「MY FAIR LADY」
It might’ve only been a one week skip, but it sure felt like an eternity. Zankyou no Terror’s back though and the pieces are starting to come together for what could be a climactic finale to remember for the ages.
For now however, let’s look back at the key events of this week, the most major of which could be nothing other than Five’s capture of Lisa. It didn’t quite happen the way I expected it to, but ultimately it was just like Five to utilize the personalities of our cast against them in order to bait her (and thus also Sphinx), and it looks like she’ll end up getting the exact response she wanted. Ultimately, t’s but a brief respite for our main cast—highlighted by a great insert vocal—and it just emphasizes the nature of what they’re doing here. Time is the greatest enemy here, and it’s a notion that applies not only to the past and present links between Five, Nine, and Twelve and what they want to achieve, but also in regards to Shibazaki’s attempt to dig up more information about the Athena Plan.
With that said, it’s a bit surprising that Shibzaki merely gets off with a suspension considering what he did last week, but considering Five’s obvious distress at this point, it’s highly possible she just didn’t think him worth bothering to dispose of (or it wasn’t possible even for them to take such drastic measures). The thing is though, now that Shibazaki’s got nothing to lose, he’s arguably more dangerous than ever before (have some extortion!), and judging by his reaction at the end of the episode, it’s clear he’s found an important piece of the puzzle.
The thing—of course—that remains however, is what exactly that puzzle piece is, as well as what “the object” is that Sphinx seems to own. One would assume they’re talking about the stolen plutonium (potentially for use in a nuclear device or dirty bomb?), but at the same time it looks like there might be more to the story than just that, and they’re doing a good job masking most of the cast’s overall intent. Either way, it sets up for a pretty good cliffhanger with Twelve running off to save Lisa on his bike, and I’m pretty darn excited to see what happens next. No matter what one’s thoughts were about the previous episodes, there’s definitely a lot of potential to be had with the remaining episodes, and if there’s one person to execute it, it’d be Watanabe.
Last but not least, I think the big thing I’d like to touch upon is how one of the people interviewed by Shibazaki actually had a Sphinx mask in their house. I had mentioned all the way back in the first few episodes that Sphinx could very well end up influencing the youth to a significant degree due to their actions, and whether or not it’s their intent, it’s quite clear that this is starting to happen, and it may not be insignificant in terms of how it influences the future. Next week certainly can’t come soon enough, and the quote from this episode certainly rings true:
“The situation may be worse than we thought.”