“In Cold Blood”
Morality in Question:
Whilst still fascinating, this episode of Kiseijuu was a very simple one, so talking about it should be fairly short. But what we did get this week was compelling – it seems like now we’re truly diving into what is right and wrong between the humans and parasites in Kiseijuu. After Tamura’s glorious departure things have slowed down and we’re allowed a look at what’s going on behind the scenes on both sides. The humans are taking action against the parasites and the parasites are ready to defend themselves, whilst quickly deciphering who amongst their group is dead based on what has gone down recently.
One thing is for certain: Uragami is a disgusting fellow, though intriguing to watch. Even when we get a look at his past, showing off his murderous ways and sick inner thoughts, it still feels like we’re watching him through a window and never quite getting near him. He’s easily the scariest human in Kiseijuu, and could give a few parasites a run for their money. I thought last week that he may have finally found out Shinichi’s secret, but turns out he didn’t, for which I’m happy. I didn’t want this to be the end of Shinichi’s secrecy just yet; I’m sure by the climax of the series there will be a time for Shinichi to reveal himself, but that time isn’t now. Right now, Tamura is still lingering Shinichi’s conscious, and interestingly enough he is sympathising with her and thankful for closing the whole in his heart. She may have killed 38 people in her time on Earth, but somehow that doesn’t make her despicable. Even I’m surprised at myself for not being too critical of Tamura’s crimes against humanity. It’s not like there was some justified motive behind it, she just killed people like all other parasites do. It’s tricky to think about, but Kiseijuu is balancing it nicely.
What’s going down by the end of episode is not so balanced. After weeks of me wondering when it was going to happen, it’s happening – the humans are finally going after the parasites. Are they ready? Who knows. From the very beginning we’ve seen so many examples of parasites showing how deadly they are, yet right now it feels like there’s a chance for victory. There’s something very Tokyo Ghoul about all of this – except this is way more grounded than Tokyo Ghoul ever manages to be (at least the anime, the manga is great, but that’s another story altogether).
Overview – What’s Next?
I was expecting to really focus on Shinichi now that Tamura’s arc is complete, but our main character still feels like a pawn in the middle of the madness – actually he’s not quite in the middle yet, but give it time and I’m sure he’ll be running around doing something crazy. I enjoyed this episode for what it was. It provided good setup for humans against parasites and showed us the thoughts and feelings of various characters, likeable and unlikable. But part of me still wants this to be more about Shinichi right now.