You want a kiss, huh? How about I kiss you WITH MY FIST?!
Hello there, readers. How are you? Did you have a rough day at school or work? Well come right in and relax, I know you’re just here to see “that scene” immortalized in the form of screencaps. I KNOW YOUR MOTIVES, AND I KNOW THEM WELL. You know about “that scene” in this episode, and so you wound up here. If you don’t know what I’m talking about by “that scene,” you will by the end of the post. Trust me, you won’t miss it.
Shion is doing his usual dog-washing job with enthusiasm, which secretly warms the dark recesses of Inukashi’s heart. Not that she’d ever admit it. She leaves Shion to finish the job and stumbles upon Nezumi, who has made himself right at home in her room. He promises to give her 2 gold pieces if she takes on a job for him, but she refuses. Apparently, that’s a large sum of money over there, and it’s suspicious for an ingrate such as Nezumi to offer more than a few scraps for a normal job.
Ever the crafty one, Nezumi threatens to let her die all alone without helping her if she refuses the mission. She fears death the most, so she reluctantly gives in. Nezumi throws a wad of money at her and tells her to find updated information on the correctional facility’s floor plan and surveillance system. He knows she has that janitor there smuggling goods around, so might as well make use of it. She senses Nezumi’s impatience and asks if Shion knows. He snaps at her and leaves, which pretty much answers THAT question.
I want a mouse to watch anime on
Back in No.6, Karan starts to feel uneasy when they can’t find Safu’s ID number in the official database. She sits down in a park and sulks, which attracts a kindly old lady to talk to her. The same one who talked to Safu before, if I am correct. She asks Karan what’s wrong, and she almost admits that she’s having doubts about No.6. Almost. Youming steps in and drags her off, scolding her for revealing her feelings so easily. One wrong word, and the government will come gunning for you. He’s been investigating the evils of No.6, and wants to do something about it.
Speaking of being taken away by the government, Safu is currently being used as a sample. In fact, she’s the “perfect sample” and will be used in place of all the other grade B samples lying around. She’s stuck in a huge tank and since she doesn’t need her clothes any more, the janitor smuggled them back to a clothing store in their crumbling little city. Shion finds it while clothes shopping with Mr. Clean-would-be-envious-of-how-shiny-my-forehead-is man and freaks out.
This coat is…this coat is…FABULOUUS!!! I MUST HAVE IT!!
On his way back home, Nezumi comes across Inukashi. She tells him that Shion knows that Safu is at the correctional facility because he was getting riled up over a coat that was recently smuggled in. Nezumi still refuses to tell his plans to Shion and makes no outward confirmation that he will try to stop him. Inukashi yells at him to protect Shion, because he’s the type who will run out to No.6 without so much as a word the very next morning.
When Nezumi returns home, Shion seems his usual, chipper self. He even used some of his money from his job to prepare a special dinner. Nezumi notices that it must be a farewell dinner, and starts to ask him questions about what he’ll do when he reunites with Safu and his mom. Shion admits he’d be happy, but then goes on to thank Nezumi for making him the person he is today. Without hesitation, Shion leans in and kisses him on the lips. Nezumi senses that it’s not a kiss of gratitude, but one of goodbye. Shion lies and says it’s a goodnight kiss before walking away as if he suddenly found something else he needed to do.
The next morning, Shion leaves for No.6 without a word. However, Nezumi stops him and punches him in the jaw. He yells at Shion for lying and then tells Shion to wait a bit longer. He’s been pulling every string possible to make the rescue go off without a hitch – it just needs time. Despite this good news, Shion punches Nezumi as well for lying. Nezum may have done it for Shion’s sake since he’s a bit of an idiot, but he doesn’t want to be babied all the time.
Nezumi snarls back at Shion, saying that he has never looked down on Shion. He saved his life and taught him that people can be kind to one another. He’s always thought of him as equal, despite what Shion thought all this time. The two of them make up, agree to work together, and stare lovingly into each other’s eyes as the sun rises. Before the episode ends, Nezumi drags Shion off to “show him something.” Oh, I bet he shows him something alright.
Shion, less “goodbye” kisses and more “I’m about to slam you onto that bed” kisses from now on.
Wow, they even have a pool! This correctional facility isn’t so bad!
Shion, really? You use cherry chapstick? I’m gonna be tasting that sissy stuff all evening…
Metanorn: lurkers welcome, no matter how creepy you are.
End Thoughts: THANK GOD, THEY KISSED! I am using the strength of a thousand burning suns not to just write 4 capslock paragraphs about how giddy that scene made me. How often does a show with BL hints (not straight-up yaoi) actually deliver? It’s always the case that shows get peppered with BL hinting without any actual, solid relationship. They want to bait the fujoshi, but not commit to any one thing so as to not scare away any potential male viewers. But that wavering can get annoying, and often gets in the way of the story. I’m glad they had the guts to follow through an animate that kiss. It was a quick peck, it fell in line with the story, and it was tasteful – so why not? It doubled as Shion honestly showing his feelings while also serving as a distraction for Nezumi to cover up his lies. Without a doubt this show is super gay, but it’s a bit different in that it’s not a show ABOUT a gay couple…but a show about a dystopian society where the main duo just HAPPEN to be gay. It’s just part of who they are.
Inevitable discussion about homolust aside, uh, stuff happened! Good stuff! Interesting stuff! While I may have jumped the gun on Safu being rescued right away in this very episode, she won’t be in there for long. I thought Nezumi and Shion would have a huge fight and Shion would be left floundering by himself on a hopeless rescue mission, but they came to an understanding very quickly. I hate seeing the two of them get into serious fights though, so it’s better for them to kiss and make up. My heart can’t take couples quarreling both here AND in Tiger & Bunny. Anyways, I’m guessing they’ll start uncovering some shocking news about No.6 on their little rescue mission. Safu being used as a sample is already creepy enough. It’s now confirmed that the government does freaky experiments on everyone in the facility. I don’t know why she’s the perfect sample, but maybe it has to do with her link to Nezumi and the wind. Let’s hope they don’t get their hands on Nezumi…he’s probably prime sample property as well. Man, I can’t wait for them to bust in there and break out Safu.
As interesting as Nezumi and Shion are, Inukashi has caught my eye. While Inukashi seems like that extra character that kind of just meddles every now and then, she’s actually more important than that. We all know Nezumi has a soft spot for Shion, but that doesn’t become as big of a deal without a contrast. He treats Inukashi, a valuable business partner who provides him with information, like dirt. He would only help her in exchange for money, otherwise, her death means nothing to him. Nezumi has a decent poker face, but I don’t think he’s exaggerating. Sure, he’ll do some nice favour for some scruffy kids every now and then, but when it comes down to it, he refuses to get close to anyone. While everyone treats her like garbage, Shion is the only one who is nice to her because…well..he’s nice to everything that breathes and moves around. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Inukashi is slowly falling for Shion kekekeke~ Afterall, she did go out of her way to preach to Nezumi about the best way to protect him. It’s more likely she just cares for him though. You would too if every other person you met was rude, vicious or a combination of the two.
Preview: Either as a result of what Nezumi wanted to show Shion or as a result of a failed attempt to sneak into No.6, the two of them get captured in an underground cave. They are brought before a leader and..well..who knows what happens. Back in No.6, Karan and Youming are either plotting against No.6 or trying to have sex with each other. Maybe a healthy mix of both. Who knows?