「―天秤の銀貨―」 (—Tenbin no Ginka—)
“—Coins of the Scale—”
I constantly praise this anime for its ongoing action and fast paced storyline, along with interesting characters to follow. It’s great to see that even during its slower-paced episodes that it’s able to build up anticipation very well. There can be a lot of depth within each character and I appreciate that the show has taken the time to develop this area. I’m not sure how well this is shown in the manga, however I like seeing how the relationships between characters have formed and bit of their history as well.
A large portion of this episode was devoted on the relationship between the Byouinzaka sisters and especially how Houko deals with being an Instead. I don’t think she necessarily feels responsible for what happened to her sister; however I do think she feels it’s her duty to keep her sister from falling deeper into a murderous trance. She may not have known back then what being an Instead was, but it’s awfully brave that she’d sacrifice herself like that. I honestly hope in that case that Yamane understands what her sister is going through (and I think she does). It was also sweet to see the relationship between the sisters and Iwai since it was always something that I found rather complicated and for some reason – they’re not in a hurry to kill her. Iwai clearly knew that although they weren’t the best of friends, the Byouinzaka sisters were there for her and even now that she has Kiri, it doesn’t mean that the sisters mean less to her. Goes to show that Iwai really has a kind heart to forgive Houko for all the horrible things she’s gone through.
Then there was that sweet scene of how Kiri and Kashiko first met. I wasn’t too surprised at the turn of events, but I have to hand it to Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge for being able to add in such suggestive scenes all the time. For some reason I’m not as creeped out by it anymore and somehow Kiri’s obsession with hair just seems rather normal in the grand scheme of things. It’d be interesting to see other love interests in Kiri’s life, but I don’t think we’ll get that kind of exposure or depth in this season.
「—パーティーチョッパ—」 (—Paatii Choppaa—)
I cannot believe the amount of cliffhangers they’re leaving in this second half of the show! And more surprisingly, they actually killed off Kiri; or rather, made it appear so. I didn’t believe he would actually hang but it’s an interesting twist to see that he doesn’t get back on his feet afterwards. The sequence between Seigi and Kiri was fun to watch although a little predictable when Kiri came at him with scissors.
The more important take away from this episode though was the audience and the party they were at. Our main characters are in the midst of Gossip’s party and I thought there would be more people actually approaching them and talking to them – not just gossiping. Now that I think about it though, the name of the group is very fitting for their behavior. The mood and the animation really reflected the atmosphere of the party too. Very ominous and mysterious with new and strange faces everywhere. Everyone clearly knows who you are and yet you know no one. It’s especially awkward when the play started featuring Iwai and “The Queen”. I think this was meant to show the origin of the Hair Queen. It’s probably based on how Iwai’s ancestors did something to piss the Queen off and became cursed and then the game started…
We’re more than halfway through the season now and there’s a ton of questions I still have – thankfully each episode seems to reveal more about the overarching story. In fact, this “game” might be more than just about killing the Hair Queen. For some reason I still get the creeps when I think about Gossip watching over them, almost like it’s their form of entertainment. We all know that Kiri lives next episode but then the question is, who shot Seigi? And what are the Byouinzaka sisters going to do about it?