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「渡辺しおん」 (Watanabe Shion)
“Shion Watanabe”

If it’s too good to be true, well, it probably is. Inuyashiki has certainly been delving deep through some interesting tangents as of late, although choosing to sideline Ichiro and take the path of redemption for Hiro definitely pushes those loose boundaries. It’s a delicate balance at best, taking your central villain and transforming him into the hero, but I think Inuyashiki has successfully bridged the gaping chasm so far, in part due to Hiro himself and that chaotic personality.

The important thing to remember when considering Hiro and his newfound heroics this week is that he has been building up for such a moment for a long while. Hiro’s problem as highlighted before is his lack of feeling, he possesses a void not easily filled and constantly bearing down on him. So far this fact has manifested in his killing spree (starting from the most unlikely of origins), but there was no reason it ever had to. Those raw and honest emotions Hiro was after don’t solely originate from the cries of a would-be victim, they can also manifest through the love one has for another’s life. As Shion’s pleading poignantly showed, Hiro could fill the void by simply finding the love of another, not unlike his mother or even his friendship with Naoyuki. Since Shion apparently loves Hiro dearly, our villain-cum-angel will do what is necessary to hold onto those feelings. If Shion demands he stop killing he will, if she enjoys him helping others at death’s door he’ll do it without complaint, all to suckle more from the affection she eagerly provides. Make no mistake, once those feelings from Shion disappear (as they likely will soon), Hiro will find something else to fill the void, and we all know how well his previous choice worked for him. There is no redemption for Inuyashiki’s antagonist, only the latest flight of fancy capturing his attention.

Besides the reasoning behind Hiro’s “change”, what particularly impresses me is how Inuyashiki is showing the consequences of Hiro’s actions. Unlike Ichiro who carefully rations his help (regretfully knowing he can never save everyone), Hiro, much like any teenager, takes his gift and uses it to the utmost, no matter the risk. He cures folks in public, operates a Twitter account, and has no problem whisking Shion around mechanical Superman style through the urban jungle. Such brash moves will quickly attract attention, especially if abnormal, and in our modern world it does not take long for the curious, determined sleuth to start piecing the puzzle together. It would typically be ironic for Hiro to be brought down by the very thing he’s worried about (i.e. caught by the police and sentenced to death), if not for his age and proven inability to introspectively analyze his own decision making. Hiro may be effectively invulnerable and sociopathic, but is certainly not smart in the way you expect most antagonists to be. There’s a subtle sense of complexity here, not being able to fully predict just what Hiro will do next, but at least for me it keeps Inuyashiki’s story thoroughly entertaining.

With only four episodes remaining and what likely will be one hell of a forced entry next week, Inuyashiki is pretty much set to enter its final act. There’s plenty which can still go horribly wrong—particularly if Hiro regresses too hard towards his murderous mean—but considering how well the show has handled the development this week, I have my hopes firmly up that the best almost certainly lies ahead. The only demand I have is that we get more Ichiro soon. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to miss our lovable (and quirky) geriatric saviour.

November 23, 2017 at 10:41 pm
  • November 23, 2017 at 11:25 pmChris hall

    • November 24, 2017 at 11:09 amprime_pm

      I can show you the world
      Shining, shimmering splendid

  • November 24, 2017 at 3:02 amOne Pinch Man

    I am convinced that Hiro is a great character that deserves a redemption, but as a human being, he is still need to be punished. He deserves to be raided by the black ops.

    • November 24, 2017 at 3:18 amJohn

      well nobody but Inuyashiki can kill him so you’re basically saying Gramma and the girl should get raided by black ops

      • November 24, 2017 at 10:38 pmPancakes

        If only it was raiding. One (or both) will probably die in the ensuing chaos.

        It’s not going to pretty next week.

  • November 24, 2017 at 10:31 amWorldwidedepp

    Let’s see. Perhaps we have here some kind of Red Dead Redemption ending… It’s an PS2 Game, if you want do research

  • November 24, 2017 at 12:00 pmLyfe

    There’s a live action Inuyashiki movie coming out next year too(Which probably explains why the anime was made).

    • November 24, 2017 at 10:40 pmPancakes

      Could be, although it won’t beat the anime IMO, not enough time in a live action movie to convey what the anime has so far.

  • November 24, 2017 at 6:30 pmlunascha

    So it seems like even though Hiro is trying to do good, somehow his earlier actions will catch up to him which will make him keep doing harm.

    • November 24, 2017 at 10:44 pmPancakes

      It’s all down to his mindset. He cannot comprehend how his actions have consequences and thinks (if only subconsciously) that he can do whatever he wants without getting noticed or caught. If Hiro could think strategically he would be saving lives like Ichiro instead of going all out, just to avoid the attention. Even with the sociopathy Hiro has it’s a bloody good representation of the teenage mindset.

      • November 26, 2017 at 9:21 amhaseo0408

        I really feel when Hiro or Ichiro save those poor sick people that have nobody to turn to but I can´t forgive what Hiro has done so far. No matter how many people he saves he will always be the guy that killed so many families in cold blood just for fun so the strike team about to ruin his night might be the way the universe is saying: no way asshole, we´re not done with you for what you did!.

      • November 26, 2017 at 7:22 pmlunascha

        I mean if you’re in high school, sure you still have a “young” mindset but still, that should be old enough where you know of the consequences. I just think he is plain messed up in the head. Hiro doing good now doesn’t seem like he is repenting of his previous actions but just to make things “square” as mentioned with Shion.

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