「―雷雲をわたれ―」 (―Raiun wo Watare―)
“―To Escape the Storm―”
This anime seriously has no time for breathers. It’s one thing after another and not only does it deliver a roller coaster of emotions, but it actually makes sense and you want to know what happens next. It’s very obvious that the source material is a manga because from what I can tell, the story plays out exactly as if you were reading panels. There’s some discussion, lots of full-length pans and pieces of action here and there. It’s very well told and I appreciate how simple it is while still having a gripping story. You can see where it’s headed, but you want to know how it gets there. Unlike RDG (which I’m also blogging), I feel like that Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge has a story that flows and the audience knows what to expect but with a twist.
This week’s episode started off introducing one of Kiri’s classmates. We’re invited into the salon owned by Misumi Kashiko’s (Yasuno Kiyono) family and she’s the crazy girl that stated that girl’s hair = her life! She’s also a hair model and it brings joy to Iwai’s face when she’s flipping through Kashiko’s magazines. I’ve never known anyone to be a model either (well… a real model anyway) so I’d be pretty impressed too. She’s encouraged to be a model rather than run the family salon and she even shows signs of blushing when talking to Kiri (third wheel?). It’s at this point that Kashiko notices that Iwai’s hair resembles a baby’s… I can imagine it’s probably very fine and soft, but since she has so much of it! It’s a bit suspicious though, especially since Kashiko has pretty much specialized in hair her entire life.
Meanwhile Kiri and Iwai bump into Yamane on the way home and this girl still gives me major creeps. She mentions that the guy wielding the hammer must have completely lost his consciousness now and only has strong murderous urges. It’s all driven by the hammer but it shows the importance of having an Instead. She indicates that it’s likely the guy won’t be coming after them since he’s so far gone – but Crime Edge would not be what it is without the action and confrontations. If there’s creepy music and a thunderstorm, you know sh*t is going down. Of course, there’s a bit of awkwardness and comedy here and there, which I appreciated because it broke down the tension. Iwai is such a clean, untainted child that it sometimes amazes me how she’s dragged into this battle of murderers. Not to mention the strong innuendos.
I’m not usually a fan of horror/thriller even when I know what’s going to happen. It’s the element of surprise that gets to me – not really the blood and gore. Crime Edge does have a very strong haunting feeling to it because it is a story about murderers and killing, but for some reason, it doesn’t turn me off (similar to Mirai Nikki). It must be because I’m so immune to crazy stories about obsessions and duel-to-the-death types of games. In this case, this man was a prisoner until he broke out and started killing innocent people. Kiri puts him in his place though and he’s surprises himself by how speedy he is. A few cuts here and there and the guy would have bled to death honestly. The episode doesn’t show how the prisoner escapes but it is revealed in the aftermath that he suicides rather than dying from blood loss. It’s a shame but also a blessing since he was probably tired by being manipulated by a hammer to kill others. I don’t claim to know how it feels, but I find it sad that these people (under no fault of their own) have to go through every day suffering under this curse. I guess that’s why they have Insteads – similar to how Kiri has Iwai. I always thought of it as the other way around, but I’d like to think that they both equally need each other.