「憎 発露 －にくしみのはつろ－」 (Nikushimi no Hatsuro)
“Manifestation of Hatred”
Well that was a huge surprise. Not only did we get an entirely new cast this time around after all the ones in the first episode were killed off, we also had a bunch of characters from the manga show up — including Tsuchimiya Kagura (Chihara Minori). While I didn’t specifically mention it last time, Isayama Yomi (Mizuhara Kaoru) was confirmed to be the girl at the end of the first episode according to the credits, who shows up this week to kill off everyone again. Presentation-wise, GA-REI -zero- continues to draw me in with its excellent use of music, but I’m admittedly confused as to where the series is headed after these turn of events. At best, I’m suspecting this is an alternate telling of the manga. Nimura Kensuke has yet to show up and Kagura appears to have been killed off already, making the probability of this being a prequel pretty unlikely now.
As things stand now, this is definitely the most shocking new series two weeks in a row, which uses the same “ploy” to make me want to watch the third episode as well. Cast-wise, this week’s group isn’t really any less well-rounded than last week’s either, so I still can’t tell who the main character is here. Judging from the credits, I would say it’s Yomi though. Evidently, she used to be on the Supernatural Countermeasure side and was seen as an older sister to Kagura, so perhaps the recurring question at the end of each episode alludes to her actions. “Will you kill someone you love, because of love?” At this rate, I wonder if we’ll get a new cast of characters every week, only to see the majority of them killed off by her.
On a separate note, this week also featured an ending song with the credits scroll, titled “Yume no Ashioto ga Kikoeru” (I Can Hear the Footsteps in the Dream) and sung by Yomi’s seiyuu, Mizuhara Kaoru. It’s a pretty good song, but I’m still in awe as to what’s going on in this series. Anyone else as confused but as interested as I am on this one?
– Isayama Yomi (諫山 黄泉) : Mizuhara Kaoru (水原 薫)
– Tsuchimiya Kagura (土宮 神楽) : Chihara Minori (茅原 実里)
– Iidzuna Noriyuki (飯綱 紀之) : Takahashi Shinya (高橋 伸也)
– Jinguuji Ayame (神宮寺 菖蒲) : Aizawa Mai (相沢 舞)
– Nikadou Kiri (二階 堂桐) : Tsuchiya Maki (土谷 麻貴)
– Sakuraba Kazuki (桜庭 一騎) : Shiraishi Minoru (白石 稔)
– Iwahata Kouji (岩端 晃司) : Inada Tetsu (稲田 徹)
– Nabuu Brothers (ナブー兄弟) : Wakamoto Norio (若本 規夫)