「Composition （組成）」 (Sosei)
This is what I would consider as more of a character reflection episode since nothing really “happened”. The first half was basically Mikuni narrating his past. As he had mentioned to Kimimaro, Mikuni’s past was slightly rough, partly due to his cold, calculating father. His dreams of music were shattered, his sister Takako is very sick, and their company failed. His situation is kind of sad; even then though, I do appreciate the realistic view he portrayed to his sister though. People say chase your dreams and live for your passions, but then is it worth suffering to do so? Not everyone can live off their dreams, and one’s first priority to make a living; the other stuff feels good, but should come second.
That said however, his father’s mentality is just messed up. Putting the reputation of his business before his family is disgusting, so Mikuni’s rage was more than warranted. One needs money to support a family, but such large amount of it is just providing for the power of manipulation. I now know what Mikuni meant in his past statement that his father made money for the sake of money. He barely cared if his own daughter died, and is truly an embodiment of the obsession with money. After Takako goes into a coma though, Mikuni copes by developing a cool demeanor, and throwing himself into business and eventually the Financial District. He knows the Financial District is cold and heartless but decides to play anyway, and I’m seeing it as his attempt to beat the system at its own game and manipulate it for the better.
The second half is told from Msyu’s point of view as she talks about Kimimaro. Kimimaro isn’t the most level-headed guy, and he’s pretty indecisive too (a point that’s further highlighted when he runs back to punch the guy who pissed him off). However, he clearly cares more about his asset then most Entres do, and their relationship is more than just owner-property. Perhaps as a result, Msyu likes him quite a bit and is interested in a lot of human stuff as well. Their interactions are quirky and fun to watch, and like Mikuni and Q, their relationship seems special. I’m continuing to see similarities between the two pairs too (like in this screenshot), and Mikuni sees some of himself in Kimimaro. Assets are the materialization of the futures that the Entres put up as collateral, but even Msyu admits that she doesn’t know how it actually works, and no one else really seems to know either. There’s just a vague threat of losing one’s future, but the only thing that is known for sure is that the consequences are bad enough that it’s better not to find out. The present vs. future debate is brought up again too, along with some other philosophical discussions, but without a clear picture of the system it is still very difficult to deduce the truth.