「㐧肆刻」 (Dai Yon Koku)
“The Fourth Moment”
In “The Fourth Moment” or “Dayoooooooooooonkoku” of Kokkoku, we were in for quite the treat. The pivot from Juri the Fearful Bystander to Juri the Irate Action Hero came in full force this time as her patience for the same cookie-cutter mooks bragging about wanting to kill or rape her wore as thin as it could possibly get. It was glorious to see her suddenly get the idea to wipe the floor with the three guys that cornered them, including the Clark Kent-looking dude who gets his comeuppance after his comments about her chest size. What was even more exciting was the fact that this motivates her to coordinate with Jii-san to corner the goons instead, and run up on them using a tag team method of warping and slapping them out of Stasis. This episode was definitely a game-changer in how we’ll be seeing the two considering how well they did striking fear into their pursuers’ hearts as they make sure they’re frozen in their tracks. If we just got a full season of Juri and Jii-san’s vigilante justice, that’d be amazing.
But Juri becoming a badass isn’t her only strength in this episode as the story continues to allow the characters to be intelligent enough to pick up on their observations through Stasis. Juri herself pieced together a few conclusions based off of what happened during the time they were separated from Tsubasa and Makoto, including how the frozen bodies of those who die within Stasis had transferred their movement into one of them. In addition, we’re also seeing how much Juri can remember of her past as seeing Mishima automatically links her to her first vivid memory of Stasis as a young girl who came across her at some point after running away from Jii-san. Learning that her first experience with both Stasis and her power to eject people from Stasis came from the grief of her dying dog’s life coming to an end once she returns to moving time is significant to how much Juri can comprehend of Stasis, as does her memories of meeting a girl who might’ve been able to move through time.
Mishima’s own recollection of Stasis plays an important role in the episode too with a Herald’s decaying body reminding her of a family member she had who she saw turn into one. The next episode is looking to place emphasis on how the meeting between Juri and Mishima played out in the past, but her realization after another man was killed by the currently dissipating Herald lends itself more to how we will understand how things will go once she finds Juri in present day. Additionally, the building tension from Takafumi possibly complicating the family’s pathway out of Stasis, another pervy member of the cult being in the same convenience store as Tsubasa and Makoto, and the increasing usage of fish-eye camera shots will assure that the next upcoming episode will be a nail-biter.