“A Dark Night’s Passing”
As was obvious, the parasite body at the end of last week’s episode was not Shinichi’s mother, but in fact a man with the same partial-parasite as Shinichi. Uda Mamoru (Takuma Suzuki) seems a jolly guy who wears his heart on his sleeve (which could, given what happened in this episode, be biologically correct as well) but has a certain pang of tragedy to him. There’s also his imaginatively named parasite – Parasite – who resides in Uda’s mouth, chin, and chest area.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to see a hybrid like Shinichi this soon, but I’m glad, as it allowed for our depressed main character to actually develop a nice sort of friendship with Uda, since there are two people in the same very rare situation. The comparisons between the speech and behavioural patterns of Migi and Parasite also get brought up, showcasing the difference in their developments due to Migi reading books and Parasite watching movies – I suppose it says just as much about their hosts as it does about themselves.
Before the confrontation last episode, Migi was about to explain something to Shinichi – but now is the time that it is being brought up again and properly addressed. Simply put, Migi is growing more and more independent, even if there are limits to him separating, which is tied to that fact that Migi is only 70% of what he originally was due to inserting himself into the hole in Shinichi’s heart. Therefore, Shinichi is now 70% Shinichi and 30% Migi. These percentages give Shinichi a fright, and they should; he may have been slowly changing as a person due to the events he found himself caught up in, but to have a significant portion of himself be replaced by that of a seemingly emotionless parasitic alien… it really does beg the question whether Shinichi is really a human anymore?
Like Migi points out, he can now run at the speed of an athlete, and can jump to tremendous heights. Plus, as noted last week his sight and hearing have improved to the point where it seems like he is beyond that of an ordinary person. While these traits are awesome and make for an improvement in what Shinichi can do by himself, it is still introduced as a worrisome development – as it should be.
Then we have the obvious talking point of the episode: the final fight with the parasite within Shinichi’s mother. It was set up wonderfully, the tension was ripe in the air, and Migi just so happened to pick the worst time to go to sleep (at least he upgraded Shinichi’s right hand to a neat-looking sickle blade in the process). Connecting back to Uda almost committing suicide off of a cliff, we are brought back to a similar location for the battle to take place. Everything about it was awesome. The animation was fluid and on-point, and the music was pumping in the background – if only it lasted a little longer.
But what we saw was important. I, for one, was worried that Shinichi would lose himself after having to kill his own mother. He showed hesitation when reminded of the scar that he caused, but overall I’d say he was pretty much prepared for the worst. Thankfully though, Uda and Parasite came to the rescue, avoiding death themselves and then dealing the finishing blow. Shinichi may have been saved just there, but my suspicions tell me the chances of Shinichi going down a dark path down the line are only increasing by the episode. So we’re not out of the woods yet, not by any stretch of the imagination.
For now, this little revenge story has been wrapped up, and the scene on the cliff with Shinichi and his father was a brilliant way to finish it all off. They both know what happened, even if neither has to say it aloud. And I’m sure Shinichi would cry if he could, just like his father. It would hurt to lose your wife in a way like that, but at least what’s done is done… even if tomorrow will bring new – and almost certainly – worse things.
So, with Makiko out of the harem despite her considering nature, Uda still alive after the battle, and Kana and Murano sensing Shinichi at the end, I’m interested to see where our cast goes from here. Kana is a mystery, but an interesting one. Murano is the final connection between the Shinichi of the past. And our protagonist himself… well, his transformation is finally complete, and I think many will be quite pleased with the result.
Shinichi Losing His Humanity:
Makiko Didn’t Die:
Just Who/What is Kana?: