“The Sun Also Rises”
Shot through the heart, and your mother is to blame. I suppose parasites certainly do give love a bad name.
After being dealt the killing blow, Shinichi hits the floor, blood pouring from him. If not for Migi, he would have died there and then. But come on now, we all knew Shinichi was going to make it; it was more how he was gonna get out of this, and I’m quite intrigued with how that happened. Migi comes up with the plan to re-insert himself into the place of Shinichi’s dying heart in order to stop the bleeding and keep him alive. The most noteworthy thing though, is Migi acknowledging the risk of doing just that, yet still going out of his way to save Shinichi. I suppose you could look at is as Migi looking out for his host body, but I’m starting to suspect that there may be more to it than that.
As Shinichi awakens though, he is met with flashbacks of what just went down, and he can’t help but be shaken by the fact that his mother’s killer is within her body. The tragedy only continues from there, but before that: the glasses are off, the shirt is off, and the there’s a cool new scar right in the centre of his chest. The killing blow certainly left a mark, but it’s unlikely that it’s the only damage Shinichi has left from the encounter, be that physically or mentally. After answering the ringing phone however, confirming that his father is alive and in hospital, Shinichi rushes off to see him.
But of course, Murano encounters him at his very weakest. Shinichi has to yet again hide the horrors going on in his life, and step forward with conviction and assurance, instead of balking at the fear of what’s to come. This is undeniably the point in the series where Shinichi’s character is changing. He’s growing, adapting, and accepting with the situation he’s in. He’s fighting back now, and that only makes for some well promised character development. So with that, he travels by boat to reach the island where his dad is at, meeting Makiko in the process, a friendly girl who guides him to the hospital.
The hospital scene was a difficult one to watch; they both know it was a monster that did the killing, but whilst Shinichi has accepted the fact and wishes to deal with it, his father is still in disbelief, seemingly accepting that his wife is in fact still alive despite watching her die in front of his eyes. The truth is on the tip of their tongues, but the excuses are preventing the revelations from coming out. Or at least for now.
Despite the episode being quite a straightforward one overall, we do learn that Migi now has a weakness! After re-entering Shinichi’s body through his heart and keeping him alive, it seems that Migi now requires 4 hours of sleep a day… quite like your average human. But this newfound flaw leaves Shinichi defenceless for those few hours. It’s going to be interesting to see if there are more human aspects to Migi’s nature now, both in body and mind. And while the question of enemies or allies comes up, I think it’s certain at this stage that Shinichi and Migi are going to keep working together, using one another in whatever ways they can to achieve their goals.
Showing actual interest for Shinichi’s opinion on the matter, Migi even asks whether it is okay to fight and kill the parasite now within the body of his mother, and Shinichi confirms that it is. He wants revenge against his mother’s murderer, even if it means killing her over again. Will he be able to do it when the time comes? Who knows… but we may find out next week.
Shinichi is Changing: