“Quiescence and Awakening”
When I heard that a main character ‘died’ this episode, I jokingly said it was probably going to Migi. Little did I realise that was actually who was going to ‘die’. I put it in quotation marks because even if the separated Migi reached an untimely end, there is still parts of him within Shinichi’s body; it may be little and insignificant for now, but chances are we’ve not seen the last of our little parasite friend. His bout with Gotou was a damn impressive one to say the least. The use of tactics, incorporating fire into the mix, and causing a diversion to find a chink in his armour – everything looked too good to be true, and it was. But we know now that Gotou isn’t invincible. He can be defeated, and that’s one thing that’s one thing we learned from Migi’s final attempt.
Did I ever think I’d get attached to this little alien? Kind of. He was charming from the beginning, and I very much appreciated his early interactions with Shinichi and how they clashed and eventually crossed over when it came to their moral judgements. Migi’s reflection on death at the very end was powerful; he still had life in him and didn’t want to give up just yet, but felt he had to in order to save Shinichi’s life. There’s no way he would have done that a few months ago, so that goes to show just how far this seemingly emotionless alien parasite has grown. Hopefully he returns in some form soon.
Change of Location, Change of Pace:
We needed something different to look at. I may be biased against the previous arc (which was definitely my least favourite of the series) but a change of scene was much needed. Luring Gotou out to somewhere secluded makes complete sense, and those forest battle scenes are always fun to watch, especially with the animation that we’re getting here. The shift in pacing after the battle was refreshing as well, and Shinichi’s moments with Mitsuyo were nice to watch unfold, from their disruptive first meeting to her eventually looking at him as the nephew she never had. It all went so by so quickly, yet it never felt rushed; we spent just the right amount of time that we needed to, and it was a good to have that breather.
Shinichi’s choice by the end was an important one: he has to go back and fix the problem that he brought here. Without Migi I don’t know what he could possibly do against Gotou, especially now that he is in some new form. No matter if it was a stupid decision, I much appreciated having this personal time with Shinichi like I’ve been asking for these past few weeks. I want him to prove himself as a main character; I’ve felt that especially in the second cour, his direct involvement with the plot has been limited. Sometimes that meant we got great development from other characters, but now is the time to come back to Shinichi as we head towards the conclusion.
Overview – What’s Next?
I feel like next week could be the final battle, or at least wrap up the Gotou story. How Shinichi is going to defeat him, I don’t know, but I can’t see it going on much longer. There’s still Uragami and Murano to be thrown into the mix, but going by the episode preview it seems we might be more focused on an emotional Shinichi and a threatening Gotou.
Epic Car Collision:
One Armed Shinichi: