Cruel past comes to haunt Masaomi… It’s time to stand tall and get dangerous again
Previous episode ended with a typical cliffhanger of Masaomi taking back the reigns as Shogun of Yellow Scarves. This episode begins with him meeting Saki and a walk down memory lane.
It seems Saki knows that a friend of Masaomi’s been injured and hospitalized, she was sure it was a girl. He tries to make her jealous by describing how great she is and how he’s in a love triangle with her and his best friend. He ignores her comment of actually being a square including her, to say that they are over. Saki playfully replies that they can never be over, however many women he would like to have, he would keep on coming back to her and loving her even more. Masaomi leaves the room before he could hear her say, like Izaya said so.
The man in question is playing a god—stirring the pot and cackling like a witch—burning his weird game set and poking fun at the three leaders of ‘Bukro he has aligned for the ensuing war. Like a child too eager for the game to begin, can’t wait for the action to start.
Anri’s finally back to normal, totally healed. The trio banters like usual after school but Masaomi has to run for an errand after receiving a call. Anri wonders aloud that he has been distracted lately, while Mikado doesn’t pay much attention.
While Masaomi runs off, the flashback begins entailing how Saki was involved in the gang wars. Kida started the Yellow Scarves in middle school, the only common factor being fighting among the members. Saki walked up to him one day complimenting his scarf. It took him by surprise how she knew his name and was not overwhelmed by the fact that he was the leader of a dangerous gang. She introduces him to Izaya, who clarified that he’s like her guarding rather than boyfriend.
In the beginning whenever the gang came up to something difficult, Saki would tell Masaomi to take Izaya’s help or induce his thinking in the decision making, which he followed eventually. Even without trusting him, he saw that whenever he listened to him things went well. He pitied how much she relied on Izaya. He once asked if Izaya would tell her to jump off a bridge and die, would she do it. She honestly replied that most probably she would. She knew for a fact that it’s her character flaw; however, she would like him to oversee this one flaw in her.
Saki told him that he was the one who suggested her to like Masaomi at first but she really did start to after getting to know him. They officially became a pair after that. He wanted to save her from Izaya’s clutches.
There came a time that Blue Squares started beating up their members with numbers, a lot of them got bruised and injured. To keep his leadership intact and to have an upper hand, he started taking more of Izaya’s help. They had tactical knowledge over Blue Squares, giving them more chances of fighting better and winning more.
However, this high-handedness would soon be ruined by a call from Izumi, Blue Square’s leader. He threatened Masaomi to show up at a parking garage because they had kidnapped the one precious to him: Saki. They broke one of her leg during their conversation—her howls of pain and pitch of Izumi were very disturbing indeed.
Like an addict, Masaomi dialed Izaya’s number for help, who deliberately doesn’t answer. He runs towards the meeting point blaming himself that it was he, who started all this. It was not a school fight but an all out war. Saki who had a very remote connection to all this, got hurt due to him. Realizing the gravity of situation, he freezes beside a road. Without any help, it dawns on him that he’s just a helpless middle-schooler.
On the other hand, Kadota who was originally part of Blue Squares, hearing that they had kidnapped a girl to lure the Yellow Scarves’ leaders, snaps at the messenger and decides to quit the gang and save the girl.
She lost a lot of blood due to bone injury, shock and internal bleeding, inducing a coma. At such a time when Masaomi was brooding over his incapability looking at her frail body covered in casts and IV tubes, Izaya paid a visit to throws some more salt on his wounds.
Rather than sympathizing, he provoked him for solely being responsible for what happened to her, mounting more guilt. He doesn’t believe in god but because past and present are traceable that is what a person hones around his life path on. That’s why Masaomi’s guilt would become his past, out of which Saki would become his god. And why not? He loves her after all.
After some time, Saki wakes up and her statement gets Izumi convicted for his crimes and both the gangs disband. Masaomi stands in front of the hospital everyday but doesn’t have the courage to go inside and visit. Kadota sees him one day and passes on Saki’s message that she thanked him for coming as she could clearly see him from her window. He also informs him that he had told her he was stopped by Blue Squares that night and that’s why he couldn’t arrive in time.
Masaomi becomes livid with anger and shame, protesting that why he lied to her. Kadota gives him a man-to-man advice: he either has to keep up with the lies, knowing the pain of his deeds to make it up to her. If not, then he has to face her and tell her the truth. It’s okay to run from the past but not from the present and future.
