“Fang of Ruin”
The Chaotic Biba:
Last week I discussed the possibility that Biba could perhaps not be as evil as he appeared, and that there may be more tactics at play, and he may be fighting for the greater good. Well… after this episode I think it’s fair to say whatever say the dude is evil, in the middle stages of a villain mode. At this rate, by the end of the series he’ll be a full-on supervillain without any reasonable motive, who needs to be stopped by any means necessary. But for now, his ideals are still somewhat sensible, even if his actions are nothing short of chaotic. Whether it be him killing the higher-ups of the current system, breaking down the walls that keep the civilians safe, entrapping the main characters by the end, or turning his own allies into raging monsters without any remorse or care for their sacrifice. His sin count is rising by the minute and Mumei has finally saw him for who he is. To a 12-year-old girl who was saved from death, it’s completely fair that she would think him a better man than he actually is and try to justify his actions up until the bitter end. But in the final minutes of this episode it’s clear that Mumei regrets what she’s been involved with, blaming herself for the death of innocents after she signalled for the bridge to open. I’m sure going forward his guilt will be the driving force to take down her brother and find justice in this disaster.
The Destructive Kabaneri:
A few episodes ago when the ignorant travellers were screaming and freaking out over the kabaneri it seemed like they were overreacting and didn’t have to fear for their lives. But as time has passed, we’ve that these half kabane live a twisted life, having to drink blood to keep their sanity. And now we see that with that extra push, they can truly become monsters – perhaps even more devastating than the original kabane zombies that plague the land. I like that the events of this episode ties back to the earlier fight with the giant kabane monster, hinting that it was perhaps Biba who caused that girl to turn into that beast, similar to what happened here. If so, there’s a fair chance he would do the same to Mumei, as she is another artificial kabane who is under his wing and has much less agency than she assumed she had. I’ve grown to enjoy her character over the weeks, so I do hope the predictions that she will turn into a monster or be killed off in the coming weeks turned out to be false. All things considered, Kabaneri has succeeded as an action thriller, presenting an antagonist that is easy to hate and who we’d all love to see taken down. Whether it’s Ikoma or Mumei (or both), I hope their revenge is sweet (and well animated).
Overview – What’s Next?:
Apologies for the lateness of this post, this current season has been a difficult one for me, but thankfully both my shows speak for themselves and are more entertaining than intellectual. Kabaneri has proved that it can be compelling when it wishes – and I like that side of it – but this episode was more of the Kabaneri we’ve come to expect, and I’d consider that a positive. Earlier fears that production or narrative would collapse have thankfully been proven wrong, as Kabaneri’s storytelling consistency has been impressive, and I don’t expect that to chance in the final three episodes.