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Summary:

With the fourth New Generation incident, the whose-eyes phrase has become quite popular, but it still freaks Takumi out whenever he hears it. On his way home from the internet cafe one night, he runs into a girl carrying a sword on the street. When she realizes what he can see her Di-Sword, she questions him – causing him to experience a delusion of her trying to force a confession out of him by rubbing her foot against his crotch – and concludes that he was gathered there as well. She leaves him alone after asking him to tell her if he sees something called an error and after introducing herself as third-year student Aoi Sena. The next day at school, Takumi learns from Misumi that FES actually goes to their school under the name Kishimoto Ayase. Misumi tries to work his charm on her, but she largely ignores him and instead approaches Takumi. He experiences a delusion of her saying that she’ll become his bride, but what she actually tells him is to find a certain sword so that he can be saved.

Later that day, Takumi goes to the store and buys the Seira figurine that he’s been waiting for, but as he’s headed home, he gets stopped by the investigators on the New Generation case. Takumi panics when they start questioning him and blurts out everything he saw, including the girl who he calls a demon. The investigators are taken aback by this, but since he begs them to protect him, they play along and write down his cell phone number. After this, Takumi heads home and spends the rest of the day examining every part of his new Seira figurine. He’s surprised when Rimi suddenly shows up and panics because he assumes that she’s here to kill him for talking to the police, but Rimi claims to have only come to see the new Seira figurine. She takes it from him, and though he forcefully gets it back, his hand ends up on her chest. Instead of being angry, Rimi apologizes and heads out a little embarrassed and happy.

Takumi heads to the hospital the following day, but he finds out that the doctor he had been seeing had collapsed from overwork. He thinks that this is a conspiracy, and without anyone to turn to, he goes back home and laments his situation until he remembers what Ayase told him about finding the sword. Combining this with what Sena had said about the Di-Sword, Takumi researches and learns that it’s supposedly a sword of darkness that’s invisible. He finds a mention of it at a local store, so he goes there and buys it despite his suspicions that it’s a fake. Upon arriving home, he’s paid a visit by his sister who notices the bangle that he got for free with the sword. Since he doesn’t want it, Nanami takes it, but she then gets angry at his attitude towards her and throws oranges at him. This causes him to fall out of his chair and onto the sword, breaking it.

At school the next day, a shy new transfer student named Orihara Kozue arrives. As she walks past Takumi to get to her seat, he hears her voice say that he’s similar and that she’s glad to be in the same class. Her lips don’t move though, so Takumi isn’t sure that she was talking to him. Rimi later asks him about it and thinks that he might know Kozue from somewhere. She uses this as evidence that he might actually be interested in real girls such as herself, but Takumi takes this as a danger sign and walks off without responding to Rimi. Rushing out of school, he is soon overcome with stress over how he has nowhere to go. Before he knows it though, everyone out on the street disappears. Wherever he runs to, there is no one around, and Takumi initially tells himself that this has to be a dream or an illusion. He knows that even though he wants to live alone in peace, he hadn’t wished for a world without any people.

Takumi’s breakdown is interrupted by the sudden appearance of an old man in a wheelchair. This old man – who has a young voice – starts by noting that they’re finally meeting. Takumi questions him about what’s going on, and the old man claims to know, but he changes the subject to a message that Takumi should have received. Using the whose-eyes line, he urges Takumi to awaken quickly or else a lot of people will die. The old man then introduces himself as none other than Shogun, and as he wheels himself away, he tells Takumi not to forget and not to run away. When Takumi regains his senses, he finds himself surrounded by people in a busy intersection, and Rimi is trying to help him up. He screams at the sight of her and babbles until she slaps him and embraces him to get him to pull himself together because the traffic light has changed, so they need to get out of the busy intersection. Takumi is surprised that she’s not there to kill him and that she’s actually helping him, and her warmth and embrace affects the way he thinks about her. He follows her back onto the sidewalk, but he immediately lets go of her hand and turns to go home. She offers to go with him, and although he shakes his head in refusal, he does manage to thank her.

