「黒ずんだ野望」 (Kurozunda Yabou)
“Black and Deep Desires”
I thought 91Days was already dark.
Far more raw energy and mood in this installment than previously experienced. Not so much hard laid out exposition to progress the plot, but the episode delivered on intensely on setting up a palpable mood. You could cut the tension in the air with a knife.
What’s so fantastic about all this is that it forwards the plot and develops its central character, despite its lack of explicit, concrete explanation. Through all of Avilio’s moping and pouting, we can get better insight into what’s going on in the guy’s head. Avilio has never been one to express whatever emotions he’s been feeling. It’d really be kind of weird if out of nowhere he started talking about what he was thinking, especially about a subject as touchy as Corteo’s potential execution. The matter no doubt brings about a myriad of conflicted feelings and emotions. It demands that Avilio show his hand concerning his friendship with Corteo. He’s probably conflicted as to whether he prioritizes a more efficient revenge scheme or the only genuine friendship he has left.
Despite how poorly developed Corteo is as a character, it’s apparent that he’s the only one who actually gives a damn about Avilio. He knows him on a level that literally no one else on the show does. Does Avilio not at all value the only true, genuine relationship he has to anyone on the show?
As we witness, the guy’s mad confused. He’s alone, he’s isolated. Maybe this is what he’s wanted all along. Or maybe not. The guy’s always at least had Avilio as a confidant. Even if most of their exchanges amounted to mere exposition—the guy was always there for him. Always a crutch for the guy to lean on. Now, however, Avilio is taking the full blunt of loneliness. Now he’s all alone, and he has to truly deal with that prospect. Surprising to think that he would potentially be more loyal to his kind-of friend. Interesting to see how this plays out, but kudos to the show for developing its lead in a truly unique way.