CHAOS;HEAD – 03
Back when he was a kid, Takumi hadn’t been allowed to go on a class trip that he had been looking forward to, so he instead cursed the trip hoping that no one could go. On the day of the trip, he found out that the bus got into an accident as if his wish had come true. His mother had been glad that she had him take the day off, but he had questioned if it was really okay and started to feel sick. Takumi had stopped talking for a while, so his mother took him to the hospital, and he had been examined by a doctor. In the present, Takumi goes to that hospital again to see the same doctor, and he claims to be there because of a potential sleepwalking problem. He talks to the doctor about typing on the computer without remembering it, but he also reveals that he hasn’t been sleeping lately, so the doctor decides to have him sleep in the hospital for a while. Shortly after Takumi lies down in the dark hospital room, he has a delusion of Seira in a nurse outfit, and he falls asleep thinking about her. The nurse wakes him a few hours later, and since he didn’t have any symptoms of sleepwalking, he’s released from the hospital.
Meanwhile, at school, Rimi is in the library having a hard time reaching a book and receives help from a taller girl. This taller girl then sits down with several books about gods, heaven, and myths, and after Rimi moves on, the girl comments to herself on how the revival approaches of the wicked king Gurajioru who brings destruction to this world. Back at his apartment, Takumi thinks about everything that’s happened and Yua’s reasoning, and in checking out the grotesque pictures that he had been linked by Shogun, he discovers his own fleeing figure in one of them. He panics because he hadn’t been to the scene of the crime until the 29th, and the image is dated the 28th on his computer. It causes him to think that the image showed the future and about how he’s felt that he was being watched all his life. He remembers how Yua had mentioned precognition, so he tries to research all he can on that. Doing so leads him to an online message board with a post about a gothic punk band called Phantasm that has a female singer named FES, and he finds out that their lyrics – which came before the New Generation incident happened – talked about a crucifixion. Takumi’s suspicion is that FES is the same girl he saw on the scene of the crime, but with no pictures of her online, he decides to go to the band’s next live concert to find out for sure.
Takumi has Misumi check out the concert for him, but Misumi drags him in, and Takumi discovers that FES isn’t who he thought she was. She is actually the girl who Rimi had encountered, and before singing, she talks mysteriously about the gate to Cocytus shutting and about the equilibrium of the world. She then materializes a giant blade that Takumi initially thinks is a microphone stand and starts singing the crucifixion song. Partway through, everyone in the room stops cheering, and after FES stops singing, she jumps off the stage and approaches Takumi. Each time he looks at her, she’s got less clothes on, and by the time she’s right up close to him, she’s naked. All Takumi can see as she presses her body against his is the giant blade, and a moment later, everything is back to the normal concert scene as if the entire thing had been a delusion. What shocks Takumi is that FES then seems to look right at him and asks the whose-eyes question that has been in his head for a long time. It causes him to rush out of the concert in a panic, and he wonders how she knows those words. At around this same time, Yua is at home researching dissociative identity disorder. Elsewhere, a girl named Kozue burns a school uniform and is preparing to go to Tokyo.
Sometime later, Takumi goes out cell phone shopping with Nanami, and while in the middle of the street, he sees a girl nearby carrying a giant sword similar to the one he saw FES carrying. Before Takumi can think more about it, Nanami grabs his attention and drags him off. When he gets home afterward, he logs into an online chat and hears from his online friend Grim about the fourth New Generation incident. This time, it involves a victim whose blood got extracted and whose skin turned green. Grim doesn’t think this could have been done by humans and has begun to believe in the occult theories. Grim even links Takumi to an online auction with photos of the incident and victim, and the person who set it up is supposedly the true criminal. This person goes by the name of Vampire, but what shocks Takumi even more is that written in blood in one of the pictures is that same whose-eyes question again.
This was one of those episodes that just kept raising more and more questions with every scene and never answered anything. There’s the question of the creation date of the image on Takumi’s computer, the question of what FES’s connection to all this is, the question of what the giant swords are, and the question of what the “whose eyes are they” mystery is all about. I could go on and on. It’s kind of maddening to see how many clues are out there that don’t quite connect.
What was probably the most confusing for me was the inconsistency in the date of Shogun’s messages according to Yua’s logs and when Takumi received them. One of the rationalizations for that (assuming that precognition isn’t actually the answer) is that Takumi was imagining that he got the images and somehow was creating the crime scene in his mind and on his computer the day before. That would of course imply that he committed the murder. Another possibility is that he’s being framed, and the message logs that Yua found were planted there. It seems that there’s some shadowy organization behind all this, and I would guess it’s called NOZOMI based on that one man‘s badge in Takumi’s flashback since it wouldn’t have been shown so prominently otherwise. I’m not sure what to think though, and things gets even more curious when considering the fact that we don’t know who or what was taking those photos in the first place. The blurred distinction between what’s a delusion and what’s not complicates things as well.
In any case, I’m enjoying how the mystery aspect of this series is keeping me guessing, and I expect the story to get even more complicated with more characters being introduced next week. All I hope is that there’s not some supernatural occurrence that explains everything away in some simple manner – I’d like to see how the individual pieces of the story fit together.