While not as impressive as last week’s episode, this week’s episode of Myriad Colors Phantom World was a far cry from the sometimes cringe worthy quality of the first three. The fact that it finally decided to expand upon Minase’s character doesn’t hurt either.
As has been the case for every episode so far since episode three, we are given yet another character centric episode, however, while Haruhiko still has yet to be given a moment in the limelight, we did get to spend some time with Minase and actually learn more about her.
And while still not the most original character, she was handled quite well. Unlike many colder characters, she actually has justification for her desire to stay away from others. With the activation of her power four years earlier having distanced herself from everyone, due to its strength, she has no desire to go through that again.
It’s an understandable reason for keeping one’s distance, and it makes her a little more human. Also, to compare to another anime airing this season, she doesn’t wallow in self-pity about her troubles like a certain water wielding punk in Divine Gate. This goes a long way to making her likeable.
The overall plot of the episode is yet again a monster-of-the-week event. This time focusing on a phantom that attacks the animals that students look after at their schools. With a personal connection to this sort of attack, Minase gets involved. Haruhiko’s presence, due to an attempt to apologize to her, leads to her injury that inhibits her powers and the rest of the episode can then play out. By the end of the episode, everyone works together to bring down the phantom and Minase opens up somewhat. It’s an extremely cliché way for the events to play out, but it works here and was even kind of nice.
The monster-of-the-week formula, however, is wearing thin. And with nearly everyone gathered together hopefully some form of plot can get underway. While it was nice to have some reminder about the device that Haruhiko found in episode two, the screen time that was dedicated to Kurumi this episode makes it clear that we’ve got at least one more episode worth of monster-of-the-week before we go anywhere story wise.
Overall, this episode definitely showcases that the series can, and is, doing much better than when it started. If they can get a plot started for this show, then it’s quite likely that this would definitely be able to compete as an underdog of the season; especially seeing as how they’ve dropped a lot of the earlier emphasis on fanservice. However, the longer they continue the monster-of-the-week formula, the harder it will be to make this series really good.
Episode 5 Rating: 7/10
Myriad Color Phantom World streams new episodes Wednesdays exclusively on Crunchyroll.