Jumping straight into where we were left of last week, we find ourselves witnessing the tense battle between Izumi and A! And what an awesome bout it is, showcasing that even with Izumi getting flustered over the prospect of fighting someone else, our main duo are capable of working together quite well to get the job done. We find out that Migi decided to focus entirely on flashy defence, allowing Izumi to take the offence and make the crucial strike. It’s a heavy moment, packed with awesome animation and the continually killer OST pumping in the back. It really does feel like we’re there with Izumi in that moment, to which I have to thank Madhouse for continuing to do a great job here.
I must admit, though, that even I was shocked by how much blood was pouring out of A; but I’m glad it’s not being held back. I’m not usually one to complain too much about censoring, but I’m almost certain Kiseijuu wouldn’t benefit much from it. But before long A manages to stop the bleeding and tries to find Tamiya in order to switch bodies with her, but she already has the upper hand on the father of her child, leaving some oxygen tanks in order to cause a deadly explosion and get away without a warrant on her head.
It goes without saying that I’m really enjoying Tamiya so far. It’s only been two episodes, but I really like what she brings in contrast to Izumi’s own experience. I only hope she sticks around for as long as possible despite her parasite claiming it’s done with being Tamiya Ryouko, after being questioned on her pregnancy situation and being unable to work herself out of it.
It’s interesting to see that even though this Tamiya has weaved into normal society with relative ease, there are still some kinks to work out – as proven by the fact that Tamiya’s mother quickly realises that this is not the daughter that she knows. I don’t know what the old Tamiya was like, and I doubt we’ll ever find out, but I do wonder if we’ll see a shift in personality or approach in order for the parasite to fix its identity problems
But before that we have a brilliant scene where Izumi confronts Tamiya (after thinking he should kill, her despite the likelihood being quite slim) outside school. It’s in this little conversation we learn two very key things. The first of which is that Tamiya feels like she is being given a command of some sort to devour the human race. Is this a command given by some entity, or is it within the genes of the parasites? I just know this is going to be explored as time goes by, and I most definitely await the answer to that one.
The second point we learn from Tamiya is that our dear Izumi is no longer ‘pure’, which doesn’t sound good at all. It’s quite possible that after spending so much time with Migi attached to him, he might be slowly losing his humanity. It doesn’t seem like things are going well for Izumi right now. I do feel sorry for the boy – from this new revelation, to his personal struggle in killing a parasite in a human body, to his troubles at home.
But troubles aside, it was quite nice to have a relatively calm second half to the episode, focusing on the dynamics at home. Izumi’s mother knows something is wrong, and echoes what Tamiya’s mother says in regards to her child is not being the same as they’ve known until now. It’s all quite heartbreaking, really. In another series Izumi might have a happier life, but not this one. He and his family are destined for the worst; the death flags are basically dancing around in anticipation, but that won’t make it any easier when it does happen… especially after seeing that Izumi’s mother got that burn after saving her son from a boiling pot of oil. Damn, this show is playing with my heartstring now. God damn it.
As for next week, well, I predict that things are going to shake up quite a bit, whether it be with two new characters or the return of Izumi’s parents. I’m quite sad by the prospect of something horrible happening to Izumi’s mother… but I’ll shall just have to sit tight and wait for another week to see if my suspicions are confirmed!
Migi Gaining Independence: