「共鳴 resonance」 (Kyoumei)
Considering how the last episode went, this week’s was definitely a step in the right direction. Most of my complaints about Shuu’s flakiness were addressed with him coming clean with his friends about his Void Genome; however, just as things were looking up, the writers had to script in the most unconvincing reason to get them to help him save Funeral Parlor — “They believed in me.” Not a very good reason when it’s a terrorist group he’s talking about, especially the one Shuuichirou’s framed for causing a Genome Resonance and spreading the Apocalypse Virus. It’s such a common pretext when it comes to anime, but that doesn’t mean it can be applied to any scenario. I really don’t understand why Shuu couldn’t have said something along the lines of, “The GHQ are part of some conspiracy and Funeral Parlor’s trying to stop them”, or at the very least, something that tries to portray Funeral Parlor in a positive light. It may make him sound like a terrorist himself if he claims they’re fighting for some “righteous cause”, but it’s not nearly as bad as the one he gave. Arisa was there, so she could’ve easily said something to support his claim too.
This may not have bothered other people, but it was a pretty big blemish to me since it was the driving factor for the second half of the episode. I’m kind of disappointed that something so easily correctable proved to be the only questionable development in an otherwise good episode that finally started to bring various aspects of the story together. I wasn’t even bothered by the fact that Yahiro came around so easily, because he clearly held a grudge against Shuu, but I couldn’t overlook how unbelievable it was to see Yahiro come around for that reason. After all, it wasn’t just a matter of believing in Shuu and supporting his new-found resolve; Yahiro and the others risked being branded terrorists themselves and put their lives in his hands by charging into Haneda Airport while it was swarming with GHQ forces. A rather unfortunate happenstance really, as I found it pretty cool to see Shuu wear the “guilty crown” in a respectable manner and ask his friends for help, plus use their Voids to overcome all the obstacles they encountered. That was something I could actually get behind as it made his character relatable for a change. The same goes for Hare being supportive of Shuu, since the slap she gave him brought him back to his sense (and presumably got him out of the traumatic rut he was in).
As for Daryl killing his father in a fit of rage and “Scarface” killing Dan on a whim, I couldn’t but feel that both their deaths were anti-climactic. Looking back at what they’ve added to the story from the time they were introduced until now, I had to question what the purpose of their one-dimensional characters is. The signs were all there for Keidou to seize command of GHQ from Yan, so if the plan was to make an example of him for the eventual mutiny, then fair enough. However, Yan’s true purpose seems to be aggravating Daryl further, which really isn’t necessary given how volatile he already is. Dan on the other hand will forever be known as some cheap comic relief, unless he somehow survived that gunshot to the chest. If he is gone for good, then that’s a bit of a waste, because a goofy character like him is generally poised to surprise viewers with an unexpectedly cool and serious side. He did save Haruka, so he definitely had it in him to be much more than our stereotypical American anime character.
On a positive note, I really do feel that the story is coming together in a good way, first with the name “Mana” so I can stop referring to the girl from Shuu and Gai’s past as “the girl whom Inori resembles”. The interesting part is the implication that Shuu’s father experimented with her singing to bring about a Genome Resonance, seeing as Shuuichirou referred to her by name first. I’m not sure what the new GHQ commander hopes to achieve by causing a resonance on a city-wide scale, but one possibility is that he’s trying to create another Void Genome from the rock inside the capsule. It would be a good twist if it turns out Shuu’s Void Genome was created from the Lost Christmas ten years ago, even though it’d be awfully reminiscent to how a Philosopher’s Stone is created in Fullmetal Alchemist. In any case, I actually like how Inori countered the effects with her own song, since there was foreshadowing for something like this happening. The same could be said about Gai risking his life to save Shuu’s, which we’ll hopefully learn more about next time. The revelation that Yuu is another Void Genome user served as a good cliffhanger too, since I’ve been wondering what the deal is with him. I don’t know what to make of the gigantic formation that resembles Inori’s sword though.
* I dare say I’ve lost some respect for Ayase after she cried out for Shuu instead of Gai. What was she thinking?
* Inori finally made some noises from getting her Void Weapon drawn, since she was “taken” against her will.
* Hare looked very cute holding onto Funell. I find that her bandage Void Weapon adds to her inner appeal too.
* Kanon also looked really happy in Yahiro’s arms.
ED Sequence & End Card
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