Normally this is where I say something not related to the episode, but this time not even a minute in and we get this:
…So I figured that anything I said would be completely forgotten after that. Before the female viewers (…do those even exist?) can question why they’re watching this however, Kirika gets a phone call. It’s the rapist sensei from last episode and he’s calling to tell Kirika that if she involves herself with ‘the families’ aka Alice, then he’ll tell Haruaki something. Blackmail makes everything better.
On to less depressing things, Konoha attempts to teach Fear how to dance. However, Fear fails miserably (apparently the dancing in the first OP was all a lie) and Kuroe comes outside. Watching Konoha jump around, Fear and Kuroe form a flat chested alliance and then proceed to grope Konoha (which gets little to no reaction out of Haruaki at all). Like all slice of life segments in this show though, this is interrupted by a more serious news report. Apparently some woman was found dead. Stuffed inside a box.
The next day, Fear figures that it was Alice who did this, so Fear, Konoha and Haruaki track her down to a café, where Alice is drinking tea and once again leaving ridiculous tips. Alice doesn’t deny killing the woman and states that her and future victims all have something in common. Alice then ninja runs through the trees and is chased by Fear and the rest. They finally catch up to her in an abandoned building, where Alice pulls out a cello. The cello is actually a Cursed Object …hammer…? in disguise. Alice says that the fun will end in 2 minutes and after a bit of a battle, the entire building collapses. Luckily (ironically?) Haruaki is saved by a bronze bull summoned by Fear. That, and Konoha has her glasses off for once and her hair turns blue. Fear is depressed that she let Alice get away.
At school, Fear learns that victims are still popping up. She asks Kirika for help, but Kirika apologises and says that’s there’s nothing she can do this time. Also, she looks physically unwell. Haruaki helps Kirika with the sports event coming up (while Fear goes off on her own) and there, Kirika confesses that she doesn’t want Haruaki going because that cuts into the time she gets to spend with him. After saying that, she collapses and Haruaki takes her to her house.
There, Kirika explains that she’s being threatened by someone and tells Haruaki to watch her do things that ‘shouldn’t be done’. (Meanwhile, Fear sees Kuroe do something with glowing hair in her shop). Kirika then strips and the ribbons(?) of her Cursed Object wrap around her body. This is pretty sexual… until the ribbons start breaking her fingers (and various other bones in her body). After she wakes up, Kirika explains that the Kurokawa Karen’s curse is that it wraps around it’s owner’s body and hurts them (which is an understatement), and so with her Cursed Object that makes her immortal, she’s the perfect owner for it. So I guess Kirika has two Cursed Objects. Haruaki then calls Kirika kind for bearing so much for other people. He also asks for Kurokawa Karen, since the curse won’t activate on him (oh yeah, I had forgotten about that). However, Kirika says no because if she didn’t have it, she wouldn’t be able to fight.
Stained glass makes everything better.
Haruaki is okay with this and then leaves, telling Kirika that he’ll see her later. Kirika is obviously happy that Haruaki doesn’t view her differently now that he knows about her secret. Haruaki then finds Fear, who is watching another news broadcast about a new victim. So who is it? The girl with the awesome hair from last episode. Fear also states that all of the other victims have also visited the hair salon.
Konoha remembers the camera from last episode, so the three go and watch the videos from it. There, they see Kuroe receiving a present from someone and Fear says that she saw that the bag’s contents were the victim’s hair. Fear flat out states that she thinks that Kuroe is the culprit.
Let’s ignore the bone breaking and possibly evil lolis and focus on Konoha for a minute here. HOLY CRAP. WHY WAS HER HAIR BLUE?
Does she have some sort of double personality thing going on, or do her glasses seal her powers or something? Aaaah I can’t wait until they go into Konoha’s background a bit more since her kind/stern/onee-san persona seems like only part of her. Plus, that was the first time she’s shown wielding a sword as well, since she usually IS the sword. …Okay, back to the rest of the episode.
How many times will this anime troll us until it’s satisfied?! So is it Alice that’s killing people? Is it Kuroe? Is this the writers framing Kuroe to make us less suspicious of Alice? Wtf is going on here? Ahaha… it wouldn’t surprise me if it was Kuroe. Her character has been too straightforward so far and almost every character (minus Haruaki and the more minor ones) have been involved with a plot twist of some sort. Not to say that Kuroe doesn’t have a good reason for what she’s doing (…if she’s actually doing anything), but chances are that she’s involved. …Somehow. Probably. Though another common feature that all of the victims (shown on TV at least) have had is that they’re wearing crosses. Crosses? A character dressed as a nun? Hmmm… IF Kuroe is the one killing people, then why did Alice not deny that she was the culprit? She also had her hair cut in the salon as well, so technically, she should be on the list of people in line to die. Is this why she was following Kuroe in the first place? Gah, too many questions. Though the theory about Kirika’s organization and Alice’s organization being at odds may have some truth since Kirika’s organization did not want her getting involved (or at least the rapist sensei didn’t).
….Which leads into the next topic. Kirika’s …er, bondage problem. Ouch. I’m usually okay with seeing pain and violence in anime, but the stuff in this episode was kind of hard to watch. Fingers aren’t supposed to bend that way xD. I can’t imagine having to live with that, but this just makes you realize how bad these Cursed Objects are for humans. Ever since Fear lost her crazy murderous side (or at least took control of it), the Cursed Objects have seemed less dangerous. Sovereignty was pretty dangerous as well, but he/she lost his/her edge as well thanks to Konoha… Er, what I’m trying to get at is that the objective of Cursed Objects is to kill/torture humans, but Haruaki’s group is kind of softening that image so it’s kind of a shock seeing them attack people without another person controlling it (like say, Peavy or Alice). Though that’s probably what they’re trying to do by showing us things like this since it points out how hard Fear would have to struggle to stop killing people and the good of what Haruaki is trying to do. …That being said, I had completely forgotten about Haruaki being immune to curses. They just kind of mentioned it the first episode and forgot about it until now. Him being immune didn’t really make sense back then since Fear’s curse was more her killing people than an actual curse, but it seems pretty convenient now.
Preview: Time for some answers… Hopefully.