「Running in the DEAD」
Would you imagine the look on my face when recaps started playing when I first watched the episode? Well, it wasn’t that amazing because I had read about it beforehand, but nonetheless, I did not expect the entire first half to be about 60% recap. There’s really only a handful of explanations for this, and they’re quite sensible. The first reason would be that the chapter is relatively short when animated (usually because the chapter mainly consists of actions scenes), so they had to buff up the episode a bit and elongate scenes (such as the grope, but I’ll talk about that later). The other reason is that Madhouse has probably decided on an ending already, since it’s only one cour, and they decided on doing one chapter per episode, no matter what it takes. Maybe they just really like quality cliffhangers.
Whatever the case, this episode was not completely worthless, as it pretty much served as a “morals” episode, asking the question of where “humanity” goes when the world turns to the apocalypse. The first half pretty much just enforced the setting, while the second half strikes the question. Takashi finds himself enjoying the freedom of the current world, and the bully loses all sense of care as he lost everything he had. In the end, while the bully doesn’t “deserve” being killed, he was an obstacle in a dog eat dog world.
While there weren’t any censors this episode, instead they just chose to not animate the bully being eaten alive by the zombies. The groping scene was something that was just a bit too long and a bit too awkward than it should have been. I can already see the animated gifs popping up around the internet soon, if they haven’t already. Was it lengthened to pierce the rage of the viewer? To make the impact stronger? Maybe, maybe not.
Although I didn’t catch the “Shaun of the Dead” reference last time, this ep made it pretty clear with a gas station named “Shaun”. Why they make a reference with a gas station is beyond me, but hey, it’s amusing at least. While it seems that the show may have dipped to a slowing point, the next one seems to be more exciting (then again, I do know what happens).