The birds and the bees
I’m finally catching up to all the anime I’ve had to neglect for driving school. I’d better get on the ball now, because I’ll be picking up Catherine soon and I’m going to need a lot of time to play enough of it to write a review…I think I’m just going to have to sleep less or something to keep up with everything. NOPE, CAN’T DROP ANYTHING, MUST DO EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE. I’m just a little stubborn, so forgive me for bringing you this No.6 post a bit later that I’d have liked to.
Shion makes himself at home in Nezumi’s cozy little library full of Shakespeare and mechanical little mice. Apparently Nezumi is quite the actor and literature enthusiast. The two of them bathe (not together!) and spend pretty much the rest of the episode sitting and talking about a range of things. The first topic is trying to get Nezumi’s survival theory through Shion’s skull. The only way the naive little boy can survive is if he forgets his past life and moves forward. As if the government would let him just waltz in and see his mother or Safu.
Like what you see~?
No, Shion is not dying because of Nezumi’s harsh comments, it’s because the government sent a wasp after him. As the creepy crawler starts to drain Shion’s life force he FREAKS OUT. Creepy visions, screaming, flailing…the whole nine yards. Yuuki Kaji, I salute you for groaning in pain so convincingly. Nezumi manages to pin him down and calm him enough to not thrash off the bed as he extracts the larva. Once the whole ordeal is over, Shion passes out.
Shion wakes up after 3 days to find his hair dyed white and red marks snaking all around his body. Once again, he has another breakdown and starts sobbing, half-naked, in the middle of the floor. Nezumi gives him a stern talk that brings the boy to his senses and reignites his will to live. Ironically enough, he tells him to remember people from his life in No.6 to cheer him up after telling him to forget all about them a few days ago.
Food heals all wounds. I don’t think that is actually how the saying goes, but I’ve decided that IT DOES NOW. Over soup, the two of them discuss what might be going on with the government. They come to the conclusion that the wasps were the government’s creation, and are sent after traitors of No.6. Nezumi scoffs at the government and the stupid citizens of No.6 with zero remorse, which upsets Shion. This leads to a lot of slow, careful stroking.The stroking leads to Nezumi suggesting they go to a hotel…Oh God, I’m so glad I’m not even exaggerating, this all really happened!
Homolust at critical levels!!!
In order to further reveal the truth to Shion and show him why he hates No.6 so much, Nezumi takes him to a hotel. Along the way, they see a normal wasp. That suddenly reminds Shion that the wasps will hibernate in Winter and all bust out in spring in a mass murder-fest. Creepy.
The hotel is not just a place for people to stay (while being heated by cute dogs), but an information exchanging place. Inukashi, literally meaning Dog-loaner, managed to contact Shion’s mother from Nezumi’s request. SEE? HE REALLY CARES! But then he goes and turns around and threatens to treat Shion as his enemy if he continues to defend the city after he learns the truth.
Leftover MacBeth Soup:
Achievement Unlocked: Make all moments even more homolust-y by screencapping during a blink
WAKE UP, IT’S RAPING TIME
Kyaaaa nooo, don’t look! *hides chest*
The joke is that it’s too easy to take every. single. screencap OUT OF CONTEXT
End Thoughts: As I thought, this was mostly one of those explanation episodes. There wasn’t a lot of action going on, but it was still delightful to watch. Unless Nezumi is lying, I was right in suspecting that the government was the one to develop these man-eating wasps. I didn’t think they could somehow get them to pinpoint specific people though. That’s pretty insane. Especially planning it so a bunch of wasps are going to spurt from people’s necks on the Holy Day. I’m getting some 20th Century Boy levels of government conspiracy vibes right here. I thought THAT was the thick of it, but Nezumi apparently hasn’t even told Shion the real reason he hates No.6 yet. If that isn’t something to look forward to in the next episode, I don’t know what is.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m still very much impressed by No.6 thus far. It’s a shame that some people are turned off by the homoerotic vibes when there’s actually some really nice characterization going on. I think you can all tell I’m extremely pro-BL and I love that they care for each other a great deal in the show. Luckily, it doesn’t just end at being two cute bishies who are enamored with one another. Despite the amount of heavy petting and suggestive dialogue that goes on, this show actually has a different focus.
I’m really enjoying the character-driven approach to the sci-fi theme. It’s not all about the big, oppressive government…it’s also about how the heck Nezumi and Shion cope with it. Expect lots of Nezumi and Shion fangirling because I love them both. Shion’s reaction to learning the dark truth about the world he blissfully lived in all this time was interesting to see. He was shocked, but didn’t go into denial. I’m amazed he’s actually accepting this sudden revelation so well considering how unaware he has been his whole life. Not only that, he wants to do something about it. Despite his sniveling over his hair changing colour (priorities man, priorities), he’s actually quite hardy. He matches Nezumi’s strides every step of the way.
As for Nezumi…yeah, he may be an insensitive asshole, but you can’t really blame him. He’s been living by the skin of his teeth for years, and is so rough around the edges he wouldn’t think something as trivial as blunt statements would upset someone so much. Despite his obvious animalistic side and “survival of the fittest” attitude, he’s got a surprising soft spot. I mean, he reads Shakespeare and recites the plays by himself. The guy must’ve been close to someone before to have the capacity to be so kind. I wonder if he lost someone important to him. Hmm…
Preview: Shion says “I’m drawn to you.” as a picture of Safu is shown. Unless that’s directed to her, expect more delicious homolust.