Didn’t you know math teachers are all secretly aliens?
It really is hard to pinpoint whether this episode was the best of the three we have so far, due to how damn brilliant they’ve all been. So far, each episode has focused on different aspects of the parasite invaders: initially we had the invasion and the misfit controlled bodies being highlighted; last week we had Izumi and his personal struggle to adjust to having a right hand with a life of its own; and now this time we have an introduction to parasites with varying degrees of intelligence. Honestly, it’s all compelling stuff, and proves that this will undoubtably continue to be a top-notch show – as many would except in the first place.
Tamiya Ryouko (Tanaka Atsuko) enters the stage this week, and her arrival couldn’t have been executed any better. Acting as a substitute math teacher – as well as Murano’s homeroom teacher – Migi initially warns Izumi or her being the same species as him. I never get tired of those tense countdown scenes as the parasites get closer and closer to Izumi’s destination, and with Tamiya arriving on stage and making eye contact with Izumi, this one was undoubtably the best reveal so far.
I think the scene where Tamiya and Izumi speak after school might just be my favourite of the episode; not only because of how palpable Izumi’s fear was, or how because of how wonderful the cinematography of it was, but also because it proved that this parasite that has invaded Tamiya is quite possibly the scariest thing of all: intelligent.
Another parasite that we’re introduced to this episode is A (Yasumura Makoto), a man of lesser intelligence than the calm and collected Tamiya. But a man nonetheless, as proved by the fact that Tamiya is indeed pregnant with his child after they did the business at the end of the last episode. Interestingly though, despite both the parent bodies being controlled by parasites, the child itself is in fact human. This opens up the possibility for what else the parasites can do in a human body. Presumably everything, I would think now? Kiseijuu might technically be a horror, even if it isn’t particularly scary, but I think the scariest thing of all is that these parasites can easily disguise themselves as humans and live their lives as normal if they so desire. That’s certainly a terrifying prospect.
The second half of the episode sees the return of A, after he stormed out of the coffee shop, claiming Izumi (or Migi, rather) as a threat. And so A invades the school – to Tamiya’s annoyance – and starts causing a hell of a scene. Compared the manga it does seem more toned down, but there’s never a point where this feels censored. I think around about now we can breathe easy and say that Madhouse is doing a fantastic job at bringing the essence of the original series into this anime adaptation.
As everyone flees from the building, Migi comes up with a plan to sacrifice a few classmates in order to get closer to A and deal the finishing blow. How does Izumi take to this plan? Well, not too well at all. In fact, he does the very opposite and distances himself from everyone, isolating himself so that A gets what he wants. Suicide or not, the difference between Izumi and Migi’s thought processes continues to intrigue, and as compromises are made between them I can only imagine that these two shall become a deadly partnership in the future.
Another thing that stood out for me this episode was the music. Of course, we’ve been getting this dubstep beats that seems to have split opinions, but the tense music that we got during the final scene of the episode is one that I absolutely loved. Having heard it in the PV I thought it was effective then, but boy, it was even better now. I’m quite excited to see what else this bizarre OST has to offer.
So overall, another episode that delivered in near enough every way. I can’t wait to see more of Tamiya and how she’ll become involved in the plot from here on out, and maybe to see if there are other parasites with her level of intelligence, blending seamlessly into society. As I’m only reading the corresponding manga chapters that are being adapted as we go along, it’s nice not knowing what’s going to happen, because I honestly have no idea what’s awaiting us. And I love surprises!
No Rampaging Lion:
Hiding their identities:
Is Izumi breaking?: