“Before The Game”
My initial thought after this episode had to be… “Woooo… did I just watch that? Did that reallyjust happen?” My mind is still boggled by what I just witnessed, but not in a bad way. It’s definitely in a cliffhanger/must-watch type of way. The top 3 main interest points for me had to be boobs, S&M and rape. That makes me sound like a dude, but hey! Those were my main takeaways and it’s kind of hard to remember everything that happened in the romantic hair-cutting scene after that.
You can blame me for not doing my research – but I had no idea this anime would have so many boobs, breasts and bottoms in your face. It’s not even subtle, it’s so blatantly obvious that this is what sells and so I’m just going to fill my preview images with images of girls. Now I’m not feminist and I’m not going to go around preaching how women shouldn’t be viewed in this manner… I just don’t see why it’s necessary. I think the girls that are introduced are interesting the way they are without the added emphasis on body parts. Shihoudou Ruka (Hikasa Yoko) seems to have her own issues with people staring at her though. She must’ve had a difficult life to assume that all men just want her for sex – which might be true but I’m not quick to judge. She’s also had to grow up alongside of Zaiga Romeo (Nakamura Yuuichi) whom isn’t the best friend you could ask for. If I were to analyze her thoughts even more, I would say that deep down maybe she’s just crying for attention and waiting for someone exceptional to prove her wrong. She’s more than the facade that she presents and she’s yet to meet anyone that’s tried to see past that.
Romeo (Romio would be the direct translation) has his own problems. He’s one of the Authors in our story and his Killing Good would be a
pig whip hog bat. It’s actually used to discipline hogs and his ancestors whom Romeo inherited this from would use it to punish prisoners and then starve them to death slowly. Out of all the Authors that I’ve seen thus far, I’d have to say that that’s one of the cruelest ways to die. Slow and painful torture is not the way to go – literally. Anyway, psychology is not my strong point, but I’d have to say that Romeo’s disturbing thoughts and inner demons are some of the most dangerous and twisted I’ve seen. Reaching outside the scopes of anime even, I find that people that are so far into S&M (I’ll let you Wiki that on your own) – to the point that rape is considered acceptable, and even murder… those are the scary people you have to watch for in society. The fact is, these people are also very charismatic (similar to how Romeo is the president) and aren’t hiding but rather very much trying to blend in. It gives me the chills that so many crime dramas, TV shows and actual real life events link back to murderers like Romeo who just need help.
Aside from the crazy duo that was introduced, there were other events that took place to build up drama elsewhere. I always thought that Iwai would be the one who “fell in love” first due to the fact that Kiri pretty much gave her a new life. What more could a girl ask for? It’s proven in this episode though that Iwai hasn’t even thought about having a boyfriend… whereas Kiri was the one depressed assuming that he’s been rejected already. Not to say he has, but it’s kind of cute to see him all depressed because it shows that he thought he meant more to Iwai than… a hair cutter. Sad to say, but maybe Iwai needs to learn to be a little more sensitive in that department. Young boys have fragile hearts too, but we’ll probably see how it develops next week.
So moving along, the end of the episode was obviously a cliffhanger. There was also a sneak peek of how Gossip works (either for or against the Hair Queen, I still don’t know) and Seigi joins the fun. I still don’t see Seigi as a necessarily “evil” character, but he does have his moments which prove that he’s a force to be reckoned with. I’d love to see how Iwai wins over Kiri again and breaks him out of his “trance”.