「カーテンコール」 (Kaaten Kooru)
So back in episode five, I mentioned how Raikou would need a damn good reason for killing a bunch of the Shimizus if his character was ever going to be seen in a positive light. Now who would’ve thought that the writers would go and do just that and give Raikou a damn good reason for killing everyone. Or more correctly, I should say how Raikou didn’t kill anyone except his uncle Iroku, and this was only to stop him after he killed both his parents during a short-lived coup d’état to change the Shimizu ways. Regardless of the details, I still feel that the writers were just trying to prove everyone’s obvious conclusion wrong or something given how Raimei’s understanding of what happened isn’t remotely correct. I guess this could be considered “selective display of evidence” in an attempt to purposely mislead…?
As for what actually happened, Raikou was distraught about not being allowed to use his Nabari world abilities to help a friend from the Surface world, much like how his uncle Iroku had felt for a while. However, Raikou never expected Iroku to resort to such drastic measures in order to change the Shimizu ways. Realizing that Iroku had gone too far, Raikou decided to stop his rebellion but took the blame for the entire incident, thinking that doing so would save Raimei’s image of the Shimizus and her immediate family. In other words, Raikou was only looking out for Raimei’s best interests after this internal strife, which he thought would ruin her pride in the Shimizus and her love for her parents and uncle.
Personally, I think giving Raimei one person to concentrate all her hatred towards and making her seek revenge for most of her life is probably a lot worse than telling her that the Shimizus aren’t as great as she thinks, but hey, that was Raikou’s call and not mine. It was nice to see Raimei finally figure out the truth though, but it’s a bit of a shame to see Gau have to (basically) sacrifice himself in order to get those two to finally see eye-to-eye. Before Gau stepped in, Raikou was about to kill Raimei even after she already found out what really happened, which is something I find a bit perplexing about his character. I mean, Raimei figured out what he did for her and asked him to come back to the Shimizu household, but he refused to and tried to kill her instead, claiming that it’s too late to return now. Now is it just me or does that totally defeat the purpose of him taking the blame for the incident and joining the Kairoushuu to save her feelings in the first place? (If I’m overlooking something here, please feel free to fill me in.)
Despite my qualms with Raikou’s way of thinking, I like how they revealed the Shimizu past in detail this week, which allowed us to understand his reasons for doing what he did (…whether I agree with them or not). Also, the fight scenes this time around were longer and more action-packed than last time, and as odd as it may sound, I actually liked how they overexaggerated the length of their katanas (i.e. Kurogamon and Shirogamon). Speaking of the Shirogamon, i.e. Raikou’s white katana, he ended up leaving it on that field for Gau’s sake. Seeing as Raikou has decided to go back to the Kairoushuu for now, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when he meets Raimei again in the future.
P.S. My “spoils” from Akihabara today is this. I really like how cheap art books are over here. Speaking of Akihabara, things didn’t seem too different since that incident, but I did see an offering of flowers for the victims. =(
– Rokujou Miharu (六条 壬晴) / Kugimiya Rie (釘宮 理恵)
– Aizawa Kouichi (相澤 虹一) / Hino Satoshi (日野 聡)
– Shimizu Raimei (清水 雷鳴) / Fujimura Ayumi (藤村 歩)
– Shimizu Raikou (清水 雷光) / Suwabe Junichi (諏訪部 順一)
– Meguro Gau (目黒 俄雨) / Okamoto Nobuhiko (岡本 信彦)
– Saraba (サラバ) / Watanabe Akeno (渡辺 明乃)
– Minami Juuji (南 十字) / Koyama Kimiko (こやま きみこ)
– Shimizu Kourin (清水 光輪) / Tsuda Shouko (津田 匠子)
– Shimizu Iroku (清水 伊肋) / Take Tora (武 虎)
– Shimizu Soumei (清水 想鳴) / Sakuya Shunsuke (咲野 俊介)
– Girl (少女) / Ono Ryouko (小野 涼子)
– Nurse (看護士) / Taruta Eri (タルタ エリ)
– Nurse (看護士) / Monden Yukiko (門田 幸子)
– Rebeller (造反者) / Kuwabara Keiichi (桑原 敬一)
– Rebeller (造反者) / Yoshikai Kiyoto (吉開 清人)