Ok, I know the title doesn't make sense but what
I mean is "A Review of the Flip Flappers Series".
Flip Flappers is a visually appealing anime. The moment I saw the preview on Animax, I was captivated by its unique style so I immediately said to myself: “I had to watch this!”. At that point, I really couldn’t care less about its genre and theme (unless it includes
some genres I am naturally repel, which you can read here).
However, I do admit that they do have a whole lot of problem with plot holes, but as ceicocat tells you, that’s not the main point here (it’s a YouTube video, I recommend watching).
So here are my highlights (the part that I love).
The Colourful Journey of Irodori Iroha
As much as the duo adventures through different Pure Illusions, this one moment is the one I love the most. I mean, I love the idea that I get to adventure through someone’s life, although, as you can see in the anime, it proves to be quite depressing.
However, I like to think of my life like it’s Cocona: dull. Yes, it’s quite dull. Everyday you go to school, back at home, school and back, school and back, school an- urgh! Where is all the interesting stuff? Where are science fairs where I can look at exciting things students do? Why I am not called for competitions and win medals? Bla bla bla bla bla and when things do get interesting, I was sweeped out of the scene.
So, yeah, all my life I’ve been searching for interesting things to do: drawing comics, novels, blogging et cetera. One of them is actually watching anime (or novels or other mediums of choice) because in anime, things always get interesting (usually) even though it’s about several kids doing what kids do in rural Japan (Non Non Biyori). So, sometimes, I imagine (or dream) myself in those events. Quite the cliche, heheh.
Then, I actually realize, interesting things come for those who find them and sometimes, it is in the little things; it is highlighted even in this anime. So, here’s my main niche for that. I even made that blog after realizing that fact. And yes, interesting things do come after that. I met my people of the same niche, interact with scientific people, and have knowledge of science fairs around my area; basically I joined the scientific community in the process.
That’s not the only reason why I love this scene. I’m a curious creature and I admit that (we humans are curious). Plus, if you refer to my “How I Used Anime To Learn About People“, I’m new to the social world. And so, I would love to learn more about people, and one way to do that is to look back at their history but for someone like me whom most people wouldn’t trust such information, my desire to just jump into their “Pure Illusion” multiplies.
And this anime did just that! At the back of my head, I screamed “Oh my gosh, really?” when I realized it was someone else’s memory.
Cocona vs Yayaka Battle
Let’s admit it, the battles represented in this story are epic and awesome.
But for me, nothing is as epic and meaningful as this one. Yup, the Cocoka Battle (or is it the Yayana battle? Both sounds weird, let’s just call it Cocona vs Yayaka)!
First, I simply like Yayaka’s character design. It’s just elegant and unique (I mean, you don’t see that hairstyle anywhere else)
And secondly, the fight means something. As soon as glimpse of memories appears in that kaleidoscopic diamond dome (it had to be in third person point of view, god damn it! I know for sure Yayaka does not remember those moments that way.), it shows exactly what Yayaka is actually fighting with — yes, you’ve guessed it; with herself.
She was fighting against herself. For what? She was struggling between wanting to be with Cocona or wanting to be with Asclepius (that organisation she was adopted into). Deep in her heart, she knows, her memories with Cocona is more valuable.
Yes, at first she was doing it for Asclepius, but as time passes, she finds being with Cocona is just plain enjoyable. Asclepius was the only one who she thinks would take care for her but Cocona does not judge her for who she is. Even though, she was the one who made Cocona and her run away from that hospital, Cocona does not complain other than a question of whether or not they should do it.
In high school, we can see how close they are: she even let Cocona copies her Future Decision Form, or whatever you call it. That’s what close friends do (although, if it were me, I love discussion more than plain copying). Even if it’s not obvious, Yayaka cares for Cocona. She always ask “Is your heart ready for this (and what is going to happen along the way)?” and she knows Cocona does not.
So this whole battle in a kaleidoscope is a metaphor (or an analogy) to Cocona and Yayaka confronting each other in a cafe (or any of their houses or anywhere suitable), blaming each other with a “Your heart is not ready for this!” (by which she means “I want to protect you, but I can’t under the conditions I’m in, so you better go home so you don’t get into trouble!”, I think), forgiving each other and being friends with a deeper connection, with Yayaka do most of the talking (battling).
Except, with epic battles and visual orgasm.
And yes, Cocona is utterly confused: “Why are we fighting?” but then in a couple of episodes later, she learns the truth of their friendship.
To be honest, if I may, that fight is meaningful in a sense that she is trying to redefine their friendship and it’s also meaningless in a sense that it does not need any redefinition.
What I’m saying is that even though Yayaka started being friends with Cocona under the command of Asclepius, as time progresses, Yayaka wanted to protect their friendship. Simply put, Yayaka loves her as a friend just as Cocona does for Yayaka. (And obviously, Cocona’s love for Papika(na) is stronger).
So it doesn’t matter how they started, if both of them wanted to protect their friendship, it’s okay.
Cocona couldn’t handle Yayaka’s truth not because she thinks lightly of their friendship but more of the timing.
When I first heard of this song, I was like, “What kind of magical girl anime has an opening named ‘serendipity’?” and the tone of the song doesn’t convey a magical girl theme either.
For those of you who doesn’t know, ‘serendipity’ means ‘a process where something else was found when you were looking for something else (or sometimes, you weren’t looking at all)’.
So I was wondering what was the connection until the end of the anime when I finally get it.
And no! I’m not talking about the lyrics of the song, just a short connection with this title and the whole story.
The serendipitous moment was when Cocona was trying to decide her future when she finds Papika and by embracing her love for Papika (Yuri or not, it doesn’t matter) she was finally be able to be more decisive. Even in the end of the Opening MV, it is shown that Cocona is together with Papika in a normal everyday adventure.
And that is the main purpose of this story actually, for Cocona to find herself and be able to make decision.
So yeah, that was a long review and I think my longest post (aside from my short stories) and with all of these said, here is my favourite MV on this show: