Eden of the East – 08
After having a nightmare about Shiratori ripping apart a Johnny, Akira wakes up back home with Saki watching over him. She reassures him that Oosugi is okay and had nothing to do with what happened in the hotel, and she lies about having not seen anyone else when she got there. Back at the Eden club room, Oosugi has rejoined the group and reveals that he had lost his bag, and that bag had apparently been picked up by the person who encountered the Johnny hunter. Oosugi is still suspicious of Akira though, and he tells the others that he won’t be joining them if they partner with Akira. On his way out via a walkway, Oosugi happens to see Saki and Akira arriving together below him, and in his frustration, he tries to look Akira up on Eden of the East. Since there’s nothing, Oosugi secretly takes a picture of him and uploads it onto Eden of the East with a comment asking for Akira’s true identity.
When Akira arrives at the Eden club room, he notices on his phone that Shiratori paid a lot of money to have any evidence at the hotel destroyed and for the police to be hindered. The others want to talk to him about what happened, but Akira talks business at first. He does, however, decide to ask them about repairing the cell phone he got from Kondou because it could hold clues about his own past. Micchon can’t help, but fortunately Saki remembers a guy named Itazu, also known as Pantsu, who might be able to. It turns out that Itazu is a genius in Kyoto who has shut himself in his room for two years and hasn’t even gone to school. Akira immediately decides to go see this person, so Hirasawa makes Micchon tag along – even though she doesn’t want to – and Saki volunteers to go as well. Meanwhile, Oosugi notices a discussion start on Eden about Akira’s identity, and everyone seems to know him as someone different.
During the train ride to Kyoto, Saki and Micchon tell Akira of how Itazu thinks highly of himself and had suddenly one day decided not to come outside anymore, citing how he lost his best trousers to the wind. He had also created something called the society computer that can forecast the movements of society. The three eventually arrive in Kyoto and at Itazu’s home, but he doesn’t open the door for them. Instead, he talks to them through the door that has a peephole, and upon seeing Micchon and Saki, he sends them on an errand to buy some magazines for him. He’s been too busy with all that’s been going on with the NEETs, Careless Monday, the prime minister, and so on. After Saki and Micchon leave, Akira arouses Itazu’s interest by bringing up the Selecao and revealing that he is one, and Itazu eventually lets him in. Back in Tokyo, Oosugi is investigating Akira’s shopping mall, and he tries to call Hirasawa to warn Saki but learns that she went to Kyoto with Akira. Regardless, he tells Hirasawa about what he found out through Eden and how he suspects that Akira is involved with something unthinkable.
This episode got off to a good start, though I found it a little odd that after Akira basically came to an understanding with Shiratori last week, and she even bandaged him up, he still had a nightmare about her killing Johnny. And how did he know she had wings? By that point he was already unconscious. If he wasn’t entirely out, then maybe he saw through Saki’s lie about there not being anyone else when she got there. In any case, I hope this isn’t the last we see of Shiratori. She’s too good of a character not to get a better, more satisfying resolution.
In contrast, I got rather annoyed with Oosugi’s character. I’m sure him researching Akira through Eden will advance the story, and I understand that he wants to protect Saki, but I can’t help but feel that he’s becoming a wedge between the main couple that I don’t want to see torn apart. It’s especially annoying and a slap in the face given how Akira was trying to save him last episode. Of course, Oosugi’s actions didn’t ruin the episode for me, but they didn’t help either. Overall, it just was a bit slow compared to the excitement and shockers of last week. They’re continuing to build on the mystery and touched a little on the theme of NEETs and paradise, but nothing appears too important yet. That society computer will probably come into play, I’m sure Itazu/Pantsu will produce something interesting with the phone, however that’ll be for next time.