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「帳の陰」 (Chou no Kage)
“Behind the Curtain”

This show is not afraid to straight dirty.

This week, 91Days decides to focus on someone it’s neglected substantially. We finally get into the head of Corteo, someone who’s gotten a whole lot of screen time but practically nilch character development. Very little has been explained of his motivations. Why is someone who hates the mafia so much willingly selling his life’s work to them? Is his friendship with Avilio believably strong enough to put him in the situations he’s in? What’s his endgame here? What’s keeping him going?

While none of these questions were really answered here, the episode still does much to illustrate what’s going on in the guy’s head. We at least got the sense—if briefly—that his friendship with Avilio is immensely important to him. The only real thing keeping him involved in all this messy mafia business. So it can’t probably be conveyed how earth-shattering it is to have Avilio renounce Corteo from his life—especially as brutally as he did. This no doubt serves as a catalyst for the guy’s psychological tailspin throughout the episode.

However, this brings about a couple of issues. As I said before, the show has done very little to establish anything of Corteo, let alone how much this friendship means to him. The very little shown here was not enough to do so, and came off more as a surprise than anything else. In general, the bond between the two has been so devoid of development that any sort of narrative advancement based on it would have a hard time being convincing. We’ve had moments here and there where it’s just them sort of expressing what’s on their mind, but these was more for the sake of progressing the plot than anything else.

On that note, one might think that Avilio comes off this episode as something completely unfaithful to his development thus far. He appears far more integrated into the Vannettis. He seems truly faithful and committed to them. However, one must realize that this is all from the perspective of Corteo—this is coming from his own paranoid, deluded insecurities about their own friendship. It would make sense that—framed from Corteo’s view—Avilio would appear this way in the episode.

Regardless, though, the episode still delivers on a myriad of intense and dramatic developments. First and foremost, it’s surprising to see how cold and ruthless Nero’s gotten. His brother’s death must’ve seriously hit hard, as he seems far more calloused and willing to go to dark, extreme lengths—such as wiping out a target’s family in order to sustain the family business and carry on just the same. While he still seems to retain some of his comedic charm, it takes a merciless heart to efficiently run a mafia family, especially with a target on your back 24/7.

It’ll be really interesting seeing what direction Corteo’s character goes from here. If they continue with how things are, the narrative will suddenly shift to focus on Corteo—something it’s done anything but until now. However, if they switch back to Avilio and Nero, all of this week’s development will really go to waste. Hopefully they can maintain this momentum while steadily and organically progressing the plot.

R.I.P. the great Fango. What a way to go.

September 4, 2016 at 2:57 am
9 comments »
  • September 4, 2016 at 3:28 amapoptosis

    Corteo just made a neck faucet right there, didn’t think he had the guts to do that.

  • September 4, 2016 at 3:51 amAzure

    That neck faucet is for Lawless Heaven, Fango ed. It compliments Orco lasagna quite well. 10/10 cannibals would approve.

    • September 4, 2016 at 4:10 amapoptosis

      Hahaha! Without a doubt XD

    • September 4, 2016 at 7:19 amMagnus Tancred

      Then there’s a side dish of meat well-tenderized with the base of a telephone.

  • September 4, 2016 at 6:04 amdanes256

    I didn’t expect Fango would die in this episode, never mind in the manner of which he died.

  • September 4, 2016 at 8:36 amBlue

    Corteo nooo! Actually, I wouldn’t mind him taking out Fango, except for the feeling that this is not going to end up well for him in the end. I feel the noose slowly tightening around his neck. I’m hoping he can somehow stay alive to the end of this series.

  • September 4, 2016 at 9:59 amcrowbar

    Perhap’s Avilio’s parting with Corteo may have been an attempt to give Corteo – his only friend so far – a chance to exit the dangerous game, while he got increasingly involved with the syndicates. This event could also signal a “point of no return” for Avilio.

  • September 4, 2016 at 10:03 amBear

    Hearing Avilio call Nero his brother is what broke Corteo it seems. Telling him to leave shattered him. Avilio really doesn’t know how to deal with people like Corteo. All he had to do was tell him that as his friend he wanted him safe and able to fulfill his dream of going to college and the money was in gratitude for helping him when his parents were killed. Throw in a few words of being like a brother to him and shuffle him out the door.

    Now what happens to Corteo? Killing Fango also seems as if it would cause Fango’s henchmen to perform a similar service on Corteo. I certainly don’t see Corteo becoming the new head of the Fango family, since he’s just not suited for it and seems to have lost it anyway. Would one of Fango’s henchmen take over or are the Vannetti’s now the only game in town? For that matter how is Avilio going to deal with Corteo’s betrayal?

    And what happens to Lawless Heaven? Does Nero have the recipe? If Corteo dies, deserts, or runs are they out of luck?

  • September 5, 2016 at 9:11 amLord Nayrael

    And so rises the Corteo Family, lead by the only man in the world who could kill Fango B-(