「狂気の仮面」 (Kyouki no Kamen)
“Mask of Madness”
While the pacing felt a bit off and the story couldn’t decide if it wanted to build our emotions or blow us away with awesome action scenes, I must say that I enjoyed this second episode a lot more than the first. Maybe it’s because the first episode got the plot-vomit out of the way?
Promoters and Initiators
Even though we haven’t gotten a legitimate answer behind just what it takes to be a Promoter, I’m going to go out on a limb and make the assumption that they have to be more than just physically adept. While it probably doesn’t hurt to look like a giant body builder, I have this strange feeling that there’s more than meets the eye. The bigger question though is why does a Initiator even need a Promoter? I can only think of things like maybe the social stigma that children “need” adult guidance but there has to be something more than just making sure an Initiator has a babysitter, right?
Hiruko Kagetane — World Changing Activist, Evil Bad Guy, or Just Pissed Off Daddy?
After his abrupt appearance during last week’s episode, I must say that I’ve become quite a fan of Kagetane. While I’m not a huge fan of those who use violence to make their point, I can totally see what would motivate him to kill regular people without so much as a second glance. Just from what we’ve seen this week alone, the social stigma against cursed children is so strong that the local police will go as far as to dispose of them instead of returning them to the not much better slums. And if I had a daughter with the Gastrea virus born into a world like that, I to would fight for a world where she could live normally without the fear of prejudice staring straight back at her.
But does that mean I would want to bring destruction to everyone else? Probably not. But as much as I don’t like Kagetane’s lack of empathy for the innocent there’s something else that makes me like him so much — how he brings out all the good things in Rentaro. It’s painfully obvious that he could have killed Rentaro five times over by now but hasn’t — and its probably because of the potential he sees in him. Ignoring any crazy physical abilities that he may be hiding, his philosophy of viewing cursed children as living, breathing humans and not tools that can be abandoned after they’ve served their purpose is probably the best thing about him. And just like us, I’m sure Kagetane also knows this and wants to empower him for being such a forward thinker.
Enju — Why u so kyoot but stoopid?
In the excerpt, I said that I was a little confused with the pacing and by that I meant the whole deal with Enju randomly deciding the run away. I personally don’t understand why she would be so broken after her “secret identity” was leaked. But on an even more fundamental level, I also don’t understand why she’d run away from Rentaro even though he’s clearly shown that he’s going to be there for the long run.
While I don’t want to even start the conversation about how shitty the world treats the little girls who are their only effective weapons against a virus that nearly wiped them out, I do want to make some assumptions about the role Kagetane is going to play in hopefully changing the world.
Best case scenario, I think Rentaro may be able to convince him that mass murder approach is probably not the best and have him reconsider what he’ll do with himself. Almost best case scenario is that Rentaro takes him out but that leaves the issue of creating another orphan who will probably come back to kill him. Worst case scenario, Enju gets her own spinoff and I stop covering this show c:
Seriously though, I’m so happy with how this second episode ended up being. Even with some hiccups, I’m finally beginning to get the feels that the manga gave me. Till next week!
ED: 「トコハナ」 (Tokohana) by やなぎなぎ (Yanaginagi)