「拡張体遠隔操作装置」 (Kakuchoutai enkaku sousa souchi)
“Extended Remote-Control Device”
Now I know what you’re thinking – could this follow-up episode possibly be as great as the first? Well, there wasn’t quite as much train punching this time around, but there was some one-sided mafia good thrashing, which is always great to see. The animation and music continue to be topnotch, so it seems likely that the quality of this Mad House production will display a consistent amount of effort for the entire two-core run. This entire Fall season has provided a large choice of fantastic shows to watch, and No Guns Life still stands out.
Look at your protagonist, now back over here – Juuzo just stormed a train and knocked out a gun-wielding nun.
Look at your protagonist, now back over here – he’s robbing a vending machine.
Most of the conflict this time around came from two places. Mainly, Juuzo couldn’t find his favorite brand of medicated cigarettes, and there’s a possibility that the boy he rescued is the missing son of the CEO of Berühren Corp. This was confirmed by their representative Hugh Cunningham (Ueda Youji), a smarmy and amusingly petty thug that came up with a surprisingly effective (for a tick) ploy to bully and weaken Juuzo.
Exposition dump aside, systematically collecting his favorite brand of cigarettes from all over the city and then offering them to him in exchange for the boy once his withdrawal symptoms had hit was rather brilliant. Even Team Rocket has a genuinely good idea every now and then. In addition to Cunningham, Mary Steinberg (Numakura Munami) was introduced, a young Extended doctor who charges reasonable prices to her clients and doesn’t give out cheap or faulty parts like a back-alley quack. She’s friends with Juuzo, giving him a place to hide from the Security Bureau, and has enough personality in her pinky to power a two-core. The bags and shadows under her eyes suggest that she’s always working on her projects and patients, yet her sense of humor never lets up, even coaxing several new adorable expressions from Juuzo. He really is such a wonderful dork. She also seems to think that Juuzo is in the market for a new partner since gun slave units always work in pairs, and Tetsurou has nowhere to go…
If that’s true, though, where is Juuzo’s old partner? And why doesn’t he remember ever being completely organic? There are still so many questions to this brewing mystery. My only hope is that the various villains of this series either collaborate or condense because at this point the Kyusei Group, Berühren, and the Security Bureau appear to be different faces to the same coin. And, no, coins don’t have three faces, but you know what I’m getting at.