It ain’t easy being a hoe
Okay, I want to be a jinrou now. All the benefits of being an okiagari without the weaknesses! I could parade around in outrageous jumpsuits during the day like Tatsumi and then sink my teeth into the flesh of my victims by night! I would only have to find a proper meal if I wanted to, without pressure! What a life that would be. But I digress, this isn’t about me roaming around and making dinner out of my neighbours, it’s about OTHER people doing that.
Some okiagari grunts are burying the bodies of some unfortunate villagers that didn’t rise up. They groan about having to watch the bodies in their huts to check if they rise up or not, and then bringing the successful ones to Yamairi…in a wheelbarrow. WHY A WHEELBARROW?
Tatsumi gives Chizuru a run for her money in terms of garish clothing, strutting down the street to Natsuno’s house. As he opens the door, Natsuno’s dad stabs him in a frenzy, babbling incessantly about killing an okiagari for Natsuno. Don’t get me wrong, a good stabbing is always scary, but I was too entranced by Tatsumi’s outfit. It was like a purple curtain (with studs) was drawn over my eyes. Natsuno stand by idly for Tatsumi until his dad invites him in.
Tatsumi has a talk with Natsuno, which starts out as him calmly asking why he didn’t inform him about rising up. Now we finally learn that a jinrou is a werewolf – a very rare creature who can go out during the day. Natsuno gives a bunch of blasé responses to all of Tatsumi’s inqueries, even when he mentions Akira being missing. Tatsumi grabs Natsuno’s neck, probably angry that his outfit is marginally more stylish than his, and chokes him to death. Except, he stops before the death part since Sunako won’t let him kill off an endangered species so fast. The threat to join their side or die still lingers in the air, like sharks circling a raft.
FASHION BATTLE TO THE DEATH!
Meanwhile, Masao almost gets killed, but what else is new? Chizuru and Atsushi (the son of the liquor store owner…) are having a joy ride down the mountainside, somehow not waking up anyone with their hollering. Yoshiie and Tohru are having a chat as the 2 drive by, mostly about how Sunako is like the mom and Chizuru is the child. She mentions in passing that Sunako has high hopes for Tohru, too.
He’s about a metre away from all his anti-fans rejoicing his death
Yoshiie takes Tohru to the mountain to check the huts for risen corpses. The first hut they come to has Ritsuko inside it, and she’s now an okiagari. It’s an awkward scene where Ritsuko first confirms her suspicions about the okiagari, then decides not to kill anybody. Tohru tries to tell her it’s inevitable, but she smiles and tells him she doesn’t want to hate herself for being a murderer. You can bet this takes a toll on the sensitive blonde.
“Alright, you two go have wild, vampire sex. I’ll be outside.”
After watching Toshio writhe around in bed, tortured by Chizuru’s MIND CRUSH mind control technique, THE FESTIVAL BEGINS, YAY! I know, it’s a weird transition, but it will make sense soon. Toshio obediently gives all of his altered charts to Chizuru, who commends him on following orders. Toshio emphasizes that he is under her command several times before starting his suspiciously casual conversation. Chizuru isn’t the least taken aback, and ends up revealing a lot more than she should.
First of all, they want the entire village to be filled with okiagari so that it becomes a haven for these creatures of the night. No hiding, no worrying, just relaxation and peace. After basically exposing her master plan, she still doesn’t find it odd when the usually aloof doctor asks her out on a date to the festival. Being a fun-loving partywhore, she agrees. Toshio turns the womanizer burners on high heat as he treats a wound she got while cutting a taro potato. Why was she cutting a taro potato, I do not know, but if that bitch can’t even cook right, why does she exist? (I kid, I kid.) She could cook in then her human domestic life, I wonder what happened. She actually looked…nice…and normal back then. It’s a shame her husband died before they had kids.
Toshio shows Chizuru around and introduces her to everyone to “dispel rumours of her being an okiagari” or something like that. She actually is really good at smalltalk, and it even brought a smile to my lips when she showed off her bandage to like EVERYONE. I think she misses being a human so she can be glamorous in front of everyone all the time, not just at night. Things don’t look good for Chizuru’s date when Gackt catches wind of what his “wife” is up to.
