Not a creature was stirring not even a…HEY A MOUSE
Now that the period of first impressions is essentially over, it’s time for all the summer shows to prove that they can keep up the hype past their first episode. This is where people will decide whether to drop or continue, so it’s no time to slack off. I can’t say much about the other series here, but I can tell you that No.6 is still going on strong. Unless you still cringe at vague, mildly flirtatious dialogue between two males.
By the way, 4 year timeskip from episode 1 lolololol. Anyways, Shion is working his day job managing a park with cute little mechanical trash recepticals when all of a sudden, a dead body shows up on the cameras. When he goes to investigate, he sees a shriveled old man with a black mark on his neck. Shion tries to wipe out the whole unpleasant incident over a nice coffee with Safu. She came to visit Shion in the Lost Town to see how he’s doing and ask why he never went into the gifted program. He explains he was kicked out and thus forced out of Chronos, but refuses to explain why.
As the two continue to walk and catch up on each other’s lives, Safu can’t help but be displeased at how things have turned out. The guy she likes has changed so much he only cares about possible adventures with fidget-y mouse-boys instead of school and studying. Despite feeling distanced from him, it doesn’t stop her from asking Shion for a quick shag before she returns home. No seriously, she explicitly asks for his sperm. Still just a kid he refuses, but, uh, try again next year?
From Safu’s point of the view, the next series of events is a little bit of a hit to the ego. As Safu is about to depart, Shion sees a rat and decides to abandon her in order to follow said rodent. Ditched for a rat. To be fair, it did have a transmitter with Nezumi’s baritone purr on the other end. I’d follow that ANYWHERE. It’s a shame that Shion loses the mouse in the crowd, but he’ll be back.
There’s not much Shion can do but sigh and go back to his daily job. But he can certainly bitch about it to his co-worker. Shion bitches so hard that the poor guy shrivels up and dies, and then a wasp spurts out of his neck. This is why no one likes whiners! It kills people and then they fall unconscious and wake up handcuffed! The next time you complain too much, you will be whisked away in a car and accused for being malcontent in your environment.
But seriously, the Security Bureau is taking him to the correctional facility for suspecting he government of manipulating information. They took away the dead body in a huff without explaining how someone in their 30s would have the dead body of an old man. When all hope is lost, the survival strategy kicks in to save the day.
Seizon senryaku, bitches
Nezumi jumps out from under the bridge and takes out all of the bodyguards in a stunning display. Man does the action animation ever look GOOD. Nezumi steals the car and starts to drive an elated Shion to safety…only to have the car suddenly go into reverse. Nezumi quickly realizes it’s remote-controlled and plants a bomb in the car. He jumps out with Shion and detonates the bomb as soon as the car returns back to the Securiy Bureau goons. It’s not quite smooth sailing yet, but they’ve lost their trail for now.
Without much time to explain, Nezumi drags Shion off to a getaway car, throwing away his ID bracelet in the process. Before the guards get back on their tail, Nezumi alludes to the fact he’s been keeping an eye on Shion. (Oh baby, has he EVER). Shion thanks him for the sudden rescue, but is scolded when he asks a bunch of questions that are a bit unnecessary at the moment. For now, it’s time to focus on escaping with a second doubt, unless you want to be killed. Case and point, they spend the next few minutes plowing through a security gate and sliding into a waste management facility while narrowly avoiding having their heads lopped off. Still! This is no time to rest and start getting comfy. It’s time to dive into a river of filthy water that is probably more garbage than water.
Even when they surface from the repulsive waterways, they still have to walk quite a way before they’re home free. After a lot of staggering and stumbling, they make it outside. Nezumi shows Shion the REAL world outside the city that he’s been living in. It’s a shabby town made from bits of metal and god knows what else all cobbled together, but a town nonetheless. As a refugee, Shion’s gonna have to get used to it whether he likes it or not.
What could have been…
…and how things turned out
Michael Phelps ain’t got nothing on me
This would be so much more romantic if they weren’t covered in garbage
End Thoughts: I have to admit, the 4 year timeskip was a bit sudden. I didn’t expect things to whizz by after only the first episode, but I guess that’s what you have to do when you only have 11 episodes to work with. Somehow, they managed to pull it off and explain everything. Shion really didn’t do much in those 4 years other than get kicked out of Chronos anyways so it’s not like we had to see it. Plus, it gets us out of the shota zone right off the bat so we can truly enjoy all the bonding that’s going on *cough*.
I really love how the mystery around this dystopian society is starting to unfold. You can’t deny something is up in a city where they listen into conversations to search for people who MIGHT be doubting the system. Although they may have also took him in because he saw Yamase suddenly age at least 50 years before a wasp emerged from his throat. Something tells me that’s not something they want people to see. I think that wasp must have planted the same sort of infection in his throat. It probably lays eggs, and the egg suddenly drains the host’s lifeforce when it hatches. That’s some CRAZY stuff right there.
I want to know why such a thing exists and what it’s purpose is. I’m glad they seem to be on their way to doing a lot of explaining in episode 3, because things are really building up. I have to hand it to this show for steadily building up to a climax. It’s not as slow and careful as Shiki or Steins;Gate, but it seems to really know what it’s doing. I might just try and relax and actually hope for a decent ending. I’m usually extremely wary when it comes to the final few episodes, but I think we’re in good hands.
Inevitable fangirling is inevitable, so bear with me. Nezumi is hot. Whenever he talks, my heart melts like butter. I’m surprised it’s really the same guy who voiced Shichika in Katanagatari. Give Hosoya Yoshimasa more roles, stat! But seriously, I love the raw bundle of instincts and animalistic paranoia that makes up who he is. Shion’s been cooped up all his life, so of course he’d be entranced by something so novel in that sterile little life of his. I love the dynamics of these two. No, not just as slash bait (which is just a nice bonus~) but as great characters for us to watch as they work together to get to the bottom of all this. As for Safu, I feel sorry for her. She’s painfully uncool and basically offered to have sex, only to have the dude run off in search of some guy he lent his sweater to this one time. I bet he still has that goddamned sweater too.
Preview: Nezumi and Shion settle down in the city and have a long talk about No.6 and what’s going on. For one thing, Nezumi hates No.6 and the Security Bureau for dumping all their garbage where he lives. Whatever else he tells Shion sends him into an enraged state where he feels guilty for everything. The mark on his neck seems to also be making him physically sick, but Nezumi is confident he can handle it. With so much revealed in the preview, I can’t help but claw at the sides of my laptop in anticipation. More of the mystery revealed and more fanservice. Two birds, one stone, and one very happy Overcooled.
See you next week, darlings~~~