While it comes as absolutely no surprise that Shuusei is still alive and in the clutches of Ashley, who’s making mindless dolls out of all the missing high school male students and sleeping beauties out of all the female ones, I wasn’t expecting Tsukumo to be the next one on the chopping block. The focus has been on Hotsuma and Shuusei after all, so suddenly having Tsukumo run into Reiga while looking into the matter was quite a surprise. Granted, there was plenty of foreshadowing that something was going to happen to either him or Tooko once Takashiro gave them orders and left Yuki and Luka out, followed by a pinky promise the two of them made upon arriving at Yoshino Shiori‘s home. Looking back, the latter scene was about as ominous as it needed to be to get that point across. Still, I was actually holding onto hope that someone would appear to save Tsukumo from Reiga’s attack, such as Luka and Yuki after following them, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. As a result, seeing Tooko’s bloodstained necktie that he just swapped with and promised to return was pretty shocking.
Judging from the preview, it looks like Shuusei is in critical condition after the attack but not quite dead just yet. That still doesn’t take away from the fact that Tooko is very adversely affected by what happened to her brother. Coming into this series, I really didn’t foresee any of the main characters or Zweilt Guardians getting severely injured so soon — let alone possibly being killed — so I find this a refreshing turn of events despite how horrible it is in the actual story. Leading up to that, I imagine the sight of Shuusei at Ashley’s mercy and willing to die there will make some fangirls happy in a way, much like I would feel the same if the genders were reversed. There’s no damsel in distress to be rescued here, but that doesn’t mean Hotsuma isn’t going to do everything in his power to get Shuusei back once he can get out of the barrier Takashiro’s set up around his room. Then there’s Yuki himself, who will likely take what happened to Tsukumo just as hard as Tooko will. Whether or not this will prompt him and Luka do something themselves I don’t know, but the two of them have been pretty obedient with Takashiro’s orders so far. Hopefully his God’s Light will be able to save Tsukumo though.
I was surprised when Shuusei and Tsukumo died… Two character deaths in one episode :X
Maybe Tsukumo is still alive in the next episode… but the situation he was just looked hopeless D:
Ahh when something doesn’t have the tag of shounen, but has action it is a good series. Raw fights and realistic turn of events. Sad to see Tsukumo take a hit and could possibly die, but it definately was good to see shit hitting the fans.
With the pace of this series, i thought it would be a little long running, but after what happened I’m not so sure. How many episodes is this going to be anyways?
It’s two-cour, so anywhere from 24 to 26 episodes.
I’m going to hope that the necklaces from Yuki will have some powers to revive or heal them. I mean they can’t just die so early IMO.
it would be cool if tsukumo dies. that would add an impact to the series, but seeing a life support system at the preview shatters my hopes
No, why Tsukumo?! Both him and Toko are my favorite characters ;_;. The random thing is that I like yaoi lol but those two look really good together. I knew something was gonna happen when they did the pinky promise, always in anime/manga something awful happens after you make one DX.
It’s always the pinky promise huh? Darn them, they just curse you with bad luck in the long run XD
Wow! Really awesome episode! I’m in shock! XD
Wow, Tsukumo… It was so unexpected! I think he’ll be fine, but if he won’t… It would be interesting ;]
Poor Shuusei, I really really really hope he’s still alive, Hotsuma is my fav character and I don’t want him to be unhappy ;_;
Tsukumo!?? why? he was one of my fav characters whom i wanted to see more character development. then again, it does make the story more compelling. it’s already giving me lots of X/1999 vibes for some reason.