“What Mad Universe”
Well, that was a dramatic episode of Kiseijuu right there.
For the second time now, a character I was pretty much certain was gonna bite the dust managed to survive. Last time it was Makiko, this time Tachikawa. Both girls were stuck in dire situations, but both made it out alive – though I think Tachikawa deserves recognition for doing all that she could to get out of there. For one, her paint thinner actually came in handy! Throwing the bottle managed to cause a reaction in Shimida that left him unable to change back into his human body, which gave Tachikawa time to make her escape. And she did!. By jumping from a four storey building, she managed to make it out alive. Good for her.
The same can’t be said for those who fell victim to Shimada’s rampage. Due to his inability to change back, as well as what seems to be the great pain he’s in, he goes on a massacre, killing humans like they’re nothing but flies – as well as that actual fly he killed as well. Either way, we got what might be out first proper censoring, which I think wasn’t even that bad considering how it could have turned out. Even if we didn’t witness everything in bloody detail, I think the fact that the OST died during the dramatic reveal helped a lot, tied with the fact that we saw just enough to paint the picture for ourselves. And boy, that wouldn’t be a pretty picture.
If I had a complaint for this episode – which was, mind you, just as consistently exciting and thrilling as all the others before it – it would be that I felt like there were far too many shots of Shinichi running, going up the stairs, down them again, outside, then back inside to go back to where he was roughly heading in the first place. It felt like stalling, honestly, but I can forgive it for the most part, because when we got to the good stuff, it was really top notch.
For one thing, Shinichi showed he still has human emotions within him. It was a gory scene for him to behold, and it nearly rips Shinichi’s heart in half (literally, figuratively, or both?) until he blacks out for a moment. But then a bizarre third eye appears, and Shinichi summons himself back up with the same attitude that he had for the most of the previous two episodes. It’s an interesting shift, and a little too jarring to not be something worth highlighting.
Either way, after saving Murano and getting himself to a fair distance away, he combines his strength with Migi’s and does the most epic rock throw in the history of rock throws – every Geodude in Kanto would be impressed. And so the threat is quelled… for now.
Back at home we get another telling scene of Shinichi and Migi, which seems to occur between the action of near enough every episode. This time it seems to show that Shinichi and Migi may not be not the same wavelength in how they want to approach this situation, as well as who they wish to ally themselves with. If this were 5-6 episodes ago, I think Shinichi would likely compromise and follow Migi’s plan, but with the shift in his character, I wonder how this is going to play out between them. Although useful as a team, the pair seem to be less in need of one another as they were following their first encounter.
We also get a scene showing that the authorities are certainly aware of the parasite situation, keeping the details away from the general public in case all hell breaks loose. I don’t blame them, but that plan won’t work for long, I’ll tell you that – it never does! For now we get some science behind the parasite fusion process, and one key point to take away from it is that by pulling out a strand of hair from someone, the reaction will indicate whether they are human or parasite. It’s a simple trick, and it’s being integrated into society fairly quickly, as seen by the final scene.
So another fight has come to an end, Shinichi and Murano are talking once again, and I’m sure they might be closer than they were before, because of the trauma they now share. How long before Shinichi tells her what’s actually happening now? Hopefully soon. Either way, next week has some new faces popping up, some deadly action by the looks of it, and Kana! I’m especially looking forward to Kana…
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