「見えざる刃 PART3」 (Miezaru Yaiba)
“The Invisible Blade Part 3”
Well things are certainly happening as expected. While we’re guaranteed a cliffhanger next week (if just to reinforce Munou na Nana’s ongoing manga status), it’s at least bound to be an entertaining one considering Nana is now in full doubt mode, her mentor/teacher Tsuruoka looks set to make an appearance, and our mystery killer might be the one who actually sets Jin off. Oh yes, I’d say the fuse has been lit.
After all the buildup to this point, having Nana openly question her purpose to kill Michiru is not surprising in the slightest – though it’s definitely eyebrow raising. Sure, it could be said Michiru’s backstory was tailor-made for this moment (you don’t find anyone more innocent or wholesome than her), but in truth it was bound to happen with someone at some point. Nothing after all suggests all Talented are predestined to mass slaughter; for every Yuuka and Tsunekichi there’s a Moguo or Seiya, for each intelligent Kyouya a naïve Nanao. Like normal humans Talented aren’t homogenous and individuals are very much unique and free thinking. All Michiru did was provide the reason for Nana to start recognizing the grey gap between black and white – and no matter what she tells herself, there’s no going back now that it’s happened.
As for exactly how things conclude next week, well, your guess is as good as mine. While I wouldn’t read too much into the killer looking like a male given misdirection is a mystery’s main weapon, I still don’t fully believe Fuuko is the culprit considering everything else being brought up thus far. Especially given that love of killing animals. Whoever is to blame has a serious sadistic streak, and that’s the sort of thing which isn’t too easy to hide. It could as easily be an unknown character as someone already named and featured, though I suspect their face is already known. Or faces, because who ever said it just had to be one lone killer?
Come what may we’re in for one hell of a showdown both physically and mentally next week, and I for one couldn’t be more excited.