“Sex and Spirit”
Human After All:
So it turns out Hirokawa was human after all? I’ve got to say, I was completely fooled. From the very beginning I just assumed that he was a parasite – as I’m sure nearly everyone else must have. But it’s a nice twist, and it proves that the parasites were willing to work with a human so closely as if they were one of their own. I liked how it tied in with Tamura and Gotou and what they thought of him – and by extension, humanity itself. Hirokawa’s final speech regarding humanity and how terrible it is was a little heavy-handed in my opinion, but now that I know he was a human after all, it does add a little more justification to it. His reasons aren’t wrong either; humanity is essentially destroying the world and values itself over any other form of life. Justice is a concept that is twisted to benefit those in power.
Gotou and Yamagishi’s final standoff was one that I did enjoy quite a bit. Gotou is clearly leagues above the other parasites, but seeing him so easily defend himself and finish off the man behind the operation… well, it was strangely satisfying. I’ve not been the biggest fan of this arc or of Yamgishi’s involvement, and to see it over is actually a relief.
The events that unfolded here have triggered something within Shinichi, which I find a little odd since I’d consider some of his earlier confrontations with parasites to have much more potential for trauma, far beyond what he’s feeling right now. I suppose I’m just annoyed that Shinichi basically did nothing during this whole conflict. If he did have more involvement in what was going on then I would absolutely believe his emotional shift. Sadly, that didn’t happen, and so I can’t quite help but feel this could have been done a lot better. I did enjoy the scenes where he was running away and seeing Gotou in strangers, but interesting visuals aren’t enough to make this anymore believable.
Shinichi x Murano:
That leads into the final part of the episode. It’s been obvious that Shinichi and Murano were destined for each other from the very beginning (if the opening didn’t make it so obvious already), so in a way I’m happy that they finally got together. I know that some fans will probably be pissed off about it, or think that it was forced, but to be fair the whole episode felt a bit like that, so I didn’t mind that it just happened that quickly. If anything, this seals Murano’s fate, putting an enormous death flag above her head. If she can survive the next few episodes then that’s an accomplishment in itself.
Overview – What’s Next?
Sorry to be so negative when I’m usually appreciating what Kiseijuu has to offer, but simply put I didn’t enjoy this episode. In fact I would easily rank it as my least favourite of the series so far. The climax to this arc was exciting enough in its action and gore, but the characters involved just didn’t spark my interest, and everything that came after it felt rushed as we prepare for whatever devastation is set to come around the corner. Fingers crossed that it will be a return to form next week.
Uragami on the Loose:
Ending on a Positive Note!: