「人の牛蒡で法事する」 (Hito no gobou de houji suru)
“To Treat a Man to Beef From His Own Cow”
With one more episode after this, it becomes clear that what we were to focus on during all this time wasn’t who would win and in what order, but rather what Nezumi’s power enables him to do. The second half reveals to the audience that it was possible for Nezumi to win solely because of his ability to foresee hundreds of different possibilities in the future, one/some of which would lead him to survival. This means he had to play out the tournament a hundred times and die a majority of those attempts just to get the algorithm where Sharyuu tells him how he can use Tsujii’s bombs to get rid of the zombies that Usagi creates. Similarly, the extent of his powers are introduced to us through a series of macabre time loops where Nezumi fails to find an equation where refusing the after-tournament interview doesn’t end in one overly-elaborate demise after another. This, Ushii verbally responding to his own thoughts on offering Usagi a memorial, and the idea that everyone finds him familiar because Nezumi hung out with them in different timelines were small points where the show got really clever.
What we got in the first half of the episode was a proper send-off to some of the best characters in the tournament. Ushii, who had begun redeeming himself around his fight with the twins, tragically remembers Tora from the battlefield, but can’t quite connect the dots that she’s the same person dressed in the Tiger gear. He also finds Nezumi to be admirable in his intentions by honing in on preventing the zombies from multiplying any further and the fact that Tora is a large reason why Nezumi could get his hands on Tsujii’s bombs. On the same note, we get to see Misaki not only as a zombie who puts Ushiii in a tough spot, but back when she was alive too, telling Nezumi how he could kill the zombies on the off-chance she was zombified. And speaking of zombies, everybody clap your hands for the most disgusting return from Usagi. It’s hard to believe he would’ve been very likely to have won, and given a post-fight interview in the state he’s in as a sewn-together meat puppet piloted by Sharyuu’s zombie.
From here forward, what we have to keep in mind is the extent of the Duedeculpe’s web of connections and influence. He spends the interview trying to align Nezumi and those that helped him get to where he’s at with the world powers who had bet on him to win. In addition, he has enough power in his grasp to set up several death traps in case the winner doesn’t fall in line with his goals. It will be interesting to see what Nezumi’s course of action will be given that his next move would be to figure out what his wish will be. And now that the tournament has culminated in Nezumi trying to figure out how to survive granting a wish, and if any of this factors into Misaki’s plans for peace, the remaining time will be invested into finding out how on earth this show will end!