Whoa, whoa, hold UP. I just realized this is where hot dogs come from…
|Technically, almost all their food is made of oats, right? That’s kinda gross. Anyways…we made it, kids! The penultimate episode is here and we all know what that means when Urobuchi Gen in involved. DEATH AND SUFFERING!!!! Okay, admittedly there’s not a lot of either this week, but this could be the calm before the storm. I recently saw Madoka part 1 in theatres so I’m especially wary of Urobutcher’s brutal side at the moment.|
How fitting that Makishima – the big villain of the show aside from Sibyl – would quote the Bible. He’s a real rascal, ain’t he? It’s easy to forget that this bookish intelligence is transferable to battle tactics as well. I for one still find myself surprised that someone with a body like a beanpole can fight so viciously. It’s frightening that he’s not only smart enough to place mirrors for distractions and set up booby traps, but strong enough to withstand Masaoka’s chokehold for long enough to throw an explosive. If he just had brains on his side, he’d be bad enough…but on top of that he’s somehow honed his body enough to fight like a martial arts champion. That combination is particularly unsettling. It makes him highly unpredictable. Fighting an unpredictable opponent is one of the hardest things to do, and I have no idea how Kougami will be able to counter him.
Getting some real Orihara Izaya vibes here
The only one available to help right now is Akane. Masaoka is dead, Ginoza has a crushed arm and no morale left, and Yayoi is guarding the control room. I don’t think she’ll pull a last minute HELMET SMASH like last time though. With her Dominator set to non-lethal paralyzer, she should be able to capture Makishima and sedate Kougami. However, I’m admittedly a bit suspicious about whether Sibyl could pull a fast one on her and suddenly switch to lethal mode when she points it at Kougami. If Sibyl can lock a gun remotely to paralyzer mode, they can easily unlock it too. It was smart of Akane to yet again bargain with Sibyl for this privilege, but I just don’t know if they’ll keep their word.
As per usual, Akane remains a badass. Yayoi describes it best as a mixture of her taking on the world, yet holding all the weight of it on her shoulders. She’s determined to save Kougami, and it’s still not affecting her criminal coefficient. We already know what an amazing girl Akane is (I gushed about her last week) so I’d rather talk about Ginoza right now. Compared to the it-girl, Ginoza isn’t doing so hot.
The sad truth is that Ginoza is not a very good detective. He’s bad at making deductions based on the mental states of others, because he’s so wrapped up in his own set way of thinking. He can’t detach himself from this to see how other people think because he’s not used to it, or he’s afraid of “staring at the abyss, and the abyss staring back.” The Sibyl System’s constant rule over the criminal coefficients of others has frightened him so much that he’s afraid to go outside these rigid guidelines he’s set for himself. He must treat Enforcers as hounds and not co-workers. He must obey all orders. He must trust in Sibyl. He must refrain from caring too much about any one thing. He tries so desperately to stay within these guidelines that it’s severely limited his growth as a person. He can’t emote normally at all. He comes off as cold because he’s so terrified that showing his emotions will send his criminal coefficient skyrocketing like his father’s did.
This week, Ginoza breaks down completely. After a lifetime of carefully trying keeping his emotions in check, he snaps. Throughout the series, we see that he actually gets worse and worse at restraining himself as he begins to involuntarily lash out angrily at people more. The more you try and keep things to yourself, the more easy it is for those emotions to bubble over and release themselves in the most violent ways. To be honest, I think Ginoza is a really weak person. He’s neurotic, haunted, desperate, overshadowed…and possibly one of my favourite characters in the show.
There’s something charming about how pathetic he is. Like a moth to a flame, I love a good tragedy, and Ginoza is like a slow-motion tragedy unfolding before my eyes. He may very well bounce back after this with a normal criminal coefficient, but I don’t see that happening. Ginoza has been teetering around the very fine line between cop and Enforcer for a long time. The fact that his dad is dead and he lost the exact same arm as him makes it easier to see Ginoza as a new Enforcer taking his place. That’s not such a bad thing though. At least he’s alive. In a way, Ginoza may finally be free once he’s an Enforcer and no longer has to fret about maintaining a healthy Hue or criminal coefficient. He can do what he wants now, and still work at the job he loves.
It’s a tricky situation because everyone wants revenge on Makishima now. He killed Yuki, Masaoka, and Kougami’s old partner (indirectly). He’s a cold-hearted anarchist who wants to take down Sibyl without any further thought about how things will pan out after that. He never talks of how the world will be after Sibyl, yet he painstakingly criticizes the Sibyl System’s flaws. Just what is he expecting to happen once he brings it down? He never says anything aside from wanting life to be “normal.” Anyways, since everyone is out for his blood, it’s hard to tell if someone will go trigger-happy first or if Akane can capture him alive. I want Makishima alive and silently creeping around by the end of this, but I doubt that’s a possible route. That being the case, I’d prefer for him to die than get stuck inside the Sibyl System. Picturing Makishima as nothing more than a brain in a computer system is just a waste of good looks and cunning.
My guess is that someone will have to die next week…so…..who’s it gonna be?
My creeper-senses are tingling…