Preview

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It was pointed out to me that the OP animation changed slightly this episode, mainly in Takumi’s facial expressions and in the backgrounds on a couple of the shots. He looked less desperate than before, but I dunno if that’s the meaning behind it or if this was just a touching-up of the animation. We’ll have to see if his expressions change again later as a reflection of how his character is developing. Speaking of animation though, the quality has been dropping a little and it looked even worse in the preview for next week. This isn’t really unexpected since it happens in most series, and my guess is that maybe they’re saving up for the really grotesque stuff, whenever that actually appears.

Story-wise, what’s been going on has me quite confused right now, especially the parts with FES/Ayase and with the shriveled old man who claims to be Shogun yet has that oddly young voice. Unlike before, it’s now less a question of what is/is not a delusion (though everyone disappearing was kind of weird if it wasn’t a delusion) and more a question of the meaning of all the mysterious things said. And what’s with Rimi? She sure puts up with a lot of abuse this episode, though she did finally slap Takumi. Either she really truly likes him or she has some ulterior motive like Yua did…or both. I’m leaning towards the former case or both cases since she has yet to show any signs of hostility toward him, and I’m still curious to see how she actually ties in with the New Generation incidents.

October 30, 2008 at 9:44 pm
40 comments »
  • October 30, 2008 at 9:50 pmAnonymous

    Why is no one commenting? Is this series that bad?

  • October 30, 2008 at 9:57 pmHister

    Exelent episode, this anime is the best of the season in the japanese rankings.

  • October 30, 2008 at 9:59 pmSinax

    For the series overall, or just this episode? The screencaps just came out, so not much time has been out. I for one, am enjoying this series immensely. I’m hoping Omni doesn’t drop it, or he’ll regret doing so. If he has the time, I suggest playing the Visual Novel for the game, after he’s completed the series so he’s not biased against it. As for Omni’s last comment after the next episode preview, there’s more truth to that last sentence than anything.

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:01 pmSinax

    Just wanted to add, I can’t wait for chapter 9 to be animated. It’s going to be badass, and very, very bloody if they do one certain scene right.

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:05 pmEirias

    That is a rather impressive sword.

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:13 pmSinax

    FES has the better looking sword, imo. Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:32 pmWilly

    best? personally I prefer psycological stuff over anything else but funny ass shows like kannagi has the torch so far

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:35 pmanon

    The VN is superior

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:40 pmChicle

    Like Willy said, I prefer shows that screw with your mind myself.

    Also I need to catch up. Missed last week’s episode of Chaos. Augh.

  • October 30, 2008 at 11:07 pmChimasternmay

    man i want to find out already

  • October 30, 2008 at 11:07 pmSailor Enlil

    For obvious reasons the only thing I find interesting in this episode is
    http://randomc.net/image/CHAOS;HEAD/CHAOS;HEAD%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2013.jpg
    especially Rimi’s reaction XD

  • October 30, 2008 at 11:50 pmtylon

    After this episode, I wonder did Rimi exist in the crime scene at Shibuya. She looks innocent and I can’t figure out which one is reality and which one is delusion. Prehap I have to find some time to play the game… A bit of side tracking: how long is this game?

  • October 31, 2008 at 12:44 amDragoneye

    the old man is Takumi

  • October 31, 2008 at 1:00 amGundam maniac

    I LIKE THIS ANIME CUZ OF THE SWORDS!

  • October 31, 2008 at 1:44 amA Anime Loving Republican

    Can’t wait for the subs so i can understand what is going on.

  • October 31, 2008 at 2:04 amDarknessheal

    wow that is some messed up things AWESOME!!!!

  • October 31, 2008 at 2:14 amasdas 2.0

    btw

    what cazy pants

    who would wear such atrocious pants?

  • October 31, 2008 at 3:56 amMeowVX

    …I have the find this game. If only to know what’s going on a bit more since now I’m just too curious. I’m patient, but the plot just keeps getting thicker and more complex without any good hints as to what is real and what is the connection between everyone.

