Worick – The One-Eyed Gigolo:
After the first episode focused on Alex, and the second on Nicolas, it only made sense to have this one shed some light on Worick. I’ll admit that the past two weeks had me liking Alex and Nicolas a lot more than Worick – but with this third episode, I can now say that I appreciate them all equally. Each has their own distinctive personality, mannerisms, and general vibe that they give off; but when placed together, they are a fascinating trio in trapped in a disturbing, ugly place. And it’s brilliant to watch.
I certainly never expected Worick to be a gigolo. Now it makes more sense now why he would sympathise with Alex’s situation so much. There’s a difference between being a well-off male escort and an abused prostitute in a back alley, but the connection between these two seems so much more genuine now. I said last week that I would prefer no romance between the three main characters, but if it had to happen, then I feel it would only make sense that Worick and Alex end up together – Alex is still intimated by Nicolas, after all. Still, I could do without that sort of pairing if it puts focus on Worick over Alex’s narrative. Maybe my bias is showing, but I want to see more of Alex as an individual, and not a potential extension to Worwrick.
But that’s just words in the wind. Right now, we’ve got a good look into who Worick really is. I’d say he’s come off as confident, flirtatious, and very worldly. As evident by the glimpses of his past, he’s gone through some hardships – losing an eye being one of them. At least we know that eyepatch wasn’t just for show. Add in the fact that he’s willing to sell himself like he does, and we’ve got another dimension to him. He’s charming, and he knows it, but deep down I think he’s a troubled soul who puts on a convincing smile.
Nicolas and Worick’s History:
We see some flashing images of a younger Nicolas and Worick at the start and end of the episode, and more references to the past via the newspaper article. Obviously, we’re building up to some big revelation that ties these two together after all these years. From what I could make out, it seems like Worick looked fairly well-off, compared to a much rougher looking teenage Nicolas. Someone appeared to lunge at Worick left eye, and it seems like Nicolas reacted to it. It will certainly be interesting to see what truly went down – it’s only a matter of time before we see it in full.
We also get some more references to the Dogtags – this time about how it’s apparently medically-induced, and for some reason they cannot walk down the main street. It’s pieces of a puzzle at this point, but now it makes sense why Nicolas chugged down Dr. Theo’s pill last week. Within a few weeks, we’ll likely understand the bigger picture. Chances are, it’ll come at the same time as the flashback.
Alex and Ergastulum:
Yet with all this focus on Worick and his history with Nicolas, this all feels like it’s from Alex’s point of view. If GANGSTA. were a novel, it definitely feels like it’d be from Alex’s first-person perspective. She’s watching everything that’s going on, reacting to the horrors of this city (like bloodied faces in body bags), and trying not to be so terrified of Nicolas. She reactive more than proactive, but I appreciate that we’re learning about Ergastulum along with her. It’s an unfortunate place, and Worwrick clearly wants her to get away from it. Will she, though? Plot dictates that she will stick around by her own decision, and hopefully grow from it. If that’s the case, I hope she adapts to the brutalities around her and finds her place in the world.
Overview – What’s Next?:
I just realised that I haven’t mentioned how much I love Tsuada Kenjirou’s voice acting. Whenever Nicolas speaks, I can feel the scene halting, as if commanding that we listen. It’s just one part of many that I’m loving with GANGSTA. Looking ahead, there are plenty of mysteries waiting of us in the shadows of Ergastulum, and I’m anticipating seeing their true faces revealed.