Vote for Hirokawa Takeshi!
Actually, let’s not. Going into this episode I was expecting something crazy to go down at the event that Shinichi and Kana met at, so I was grateful when it turned out not to be the case. Thankfully, Shinichi took her away and potential danger was averted for the time being. Unfortunately, Hirokawa Takeshi, the man amongst the group of parasites who is running for mayor, ends up getting elected. He labels himself as an environmentalist, but I wouldn’t trust this politician as far as I can throw him. As Migi points out, with this victory, the parasites are acquiring safety, and at this rate, it won’t be long before they’re in serious positions of power… if they aren’t already.
The Ballad of Kana and the Powers of Love
Now, I have to talk about Kana. My darling Kana and her tragic tale. Although I wasn’t spoiled on the details, I just knew she wasn’t going to make it out this alive. Honestly, I thought she was a goner last episode, so when she survived I was convinced she was going to go down this time around… and she did. It’s a shame, but damn, it was a breathtaking moment with some chilling setup, equal parts thrilling and tragic.
But I’m glad we got this episode focusing on her like it did. It turned out that dream she had with Shinichi and her in the field of flowers was recurring, and she even got her kiss this time around (likely inspired by Shinichi and Murano). I’ve seen talk of Kana being a bit of a stalker, and that is correct (I mean, she even wrapped a strand of Shinichi’s hair around her ring finger… creepy or cute?) but I think me and many others found something truly intriguing about this girl. From glancing over the corresponding chapters being adapted, Kana is, dare I say, a bit bland in the original source material. In the anime though, she’s been an absolute treat. Sawashiro Miyuki has done a fabulous job in the voice acting department, and her modernised character design has also done her wonders. I have to commend Madhouse for how brilliant they are doing with this adaptation; at this point I may even go as far as to say they are improving it.
The scenes with Kana and Shinichi in the abandoned factory were equally sweet and sad. Sweet because there is some sort of connection between the two, even if it isn’t fate, and isn’t romantic on Shinichi’s side. But the sadness comes when Kana learns of Shinichi’s secret, which she doesn’t believe at first due to Migi being asleep. She even had him make a promise to show his powers to her… but she never got to see them in the end.
The Authorities Involvement
After hearts have been torn out in seething fury, we see some familiar faces show up at Kana’s funeral. I presume they are on the case of any parasite-relevant death at this point – they are obviously aware of Shinichi’s prior involvement with parasites, and even pulled out a strand of hair to test if he was one of them. I just wonder how and when they are going to do something about this threat. I have a feeling, though, that it’ll be too late before they actually manage to do anything.
Sending Shinichi Over the Edge:
If the episode wasn’t brilliant enough already, the moment at the end between Shinichi and Mitsuo was a fantastic one. The fight was completely uncomfortable, just as intended. I hated seeing them lash out at one another over losing Kana. Mitsuo obviously had feelings for her, but it’s not Kana’s fault that she didn’t have them back. In fact, the situation is much the same with her and Shinichi, which means that in the end no one is happy, except maybe Murano. Even so, her suspicions will still be running high and I imagine she’ll have some moments of tragedy before too long.
Overview – What’s Next?
Truly, a great episode. It really hit me because of how much I’ve been enjoying Kana’s character these past few months. Sadly, her time came, and her story is over. But I won’t forget her anytime soon, even if there is much more still to come. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of the series, I still have no idea how this is all going to play out. Next week’s preview hints at more Tamiya and the group of parasites gathered together, so I can only imagine something serious is going to go down, which is what I’ve come to expect from Kiseijuu week in, week out.
Note: In case you were unaware, Kiseijuu is on break next week. Sad news after last week, but it’s to be expected before we head into the Winter season.