「㐧伍刻」 (Dai Go Kokku)
“The Fifth Moment”
With our fifth episode out, we look into Majima’s past as her experiences explain why she’s there and what she hopes to get out of trapping herself in Stasis. With Episode 5, her motivations are expanded to a greater extent as her family’s disappearance in Stasis leads her to think Juri might be the key to freeing her parents from their fate as Holders before they over-exert themselves and fade away. Sadly for Majima, they appeared far too early as they arrived to kill off the latest member of Sagawa’s crew to tempt fate and try to kill a Stalled person. If that isn’t enough an issue for her, Sagawa catching on to Majima’s family being the among recent batch of Heralds places her mission in jeopardy. It’s telling that rather than continuing to keep her distance, this episode had her start becoming up-front to Juri about requesting her assistance. With Majima’s own motives at the forefront of this episode, it does provide intrigue in the idea of multiple agents acting as outside factors in the series’ main conflict between the Yukawa family and Sagawa.
The newest player in the game is Sako, one of the goons hired by Sagawa to track down the Yukawa family. Because he’s been working with Majima, he has slowly become aligned with Majima’s objectives. As a result, he’s painting a huge target on himself once Sagawa starts to catch on that he’s become more invested in helping Majima out than sharing the True Love Society’s goals. Sako could potentially become a new unexpected ally towards the Yukawa’s as he finds himself in a much better place understanding the world from Majima’s point-of-view than the lack of direction that came with Sagawa and the cult’s guidance. He seems to have a general idea that Sagawa is catching onto him and Majima, and that his time is beginning to wane as a trusted member of Sagawa’s entourage, so it’s looking like he would be willing to stick his neck out further to help Majima get her family back.
On the Yukawa’s side of the conflict, their reunion with Takafumi wasn’t exactly the most pleasant way for them to have found him, He had spent a good portion of his time in captivity resenting Jii-san as he would have liked to have used the Stone to reverse his family’s misfortunes as opposed to his father’s method of keeping it secret. Jii-san also takes it roughly when Takafumi directs the blame on him for Makoto and Tsubasa’s kidnapping. Takafumi’s insistence to be left aside also makes it seem like he could be a liability to Juri and Jii-san if he decides to work within the best interests of Sagawa at some point now that he’s back with our main party. The tension is built up even further by the end of the episode as Tsubasa gets stabbed by the cultist that tailed them back to their house. The preview hints that Tsubasa will gain a new, troubling ability and Majima will catch up to Jii-san, so it’ll be a matter of time before much of the events that have happened up til now reach their boiling point.