Two episodes in, and I’ve already decided I really like FLIP FLAPPERS. At the end of the previous episode, Papika and Cocona found themselves in a spot of bother.
Forget about what happened at the end of the last episode, Cocona is back to her normal life when this one begins… well, almost.
Papika ends up introducing herself to Cocona’s friend Yayaka. Yayaka doesn’t bother introducing herself, and Cocona tries to leave with the excuse that she needs to hurry to school. Papika ends up taking her on her flying surfboard, against her will. Papika still wants to go on adventures with Cocona, but she is reluctant – particularly as she doesn’t want to see Papika die.
Cocona goes to class, and discovers she has a stowaway in her bag.
Then there’s also a new transfer student.
Of course, Papika’s her usual energetic self, though Yayaka steps in before she can glomp her.
Papika proves to be quite popular with the other students, though she only has eyes for Cocona. She spends a fair amount of time chasing Cocona around, and we also learn that Uexkull is less than keen on Papika. Cocona ends up taking refuge with Yayaka.
Papika reappears shortly afterwards. Outside, Uexkull gets sucked into some strange device, and Papika and Cocona follow shortly afterwards – it’s time for another trip to Pure Illusion.
Cocona winds up on her own, but she’s soon reunited with Papika.
The girls are now sporting ears, tails and an irresistible urge to gnaw on everything. Cocona decides to go and look for Uexkull on her own for fear of Papika endangering her life again. Meanwhile, Papika discovers another fragment and goes after that.
Whilst Papika was the one to be endangered in the last episode, it’s Cocona’s turn this time around. Papika can only watch as Cocona is thrown around helplessly.
Cocona finds herself protected by someone – or something – rather familiar.
Cocona and Uexkull end up in a cage, which is slowly being lowered towards lava. They try to chew their way out of the cage whilst Papika desperately finds a way to reach them. Papika realises Cocona’s feelings concerning what it’s like to watch a friend come close to death, and this awakens a power within her.
Thanks to Papika, everyone is able to make it out of Pure Illusion alive, and Cocona says that she’ll be happy to go on adventures with her every once in a while. Yayaka also witnesses this scene.
The last order of business for this episode is a visit to FlipFlap, where Cocona meets their members.
Dr. Salt tells Cocona to keep a fragment with her. Hidaka takes them to the Thomasson and explains the world they went to is called Pure Illusion. Papika and Cocona are tasked with collecting fragments in order to liberate Pure Illusion. What it needs liberating from isn’t revealed, and the episode ends with the girls disappearing.
I’m really liking FLIP FLAPPERS so far – the visuals are pretty spectacular, I like the relationship forming between Cocona and Papika, and Papika herself just has some kind of infectious energy about her. It seems pretty likely that no two visits to Pure Illusion will be the same, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing what kind of acid trips will be in store for us in the future.