Shinichi vs Miki:
I’d slice this episode in two halves: one focusing on Shinichi, and the other on Tamura and all those who are after her. I was quite hyped for this Shinichi vs Miki fight after last week’s episode, and this certainly didn’t let me down (though it was a pain to screenshot since there was so much movement!). There was a nice balance of epic arm-sickle swinging, terrain tactics, and don’t forget a decapitation. Miki reattaching another head after losing certainly felt like one of the more horror-ish moments of the anime so far. The change in voice, the real threat of death, and the re-appearance of a familiar face make this a destined match that could have gone on for so much longer. What we did get was pretty awesome – I was totally feeling Shinichi’s panic and loved Migi’s steering of the wheel to shake Miki off. What else is there to say? When Kiseijuu does action, it does it fantastically.
Tamura vs Everyone:
Thank god for Tamura. With Kana out the picture, Tamura is definitely up there as one of the most exciting, relatable, and human characters of the entire cast (ironically enough). From the very early episodes when she appeared with a bang and showed just how dangerously intelligent she could be, to where we are with her now. She’s attended lectures on selflessness, became a somewhat nurturing mother, and continues to hold humans at a higher regard than every other parasite has to date. Unfortunately, things aren’t looking too good for Tamura right now, and if I were to place a bet I’d say that there may be some death flags above her head. All the best girls must die in Kiseijuu, after all.
I’m liking how the investigator’s story is tying in with Tamura’s right now after their early interactions. Obviously, she wasn’t the one who did a shoddy assassination attempt, but the blame is being put on her and both parasites and humans are after her now. She’s a strong, smart woman, but I don’t know much longer she’ll handle this – hopefully a long while. Still, seeing the investigator lose his family as collateral damage was painful, and his rage is expected. Though I doubt he’ll make it out of this scrap alive. And then there’s also Murano to consider as well. She’s having a rather swell time compared to nearly every one character.
Overview – What’s Next?
Lots of high impact action in the first half, and some great insight in Tamura and her many enemies in the second half. If only Kana was still around, then we’d have the perfect trio. I hope Tamura manages to defend herself and continues to provide her insight on humanity and how as a collective they aren’t as weak as the other parasites think they are.
Shift in Pacing: