Insane people make everything better
This episode…. Came as a surprise actually. But my question is WHY THE HELL DIDN’T THEY DO THIS IN THE FIRST EPISODE?! At least now I feel like the anime I chose is less crappy than I thought.
Since having proven last episode that leaving Fear to her own devices is a bad idea, she gets a uniform and is going to attend the same school as Konoha and Haruaki. Actually, this is all Honatsu’s idea and he even gave her a last name, so Fear is now known as Fear Kubrick. While Haruaki isn’t impressed with his father’s naming skills or the fact that he set Fear going to school up so fast, Fear is pretty happy about all of this.
After Fear changes into her new uniform (oh look, she has new striped pantsu as well. At least she changes them.), she gets angry that Haruaki isn’t paying attention to her. So she climbs up on the table, giving Haruaki a great view of under her skirt. He gets flustered and finally compliments Fear, so she falls while trying to get down from the table and lands on top of Haruaki.
Of course, no awkward moment is complete without someone walking in on it, so Konoha chooses this moment to enter the room. She is not amused.
No tsundere is complete without zettai ryouiki
So they go to school to thank the superintendent, Sekaibashi Gabriel, for going and getting Fear her uniform and Fear almost attacks him thinking that he’s a pervert. Why? Because he wears a gasmask. Haruaki stops her though because apparently despite the mask, he’s an okay guy. Sekaibashi explains that his mask is for medical reasons, so Fear apologises (though he told the other two it was because of a scar and religious purposes, lol). Before they leave, Sekaibashi has Konoha inspect a mask to see if it’s cursed. Konoha says it isn’t.
I immediately thought of Will. I don’t know why.
So the superintendent has arranged it so that Fear is in Haruaki’s class and she introduces herself. The whole class thinks that she’s the cutest thing ever. However, Fear lets it out pretty quickly that she’s living with Haruaki, so he has to explain to a very shocked class that it’s all because of his father. The student council president, Ueno Kirika (the third girl from the opening) gets an introduction here and she demands to know more about the situation. So yeah, Fear is pretty popular.
At lunchtime, Haruaki complains about how out of hand things got while his two currently unnamed friends listen. Kirika says that Fear will join them as a judge today and Haruaki has to explain that for some reason, Kirika and him have a cooking competition every lunch. So everyone tries some of each person’s fried eggs and Haruaki wins once again.
There’s a sudden change from the slice of life stuff here while the blonde woman from last episode is in some dark warehouse type place. She looks inside some sort of case and then flings it away in anger for some reason. She calms down with a cigarette. Also, her catchphrase seems to be integrating the word ‘bitch’ into any given sentence. It’s then that a bandage-tentacle loli makes her appearance saying that this is the first contact with a supporting Auxiliary. Apparently the Auxiliary has been supporting the blonde woman since she entered the country, but has remained unseen because Auxiliaries can’t fight. The two talk about something called an Indulgence Disk in the ‘worthless item’ that the blonde woman threw away and then they begin the mission. Whatever that is.
Loli/tentacle combinations are NEVER a good thing.
There’s a random scene with some girl showering in bondage/ looking at her computer and suddenly the story switches back to Fear, Haruaki and Konoha walking home together. After she talks about how much she likes this town, Fear asks what the ocean is and so they detour to go look at it. Haruaki asks if Fear has ever seen the ocean before and ear offers to tell the two everything about herself since her past is still unknown to them.
Before she can however, the blonde woman appears and says that she’ll tell them what Fear is for her. She introduces herself as Peavy Barroy (…that’s kind of an unfortunate name) aka The Balancing Toy and she’s part of an organization called the Knights of Gathering. Also, the reason Fear escaped their attention so long was because she was in a dark old castle for several hundred years.
Peavy explains further that her organization and his father are opposite from each other because her organization exists to destroy cursed objects (aka Waas) because they believe that they use emotions as a justifiable means to kill. She attacks Fear calling her by the name Fear-in-Cube and Fear fends her off using some blue glowing cube thing.
