「あるはずもないあの時の希望」 (Aru Hazumonai Ano Toki no Kibou)
“A Hope That Shouldn’t Have Been There”
I bet none of you were expecting that.
To start things off, I never expected that the person who’s come off as one of the best villains I’ve seen this entire year through her ridiculously dark and borderline cruel actions would actually be one of the good guys! Yes, you heard right, the one and only Saya who literally broke Yomi and Arata’s mind is a good person.
After such an incredible episode with so many different things thrown straight at our faces, where do I even begin? I guess I’ll start with how this single episode managed to change the entire look and feel of Black Rock Shooter. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always felt that because BRS was Mato’s alternate ego, she was someone who was fighting to save others. But by the end of this episode, it felt like BRS’s only purpose was to hunt those who had awakened in the alternate world; the problem being that killing someone’s alternate ego also removes their memories and attachments to whatever they may have been stressing about. Which sounds like a good thing until you have a case like Yomi who last all of her emotional attachment to her first real friend! And to make matters worse, all of this has only amplified now that Purple eyed BRS doesn’t care about who she’s fighting so long as she’s able to defeat them.
But the twists didn’t end there and the story continued to get even more confusing as it started diving deeper into Yuu and Saya’s character. More specifically I was blown away after discovering the truth was more backward than I could have ever thought. Not only was Saya not the evil person we originally took her for but it is in fact Yuu (or flashback Yuu) who has the more ominous feeling surrounding her. Apparently something happened in the time from the flashback to the present that changed her into the more positive Yuu we know but I can’t wait to see how the writers explain Yuu’s past and how hse obtained the ability and knowledge to interact with the alternate world.
After learning so many different things, here’s my take on what’s going to happen. Seeing how the focus has shifted to Purple Eyed BRS being the current “villain” (and I say that loosely) I think that no matter what Strength and Black Gold Saw try to do, BRS will probably be able to overpower them. That is until Mato gets the courage to step up and take control of her alter ego. And after hearing her final words before the episode ended, I’m willing to bet she’s more than half way there. At that point, I’m expecting a somewhat harmonious fusion like we saw at the end of the OVA. And along the way I’m willing to bet that more will be revealed about Yuu’s past and we’ll hopefully get a definitive answer behind just who or what she is.
But seeing how this is an original series, the next episode could go in one of thousands of directions. So I’m looking to you, the community, to post in the comments what you think will happen. I can’t wait to see how imaginative you all are.
P.S. I think that this is absolutely horrible and god help me should I see someone do this to another person’s food.
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