I feel like I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Poor Izumi. The boy has no luck. He wakes up for school late, he can’t catch a break with his crush, and he even gets caught up in a mini gang war. Oh, and he has a parasitic right hand that lets him sleep in, causing all this mess (and more). Totally uncool. Jokes aside, this was a pretty sorrowful episode, as Izumi’s life continues to get worse by the second.
This time he tries to do the right thing by looking out for his fellow classmate who is getting the crap kicked out of him by some thugs from another school. Obviously this doesn’t end well, as Izumi rushes in despite being too weak to do anything of use. We get a flashback of Migi talking about how he doesn’t understand humans and their altruism; selflessness is clearly a quality that Migi and his race don’t possess, but I wonder if watching Izumi sticking to his principles will change that any time soon. Though it may be more likely that Izumi becomes more like Migi instad; more corrupt and less ‘pure’ as is brought up again with his paranoia over what Tamiya told him.
There’s signs of Izumi possibly merging with his parasitic counterpart, as we have another scene of his ‘inner space world’ (that’s what I’ll call it for now) as seen through his terrifying eyes when he’s unable to control his emotions. I think everyone is right about Izumi changing, as gradual as it may be; it’s just that he’s the last one to know it.
But tragedy strikes twice as Izumi and Murano walk home together, only to be caught by the same assailants as before. It’s rinse and repeat, but this time Izumi has much more attachment to the person involved, and so his emotions are whack, his punches are poor, and he can’t control his right arm. Migi tires to gauge the power levels of the thugs, questioning why Izumi is even pushing himself to fight a losing battle, and not trusting his animal instincts to get away. But Izumi clarifies that he is no animal – he is human. It’s yet another clash in opinion between this unlikely pair, and it’ll be interesting to see who will be the first to compromise.
Thankfully the fight ends as their classmates appears with vengeance, allowing Izumi to head off to the safety of his house with Murano by his side. She tends to his woulds, rests her head on his shoulder, and tells Izumi that he isn’t normal. Thankfully she follows that up with “Normal isn’t cool!”. Agreed, Murano. But it ends on an awkward note as Izumi offers her to stay the night and she point blank refuses. Ouch… and Migi was expecting to see some human intercourse as well!
We also have our new character introduced this week: Kana (Sawashiro Miyuki), who appears multiple times throughout the episode. At first I thought she was a part-parasite like Izumi, but I’m not so sure now. I actually don’t know what to think of her right now, but as Migi points out, there is definitely something suspicious going on. When Izumi and Kana cross paths again, I expect something to go down, for sure.
As for the beheading over the seaside cliff… I saw it coming last week – I think we all did, even if we didn’t want it to happen. But there we have it: Izumi’s mother has been killed by a parasite and is being used as a host body. Seeing her return was a sad encounter if I’ve ever seen on. Izumi had a knife ready when Migi warned him of the approaching parasite, but in the end all he used it for was blocking Migi’s path and threatening to chop off his own hand. I can’t blame Izumi for reacting like he did. All he can do is scream and hold back tears as he tries his absolute best to convince himself that it’s his mother he’s looking at, and not some alien within her body.
But then he’s stabbed. Right through the chest. While it’s obvious that he’ll survive the blow, I don’t want to try and predict anything else quite yet. One thing is for sure though: whatever happens from here on out, it will continue to be the consistent bundle of tragedy and entertainment that we’ve been getting so far.
Always Wear Seatbelts:
Swapping Bodies Gone Wrong: