He tried the front door first, but it was locked.
Bitches love scissors.
Oho, Kiri might turn into a harem lead yet. Kashiko certainly seems to like him. …Or maybe she likes him because he likes her hair. She’s certainly not as psychotic as I had originally believed due to her reaction to Iwai. I guess she was just jealous of Iwai’s hair… or something. The explanation about Iwai’s hair having no age seemed kind of pointless other than giving a reason why she seemed to dislike Iwai at first, but maybe this will be important in the future. In any case, I’m glad that they’re on better terms now. One because Iwai really needs friends and two, if Kashiko does end up as one of the people trying to kill Iwai for some reason, it’s more interesting if the two of them are close.
Oooooof course Kiri is the descendant of the (fictional) worst murderer in the history of mankind. I feel like I should have seen this coming from far away. Pushing that aside though, it’s now even more curious as to why everyone else seems to be suffering more from being an Author than he is. Maybe it’s because he has a pretty steady Instead and he avoided losing it during childhood due to being able to cut his family’s hair, but still. He said the very first episode that he was holding back from cutting people’s hair for quite some time. Maybe he has some high level resistance to his Killing Goods due to Greyland or something. …Though I’d still like a reveal where he has a bunch of murder victims stuffed in a closet somewhere and it only looks like he’s been sane this entire time. Fun fact: Kiri’s last name translates to something similar to “grey land”. So Greyland probably changed his name after he was banished or whatever. I just thought that was an interesting carry over.
This was also interesting in a “what the hell kind of purpose did this scene serve?” way.
I really hope I was just misinterpreting this. …Either they did this to show just now average and innocent Iwai is(/to show how terrifying the situation is), or this is homage to some kind of fetish. Maybe both. Er, at least Kiri still accepts her and wants to protect her. I guess Iwai’s whole purpose is to humanize Kiri a bit. He makes killing (because it seems like he’ll kill someone in the future) okay I guess because he’s doing it for her sake as opposed to doing it for fun. Iwai certainly believes in him, even after watching him effortlessly take out a murderer, so she’ll be his saving grace I guess. It certainly seems like I was right on my assumption of the first episode being the foundation for Kiri protecting Iwai. Their relationship keeps growing too, which nicely keeps things from being too angst ridden. Overall, I think they’re doing well on showing daily life and incorporating the murder aspect into it without the transition being too jarring or weird.
HNNG he may not have done well the last fight, but seeing Kiri cut away at his opponent here was fun. Again, they used the monochromatic coloured animation for dramatic effect that works really well. It became clearer this episode that Kiri really is affected by his Killing Goods. Since the usual reaction to the scenario is fear (as kindly demonstrated by Iwai), but Kiri obviously wasn’t panicked at all. I was expecting more of a struggle really, since the hammer was waaay larger than Kiri’s Crime Edge, but I guess that also meant that it was a little on the slow side. It’s kind of boring that Kiri reverted back to his usual self afterwards since he was on a roll there with that fight, but I’m sure we’ll see more of that in the future.
Now, I know they said that the guy’s death here was suicide, but really now, there’s someone in the OP sequence who totally had a noose. Until they introduce said character, I’m going to be totally suspicious. Why would they kill the convict? Well, considering that absolutely every one is messed up in the head here, why not. If it is someone else’s doing, I assume they’ll give an explanation like “they failed/ was pathetic enough to leave their hammer behind, so there.” And if it was actually your regular suicide, I’m still blaming the whole serial killer thing since the guy was obviously long gone off the deep end. Funny how he left the hammer behind because the bond or whatever between them broke and Kanae totally said that the items couldn’t be left behind or thrown away last week. Now if only Yamane’s problems were that easy to solve. …Or maybe the suicide was repercussions for leaving the object behind. I don’t even know anymore. I’m also saddened by the fact that we didn’t get the Killing Goods’ background story, let alone a name for the guy. I hope this isn’t a trend, since I’m admittedly slightly more interested in the Killing Goods and murder part of the story as opposed to Kiri protecting Iwai.
As a last note, I was kind of expecting Kanae to have creepy cameras set up or something so he and the society could watch the action take place as opposed to sitting there going “kukuku I bet there’s murder going on right now”. You’d think that with a society that likes setting these things up, they’d actually watch them. Or maybe they just like seeing the after effects. In any case, Kanae is definitely still creepy. Unlike Yamane and Houko, who actually seem like okay people provided that they’re not out to kill you. Yamane actually even provided (unhelpful) help this episode and Houko made it quite clear that she doesn’t want Kiri to lose (I assume, until she can kill Iwai).
…Since Kiri’s name had a lot of obvious purpose behind it (and Iwai mentioned the first episode that her name was written like “celebration”), I looked into some of the other character’s names as well since a lot of them sound unusual. As expected, all of the other characters have, er, fitting names. The kanji used for Yamane’s name seriously translates to “ill child”, which is just a terrible thing to name your kid
maybe her parents had it coming. Houko’s kind of translates to “ruling child” (which is rather fitting considering she keeps Yamane under control) and Byouinzaka in general something along the lines of “hospital hill”. Though that might have come from the fact that their ancestor was a nurse (since last names sometimes come from occupation. …Though I don’t know if the Japanese follow that tradition at all).
Anyways, it was both more and less of a battle this episode as compared to the last one. This time, Kiri definitely fought (since the last time was more about keeping Iwai from being killed as opposed to killing/hurting Yamane), but at the same time, the fight was really short. The build up to it seemed longer and more difficult than the actual fight itself. It wasn’t even quite as interesting as the one from episode 2 either, since there wasn’t any back story involved, the antagonist didn’t seem to have any deep reason for targeting Iwai, nor was there really any struggle from Kiri. …Though that horror movie feeling from the chase scene was alright. Though Kiri kind of wasted effort there locking the doors, even though the sledgehammer knocked through them with ease. I just hope the opponents get more interesting from here on out, since this one was kind of a let down after Yamane.
This woman looks friendly enough.