“The Blue Bird”
I have a very bad feeling of what’s about to go down…
Literal Princess Kana begins this episode in a field of flowers, until some weird abominations rise from the soil and begin to attack. Thankfully, Shinichi appears on the ugliest horse/unicorn/parasite-combination imaginable and embraces her! Also that glowing armour of his is miraculously gone and his muscles are even more ripped! And then… oh wait, it’s a dream. It’s funny to say, but I’m actually glad that I knew this scene was happening this episode (after accidentally skimming ahead one chapter in the manga) because it’s so unlike everything else in the series that I might have just recoiled at how out there is was – but it was awesome for all those reasons. Oh, Kana. A girl can dream!
Back in reality though, Kana sneaks up and pulls at Shinichi’s hair. His reaction to stop her is instinctive, but nonetheless we do end up learning that this parasite-detection technique doesn’t work on hybrids like Shinichi. Another takeaway from this is just how cautious Migi is of Kana. Shinichi knows that there is something special about her and her sensing abilities, but Migi just does not want anything to do with her.
The short scene with Kana and Murano together in an intriguing one. Obviously the two are battling for their affections, but it’s nice to have a moment where the girls aren’t pitted against each other as enemies. What we do see is just how much more Murano knows Shinichi that than Kana does. That makes sense though, given how late in the game she appeared – Shinichi was more or less undergoing his earlier character development at that point – but it does go to show how both girls see Shinichi’s change in a different perspective.
In an otherwise quiet and relatively calm episode, the most brutal scene has to go to the killings of the 22 Yazuka. Just, wow. Madhouse really brought it for this one. The scene in the manga was good, but when you consider how well framed and animated it was here, it really was a step up in comparison to the original. Heads were rolling, blood was spilling, and nothing was held back. And as the man in question says, it was just a test of his capabilities against humans that do possess weapons. If I were to place my bets right now, I’d say the parasites might just have the upper hand.
There is also the date between Shinichi and Murano. It delivered mixed feelings for me, but that’s just what I’d expect from their relationship. Murano is still being left out of the loop, and no matter how much she tries to go out and spend some normal time with Shinichi – even getting a kiss in the process! – she still knows that this isn’t the boy she knows or loves. It’s quite tragic, actually – as is seeing Kana’s reaction. Don’t be sad, Kana, I believe in you!
All things considered, I found this episode to be really enjoyable, as well as really simple. Whilst there is mystery at the end for what these parasites are up to, for the most part what was shown to us was the continuing relationships of our characters, as well as seeing another example of just how brutal these parasites are. I must also admit that I’m scared for that ending right there – my fingers are crossed for Kana’s safety. And for everyone else, of course… but mainly Kana.
The Killing in the Beginning: