Eden of the East – 07
Since Akira isn’t familiar with the Johnny hunter that the mysterious message board poster who appears to be Oosugi has mentioned, Kasuga explains that it’s a female who’s already claimed 20,000 victims. Surprised by that number, Akira wonders if people are confusing it with the 20,000 NEETs that he was involved with. Kasuga also reveals that Oosugi was planning on having dinner the previous night with Saki, making her feel bad. When the person in trouble uploads another image, the group notices a piano and uses Eden’s image search engine to get more information. What makes Akira finally realize what’s going on is when the person leaves a message about there being an accomplice named Juiz. Akira thus decides to go out by himself to look for Oosugi and has Juiz help him track down the piano to a certain hotel. Juiz is also able to find out that the person staying in that room is Shiratori Diana Kuroha, the female president of a modeling agency, and she appears to be headed for the hotel, so Akira has Juiz try to stop her.
In accordance with this, a police officer pulls Shiratori over, but Shiratori figures out that it was No. 9 who ordered this and returns the favor by having Juiz crash a truck in front of Akira’s motorcycle. Akira happens to be on the phone with Saki when this occurs, having just told her where he found Oosugi’s location to be. He manages to survive the crash however, and though he’s injured, he continues on to the hotel. Since he’s still far away, his next move is to buy the hotel to prevent Shiratori from getting to her room, however she counters by buying the hotel herself. Shiratori goes all the way up to the room and gets out the cigar cutter, but before she can do the deed, Akira makes his entrance. Observing how beautiful she is, Akira comments on how she doesn’t look like a killer who cuts off Johnnies, and Shiratori responds by noting that he’s younger than she thought and doesn’t seem like the kind of person who directed Careless Monday. She also thinks that he’s the Supporter, but he denies it and explains that he’s only here to save his friend’s acquaintance.
Shiratori still refuses to hand over her captive, and she reveals that she’s had the conviction to kill in this manner since long before she got the cell phone. Her goal is to kill the enemies of women and import foreign men, and she has no intention of winning the game. After Akira questions how she came up with her killing method and she confirms that she hates Johnnies, he decides that he’ll have to save her too. He suspects that a man did something awful to her and that she’s never gotten love from a Johnny, but as he tries to put his arm around her, his own wounds from earlier start bothering him. Willing to give Akira a try, Shiratori takes off her dress and almost kisses him, but he ends up collapsing in her arms. Saki meanwhile has overheard most of the conversation because she was connected to Akira’s phone, and she’s running as fast as she can on foot towards the hotel. By the time she reaches the room, she finds Akira naked in bed beside Shiratori, but he’s unconscious and has been bandaged up.
Shiratori guesses that Saki is Akira’s girlfriend and reassures her that she didn’t do anything to him. After telling Saki to treasure Akira, Shiratori instructs Juiz to do something, and moments later, she is able to magically lift her captive into the air. She then sprouts black wings, and while floating in the air, she reveals that the guy she was going to kill was not Oosugi but actually a wanted rapist. Bidding farewell to Akira, Shiratori escapes by flying out the window with the rapist, and Saki rushes to Akira’s side out of concern. Over on Akira’s cell phone, the purchase history for Selecao No. 11 lists a super illusion.
Okay, they had me going WTF!? in every possible way for a full two minutes when Shiratori sprouted wings and flew away. Despite Juiz and all that she’s able to do, this isn’t a fantasy series – it’s a series that’s grounded in a realistic and believable environment, especially since they keep going back to examining Japan’s various socio-political problems. So I was completely surprised by this and would probably have been raving all week long if not for them showing that cell phone purchase screen at the end that revealed that it was all an illusion. What it doesn’t answer though is what happened to Shiratori. Did she jump out of the window and kill herself, or did she escape during the illusion, or was she never there in the first place? And what happened to Oosugi, and how did the rapist get his bag?
I do have to say though that Shiratori turned out to be a surprisingly sympathetic figure. Of course I didn’t want to see Akira kiss or sleep with her, but I can’t really call her evil anymore. She’s more misunderstood than anything else and was probably raped as a child or something. It was also fun watching her and Akira try to outdo each other earlier in the episode with Juiz. I don’t see why though they couldn’t have just asked Juiz to identify each other since Juiz is technically working for both of them (though I guess there could be multiple Juiz or something). I certainly don’t remember anything against that in the rules outlined in episode four, and it felt a little odd having them both rely on Juiz. More importantly to the plot though, Shiratori implied that Akira had a hand in Careless Monday, and she’s yet another Selecao who thinks that he’s the Supporter. We’re probably being set up for another plot twist.