So out of place but….so cute!
Chizuru is starting to realize that she’s surrounded by religious symbols and starts to panic a bit. Toshio soothes her by holding her hand and promising that he’ll be a good boy under her spell if she holds out a bit longer. Weighing out ‘fun’ as her priority vs ‘almost certain danger,’ she presses on with the doctor. Once he arrives, all the villagers encircle him like a celebrity, and Chizuru starts to get scared.
She begs to go home, but Toshio tells her to go to the shrine office. Surrounded by people, she has no escape. Not to mention the fact Toshio is holding her pale wrist like a vicegrip. Her eyes fall on two bitemarks, but not of her own doing…Toshio smirks like a BAMF and gets the other villagers to feel her pulse, telling them she’s an okiagari. Chizuru just kind of trembles and whimpers weakly as they confirm one by one that she’s an okiagari. Megumi’s parents are especially pissed to find their daughter’s murderer right before them.
Before any villager action can occur, Atsushi drives a shotgun-toting (shotgun? rifle? it’s a gun <_< ) Gackt to the scene. He acts high and mighty for a good 10 seconds before Atsushi’s dad (who I like to call Beardio or Mustachio depending on my mood) STOPS THE CAR WITH HIS BARE HANDS. Atsushi drives away in fear, taking Gackt with him. Darn, I thought Gackt would do some killing.
There’s no doubt that the villagers know exactly what’s going on now. As Chizuru tries to escape, they throw rocks at her, traumatizing the diva enough to freeze in spot. Will she escape? Will she be pitchfork’d? Will Gackt come back to rescue you? All this and more…you guessed it…NEXT EPISODE! *cliffhanger*
Bonus Screenshots – The “Toshio is a BAMF” Edition:
Pasta gone out of control or anime hair? The difference is more subtle than you’d think
Oh how I love my in-bed screenshots
Man…I love myself. There is no one else I love more than ME.
End Thoughts: Zomg that was definitely one of the best episode of the season. I just…omg…I DON’T EVEN EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY ANYMORE. All kinds of stuff went down, and they STILL have tons set up for the next episode. We’re entering the final stretch, the final showdown. We’re 4 episodes from the end, and the humans are finally striking back. Now that more villagers know about the okiagari, things can only get more riveting.
Okay, so I kind of knew they wouldn’t harm Natsuno yet, but the meeting with Tatsumi was still interesting. He will be watching now, so I can only hope Natsuno has enough room to complete his plans without being found out. His low-key response to Akira’s whereabouts makes me wonder if all that running around he was doing the past while was to save the poor kid. Natsuno’s pretty good at stifling his emotions when he needs to, but it might not be that in this case….
I expected Toshio to be kind of screwed, but once he started using his manly charm on Chizuru, I knew something was up. I didn’t know what he was gonna do, but I knew it was gonna be sly. Their conversation was probably my favourite scene of the episode. The banter seemed trivial, but actually told us a lot about Chizuru. It also felt really natural, with the bandage part being an oddly charming addition to the scene.
Toshio did a FANTASTIC job of letting the villagers in on the shiki secret. Even if Chizuru escapes, the villagers are in offensive mode now, so it’s +1 for the humans. Is it safe to assume he got Natsuno to take a nibble so that he’d be in control of Toshio? The doctor is no slouch, to plan this far ahead deserves an applause. He not only escaped death (and treated himself to avoid anemia! Or else he wouldn’t be able to go to the festival!), he started a rebellion. Natsuno, you…kinda suck at this whole okiagari-hunting thing, don’t you? <_<
Preview: This preview looks a little calmer, which makes me wonder if it’s actually another badass episode in disguise. Chizuru is bleeding, but we don’t see much else…She might’ve gotten away, but she’s injured. There’s a lot of Sunako and Seishin scenes, but it’s just them talking…Although Seishin looks rather drained. Pretty much it’s just scenes of everyone BROODING. Either it’s another backstory episode, or the preview is lying.