  • October 31, 2008 at 4:25 amEspada

    @MeowVX

    hehehe the anime and the game is almost similar to each other…

    you’ll be clarified episode by episode ^^…

  • October 31, 2008 at 4:48 amMoomoo

  • October 31, 2008 at 5:25 amMoondoggiebuiscuit

    Anybody have seen the film “The Devil’s Chair”? Maybe everything was just a delusion right from the start…

  • October 31, 2008 at 6:34 amOmni

    Moomoo: lol, you’re right it does look like Thunderfury.

  • October 31, 2008 at 8:46 amPersona4

    kalami sa hikap totoy oi hikapa sd ko beh pls mga INDAYZZZ

  • October 31, 2008 at 8:51 amSinax

    @Moondoggiebuiscuit
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 31, 2008 at 9:53 amErilex

    “[...]maybe they’re saving up for the really grotesque stuff, whenever that actually appears.”

    Most of the violence in the game is not shown explicitly, so assuming the anime retains the same feel, I wouldn’t expect anything overly grotesque to show up. That is, unless they decide to animate every little detail of Show Spoiler ▼

    .

  • October 31, 2008 at 10:28 amBambi

    @Sailor Enlil
    i has not seen this episode yet, but from that picture i can guess that they used green delusion trigger. For you info in game you can on some places choose Takumi delusion by green (mostly eroge like delusion) or red (mostly something more or less violent delusion) trigger or continue without delusion.

    @Sinax
    i like idea of transparent Di-Swords because you can easily recognize its state

    @Erilex
    I’m not sure about what violence level they will use and i’m afraid they will tone it down bit somehow (as how they depict Takumi far less pathetic than in game). Anyway i’m looking forward to girls background stories because Show Spoiler ▼

    (not so big spoiler ;))

  • October 31, 2008 at 12:52 pmRyvius

    Yayy, invisible swords!!

    http://worldofanimemusic.blogspot.com

  • October 31, 2008 at 6:05 pmPachi

    OOHH YEAH VOY POR EL RAW

  • October 31, 2008 at 7:37 pmdavid

    yeah finally sena is introduced, i also recomendo omni not to drop this series, i played the game and he’s really goiong to regret it

  • October 31, 2008 at 7:45 pmdavid

    yes, a lot of people said that the takumi in the anime version is much more pathetic that the vn version, this was just after the first episode, now whta would they think??? i think they`re cutting a lot of interior monologues that portrayed takumi a bit more pathetic

  • October 31, 2008 at 7:47 pmemilio

    you lucky boy >_<

  • November 1, 2008 at 5:51 amAzar

    Well now i feel a little better knowing I’m not the only one confused. This is looking like one of those series that going to seem like a jumbled mess till mid point when things start coming together. Once again i eagerly await the next episode.

  • November 1, 2008 at 7:11 amBunster B

    This anime is the best of this fall season base on the japan anime ranking system.

  • November 1, 2008 at 10:42 pmPrecise Moment

    I love the anticipation for each episode i get after watching the previous one, even if the main protaganist might be irritating as hell to watch since hes an anti-social 2d freak. its still interesting how the plot is going to all come along since im beyond confused at this point, id like to see who the heck is “evil” and who is actually good in the long run..great episode though, Rimi being groped like that was pretty funny but i question like omni what her true purpose to the story is.. well probably find out soon though ;)

  • November 2, 2008 at 2:38 amanon

    Not many comments because you can’t download the freaking episode anywhere with the tracker down and not anywhere on any hosting sites.

  • November 2, 2008 at 4:19 amHighman

    Man this show is giving me a headache! But hell it’s worth it!

  • November 3, 2008 at 11:31 amKabayongtao

  • November 3, 2008 at 3:43 pmsarez

    please tell me;Is he getting a little manlier later? I can’t stand him anymore.

  • November 3, 2008 at 6:00 pmDryCleaner

    I think the main character is a retard. I don’t got any interests in this anime.

  • December 6, 2008 at 9:09 amtokugawa

    I don’t see how you can deduce “animation quality” (which requires motion) from those still shots. If you mean the perspective distortion, that’s actually not inaccurate… it looks like a shot taken with an ultra-wideangle lens (or even a fisheye lens). So the perspective distortion is a dramatic effect used purposeful.