「僕は負けそうだ」 (Boku ha Makesouda)
“I’m Probably Going to Lose”
Even though there isn’t an immediate mystery at hand, I’m glad that there are other aspects to this show that keep grabbing my attention. Since the beginning, Narumi’s indecisive attitude toward everything has been fairly off putting. He didn’t ask to be the main character, but I don’t know how much of his cowardice I could put up with. Which is why I’m very pleased to see that he’s slowly starting to change into someone who deserves to be the main character!
Now, that doesn’t mean that he’s becoming smart. It still baffles me how Narumi decided to be completely open with a stranger who apparently is ruthless enough to sell out his own friends in order to move forward. But instead of heeding the advice of someone who’s very well versed in this dark world that Narumi is entering, I wasn’t too surprised when he ignored Yondaime and got not only himself but Ayaka jumped by random thugs.
Excuse my informal wording, but wouldn’t you be freaking scared of diving into organized crime matters? The thought of pissing off the wrong person and getting their wrath thrust upon you is pretty nerve wracking. And even if you managed to become allies with the strongest group around, isn’t it just a matter of time before someone else comes along to shake the foundation that someone else has built? I don’t know if I’m just a scaredy cat but it’s these kinds of fears that really get me scared when I think about organized crime — especially if I were to do something more than just think about it.
But at the same time, that’s probably what keeps drawing me back to this show. Watching Narumi clench his teeth and run headfirst into situations that I would never consider even getting near has been really fun. Especially since he has finally figured out what his limits are and is trying to change them. With people like Yondaime, Alice, and the entire NEET Detective squad pushing him forward, I can’t wait to see just how quickly Narumi turns into a badass.
Toward the end of the episode, I hope I wasn’t the only one noticing some strong intimacy from Narumi and Alice. I don’t know if tsundere is the right word to describe her, but after putting up such a big fight over such petty things like accidentally sniffing someone’s sheets, I thought their relationship might have leapt miles forward when Alice offered to share a Dr. Pepper (and her knowledge) with him. But when she let him sleep next to her, wrapped in one of her blankets, in the same bed, my mind was blown. How often do you see a guy and girl sleeping in the same bed in this type of show? (I hope I’m not the only one pushing for a Narumi x Alice combination.)
All in all, I’m really interested in finding out just what kind of past Yondaime and Hirasaka shared in the past. I’m sure it’s going to take a lot of persuasion from Narumi and company to get anything resolved before bones start getting broken, but I can’t help but feel that things are going to go toward a more positive route. But if none of that happens and we get to witness a spectacular fight between everyone, I’d be okay with that as well.