Eden of the East – 03
Akira and Saki arrive at the dock near his alleged home and find the area largely void of life, save for some homeless people and a handful of cars on the road. The address leads them to a large commercial building that’s been locked up, but Akira knows to use one of his keys to open it. Inside is a warehouse area, and the two are initially scared by a shadow, however it turns out to be just a dog. The dog, which is sporting a pair of wings, seems to know Akira and leads the two further into the building that is actually a shopping mall. Akira doesn’t know why he lived in a place like this, and while he’s looking around, he recognizes the center area of the mall to be the same place that was in the photo of all of the naked guys. The dog eventually leads Akira and Saki to a room above the cinema complex, and Saki thinks that Akira was the manager there. The view from this room allows them to see the smoke from the spot where the missile hit. Akira then asks Saki about her favorite movies and offers to show her one, so she mentions a French one with a dolphin and diver because it’s a movie liked by someone she’s always liked.
Using Juiz’s help, Akira gets the movie set up in the theater, but in the process, he notices the police boat nearby that Kondou arrived in earlier. Kondou is at this moment walking around the center of the shopping mall, and the refugee-camp-like conditions remind him of the disappearance of all those NEETs, causing him to suspect that Akira is responsible. He makes his way into the theater and runs into Akira in the projection room after the movie has already started. Akira has been expecting him since there are security cameras everywhere, and he asks Kondou about Selecao since he’s missing most of his memory. Kondou, however, is here for Akira’s cell phone and all of the money in it, and he beats up Akira to get it. He explains that they both started out with 10 billion yen, but he feels that it’s impossible to save a rotten country like this with only that much. Knowing that he’s powerless, Akira tells Kondou that Saki has nothing to do with all this, and fortunately Kondou isn’t willing to use money to kill her.
As he leaves, Kondou informs Akira that when the balance reaches zero on their Noblesse phone, someone called the Supporter will come to kill the phone’s owner. Unbeknownst to Kondou, Akira had stolen his police badge during their struggle, but Akira’s too exhausted now to do anything other than fall unconscious. Saki meanwhile finishes watching the movie by herself, and she decides to leave because she thinks that Akira doesn’t want to be with her. She leaves a note calling him an idiot with the dog, and it’s that dog that wakes Akira up later. After reading the note, Akira decides to get in touch with Kondou about the badge, so he rides out on his motorcycle. By this point, Kondou is in his car in a parking garage elsewhere in town, and he is messaging someone about having obtained enough money to play around with for the rest of his life. Unfortunately for him, he discovers that he can’t use Akira’s phone, and he learns from Juiz that it’s because each phone has fingerprint authentication. Kondou then gets a call from Akira who had written down his own number earlier and is now calling from a phone booth. When Kondou finds out that Akira has his badge, he directs Akira to his location.
While waiting, Kondou is approached by his wife Misae who had gotten the message about obtaining money that he had intended for his mistress. She then pulls out a knife and stabs him in the gut. Not knowing what happened, Akira passes by her as he approaches Kondou’s location, and he finds the detective bleeding to death on the ground. Akira offers to call an ambulance, but Kondou knows that this is the end for him. All that Kondou can tell Akira about what’s going on is that there are 10 people other than them who have the same cell phones. These Selecao are forced to participate in a game, and Kondou thinks that Akira’s phone can also access their records. He suggests that Akira use this information to find them and ask them about himself, but he warns that the others might not want to meet a dangerous Selecao like Akira. Kondou reveals how he suspects that Akira gathered 20,000 NEETs at ground zero of the missile strike to try to kill them, but he also realizes something about the Supporter. Although Akira doesn’t understand, Kondou gives him back his cell phone and urges him to disappear. As Akira runs off and police sirens get louder, Kondou comments on how even he was for justice in the beginning.
Okay, that was a surprise – I expected Kondou to stick around for much longer than he did. I’m not sure I like how he gets killed off so suddenly by a character we’ll probably never see again, but the Supporter stuff and the idea that they’ll get killed if they run out of money is certainly interesting. It adds more danger and mystery to a series already full of it. The whole NEET thing was interesting as well because it wasn’t something I really paid attention to last episode, but now that they’ve explained it a little, all the clues from last week (Akira’s purchase log, the police radio broadcast that Kondou heard) are starting to make sense. I suspect what Akira was trying to do by killing all those NEETs and how it relates to saving Japan will probably remain a mystery for a while – that is, unless it turns out to be just the obvious idea that Japan would be better off without those kinds of people.
As for Saki, she didn’t play a very big role this episode, and the only thing noteworthy is the person she mentioned that she’s always liked. If I had to guess, I’d say it was her sister’s husband, but who it really is remains a mystery just like so many other things in this series. I don’t understand though why Saki left instead of looking for Akira after the movie was over. I’m sure that dog would have led her to him. The only answer I could come up with is that it’s convenient for the story for her not to be around him for a while. Speaking of which, that dog is very cute, especially with those wings, and it reminded me of Ein from Cowboy Bebop. Maybe there’s some hidden meaning behind those wings. In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. There may not be previews in the episode itself, but the official site does have a few sentences about and some images from the next episode (which I’ve included above), and it seems that Saki will return home while Akira goes to see a Selecao doctor.