Fun times with Yamane~
|Out of the fluffy hair cutting (kind of) and into some psychotic high school girl trying to kill people with a syringe. I like where this is going. Kiri certainly seems to have his work cut out for him, but at least he doesn’t look like he minds too much. As for Iwai… wow, her life sucks.|
More fluff with Iwai and Kiri~. Having Iwai finally have decent human interaction was good to see this episode (though she totally looked like she belonged in middle school or lower). Seeing Kiri get jealous over everyone touching her hair was cute too. …It’s stopped being creepy at this point for me. I’ve decided that as long as Iwai doesn’t mind, I shouldn’t look too deeply into it. Having Kiri cut her hair once and suddenly being expected to save her life seems like a big jump, but to be fair, he did defend her from Yamane’s psychopathic episode. That must have been enough for Kanae to make a decision to make Kiri her defender. Plus Kiri doesn’t seem to mind in the least. Anyways, the blonde girl is suspicious (probably because she looks a bit insane) and I totally think she’ll turn out to be an author, but everyone seems to like Iwai well enough. Plus, we found out the reasoning behind why the Bouinzaka’s dislike Iwai.
That being said, Yamane and Houko’s relationship is a bit odd. Houko made it quite clear that she didn’t like Yamane, but then it seems like the murder of their parents was what brought them closer together. …I’m just going to overlook the fact that their parents must have left a syringe lying around the house if Yamane picked it up (though I guess they said that you can’t get rid of them or break them). Maybe they’re closer now since Yamane is Houko’s only relative? Maybe it’s Houko’s guilt? Since if she had been paying attention, Yamane might not have ended up that way. I assume they like each other better now since Houko’s willing to have twincest-syringe time with Yamane on a frequent basis and she’s planning to kill Iwai to release Yamane from her Author duties.
I wonder what constitutes as a serial killer though, since Yamane’s ancestor wasn’t exactly out to kill people. As far as the story sounded, the ancestor never tried to kill anyone at all. Maybe they cut out part of the story due to time constraints? Maybe she was lying? (Though I don’t really believe that myself.) It’s funny how Yamane seems to be more far gone than Kiri, and he’s the one with the pair of scissors that were actively out to kill people. I like that they’re going into the history of the objects though. Maybe it feels a bit like obvious exposition, but it’s certainly more interesting to know the history of the objects considering that that’s what’s pulling the plot forward.
I’m glad they finally explained more about the Killing Goods, Authors and why everyone’s going to go after Iwai. …It seems like there’s more to the story since Iwai’s ancestor creating Killing Goods (or at least giving them some kind of power) and them turning on her seems just a tiny bit counterproductive. With that too, where on earth did the wishes part come in? Why is death the trigger? At the moment though, I guess that’s all we’re getting explanation-wise.
Well, I was wondering what Kiri was going to do since Iwai’s hair was cut, but they’re still proving to be a perfect pair since I guess it grows back every night. Even more so since he can fulfill his murderous urges daily by cutting Iwai’s hair. I guess Kiri flipped out because he couldn’t fulfill his murderous desires to cut hair anymore as a kid. …Which kind of makes you wonder how he’s managed to survive this long without killing someone. Though maybe he has and he’s just hiding the bodies in a closet somewhere (which admittedly, would be pretty cool). At least hair cutting is a slightly less creepy solution as opposed to injecting people with random fluids with a syringe. Asking someone if you can cut their hair is one thing. Asking if you can stick a needle in them is another. I’m kind of curious as to how Kiri survived (maybe Yamane’s Cold Sleep had saline solution in it?), but maybe Kanae had an antidote or something. …Ignoring the fact that they explicitly said that it could make the tiniest bit of poison absolutely lethal Yamane was clearly gunning to kill Iwai (so I assume she would have thought to put poison in there). Or maybe she was too out of it to notice.
…Which brings us back to how much of a jerk Kanae turned out to be (though considering that he’s voiced by Yusa Koji, I was expecting as much). He’s part of a society that just enjoys sitting around and watching people murder each other? …Er, actually, that sounds like a really interesting society.
Where can I sign up? On the other hand though, Iwai totally never asked for this and the one person looking after her doesn’t even really care if she gets murdered or not. In fact, the only reason she wasn’t murdered before was that it wouldn’t have been interesting enough. That… really sucks. No wonder she didn’t mind dying, since nobody really cared about her in the first place. Call Kiri cold for telling her that he wants her around to cut her hair, but really, he’s pretty much the ONLY person who actually wants her around. Her crying over those words was actually really touching, and yet, really sad since it kind of looks like Kiri is using her, and she’s still so happy. I don’t think Kiri is THAT much of a jerk that he’s only using her for her hair, but seeing how even that much said to Iwai sets her off, it puts into perspective how she must have had a really terrible life before he came.
So next up is a fight between Kiri and an escaped convict. …Uhhh call me crazy, but I think the hammer has a slight advantage over a pair of scissors, even if they are unbreakable. Kiri already lost his first fight this episode, so let’s see how he fares this time.
I was a bit worried about pacing at the beginning, but it was for nothing since there was the fight before the halfway point, which led well into the exposition. They certainly leave a lot to assumption in explanation though. Maybe they’re cutting a few details and being vague on purpose, but for now, I guess we have to take everything they say at face value. Logic really doesn’t have a place here. I’m still enjoying this though, in all of it’s ridiculous seriousness and if this turns into a serial killer of the week vs. Kiri, that would be okay with me. For being helpless, Iwai doesn’t annoy me as much as I thought she would either. I don’t really find her as moe as I assume she’s supposed to be, but I can live with her character. …Kiri is just hilarious for all of the wrong reasons. Plus I like his relationship with Iwai, too. Even though they’re totally being forced together due to plot conveniences. I’m not expecting anything overly intelligent from this, but it’s good entertainment so far. …And if Dansai Bunri proves me wrong about the intelligence part, even better. Anyways, I quite like the OP song as well and while the animation style is a bit …for lack of a better word, ‘cute’, I took a look at the manga and I vastly prefer what the anime is doing. Plus I like some of the effects they did here like the monochrome when Yamane tried killing Iwai.
Man, these scissors get a lot of screentime.