「ダークテリトリー」 (Daaku Teritorii)
Holy crap — this guy is a bonafide psychopath.
I have some real mixed feelings about this week’s episode. Specifically though, I’m a little bummed that we lost some cool characters who would have probably made the story real interesting and I’m also a little baffled that the new main bad guy is a god damn psychopath.
Starting with the former since that isn’t infuriating, it really sucks that the two people who were vying for peace barely had two episodes to them. Because after the revelation that there are other humans (or humanoid?) that exist in the Dark Territory, it doesn’t seem too crazy to think that both sides could try to work things out diplomatically. Man, if I’m being honest, I was really looking forward to two old men trying to talk things out with a crazy battle going on behind them. Not because it would have been anything earth shattering, but I think it would have been cool to see both sides try to empathize with one another since it’s been hundreds of not thousands of years since the split occurred. That and who’s to say the people who exist now even remember why there’s animosity between the two sides?
Moving on to the other topic of the week, I guess we have to talk about Gabriel’s disgusting fetish with souls and the phenomenon he experienced after brutally murdered what I would assume was a close friend. Frankly speaking, I feel negative empathy toward this sick fucker. Like, how terrible is it that he literally committed murder by stabbing someone through the ear and making it to their brain? God, it’s so disgusting when you stop to think about just how messed up a character has to be to commit such an act. What’s worse though is that Gabriel gets off on “absorbing” other people’s souls. Something that not only feels insanely voyeuristic but borders on whatever comes after creepy on the scale of things you shouldn’t do.
Man, what a weird episode. Between watching someone turn into the Avatar and seeing a child commit cold blooded murder, I’m not really sure what else I could say about this episode besides that it was just.. weird. No matter what happens from here on out though, I do hope someone smashes Gabriel’s head in (preferably multiple times) both in the virtual world and in the real world.