“Repay evil with evil”
Episode 10 of Lycoris Recoil gives Chisato even more to worry about as she’s trapped in the middle of a tug-of-war between the DA’s request for her to kill Majima and her interest in saving Mr. Yoshi. But while Majima comes up with a plan to expose the DA and the existence of Lycoris, Mika uses LycoReco’s closing to get some guilt off his chest.
LET’S POSITIVE THINKING
While it’s understandable why Chisato would be emotionally closed off from her problems, it is frustrating to see how much she shrugs off actual concerns in her life and others’ lives. It’s telling that, as soon as Chisato catches Kurumi investigating her heart condition, she decides to disband LycoReco personally. She says she’d have been upset with Mika and Yoshi if they were upfront about raising her to be a killing machine, but from the way she reacts to dying at an even more rapid pace and how she reacts when people show concern for her, I don’t buy that.
This time around, she takes Mika’s revelation about how Mr. Yoshi’s been wanting to train her as a murderous assassin as if he told her that he stole her pudding from the fridge. It feels like she shrugs off the fact that her quintessential father figure has been using her for the longest time and had her executed for not following through on his wishes for her to be a killer.
Her reactions to situations that have far too much gravity to them make it frustrating to see how other people’s words go in one ear and out the other for her. It sounds selfish to say that Chisato needs to be mindful of how she copes with trauma, but she regularly shuts down any concerns that both Mika and Takina have for her well-being. It comes off like watching someone abuse themselves, and then act like it’s part of a positive lifestyle that makes them happy.
THE ONLY THING THAT CAN DEFEAT EVIL IS JUST MORE EVIL
The good news is that Chisato isn’t as irritating as this show’s many pseudo-antagonists. Majima’s the most clearcut bad guy on the show, but he comes off like a shining beacon of light in comparison to the DA, who is more than comfortable saying the quiet parts out loud that they’ve turned Tokyo into a police state with their child army.
As if that’s not bad enough, we’re supposed to act like it’s terrible that he abducted Mr. Yoshi because Chisato still needs to see him for some closure. The choice at the end that Chisato has to make winds up being whether to do the DA’s bidding and kill Majima as Mr. Yoshi would’ve hoped before he had his adoptive daughter murdered, or to find Mr. Yoshi and give him puppy dog eyes as he outwardly disowns her for not being a hitman.
There isn’t a side that’s designated to be good aside from Takina and Chisato, and even they have a hard time grasping what doing the right thing would look like. At least those two are just trying to diffuse the situation, and aren’t actively promoting the suppression of information or outright terror. And Majima would be worth rooting for if he didn’t commit terrorist attacks just to have everyone wake up and smell the coffee about the DA covering up crime with the help of kid cops. At this point, I’m just along for the ride because none of what the DA and the Alan Institute represent is worth saving or salvaging.