I wish they’d redeem Mirai already.
So we could move onto more meaningful and interesting storylines.
So we don’t have to gnash our teeth at her bitchiness and then do an about face when her inevitable yet predictable redemption comes near the end.
I wish they’d just make focus on Mirai for a couple episodes and then use her as an observer for other possibly more interesting situations. In other natural disasters (e.g. Katrina), we saw many compelling stories and issues raised: the lack of government preparation, class/race conflict, a serious lack of aid and resources (this episode barely touched on this with a throwaway scene where a family couldn’t eat), etc. But here we are, stuck watching the trials and tribulations of two little kids and their surrogate mother. Is this bad? Not necessarily and Tokyo is watchable for what it (currently) is, but it could be much better. It could really give us a true ground level experience–weaving multiple narratives about everyone affected by disasters. Instead, we’re stuck with a limited perspective, a story of Mirai’s gang. The most we’ve really gotten so far is “people are out for themselves, but Mari is awesome!” Or am I just expecting too much? Yes, Tokyo could end up doing everything I mentioned above, but it’s already the third episode and this is a short series (I heard 11 episodes). It’s one of the best shows this summer, but I’m still disappointed.