CHAOS;HEAD – 11
「自立 independence」 (Jiritsu)
Episode at a Glance:
After learning that Shogun created him and the Ir2 equation, and that Rimi’s been captured after trying to take care of him, Takumi realizes that he loves Rimi. In the past, Shogun freed Rimi from her world of darkness with a synchronized delusion, so she’s dedicated herself to him and Takumi since then. Back in the present, Takumi tells Shogun how much he hates him for creating him, but decides to find a purpose to his existence. Takumi then unexpectedly summons his Di-Sword, intent on saving Rimi. With the help of Shogun’s advice, Takumi senses out the Porters in the area and destroys their devices, after which Shino appears. Reading her thoughts and projecting them to the large screen, Takumi reveals to everyone how she committed all the New Generation acts — crimes she deemed necessary to awaken Takumi as a Gigalomaniac. Stabbing herself in the neck with a stake, Shino activates the Third Melt, a gigantic 7.8 magnitude earthquake that topples Shibuya.
Wandering through the wreckage with Yua, Ayase runs into Nanami and recalls how Rimi tried to carry the burden of getting rid of Noah II herself without awakening Takumi, something she didn’t agree with. Having fallen into a large hole, the three of them are saved by Takumi sometime later with his new found powers. Takumi then reunites Nanami with her real brother, causing her to recall all the memories of Shogun that were forgotten. Shogun tells Nanami to support Takumi though, since they’re one in the same, so she and the others decide to help Takumi destroy Noah II. Elsewhere, Sena and Kozupii run into Sena’s father, who feels that being killed by his daughter will atone for his sins. With little explanation about Sena’s mother and younger sister, he ends up protecting Sena from a delusional attack/gunshot by Suwa. With the two of them being attacked by delusions now, Takumi soon arrives to save them both, and even reverses one of Suwa’s delusional attacks. Afterwards, Sena realizes that she didn’t really want to see her father dead, and in tears, asks Takumi to destroy Noah II. Takumi agrees to do so, but for his own reasons — to save Rimi.
「使命 mission」 (Shimei)
I guess it’s safe to say that with Takumi’s awakening as The Gigalomaniac, he’s basically become The One within The Matrix. With the way that he can read minds, project delusions as he pleases, and even reverse delusions cast upon him, we may as well start calling him Neo instead of Takumi. I can’t imagine that I’m the only one seeing the similarities at this point, so let me know what you think.
With everything out in the open now about Shogun’s true identity, Rimi’s good-hearted intentions towards Takumi, Takumi’s awakening with the summoning of his Di-Sword, and Hazuki Shino’s (Grim) revelation as the New Generation criminal (mind reading sure is useful), all my questions from last week have been laid to rest. It was mildly unsettling to see how Shino scooped out Doctor Takashina‘s brain while he was still awake, while Shino killing herself to activate the Third Melt (a.k.a. huge earthquake that flattened Shibuya) was reminiscent to how Aureolus Izzard activated his alchemy. There was no real explanation as to what the deal is with Nanami’s right hand, but from what I’ve heard, this is a more prominent part of the visual novel. For the anime adaptation, I get the feeling that they’re not going to focus on this too much more though. If I were to nitpick about something, it would be how Yua and Nanami survived being squashed by tonnes of debris. Other than that, I have to say that it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that Sena didn’t really hate her father and merely used him as a scapegoat for what happened to her mother and younger sister, but he did leave a good last impression on her by sacrificing himself to protect her.
Next week is the big finale and as things stand now, I really can’t see Takumi needing any help to save Rimi, destroy Noah II, and give the three NOZOMI heads (Gen’ichi, Kouzou, and the “Founder“) what they deserve. However, I’m sure the other girls will come into play at some point, but the preview only shows Gen’ichi cowering at Takumi’s mercy.
Thanks for reading and a reminder that Omni will be back to blog the final episode and say a few words about the series as a whole.
…decided to stay up to get this post out.