With hordes of mafia men searching the streets of Shinjuku for her, Glass Heart fights a couple and evades the rest, ending up in a warehouse. She stares at a mirror pointing a gun at herself and trying to get Kaori to appear. She almost kills herself before Kaori stops her, evoking memories of a time when Kaori showed Ryo her organ donor card, and told Ryo that she got it specifically for him in case something ever happened. But her message to him is that she didn’t want him to die, and he promised that he wouldn’t. When she regains control, Glass Heart hears some men trying to enter the warehouse, so she ambushes them and escapes. Meanwhile, at the Cat’s Eye, a familiar figure has entered and sat down. The man, whose face reveals him to be Lee Taijin (the guy who was assassinated last episode), tells Umibouzu that he is searching for his daughter. Mochiyama arrives and nearly has a heart attack when he sees the mob boss. However, Ryo comes in soon after and tells Lee Taijin that it was his brother who was assassinated.
This episode manages to stretch two chapters into an entire episode by adding some filler. Fortunately, it’s not really filler – they show how Glass Heart goes from being on the streets to getting to the warehouse. The manga just shows her retrieving some hidden guns, then appearing at the building. And as several adapted-from-manga series have recently done, they also consolidate storylines here, cutting down on the jumping around that the manga does which makes for better plot continuity. So I’m pretty happy with the way this episode turned out in all respects. There’s really no need to mention animation, as it’s once again great.
It seems that Lee Taijin is alive after all. Ryo ended the episode by saying that the man who was assassinated was his brother. More important than that is the fact that Lee Taijin is searching for his daughter, and I’m sure many of you can guess who that is. Next episode should have a lot of explanation about who his daughter is, and how Ryo knows about the brothers.
Closing Thought: I get the feeling sometimes that I’m the only one who cares enough about this series to watch it raw, or watch it at all.