「―星のワルツ―」 (―Hoshi no Warutsu―)
“―The Star’s Waltz―”
Crime Edge never ceases to deliver entertainment for me every week and whether it’s sad or happy or terrifying, I still manage to enjoy the show. It’s a great bundle of joy wrapped underneath crazy characters and a twisted game that they’re thrown in. However there are so many aspects of this show that I enjoy because it’s quite lighthearted in some ways. You know the characters aren’t going to die and the dire circumstances they’re in – don’t really seem that bad afterwards. The story also manages to wrap itself up very well without major cliffhangers.
This episode revealed that Ruka is the real Author of the Killing Good and she’s been controlling Romeo since they were young. Ever since she’s been shafted for a leading role in a school play, she’s felt neglected and probably left out because even Romeo didn’t vote for her. I swear, events that happen to you as a kid really make an impact on your personality growing up and I can relate to how Ruka feels. Not that I had a Killing Good handed down to me, but it’s that feeling of being bullied or isolated that makes you want to change or be someone else. In Ruka’s case, she felt that she had to be in power to make others like her and brainwashed everyone into obeying her. Everyone except Romeo that is, because it seemed like he did everything out of his own free will for her (or maybe it’s because he’s been whipped that much). It strikes me as odd because last episode she was getting all the attention anyway, but probably the wrong type of attention.
Romeo on the other hand suddenly lost all his manhood when he became the submissive one this episode. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I felt like he lost all individuality and he was just a pawn for Ruka to boss around. Of course, Ruka ends up breaking down and pouring her heart out so I expect Romeo to be the one that helps console her. In that respect, Romeo earned some points back and they really are a couple fit for one another. Their arc has ended already but I’m pretty sure it’s not the last time we’ll see them. I’ve noticed that almost every Author/Instead relationship could be seen as a romantic one; other than the Byouinzaka sisters that is.
I thoroughly enjoyed the ending which finally featured the stargazing scene and the relationship between Iwai and Kiri. There was never a moment that I thought that Kiri and Iwai weren’t meant for each other and I’m glad that (even under these circumstances) they’re together. All the misunderstandings were cleared in the end and although there’s no straight up “confession”, I’m sure that they must know how the other feels. It’s much better to stargaze without all your fellow peers around you anyway. The ending tied in very well with their little dance (same ED as episode 1) and I felt very content for them – hopefully it continues that way.