OP: 「運命の檻」 (Unmei no Ori) by 愛美 (Aimi)
「―異端の肖像―」 (―Itan no Shouzo―)
“―Portrait of Heresy―”
After last week’s surprisingly eye-catching premiere, I’ve decided to pick up this series! It was always on my “To Watch” list, but we all know that I have a tendency to only watch a handful of ongoing anime. Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge (which I’ll just call Crime Edge for simplicity) will be one of the few that I’ll actually be looking forward to this season. I have high hopes for this one since it’s just the action that I need without being way too over the top striving for epicness.
Last week’s episode started off with a lot of stuff happening and not a lot of explanations. In fact, even I was slightly confused but decided to carry on with it anyway. If there’s any warning that I could give to viewers, it would be not to take the show seriously; it barely takes itself seriously. Come on – it’s about a girl with extremely long and uncuttable hair (reminds me of Rapunzel!) and the only thing that can cut it is an ancient weapon used in a Murder Game. Not only that, but it just so happens that Kiri and Iwai fall in love and I can bet that it’s meant to be a sign that love can overcome anything in the end. All in all, I am in no way bashing the show. It doesn’t take itself seriously because aside from all the blood action and killing, there’s still an aspect of comedy and the show doesn’t linger too long on technicalities. It doesn’t explain much because it is what it is. Crime Edge is overall an entertaining show. There’s a lot that goes on in an episode – lots of character insights, plot development and some explanations to fill in the gaps. That’s seriously all it needs to keep me watching for 20 mins a week and I wouldn’t expect anything more or less.
This week surprised me by the dive that they did into Yamane and Houko’s past – especially when they revealed their parents’ death. One would assume that both Yamane and Houko have Killing Goods, but apparently Yamane was the one cursed with ownership of the syringe. Not only does her appearance scream “crazy” but she is in fact so far gone that she has to use her twin sister to alleviate her desires to kill. Houko must really love her sister or simply wants to protect her from murdering others. It makes me wonder if in fact they did murder Iwai’s father as well; I wouldn’t be surprised. As quickly as their relationship and personalities are revealed though, the story’s already moved on and we’re onto the next Killing Good – a hammer from a criminal.
Essentially the story is set in motion now as described by Sumeragi Kanae (Yusa Kouji). He is the current guardian of Iwai and looks after her; although everyone calls him “Professor”. Not much is revealed about him aside from his affiliation with a group called “Gossip” whom oversee the Murder Game (and clean up the aftermath probably). His scary shadows and eyes probably mean that he’s hiding something but so far I have no reason to doubt him. We’ll have to see once future episodes start to play out.
ED: 「君と二人 」 (Kimi to Futari) by 高橋花林 x 遠藤ゆりか (Takahashi Karin x Endo Yurika)