CHAOS;HEAD – 02
Takumi is shocked to see the pink-haired girl at school, but she laughs and has no idea why he’s scared of her. He thinks that she’s going to kill him, and when he questions why she knows his name, she explains that they’re friends. It’s not until she gets him to look into her eyes – saying that he should know her name – that he recognizes her as Sakihata Rimi. Takumi is confused as to why he knows her, but Misumi then shows up and explains that they’ve been in the same class since their first year. Misumi even has a picture of all three of them together at an amusement park. At home, Takumi’s delusions of Seira convince him that he was having delusions about Rimi, but she suddenly appears in her bloodied up form and threatens his life. At first Takumi thinks that this is another delusion, but then he realizes that the real Rimi actually is in his room and is looking his figures. She’s here to check up on him, but he promptly kicks her out. Meanwhile, at the police department, inspectors Ban and Suwa reveal some surveillance footage to an investigation team. It shows Takumi carrying one of the stakes, but the video isn’t clear enough to identify him – the police only know that he attends Suimei Academy.
The next day, Takumi is paid a visit by Yua who has come because of his promise to accompany her to place an advance order on a Seira figure. Takumi goes with her, but he keeps his distance and barely talks to her. The two run into Nanami along the way, and after seeing Yua, Nanami warns Takumi to shape up. Yua ends up having a good time at the store, and when it’s time for the two to part, she gets Takumi’s email address. She emails him soon after he gets home and asks when he’ll be going to school because she wants to see him. Takumi, however, deletes the email. When Yua doesn’t see him the next morning, she goes looking for him in his classroom and meets Rimi who informs her that Takumi took the day off. Upon learning of the fact that Yua and Takumi went shopping, Rimi asks what else they did, but Yua denies anything else happened. When Yua runs into Takumi the day after that, she sticks with him and promises to wait for him after class even though he admits that he’s a hikikomori. True to her word, she waits for him, and the two head home together, though they first make a stop at the park.
It is here that Takumi finally notices that Yua has three frog straps attached to her bag, just like the bag he saw at the internet cafe several days ago. In trying to give him one of the frogs, Yua accidentally spills the contents of her bags, and Takumi realizes that she’s been doing tons of research on the New Generation incidents. With the cat out of the bag, Yua confirms Takumi’s fears that she got close to him because she was after something. She prevents him from running away and confronts him about what he’s hiding by pulling out one of the cross-shaped stakes. Yua had seen the same stake in his room, but despite her suddenly threatening nature, she claims that she only wanted to ascertain if he knew about it. The other thing she’s curious about is if he has the power of precognition. Her reasoning behind this are the images of the third incident that Takumi had been sent, so Takumi claims that he got them from someone called Shogun and wonders if Yua is that person. Yua, however, explains that the images were found on the computer he was using at the internet cafe, and she also produces the chat logs between him and Shogun. The timestamps on all of Takumi’s messages are from Sunday, but all of Shogun’s messages are from Monday at the same time that Takumi was at the internet cafe. Yua’s conclusion from this is that Takumi is Shogun. Nevertheless, she lets him go, and Takumi returns home thinking that he doesn’t belong in this world.
I have to say, they’re doing a stellar job keeping me on my toes because throughout most of the episode I was guessing what was a delusion and what wasn’t. Actually, most things that were delusions were pretty obvious, but it’s afterward when you’re left wondering if Takumi is still hallucinating or if he’s back in reality again. It certainly made the beginning of the Yua confrontation seem surreal, especially since Takumi had delusions about her trying to kill him back in the first episode. In fact, even the way the passage of time is shown could all be wrong if Takumi’s delusions (and perhaps schizophrenia) are affecting it. Basically, this series is turning out to be intriguing to me on both story and storytelling levels.
Gore-wise though, this episode was pretty tame. I’ve been expecting more mutilated bodies and the like, but nothing new really appeared this week. The closest we came was when Yua got all threatening for real, but she surprisingly let Takumi go. It’s not clear so far what Yua’s goal in doing all this is, but I assume that since she’s holding a weapon in the OP and since she’s shown flashes of craziness in the way she questioned Takumi, she’ll soon get involved with all the other girls in a not-so-pleasant way.