After this incident Masaomi kept on talking with Mikado and persuaded him to transfer to Raira High. That is when he met him again after many years. Along with Anri, they made a special bond of friendship. He never wanted to come back to the gang but the Slasher incident made him. This time around he doesn’t want to be frozen in place but actually fight for his friends. Of course, he can’t tell them his identity, not even Mikado; his two lives would remain separate.
In meeting up with the gang, he gets more intel on Dollars, who’s leaders is still unknown. They were looking for more intel on Slashers as well. He’s also told sheepishly by Horoda (previously part of Blue Squares) that he was taken out by the Headless Rider while teasing some old geezer (Shingen), who’s presumably Dollars too. He didn’t say about being beaten by Shizu-chan out of shame, I can bet. The Shogun has one advice to give that they are kids so even with numbers they can’t win against adults. That’s why not to let old people in the gang as they use you, like Izaya used him and threw him away.
A gang member sees a girl looking in their hide out. Masaomi gets her followed, taking up the lead from back not knowing that it was Anri. Who in turn had seen him, now getting out with two major clues to the puzzle (Izaya and Masaomi).
End Thoughts: The ending has to be one cliffhanger or the other so I’m not surprised with Anri finding out about Masaomi. This was a very reflective episode and a lot of past/present back and forth that I tried to diffuse in my summary above.
Now, that Anri knows, would she tell Mikado or even Celty for that matter? Being a loner and always depending upon Saika, I’m curious to know what she would do with this information. It was also good to see her running rather than slashing manically ala Haruna, proving that she has completely taken over that blade and her children.
The thing I love about this series is that no character is spic and span, without flaws. Every person has shortcomings and thus, even when the plot involves a lot of supernatural factors and hard-to-explain powers, the character traits are real and recognizable. So, at the eleventh hour, Masaomi froze in fright, easily you can say that he chickened out but he’s ready to get past that with new determination. He won’t trust people that easy but would do anything for his friends. I don’t know what would happen to his trust levels when he finds out about Mikado’s and Anri’s secret but like himself they did it to protect the people they love. Of course, there’s flaw in that ideology too but hey, who can get everything?
It’s not clear how Saki knows Izaya. Being her guardian, does that make him a father-figure or someone she simply worships wholeheartedly because of some past kindness? At least, you have to give it to her that she knows it’s weird to always rely on him for everything: basically a flaw. After what happened to her with Blue Square, it’s good to see that she’s not very bitter. She also likes Masaomi a lot but would she ever realize that Izaya was simply using her to get to him?
I always knew that the Dotachin gang was cool but after this episode, oh man! RESPECT! Kadota’s so kakkoi~ Seriously, induced some fangirling from me after he made that speech to Masaomi about taking responsibility. Also, what a model citizen he is! XD
Yumasaki’s heroic entry was awesome! Of course, his plan revolved around make-me-an-anime-hero-with-happy-ending but he didn’t let the awaiting bad fate get Saki. His Gin-like features are definitely a plus point for weirding people out. His dream: “To be world’s savior with supernatural powers. I’ll get all the chicks and build my dream harem.” LOL!
Karisawa, didn’t have an awesome come-back after that infamous BL-gushiness but she was there throughout to support the gang.
Last but not the least the smexy bastard Izaya: I knew he was the mastermind but the depths he has gone to, we are still finding out. He doesn’t believe in god but ready to wage an all out war to go to Valhalla. He screws around with people’s head and tells them exactly what he wants them to believe almost as if he’s hypnotizing them. He’s gotten his claws under the skins of trio, finding all their weaknesses so that he can needle them. Definitely a high-worth adversary, I can understand now why Shizu-chan hates him so much. Maybe his inner animal instinct goes red whenever he sees him.
Preview shows Masaomi brooding and visiting Saki again. From the expressions of Mikado and Anri, it’s evident that they have found out something or are being pursued by Izaya. It also shows Kadota with Masaomi, is he pressuring him to give more information about Dollars or something related to Saki? We’ll find out in next episode. Till then, Ja ne~!
PS: I’m sorry for being slow on replies. Had to attend a seminar or Saturday so didn’t have much time. However, definitely will get done today! So, keep ’em coming. I love ’em! ^^;
PPS: The Jasc Animation Shop that I was using expired so I’m looking for a new one. That’s why didn’t do any more with the backup after crappy result on Izaya going crazy. Hope I find a new one! =.=;;