Mimi: Well, we have truly entered the Twilight Zone with this episode. It might not end with another smashing, bizarre death, but it sure offers a freaky exposition. I admit, I was fooled. I never considered Mei being a ghost in the sense that everyone’s just ignoring her. Now it seems obvious after I read the synopsis again, though it’s really quite crafty. Why be redundant/obvious in saying there’s a girl named Misaki who died earlier and that Kouichi met a mysterious girl named Misaki? Well, maybe because they’re actually different people. What a nice little twist though for people who don’t read too much into it. xD
So, the class begins to ignore Kouichi after a student that talked to him recently died of a “heart attack.” He figures they’re just treating Mei the same way, so she really exists. Once the two outcasts get together, she explains: The curse happens when there is somehow an extra student in the class. No one can figure out who it is. But they found a way to stop the deaths, that is, to treat a student as nonexistent to correct the class number. But after Kouichi transferred to the school, the deaths started happening anyway. I guess the class thinks the reason for that is because he acknowledges Mei, so they ultimately choose to ignore him too.
Mei’s theory is that the extra student is a ghost who doesn’t know they’re dead yet, and they’re most likely connected to the class that have died over the years. With that said, Kouichi seems like the highest suspect, since he’s connected to the class through his mother, not to mention people close to him die. I guess Mei is safe because she’s treated like a ghost? Or perhaps there’s another special reason. Anyway…this is getting amazing! And what’s with people’s minds being altered?
I love this show so much…