Shinichi’s Downward Spiral:
Shinichi is breaking apart, piece by piece. It’s uncomfortable to watch but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying it. He really has gone through the ringer in these past twelve episodes, and this thirteenth one is no different. I suspected a while ago that Shinichi has split personalities and is unconsciously shifting between them when his emotions go wild, but now I’m not too sure. We see several times in this episode alone when Shinichi went into a mode of panic before completely shutting off and putting on a calm face. It’s as if his body isn’t allowing him to get too emotionally invested or affected by what’s going on around him, and if he does then he just resets back to a nonchalant state. I mean, just last episode we saw that he was genuinely affected by Kana’s loss (though he still couldn’t cry), but this time around it’s noted by Tachikawa and Murano how he seems completely unaffected by what he witnessed. At one point he even says that he wishes he could feel ‘more’ about what happened with Kana, and I don’t blame him – it’s sad to watch. Sure, he may be a badass hybrid at this point, but at what cost?
The tension in Migi and Shinichi’s relationship increased dramatically as well after Migi notices that they’ve been caught on tape. Migi’s instinct is to eliminate the man along with the evidence, but Shinichi manages to prove he’s still got humanity when he needs it most, trying all he can to let the man escape before he’s murdered. It’s also nice to know that Migi still can’t go that far from Shinichi once he’s separated from his arm. I was slightly worried about what that could mean in future, but limiting Migi’s power and reach in that form is a good compromise.
I genuinely forgot that Murano still doesn’t know what’s going on. We got close to her finding out, but I’m glad she didn’t because I’m pretty sure Migi would have killed her there and then. In an otherwise fairly uneventful episode, that was a sure standout moment that really had me worried for a few seconds. It’s a difficult situation – on one hand I really want Murano to be part of this plot and know what’s actually going on, as I think she would be more levelheaded with it than Kana was. But there’s also the other side, which is the danger and consequences of getting her involved in this mess – honestly, I’m surprised Tachikawa hasn’t told her about what happened with her (unless she has?).
Still, I want Murano to play an active role in the series soon. That’s what I (and others) liked about Kana, she was doing things and was wrapped up in everything that was going on. It may have resulted in her demise, but I think Murano could survive if prepared. That being said, I’m not in support of people being anti-Murano. It’s not her fault that the story is excluding her from what’s going on.
The Parasites Gathering:
We’re seeing more of Tamura, of the stoic parasite leader, and the other intelligent parasites gathering together. I’m very suspicious of what they’re planning, but Shinichi is heavily involved at this point. Unfortunately, Tamura isn’t intriguing me as much as she did in the early episodes. Even if her human baby adds a new dynamic, her complete lack of expressions makes it difficult to be all that interested in what’s she’s up to.
Overview – What’s Next?
Out of all the episodes so far I felt this one had the least amount of ‘oomph’. It was still very good, don’t get me wrong, but other than the final scene with Shinichi and Murano I wasn’t completely invested in what was going on, but I’m confident things will heat up before long. Maybe I’m just missing Kana…