「―レッド・ライジング―」 (―Reddo Raijingu―)
This week’s episode featured mainly the aftermath of Kiri and Iwai’s encounter against Emily. Iwai went straight to her dad’s old office and pulled out his diary (apparently he has a diary that she didn’t bother to check before). Kiri suffers from loss of blood and wounds that won’t heal. All the while, Emily’s past gets revealed piece by piece. It wasn’t anything I wasn’t expecting and I hate to say I told you so, but… I told you so! (Technically I guessed half-sister…)
As it turns out Emily’s “father” is not her legitimate father. In fact, Emily was born as a child in the streets with no family until someone brought her to Iwai’s father. He wanted to find someone who could wield Killing Goods in order to help Iwai cut her hair. Turns out that the girl that he found was Emily and he raised her up as his own (whenever he was in town). I found this a little depressing actually since Emily knew that he wanted to use her to help Iwai; her “father” wasn’t actually her father. I’m not a child psychologist or anything, but don’t children usually like to have their parents’ complete attention? I would be quite upset to know that my father was leaving me to be with “her” (sounds like a mistress or something) and I thought that might have eluded to Emily’s hatred for Iwai. It turns out that she only wants to kill Iwai because she wants to wish her father back to life. Oh… the dangers of bringing the dead back to life. Why do I get the feeling that these types of wishes never work? Even Violet hesitates before agreeing. We’ll have to see if Emily even succeeds in her murder.
Separated from Iwai this episode was Kiri – all alone with his bleeding arm and no one to take care of him but Yamane (of course…). Kiri must either be a very ignorant man or just very devoted to Iwai because it seems like there’s another contender for his heart now. I don’t necessarily think Yamane “likes” him, but maybe it’s because she doesn’t realize it herself yet. Nothing really irks me anymore when it comes to Crime Edge, even when it’s swapping blood with each other. I’ve always known that Yamane gets off to that, but Kiri’s a whole new story. That also can’t be very sanitary… but I guess that’s not that point of the scene. Yamane brings up a good point that Kiri has no instinct to kill which many of the authors have. I also don’t think Emily (who’s apparently an artificial author or “created” author) has that killer instinct. It’ll be interesting to see how that turn of events go down when Kiri goes searching for ancestry. From the looks of it, he goes a little too killer-hungry later…
There are only 2 episodes left of Crime Edge and Emily’s arc is likely going to mark the end of this season. Still miles away from the end of the story, Crime Edge has come a long way since I started blogging it and it’s exceeded a lot of my expectations in terms of entertainment value. I hope it doesn’t disappoint in these final episodes and worse yet, I hope it doesn’t end off on a cliffhanger. It’s nice to see that some characters have developed a fair bit (all in one-cour) though, sometimes you never get to see that aspect even in a 2-cour show. Let’s hope Kiri doesn’t go too crazy in these final 2 episodes.