Peavy goes on to talk about what Fear did, but Fear tells her to stop. Ignoring her, Peavy explains (in an awesomely animated scene) that Fear has tortured and killed thousands of people regardless of age, gender and social standing. Fear keeps telling her to stop, but Peavy continues saying that Fear is just a torture and execution device made during the Inquisition.
Suddenly, Konoha attacks Peavy with some sort of blade on her arm, but denies that it was for Fear’s sake. Peavy says that Konoha is calm, so she calls her a tsundere (what? No. No freaking way). The two battle until Konoha gets pushed away and Haruaki proves his worth as a cushioning pillow.
Peavy threatens to kill him too if he gets in the way and he says that he wants to do something for Fear too since she came all of this way for his help. Konoha transforms into a katana (she’s a cursed object as well) and Haruaki uses her to fight. Konoha doesn’t unsheathe though since she wants to avoid bloodshed and Peavy asks for her name since she’ll have to write a report on this later. It turns out that Konoha’s full name is Muramasa Konoha.
There’s more fighting and Konoha decides to try something. It turns out that she can observe the weak point of her opponent’s weapon and strike to destroy it, so Haruaki unsheathes the blade and destroys one of Peavy’s claws in one blow.
It turns out that Peavy’s claws are not a cursed object, but are instead made of steel. Also, they hurt her every time she attacks. Explaining that she’s a giant ドM (which is ironic because she talks more like a ドS) she enjoys pain, Peavy then hurts herself even further, bleeding all over the place. Konoha reacts to the blood, and while telling Konoha that it’s not her fault that she’s bleeding, Haruaki notices that his wrist is bleeding as well.
Fear suddenly loses it thanks to all of the blood and laughs manically. Her personality changes completely saying that hearing their screams of terror will be enjoyable.
And then they all died of lung cancer thanks to Peavy’s incessant smoking. The end.
Well would you look at that. Stuff actually happened. I was going to blog this regardless if it was actually good or not, but it’s nice to know that it might actually prove to be good. Calling this an improvement would be an understatement. Have I mentioned that I love insanity? No? I love insanity. Peavy was definitely my favourite person here until Fear lost it. Lol, she definitely has more than a few screws loose up there. Also, the awesome animation style complimented that battle sequence completely. It’s good to know that Silver Link’s effort and talent isn’t going to waste here. Those backgrounds during the fight scene were so freaking awesome and detailed. Sure, there were a few derp animations here and there, but they made at least 85% of it look good.
That being said, this episode just added a whole new layer to the plot. Normally things that kill people are labelled ‘evil’ and the things that destroy them are labelled ‘good’. So technically speaking here, Peavy and her organization are the ‘good’ people here and Honatsu is the bad guy here since he’s keeping them around. However, Honatsu is trying to get rid of the curse in the objects (or at least that’s what Fear and Haruaki say he’s doing), so he’s not really using them for evil purposes. Does this mean that there will be a third organization out there wanting to use the cursed object’s power? I mean, having Peavy’s goal to destroy them caught me completely off guard. I would have totally pegged her as someone wanting mass power to take over the world.
Anyways, judging from the opening, Kirika is probably another cursed object. Why else would they put so much focus on her? I’m pretty sure she was the one showering in bondage (…wtf was up with that anyways?) too since the hair colour matched. Will she show up to battle as well? What was she reading on the computer screen? I know I’ve focused on this a lot, but back to the last 10 minutes, I freaking love Fear’s insane laugh. Tamura Yukari gets full points here. I wonder if they cast her because of her role as Rika in Higurashi…?Anyways, the voice change between tsundere Fear and insane Fear is awesome.
…One more thing. Peavy needs to study more on her Japanese character stereotypes. Yes, Konoha saying something along the lines of “It’s not like I’m doing this for you or anything” is tsundere. HOWEVER, the definition of someone being calm unless something terrible happens is more of a KUUDERE. Like hell is Konoha a tsundere. That’s Fear’s job. Anyways, that bothered me immensely during the episode (lol), so I’m glad I could rant about it here.
Preview: Fun times with the Peavy and insane Fear continue. Things are looking up.
Though I wasn’t aware that curses had temperatures.