it worked in more ways than one. I particularly liked the kamis’ own kinky side.

    Mysterious Girlfriend X is definitely a great anime with far too little exposure.

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