“Demon in the Flesh”
I must say… I’m still confused as to why Kiseijuu never got an anime adaptation before now. Ever since being an anime/manga fan I’ve been aware of the manga as this well-regarded horror of its generation that is only met with praise and positivity. Better late than never, I suppose. It’s hard to complain about what we’ve got here, but I suspect like in anything else there will be some displeased manga fans.
To begin with the episode, we have a women being threatened with sexual assault (which is scarily common in some new anime this season) before being saved by a parasite in the body of a human. I do wonder if there is any motive behind rescuing the women in clear distress, whether it be basic instinct on the alien’s part, or simply to lure her out to kill her later? Either way, she and the thugs die some brutal deaths – something that Kiseijuu is not scared to shy away from. No censors here!
From Mincemeat Murders to high school basketball! It’s amusing how we’re seeing such a varied array of tonal shifts. Flicking from gore, to comedy, to romance in mere minutes isn’t something that is usually done successfully, but I must admit that there is something charming about everything we’re seeing here. I say this as someone who has not read the entire manga, mind you. So far though the anime is doing a very nice job balancing all that the series has to offer. As for the comedy highlight of the episode, I think it has to go to Migi trying to give Izumi an erection in the public bathroom. I suppose a little bit of pleasure isn’t out of the question, even if you’re right hand is possessed by an alien parasite!
Let’s talk about Migi as well; now that we have a name. I really like him. It. Her. Whatever Migi is; it’s working for me – from the strong voice acting of Hirano Aya, to the interactions between Migi and Izumi, to his plain lack of caring for anyone else. I must admit that I was worried heading into this, knowing that our main character’s hand was going to be a main character in itself. Thankfully, all is working wonderfully.
And I think Izumi realises this as well. He’s starting to use Migi to his advantage now that he knows that Migi requires him to stay alive. Sure, the threat to Izumi’s eyes and ears was a serious one, but I think there can be a balance reached here – a balance that is reached in this episode when our alien friend choses to stick with Izumi’s hand instead of changing bodies. The sight of ribbons of gore as Migi slices up the opposing parasite was certainly an entertaining and satisfying one as well. I look forward to see more of that.
Also, who throws stones as kittens? What the hell. At least it allowed Izumi to take centre stage and stand up to those asshats, trusting the instincts of his right hand to catch the stones and give a chilling threat to eat them up. Please don’t, Izumi. But despite everything that’s going on, we’ve still got a relationship blooming between Izumi and Murano. Silly teenagers, don’t you realise this is a horror series you’re in! I’ll be very surprised if something doesn’t interfere with this lovey-dovey nonsense… even if they do make a nice couple.
Overall, another great episode this week. But what we have here is a loose adaptation of sorts. That’s fine by me as I’m not attached to the source material, but I do wonder who others think of the series from that perspective. From skimming through the adapted chapters so far, some scenes have been re-ordered, altered, or just plain omitted. Nothing major as of yet, but Madhouse are certainly not doing a cookie-cutter adaptation here; they’ve got their own style and approach, from the character designs to the sequence of events. But I think no matter what, we’ll get the same result in the end, even if we take a slightly different route getting there.
Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu is officially picked up for weekly coverage! I guess I’m blogging the anime about aliens this season. Beep boop. Take me to your leader.
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