“Crime and Punishment”
Justice and Morality:
What a fitting title. When I saw that this episode shared the name of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s famous novel, I was expecting moral dilemmas to be involved, and is it turns out that’s the biggest thing I took from this episode. This was bloody, gory, and unforgiving. Kiseijuu isn’t something I watch for the fights (though they’re very well animated) but rather for the questions it raises and the character arcs it develops, so when there’s an episode consisting entirely of brutal fighting, it could either be hit or miss, but for the most part this was a hit – not because it was enjoyable to watch, in fact it was the opposite.
You could simplify it down to two ways to look at this parasite annihilation; you could think that the measures used here were necessary to effectively eliminate the threat, or you could think that this was an inhumane act that showed who the true monsters were. And as a whole, I think I agree with the latter. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t make the parasites the good guys in any way, but the massacre we saw here led by the unforgiving Yamagishi was a sick form of justice. The method they’re using here is unreliable and before long fights break out, but the collateral damage is too much to ignore. Obviously this is fictional but when in reality police do kill innocent people for being quick to the trigger, it’s the first thing that comes to my mind. So many innocents shouldn’t have to die to extinguish this threat – it’s understandable that they do it here and now, but when things get so out of hand that you’re relying on gut instinct to decide someone’s fate, it’s too far. Throwing Uragami into the mix makes it even messier. He’s a funny one, allowing a regular human to be killed before saving others later one. I don’t know what goes on his head, but at least he knows when danger stands in front of him.
Gotou is pretty damn impressive. That’s been obvious since his first introduction and from what we’ve seen of him, but he’s clearly something far beyond the other parasites. He’s a seriously intimidating man, and a very fitting villain to the series. I just hope Shinichi deals the finishing blow…
Lack of Shinichi:
Speaking of Shinichi, yet again he doesn’t do much – in fact he does almost nothing. I appreciated that Tamura’s words came to his mind in that moment, but watching him sit in the background is quite painful. I seriously hope he does something next time or I’m going to be quite disappointed.
Overview – What’s Next?
Shinichi’s lack of involvement aside, this episode was just as great as the many before it. I appreciated the moral dilemmas we got along with the bloodbath. For now it seems the humans are winning, but Gotou is a serious threat that need to be taken out as soon as possible. But going by the preview it also looks like Shinichi and Murano’s relationship might go to the next level. I do wonder how that comes about.
Having a Quickie: