All I do is save babies and kill people. And I already saved a baby.
Can you believe there is only one more episode of No.6 after this one? In a week’s time, everything will be over? The summer season sure went by quickly. I hope I didn’t use up all my bandwidth on Persona doujinshi, because I need to catch up on all the anime that are ending now. Aiyaaa.
After the carnage of “cleaning duty” is over, Inukashi searches through the rubble for money. She gets a bit more than she bargained for when one of her dogs brings her the baby Shion saved. Rikiga and Inukashi aren’t heartless enough to just throw it away, but at the same time they don’t know what to do with the gurgling lump of flesh. It takes an immediate shine to Inukashi, even calling her mama. Well, that might be the final nail on the coffin in terms of figuring out her gender. In the end, they leave the baby with the dog. If Inukashi cold survive being raised by dogs, the little meatsac can handle a day or two.
Babies or being thrown into an endless pit of rotting corpses…I’ll let you decide which is worse. Shion is repulsed by the sight, but he has to just suck it up and climb to the top with Nezumi. Along the way Shion slips a few times and grabs onto a knitting needle (you know, the one Safu’s grandma had?) but he makes it to the top. Of course he does, we couldn’t bloody well end the anime with him milling about in a pile of bodies, right? At the top, Nezumi continues being Batman and throws a grappling hook for them to get to higher ground and squeeze into a vent.
Now that the two of them are in the facility, they need someone to open all the doors for them. That’s where Inukashi and Rikiga come in. They get the janitor to smuggle them in and then promptly steal his clothes so they can get into the control room. Just to be safe, they leak a disgusting smell into the building that pretty much cripples all the prissy No.6 workers. They slip in no problem and open doors one after another for Nezumi and Shion.
Nezumi and Shion put on disguises too, if you can call throwing on a lab coat a disguise. Still, it does manage to fool everyone. When it doesn’t Nezumi just punches them in the face. As they race through the facility, Nezumi notices that Shion is getting way too into this. He memorized all the camera angles, he claims to hear Safu calling him, and he’s smiling as if he’s savouring the moment.
There’s only so far they could get without being noticed. They go into lockdown mode, forcing Shion and Nezumi to slide under doors that are about to close. Their main path is blocked, but Shion seems to be able to hear Safu calling him in the right direction. Along the way, Nezumi shoots some guards while Shion throws a lab coat on them. They duck into a small room with a maintenance ladder and start to climb. Shion is pretty “meh” about the whole leaving severely injured guards behind deal, and this greatly worries Nezumi.
Never been mauled by a lab coat before? Consider yourself lucky.
Just before the last elevator (Oh God, it’s just like Fractale…) is a group of guards waiting to fire at anything that moves. It’s a shame the first thing that moves is an explosive smoke bomb. Nezumi rushes into the cloud of smoke and works his magic. By magic, I mean stabbing people. He kills all but one guard, holding him hostage when another guard suddenly enters. He’s not at all deterred by Nezumi’s hostage, and just shoots at the two of them. The guard dies, and Nezumi has bullet wounds on his leg and his arm.
Before any sort of bad ending can occur, Shion goes into yandere mode and shoots the guard. I am ever so grateful that the first time he fired a gun in his life went so smoothly. Nezumi pleads for Shion to stop, but he won’t rest until the man who hurt Nezumi has stopped breathing. He kills him, and then promptly feels bad for doing so when he snaps out of it (again, like Fractale…Man, I’m scared…).
Seeing Nezumi sob while soaking wet reminds him of the time they first met. He was seeking kindness back then, and he doesn’t want Shion to lose the side of him that saved him. That means it’s time for hugging and extremely close talking. The two of them hobble onto the elevator and end up face to face with Safu and the scientists she killed. She seems happy to see Shion, but I doubt things will go smoothly.
Oh good, a dark space, time to take off all my clothes…Wait, baby, where you going?
Good boy! Now go piss on the dead people to amuse me.
“How..how could you do that?” “If I bring my face real close, will that make it better?” “Yeah.”
Worst. Roadtrip. Ever.
End Thoughts: Let me start of by saying that I really liked this episode. It didn’t rush things, giving Shion and Nezumi an entire episode to infiltrate the facility, and was still full of action. There aren’t many action scenes in this show, but they’re fantastic when they actually happen. I find the most important things for fight scenes is fluidity, so that you can discern the movements. If I wanted a jerky, stop and start fight, I’d read a manga. No.6 constantly delivers in that regard, and the movement looks great. I really hope there’s one last kick at the can in episode 11 in terms of fight scenes. I want to see Shion or Safu just go berserk.
Aside from gallivanting in lab coats and dodging bullets, there was actually some nice character development going on. Shion and Nezumi had a complete role reversal. Shion has softened up Nezumi to the point where he is no longer “black and white” about things, and realizes there is more to living than only surviving. He may complain about how kind Shion is, but he secretly really admires how strong Shion is to be able to care for others even in dire circumstances. Saving that baby is an example of that. However, Shion started to get a taste for danger. He was always intrigued by the possibility of a thrilling, dangerous life as he wasted away in No.6, and now he’s finally getting it. It’s like never being allowed sugar all your life, then being thrown into a bathtub full of skittles. I’m not surprised he got carried away with the novelty of it all. He’s been in danger before, but this time he’s motivated to actually be proactive and take control. He’s not just being saved by Nezumi.
It was a powerful moment when Nezumi started sobbing and screaming until his throat was raw when Shion mercilessly killed that guard. It seemed like he was caught in his emotions of wanting to save Nezumi, and once the adrenaline wore off, he freaked out. I thought this would cause some tension before they went to Safu, but once again, the conflict was resolved immediately. I know there’s not enough time to show how any of their actions have lasting ramifications on their relationships, but it’d be nice if everything wasn’t solved the episode it happened. This happened with Shion leaving for No.6 by himself as well…they certainly made up after that fight real quick as well.
All that’s left to ponder is how things will ultimately wrap up in the next episode. Safu has been communicating with Shion now, but is she still Safu? I get the feeling she’s become some sort of vessel for Eliurias. I guess she will be the one answer all of Nezumi and Shion’s questions for a bit so that we understand everything. As for what happens after, it’s anyone’s guess. I just REALLY hope Nezumi doesn’t die from blood loss or something. What I’m really hoping for, is an ending where Safu turns into a monster and destroys No.6 while Nezumi and Shion ride on her back. She could be their pet. It’s the perfect family ending, no?
Preview: Nezumi insists that he has a specific job that he must do, not Shion. I don’t care, just don’t die.