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「白い亡霊」 (Shiroi Bourei)
“White Ghost”

With so much fighting going on, it was really nice to see the show take a turn and tell us more about the characters. Ryouta to me has been a very selfish and ignorant man. He has been neglecting his duties and been extremely rude to the people who care about him. But now that he is slowly changing, he is more likeable. While his way of being a social burden and a problem for his mother was quite indecent, his reasoning was actually one that probably many people can identify themselves in. Very often, we find ourselves being able to make friends easier online than in real life. On the internet, you can socialise with people who share common interests with you very easily. For Ryouta to prefer staying in that kind of world isn’t something strange to me. It is in fact very realistic. But that doesn’t mean that it’s right to disregard your duties as a person in our society. So while it is easy for me to actually see the logic in Ryouta’s view on life, it’s not acceptable. Now that he has actually met one of these said friends that he likes from the game in real life, perhaps he will find pleasure in reality – that is if he ever finds out about Himiko. But even if he doesn’t find out, he might just fall in love with the real Himiko in front of him. Aside from love interests, now that he has come to see what kind of a person he really was, he will probably be less of a burden if he ever returns home, regardless of his and Himiko’s relationship.

Their bond seemed to be stronger than ever in the beginning of this episode, however, with the story of Murasaki Shiki (Fukami Rica), a survivor from the previous game, the doubt between Himiko and Ryouta grew. Murasaki’s story is sad and heartbreaking, but it was an honest portrayal of naïvety. Love is said to be stronger than anything, and perhaps that is true. Murasaki altered medical records for the person she loved – Masahito Date (Narita Ken), a doctor who ran into some troubles. It’s safe to say that Murasaki was sent to this island for bringing harm to a patient while trying to save Date, which is very reasonable. She shouldn’t have done it, but that doesn’t make Date less of an evil man. He used Murasaki’s love for him to get out of the hospital troubles, as well as during the previous survival game. Watching him take Murasaki’s chip and leave her to die was painful, and seeing him taking care of Taira near the end worries me. To see Date being nominated again wasn’t very surprising. As the cunning man he is, there have probably been more problems created by him since he returned from the island. And he isn’t the only cunning person on this island. There seems to be someone else who likes to use others for her own benefit. Kinoshita Hidemi (Hikasa Youko) certainly knows how to use people, and she appears to be the only active female player aside from Himiko on this island!

Now that Himiko has heard Murasaki’s story, the doubt between her and Ryouta is stronger than ever. But at the same time, after hearing Ryouta’s story about his view on life, perhaps there is some trust there. He did risk his life to save her after all. Hopefully the doubt will pass away. What should be doubted on the other hand is the situation in Tyrannos Japan. There are a lot of things going on in their enterprise. The way they’re handling their conspiracy certainly doesn’t sound good. Hopefully there’ll be an end to their plans soon. With only four episodes left of this show, things seem to become more exciting!

Random thoughts:

  • Murasaki hates men, yet it seemed like she was going to attack Himiko and not Ryouta while they were sleeping.
  • Oda Nobutaka and Kira Kousuke are returning next week. That means trouble…
  • I think the helicopter hijacking picture is really cool!
  • For being such a hardcore gamer, Ryouta doesn’t like wearing merchandise clothing. He must be a hipster (like me)!
  • Why on earth would you want to split up to look for someone in the dark? That’s the dumbest idea ever.
  • It worries me that this show might not have a proper conclusion because the manga is still on-going and there are only four episodes left.
  • Dat punch!
  • Full-length shots: 3, 6

 

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November 23, 2012 at 10:48 am
26 comments »
  • November 23, 2012 at 10:58 amPockyG

    yet it seemed like she was going to attack Himiko and not Ryouta while they were sleeping.

    Or yuri rape. Seems like everyone is out to get her panties off.

    • November 23, 2012 at 1:30 pmgoodstuffs

      who dont like themself a young school girl is not all the rage anymore! flip dat skirt! weeee

      • November 24, 2012 at 1:16 amSgtKurtz

        prefer strip her naked…enough to satisfied everyone.

  • November 23, 2012 at 11:30 amFT5Havok

    I can’t wait to see next week’s episode! We’ll see the pyscho kid again, the doctor and the guy in the glasses which is the biggest threat for Sakamoto I think. xD

  • November 23, 2012 at 12:11 pmEmD

    They cut the couch sex.

