Mai is a primitive animal at heart. Yes, yes!
This is the end of the curse arc and I must thank all the commenters for shedding some light onto the plot on the previous summary. With no frills and thrills and fills, it’s time for the summary and thoughts! Oh yea, sorry for the extensive summary once again, as I have difficulties trying to reduce my words T_T;
We see Kasei laughing hysterically in the biology room with, as Naru was brought to the hospital, with everyone worrying over him as an ambulance was called. Mai was blaming herself for holding on to Naru when she fell, causing him to be injured severely in the process. On that night, Mai, the witch and the monk burned the dolls and poured the ashes into the river, ending the curse for now. As the witch and the monk returned back, only to see Mai was not at the headquarters. She had confronted Kasei, with Kasei saying that even Mai suspected her of doing it. However, Mai reiterated that she knew that Kasei was not the culprit. Just then, a student interrupted them, saying that there was a call from Shibuya.
We then transfered to the scene in the hospital, where the monk and the witch were surprised that the ward did not have the name of Naru. Still, they went in, seeing Naru in a rather stable state. The reason given for the faint was due to anemia and it was nothing serious. Mai then rushed in and was glad that he was all right as all the concerned parties were gathered in the hospital. Naru said he found out who the true culprit was. Naru then asked whether Kasei told anyone about him being an yin-yang master. The teacher then said that she overheard it. After that, Naru asked for the birht location of the teacher and as the teacher answered it, he said he was sure now.
He then deduced that it was the teacher who did it. During the case of the desk incident, he said it was clear that the person who had cursed the table did not exactly know the person who was at the desk. Hence, since the voodoo art required the full name of the person, at the situation when everyone was looking out for the culprit, it was impossible for the teacher to find out then. That was why the curse was on the table, not on the person itself.
The teacher said it was a big assumption to state that she was the culprit simply from that. Naru then said that the only people who knew his full name was the principle and the teacher. For Mai, it was only the teacher and the principle did not know her full name. Hence, as the curse of the person required the full name of the victim, it must be the teacher who did it. Her intentions was that Naru being the yin-yang master would realise who did it and Mai, with her very strong intuition, might discover it. Hence, it was the best way by eliminating them. Kasei was distraught and tried to push the blame to herself, but Naru told her not to shield the teacher anymore.
Naru then took out a magazine as he checked out the background of the teacher. It seemed that the teacher was part of the Geller’s children, during the boom when everyone was professing to have PK abilities. After that, the media started reporting and trying to label these people as frauds. On one occasion, due to the fluctuations of energy, she was caught by a journalist to be cheating, as she could not feel the power in herself. After that, the teacher finally admitted that she was the culprit and then, there was no one who told her that she need not force herself.
Naru then said Japan did not have the ability to test whether PK users were true or fake. The teacher then said that it was merely a small prank to disturb the school. That was when the teacher started to use the voodoo arts to curse those as she hated people who doubted PK abilities. Naru picked out an old news article that wrote about the journalist that had reported her making a fraud to suffer from a car accident, apparently the same way as the Track and field teacher. Naru said he had no way to verify it but it would soon be more fatal incidents if she continued.
As the teacher went to place the flowers, Naru saw that she was slipping something in as Lin charged to investigate. He then saw that she had tried to curse Naru again as Mai looked on, wondering if having special abilities were a good thing or not. A few days later, Naru made a check and said that Mai in fact had latent ESP in her, in which she had the feeling of sensing trouble against people with bad intentions.
It was something like a very strong sense of self-protecting mechanisms. Mai smiled until Naru added that it was like an animal. In anger, she revealed Naru’s spoon bending feat, as Lin stood up in horror, asking him why he did it. Eventually, Naru did it, only for the monk to state that it was a fraud. Naru then promised Lin that he would not do it again as Mai thought about whether Naru was doing a fraud or not then.
HaH, for once, I guessed almost everything right in an arc. The teacher was obviously the culprit in this case, which is made simpler after the clear explaination by Naru. It seemed to me very surprising in a way that the teacher was in fact one of the Geller’s children. Uri Geller was an interesting fact file to include inside the story, as he is considered to be one of the most famous people that is alleged to have the abilities of psychokinesis.
In a way, the usage of the media being a source simply for exposing fraud makes it reasonable why the teacher had that much of a hatred toward people who doubted PK. That made the reasoning much more palpitable in my opinion and hence resolved it in a nice way.
Mai DID have latent ESP. I have been very curious over the dreams, as well as the abilities of her sensing trouble and having strange thoughts. From this episode, it is clear that it is a sign of her having the ability to sense people who have bad intentions and it is clear from Kasei that she had not the hatred nor the true ability to carry out such a curse. Only someone with a strong spiritual energy can do it as there is a need for strong spiritual pressure to create such dolls. That was why Naru told the teacher that she needed rest as she had spent most of her energy trying to curse him, when Lin discovered the curse that she attempted to slip through the flower vase.
Now, the question. Is Naru a fraud? I have this suspicion that he is definitely NOT a fraud. Yes, the thing that he did in this episode is clearly a trick but it is impossible to do it until it breaks, no? I personally went to try the method that was deduced in the episode, where the thumb is used as the fulcrum to push the spoon off. Of course, I did not do it as coolly as the people in the anime, but I realize that it is nearly impossible at that posture to BREAK THE FRICKING SPOON.
The worry that Lin had clearly showed that there was something going on and that the usage of such powers had side effects in which Lin is worried about. I presume the fainting due to anemia could be one of the side effects from using his energy but I am just over-assuming since he did say it was a case of anemia. What I am deducing is that it does affect his bodily abilities.
Hence, Naru is definitely a man of mystery and simply heightens the suspicion that I have that he made use of Mai’s strong intuition to send messages to her through her dreams.
So ya, Episode 10 is done and over with. Cheers and do clarify things if I confuse stuff. Hope to hear your comments!