「紅黒の暗殺者」 (Beniguro no Ansatsusha)
“Crimson Black Assassin”
Original story or not, this week’s episode actually felt pretty good. With our fabulous princess Seitenshi becoming our new damsel in distress/assassination target and another cute cursed child who had the misfortune to meet Rentaro before finishing whatever job was assigned to her, I really want to believe this arc will be this show’s return to fame. Or at least make it more fun to watch, haha.
As the leader of the Tokyo area with ideals that completely contrast with those of her neighbors, it’s not a huge surprise that she’d end up being an assassination target. Toss in how she looks super young, is female, and doesn’t have the best public image and its almost surprising that nothing serious has happened to her yet. Especially with some half-assed bodyguards like these.
On the other hand, it’s nice to see that she isn’t a robot completely devoid of emotions. With the past few episodes painting her as a cold-hearted president, I’m glad to see that behind her poker face is a normal person who’s just as vulnerable as the rest of us. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised since it takes some pretty traumatic events to screw up a person’s humanity — and this face was definitely one of someone who’s never been face-to-face with death.
Looking past all that, it’s hard to hate on someone who tries to embody the ideals of peace when the rest of the world is focused on seeing who has the biggest stick. Hopefully someone like Rentaro can guide her toward the world (or I guess more specifically a unified Japan) she’s aiming to create.
I had a feeling she was going to be a cursed child the moment she said she needs caffeine pills to stay awake because she was nocturnal! Anyways, unlike Kagetane who seemed invincible all the way up till Rentaro managed to sneak in a few devastating punches it seems that Tina is a bit more grounded to earth. Seeing how she isn’t the one calling the shots, I’m really hoping that she turns into something more than just the next villain.
Surprisingly Decent Pacing
It’s like this anime is trying to provide prime examples of all the ways you can adapt a show. Unlike Kagetane’s arc which we blew through at breakneck speeds, this opening to this second arc gives me the impression it’ll be a lot better. We weren’t fed huge amounts of exposition through lengthy conversations and instead there was a lot of showing instead of telling. Things like Seitenshi having a panicked look when faced with danger or how Tina is beginning to have an internal struggle with herself when her superhero prevents her from doing the dirty task she was assigned — its the small things like this that give me hope.
With the story slowing down and some tension slowly building, I’m actually excited to see what next week has in-store for us. Personally I’m hoping that Tina ends up siding with Rentaro because I don’t know if I can bare to watch her die q_q. Till next week!