    Oh well.

    • November 23, 2012 at 12:48 pmEdios

      which chapter is this in the manga?

      • November 23, 2012 at 1:09 pmStereoman

        Chapter 37

    • November 23, 2012 at 1:03 pmdeathtogenericshows

      Hey, hey now. It was between that bastard doctor and the nurse. People may misunderstand that it’s between the two main kids~~!

      • November 24, 2012 at 12:29 pmEmD

        She has androphobia. Anyone who thinks it’d be between them is being silly and horny and not actually paying attention to what they’re watching <_<

  • November 23, 2012 at 2:39 pmJenanime4eva

    Looking forward to when Himiko will actually tell Sakamoto that she IS his Himiko :D.

    Oh great, psycho kid is back next week :P. It also looks like Sakamoto recognises sunglasses dude in the preview. Perhaps there is some shared history there?

    I’m also interested to see how the writers will wrap things up by episode 12 without rushing things.

  • November 23, 2012 at 3:18 pmSyllen

    It looks like it will end at chapter 50.

  • November 23, 2012 at 3:24 pmdestinyflower

    Next episode’s going to be awesome! Glad that I’ve already read the manga – it would have killed me to wait for the next eps.

  • November 23, 2012 at 3:33 pmFT5Havok

    Season 2 anyone ?

  • November 23, 2012 at 3:57 pmlivevoid

    Kinoshita appears a lot less attractive in the anime for some reason

  • November 23, 2012 at 4:33 pmstardust

    did anyone else notice that at the end of the op it shows ryouta and himiko holding hands and not just reaching out like before? i thought it was weird that they changed it now

    • November 25, 2012 at 10:34 amronbb

      Yeah, I noticed that. I usually skipped the OP and jumped but somehow watched it through and was surprised by the holding hands…pretty sweet though.

  • November 23, 2012 at 5:40 pmsmok

    so in longer being in the island only matter til tempt by dark side to any means to get off the island yet really other players are doing like dump them to giant lizard to boom show evil host & ceo boss like it.

    sakamoto & himiko alone time with some talk cue oh mystery person which later is one arm female who was a nurse got sent to the island with a doctor she know.

    during do killing til 6 chips cue doctor betrayal & left her in the island so after hearing story yet sakamoto got idea hi-jack chopper with boom to escape.

    but twist oh the doctor the nurse mention is back again (can you say evil company are such a troll).

    • November 24, 2012 at 1:19 amSgtKurtz

      thing became very complicated. The storyline were always changes. One thing for sure, the survival of the fittest. The strong survive the weak shall perish. Definitely just like previous anime series back date on 90′s Battle Royale.

  • November 23, 2012 at 6:27 pmZnail

    “It worries me that this show might not have a proper conclusion because the manga is still on-going and there are only four episodes left.”

    Don’t worry, there is an obvious end point in the manga that just happens to fit in with the current timing of the anime as ending episode.

    • November 23, 2012 at 6:41 pmStereoman

      I know, that is a good end point but not a proper conclusion to the story. ;o;
      I hope there will be a second season later but that seems impossible…

      • November 24, 2012 at 10:21 pmZnail

        It will be quite a while before that as the anime will end only a few chapters behind the current manga. We need another year or so before we can exapct another 12 episodes.

  • November 23, 2012 at 9:41 pmTez

    I though it was kind of cool how most of the episode is about how woman playing the game shouldn’t trust men, yet in the beginning they show a woman totally taking advantage and then killing off a man.

    • November 23, 2012 at 10:07 pmgoodstuffs

      the irony of it all? sure goes both ways!

  • November 24, 2012 at 7:02 amTopboy

    Can’t believe lone survival for six months long stay in the deadly island is female with only one arm.(Even without any chip but still…)

    • November 28, 2012 at 12:09 amewok40k

      people were surviving lone periods in jungle for longer… scavenging the dropped supplies she had fair chance once she survived hand loss.

  • November 28, 2012 at 12:13 amewok40k

    Well, between chips looted of recently from Masashi and those collected by Taira dont they have the dreaded 6? or even 7?
    The conspiracy the size Tyrannos is running is bound to crumble, eventually. the more complicated the ops, the more points of failure, trails of money left, accidents waiting to happen, security leaks… this wont end well for Tyrannos, I’m sure. If someone was reading manga for Deadman Wonderland, I mean of what eventually Makina did.