I usually prefer the modest approach, but after I joked about how I would look like a genius if the “dog” talked back in episode four, I just have to throw in a (somewhat unconfident) “what did I tell you” as a follow-up to it. Voiced by Fukuyama Jun, our furry friend also hinted that this isn’t his true form, so the transformation part doesn’t seem so far-fetched either. Now I just to need propose something completely outlandish, like the dog using his Geass on Saya and ordering her to kill Fumito, to completely discredit myself and make the world right again. (If something like that does happen, you can be sure I’ll be darting out the door to the closest lotto center and buying some tickets.)
On a more serious note, the dog sure is going for the roundabout approach, asking Saya who she promised to hunt Elder Bairns and who she thinks came to him asking to have their wish fulfilled. His comment about how it’s possible to conceal evil was less ambiguous though, since there’s only one person whom I think he could be referring to. Fumito’s migraine and memory loss-inducing coffee makes him suspect number one, which goes back to the beginning of episode five when Saya only had a faint recollection of her bloody battle the night before. My guess is that the “roofies” prevent Saya from getting closer to the truth and potentially giving way to her other red-eyed self — or at least, that’s the impression I get from Fumito’s inconspicuous look last episode to make sure she’s drinking it. Even if Saya does blindly trust him, one would hope she’d be a little concerned about how she’s been passing out and waking up in bed, but evidently our heroine is still too unsuspecting of others and continues doing as she’s told without question.
As for mention of a supposed experiment to see who’s right, I’m starting to wonder if there’s some wager over whether humans and Elder Bairns can coexist. If so, Saya may be a living experiment, judging from the statue-like Elder Bairn (Miyake Kenta) who implied that Saya’s actually someone else and has been living a lie up until now. I’m still leaning towards the idea that she’s half Elder Bairn/half human and is being used to go against some twisted agreement between the town’s residents and the monsters that eat them. The demonic-like hilt on her Goshintou katana along with the Bairn’s wild laughter over Saya’s belief that it’s a sacred blade seemed to suggest as much, plus they raised suspicions about her “father” as well. There haven’t been any photos or flashbacks of Saya’s mother now that I think about it, so I’m somewhat skeptical of everything he’s told Saya about her and the Elder Bairns. As far as I’m concerned, everyone’s suspicious, especially Kanako who was waving the “I am evil” flag like no tomorrow with her manner of speech.
In terms of progression, the death of the Motoe twins and the killings in broad daylight have been quite a series changer. They’ve also made me wary of anyone who considers Saya special or irreplaceable, except maybe Shinichirou. I’m still unsure as to whether he has any idea of what’s going on. The preview suggests that he doesn’t, so I get the feeling he won’t survive until the end of the series. I can already picture him sacrificing himself to protect Saya unless he turns out to be the mysterious hero that I originally perceived him to be.