“More Than Human”
Tamura’s Final Moments:
God, the first half of this episode was something special. I’d even call it beautiful. This episode was actually a very simple one, with two long important scenes at the start and end. As someone who has enjoyed Tamura’s character throughout the series, seeing her meet her end was both satisfying and saddening. It was becoming all too real that she was going to die and she wasn’t going to stop that. As I said before, Tamura has got just as much (if not more) character development than Shinichi – her journey has been bizarre to say the least, but there was always something real and human about her, even in her early days. Looking at the woman presented here, it’s astounding. Kana may have been my favourite character on a personal level, but Tamura is unequivocally the best written character of the entire series. Seeing her leave now is disheartening, but it was such a beautiful sendoff of which I could never complain.
Weirdly enough, Kiseijuu seems more and more like a well-done TV drama as opposed to an anime. That’s how it makes me feel anyway, whether you read that as a positive or a negative. Everything just fits, nothing is rushed or stretched even if the coverage of the source material may suggest one way or another. This is a stellar adaptation and when at its best, every minute is a treat to watch. Delving into humanity in the way it has with Tamura’s character arc is one of the best parts of the series. We’ve always seen it with Shinichi and Migi as they try and find their own balance, but to see a parasite adapt into this – dare I say – compassionate, sympathetic woman is something I’m grateful to have watched. Not many anime are doing things this right now and not many will; Kiseijuu comes from a different era, but that shouldn’t be a limiter to quality, because truthfully it isn’t. I just think we are seeing storytelling that seems less and less common these days – stories about characters that aren’t made purely for promotion, titillation, or self-projection. I want to thank Iwaaki Hitoshi for writing such a story, and Madhouse for adapting it so well in this current age. These past few episodes focusing on Tamura have been a treat to anime fans everywhere. May such a fantastic character rest in peace.
That’s not all that’s related to Tamura this episode that I wanted to touch on. Shinichi reflecting on his own mother after seeing Tamura with her child was incredibly moving. And then it just had to get painful. Did anyone else feel like crying when Shinichi’s parents returned from their trip, as if none of this tragedy had ever happened? Because I sure did. That one hit me in the gut. Also: Shinichi can cry again! As sad as it may be, that’s definitely a good thing.
I don’t think there’s much to say about the latter part of the episode. We got the introduction of Uragami, a serial killer who apparently appeared in the first episode (though my memory fails me on that one). I don’t know what to make of him but he’s an odd one. Nose picking, masturbation, and creepy glares certainly makes him hard to forget.
Overview – What’s Next?
I’m going to miss Tamura, like I did with Kana, but we’re now heading into what may end up being the final arc of the series, so there might not be time to mourn for long. With Tamura’s focus gone we might get the spotlight shone on Shinichi again. I don’t know how Gorou or Uragami are going to be involved exactly, but I feel like I’m past the point of prediction when it comes to Kiseijuu. I just want to continue enjoying the ride.