「ぼくのかけら」 (Boku no Kakera)
“Pieces of Me”
I feel a little dumb that I didn’t catch what now looks like a really obvious clue about what Ayaka was doing on top of the roof, but that’s the charm that this show continues to have — it’s not too smart for the average viewer that they feel alienated when the mystery starts to unravel. Instead opting to make them feel like they’re still competent and somewhat smart.
With the world in a rut about Ayaka’s suicide attempt, I was elated to see that she is still alive. While being comatose isn’t the best way to be alive, it leaves the door wide open for a deus ex machina situation that will wake her up — something I wouldn’t mind in the slightest after having to watch such a prominent character nearly die in such a petty way.
Among all the ruckus going on with Angel Fix and the race to track down its supplier, I’m fairly sure that I saw what you could call a confession of love between Alice and Narumi. While there may not have been any obvious feelings attached to the glorious moment when Narumi finally became Alice’s true assistant, the bond the two share resemble a couple that have already been together for years. No need for all the cutesy lovey-dovey stuff — just the smallest amounts of affection thrown in amongst all the serious hustle and bustle in their line of work.
Even though the mystery aspect of this arc has flown the coop, there was a nice amount of buildup to next week’s finale. Hakamizaka Shirou, the experienced genetic engineer whose specialty is botany, became the main villain like I assumed. However, I was thrown for a loop when he uttered those last few words before the episode ended.
Are you trying to tell me that Ayaka’s suicide attempt, may not have been a suicide attempt? Does that mean that there was foul play involved somewhere? While I wouldn’t call this a mystery, it does make one think about what circumstances Ayaka faced while standing on the roof. Was she actually drugged and the hallucinations she saw caused her to jump? Or was she just a bystander, getting stuck by her brother while he was high? So many questions, but only one episode left!