「進化／純白と漆黒」 (Shinka / Junpaku to Shikkoku)
“Evolution / Pure White and Pitch Black”
If you have ever wondered where the phrase “don’t stick your dick in crazy” came from, look no further than Lostorage this week. It’s fairly safe to say Chinatsu has now fully embraced the insanity, going all in with Bookmaker’s job and leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of additional customers. After the revelations previously, Chinatsu’s twisted, disdainful behaviour here really seems strange given that she has a palpable goal she is working towards. It’s a funny shift, not helped by Chinatsu deliberately losing battles one minute while duping wins out of conflicted acquaintances the next—I guess Chinatsu must really want the additional income Bookmaker pays her something fierce. Part of the dissociation I’m feeling likely derives from the apparent pleasure Chinatsu pulls from these fights. She all but enjoyed making our nameless woman remember her obligations, and definitely found it fun tricking Shouhei out of his coin. For someone looking to rid herself of memories, following Bookmaker’s tune is a fairly convoluted method of going about it. If Chinatsu is also stating the truth that this form is her actual self (which I seriously doubt), god help the poor suckers who end up facing this increasingly sadistic monster. Suzuko might have her work cut out for her.
Speaking of Suzuko, it seems her developments also weren’t false, as she now has the goal of protecting both hers and Chinatsu’s memories. I’m not terribly surprised Suzuko has stuck to this route, after all she still is feeling around for herself, even if having accepted Chinatsu’s current disposition. Suzuko’s battle practice with Hanna definitely indicates her fight with Chinatsu is not over yet (as if we would never have round two), but it’s up in the air how and when we get around to this penultimate showdown. Given Chinatsu’s meandering path to five coins and Suzuko stuck back at one, both will need a lot of batoru before winding up in the necessary positions to settle their friendship spat once and for all. Obviously the two girls could face off again before reaching four coins a piece, but the best suspense (for me) would be them duking it out knowing losing would have the other one win their fifth coin. You could cut that mental anguish with a knife.
While Chinatsu’s and Suzuko’s conflict resolution remains a stubborn unknown, what is clear this week is that we will be getting some vital answers very soon. Shouhei specifically confirmed the 90 day limit for all Selectors now (starting from the moment you’re chosen I’m assuming), with memory loss only possible during that timeframe. Furthermore the idea that Selectors could partner up and alternate winning and losing their way to safety is disproven—it’s confirmed you lose a coin, you/someone else loses a memory. Particularly intriguing for me, however, is that Hanna apparently knows there’s a catch to collecting five coins. I am definitely sticking with my bet that Hanna finds out this hidden secret first, especially when her LRIG is oh so obviously keeping the secret tantalizingly clear. I don’t know at all what to expect next week, but I can guess (and hope) it will be yuge. We’re just one step away from blowing the lid on this survival game.
Bookmaker still brokers no competition when it comes to creepy freaks with way too much to hide.