「㐧参刻」 (Dai San Koku)
“The Third Moment”
Despite each episode ending with some seemingly grim fate for Juri, things have been looking up for her now that she’s obtained Byakugan and gave the hired goons who tried to choke her all 8 Trigrams. Her ability to eject Spectors (the jellyfish that inhabit those wandering through Stasis) out of moving people’s bodies to render them Stalled will come to good use in fending for herself against the hired goons and True Love Society practitioners. As with the show’s nature, however, the antagonists are also able to pick up on Juri’s abilities as Sagawa’s next move is likely to try and get Majima to remember the circumstances behind her familiarity with Spectors being forced out of bodies. Majima’s role in the story is slowly piecing itself together, but with the information we have so far, her run-in with Juri as a kid definitely played a role in where she is today. The ED hints at the deeper role she has within the series as do the flashbacks that her and Juri remember, but it does make me curious as to why she aligned herself with the True Love Society at the moment.
The most threatening advantage the True Love Society has over the Yukawa family are the capabilities they have in moving ahead with how quickly they’re learning about the rules of Stasis. Their experimentation with the Subservient Stone also lends itself to how much they’ve been trying to work with it in order to reach out to the Master Stone, and having Takafumi as their trump card with loose lips locks the Yukawa’s into staying in Stasis until they find him. On top of all this, as Sagawa learns after sacrificing a random assassin that the Herald is slowly shrinking the more that it is brought out to execute rule-breakers. The more Sagawa learns about the universe, the more he could possibly lay out double the traps for the family to fall into.
Over time, those who have been killed by the Herald have had their Spectors transferred into the Stalled members of the Yukawa family, waking Makoto up from his sleep. Compared to the serious moments that make up the Yukawa’s navigating through the Stasis where they’re being hunted, the bonding between Tsubasa and Makoto was much more wholesome. The story’s dedication to giving Tsubasa some room for self-improvement as he tries to encourage Makoto not to manifest any of the fear that contributed to Tsubasa’s social anxiety is very awesome in that he’s not defined as a one-dimensional NEET character. Tsubasa trying to care for Makoto as he runs off and plays tag with him was hilarious, yet also did justice to the parts of Tsubasa that are willing to overcome his chronic anxiety to place his highest priorities on his little nephew’s safe-being and stability. Tsubasa is also slowly starting to piece together how Stasis works, but his understanding of the world is in line with how consistent the anime is with its characters with how he had noticed many people were frozen within the world he found himself stuck in.
Eventually, we’ll learn about the tentacles in his side, but for now, there’s a larger emphasis on the chase between Juri and Jiisan and the True Love Society. Jiisan’s teleportation and Juri’s power to eject Spectors can come to their advantage in fights, but we’re only touching the tip of the iceberg in their combat capabilities. While Juri picked up on pushing the Spectors right out of people, we’ll have to wait til next week to see what power will come into play to protect her from a stabby henchman.