Is it possible to love something without understanding much about it? Us Sunny Boy fans ask each other every episode, and Sonny Boy Episode 9 was no different. What weird contraption did we witness this time around? Let’s find out.
Sonny Boy Episode 9 Overview
Sonny Boy is based on an original story written by prominent director Shingo Natsume, previously known for directing shows such as One Punch Man. Studio Madhouse is producing it, the powerhouse anime studio behind absolute classics such as Hunter x Hunter, Death Note, and No Game No Life!
If you would like to refresh your memory about the happenings inside Episode 8, or if you’re new to the series and Episode 8 is the first one you decided to watch, you can check out my review of Episode 8 of Sonny Boy here!
– Sonny Boy Episode 9 review does not contain spoilers –
Sonny Boy Episode 9 Review- The Plot
Is this section of the review even relevant at this point? It’s not like anyone understands most of the plot elements in every episode anyway. It is always just questions and more questions with no end in sight. We witness things change yet remain the same with our own eyes every week, and yet all of it is so compelling that we tune in like loyal dogs each time.
Loyalty, now that’s a word that encapsulated Sonny Boy Episode 9 like no other. The episode is about Mizuho and the relationship she shares with her cats. They are all fiercely loyal to each other, even if it inadvertently causes them to create the situation that they are all stuck in right now. The cats maintain a human-level intelligence and thought process unbeknownst to everyone but Yamabiko.
We travel back through the eyes of Sakura the cat to witness the events when Mizuho was a child, as well as Rajdhani leaving the group to set off on an adventure. Sonny Boy Episode 9 established that the cats and their powers had something to do with the creation of “This World.” The mystery gets deeper and deeper every episode with no resolution in sight. This series will lead several youtube channels to become successful by just explaining the metaphors inside it. Just ask Evangelion YouTubers how that works.
Sonny Boy Episode 9 Review- The Characters
Sonny Boy Episode 9 was the first time in the series I didn’t know the purpose of a character. I did not understand what the twins were all about and why they mattered to the storyline. Were they really that important to showcase in the final thirds of your original series? The symbology and the metaphor behind them flew completely over my head, and I sure wish that I was not the only one who felt this way because that would make me dumb. No one likes to be dumb.
Everything apart from the twins worked like a charm. Nagara and Nozomi have come very far from the start of their season, and their growth feels organic and charming. Nozomi is far and away the best character in the series, and every episode that explores her is better because of it. An old friend also returned for a while, which was nice to see. Oh, and Asakaze and the evil teacher were also there. I still don’t know why they exist or matter.
Sonny Boy Episode 9- Art and Music
Sonny Boy is a unique show in more than one regard. One of those is its lack of an opening theme. Many shows are defined by their fantastic opening tracks, or at the very least, are enhanced by them. Sonny Boy doesn’t care and often starts with piercing silence that lasts for minutes. It does have an ending, though. A very good one.
The ending is called “Shounen Shoujo” by Ging Nang Boyz, translating to “Boy Girl” in English. At first glance, it is just a generic alt-rock anime ending, but on deeper inspection of its lyrics, we get some introspection about the show and its story. The song talks about the thousands of years and effort required for a boy to meet a girl. Presumably, the boy and girl it is talking about are Nagara and Nozomi, which has been hinted at from the start.
The show is going to end with something huge happening between those two, and that is near certain at this point. The show is just so confusing and misleading that one can’t even begin to assume what that event might be. Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be good. Sonny Boy has earned this trust, after all.
Sonny Boy Episode 9 was everything you would expect a Sonny Boy episode to be – confusing, breathtaking, and fascinating. The series is on its way to its conclusion, although I’m no closer to charting its course than I was at Episode 1. C’est la vie.
If you liked this review of Sonny Boy Episode 9, you will also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here!