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「いつか海の見える部屋で」 (Itsuka Umi no Mieru Heya de)
“A Room Where We Can Someday See the Ocean”

That ending was unreal. Save the children! You can’t kill off children on TV like that! It should be a taboo to kill off innocent young children after making you fall in love with them. Not to mention heartbreaking for Oda to see all these rescued kids blown up in front of his eyes. That emotional breakdown at the end almost made me cry as well. Everything – from Oda’s story about being a writer to the real tears shed – made me feel like he didn’t deserve the punishment that he got; especially for being a good person. This is probably going to be the tipping point for Oda when it comes to his philosophy of not killing people. Normally in superhero movies we see a lot of heroes struggle with their ideal of not killing and doing the right thing when it comes to protecting innocent people. The reference of Oda never becoming a writer is probably a premonition of him killing someone in the future (either someone in Mimic or maybe even innocents). It’ll be an interesting season to see how he gradually gets to that point or maybe it’ll be a sharp cliff from here on out.

Bungou Stray Dogs doesn’t give away who murders the kids at the end, but I think the number one suspect in this case is Gide (Miki Shinichiro) or someone else in Mimic. While it doesn’t surprise me that they would go for the one thing that Oda cares about, it does surprise me that Gide has the same powers as Oda. We haven’t experienced any two individuals in the anime yet with similar powers – so to see two of them now, feels like a huge coincidence. If not a coincidence, then a lack of creativity. However, I’m willing to overlook it if there’s a good reason that Gide is looking for someone like Oda (as he is, “the one”). There are so many questions I have when it shows them trying to be one step ahead of one another using their powers. If you make a decision to do something, is that when the other person can predict the future? Or is your future constantly changing because people are constantly changing their minds? Or do you only see 10 seconds ahead when you’re about to die? We see Oda using his powers to just stay ahead of the game and keep himself alive but I can’t guess what Gide’s motives are and what Mimic wants with him.

As I predicted last week, Ango reveals that he’s not a double agent but a triple agent – starting with the initial assignment of spying on the Port Mafia for the Ministry of Internal Affairs (the government basically); specifically looking at special gifted people. He’s then on put on the assignment of watching Mimic for the Port Mafia and we all know where that leads. It’s a little weird that he’d still show up at the bar after all this chaos, but in some ways, I can appreciate how the three of them can still hang out like nothing’s happened and treat the bar like Switzerland. There are talks about Ango’s betrayal but Dazai keeps it under control by not launching full force at him. The boys have mutual respect for each other, which is nice because you know that that respect comes before their own emotions and work duties. It’s not necessarily a strong friendship, but you know that being drink buddies does strengthen their bonds (which is probably why Ango doesn’t kill Oda). I just hope it doesn’t come back to nip them in the butt. I really liked how they ended that scene with Ango walking away; leaving behind their one and only group photo. The whole episode has been very symbolic and it’s definitely a tipping point of sorts. It’s like Ango’s leaving it all “on the table” and everything from here on out is fair game.

Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: That was a powerful ending for #BungouSD with the writer analogy and cliffhanger. Terribly sad for Oda. The leader of Mimic is kind of an ass… =S And I don’t even know anything about him yet. But no doubt, he’ll the one to break Oda

October 21, 2016 at 2:11 am
  • October 21, 2016 at 3:15 amjohn

    Little did they know…. http://i.imgur.com/SY6tGyA.jpg

    • October 21, 2016 at 9:09 amMi-Chan

      haha the resemblance was familiar but it took me ur post to realize it! haha

  • October 21, 2016 at 3:52 amsetsuna

    Considering that oda not make an appearance and dazai left the mafia on season 1, i suspect that mafia was the one that kill the children, urging oda to assasinate hide

  • October 21, 2016 at 7:30 amraxar

    There are many ways this play out. It could be Gide(Mimic) trying to get Odasaku to kill him. It could be the Mafia since (as Dazai points out) Odasaku is vital to finish Mimic and Odasaku have to be willing to kill to win. But I can’t imagine if somehow the one that blew up the kids is from the Government side, with Ango the one leaking the information about the hideout. It’d be devastating.

    • October 21, 2016 at 9:12 amMi-Chan

      I considered the same, who knows about the children? doubt its Mimic, only Dazai knows so far (from what we know), so could it be Ango? (then again Ango says every life counts, so he wouldn’t leak such), or was Odasaku, as you said, put out there by the three groups that want him to take part?

      I for a second wondered, why could he not see the future when he got to the house? or it doesn’t work that way? mm

  • October 21, 2016 at 9:16 amMi-Chan

    My only comment is this episode killed my emotions. Second season is far more mature and darker to the heart, the poor innocent children..

    I wonder who leaked the kids location, my first suspect is Dazai since he was the only one shown to have known, then again (and most likely) it is Mimic. How dare they stab an old man but burn the children in a car explosion? I hope this cliffhanger is reversed magically T__T

    Mm but were all the children there? weren’t they five? There was only 3 shoes and 3 children shown I think..

  • October 21, 2016 at 2:11 pmPyon

    It looks like second cour gives up comedic tone from first one and goes darker and darker all the way. They needed just three episodes to make Oda first likeable, then intruging, and now finally, depressing. This is pretty much thanks to great narration work, they made Oda the MC for current events and needless to say, he is so much better in that role than Atsushi. Now things gonna get even more intense, how Oda will react, who is really the one behind this madness (I wouldn’t just go for Mimic, it might be as well Port Mafia), and so on.

    By the way, it looks like 16th episode aired today, what’s up with that?
    Is it going to be airing now on Fridays instead?

    • October 21, 2016 at 11:53 pmMi-Chan

      I know right? talking about depressing, how do u feel now? xD /destroyed

  • October 21, 2016 at 8:07 pmstarss

    I am dropping this.