Kiri x Iwai? More like Crime Edge x Iwai.
|This was one of those anime episodes that made me sit back and wonder if I made the correct choice in blogging this. But hey, at least you can’t claim that Dansai Bunri isn’t entertaining!|
So yeah, obvious things first. If sexual hair cutting wasn’t enough, we suddenly have S&M time (even more so than having one twin erotically stick needles into the other) and rape intonations. Yay? Well, we have a new Author. Lord knows what Romio wants accomplished by killing Iwai (if he even wants to do that), but it’s pretty damn obvious that he’s just a tiiiiiiiiiny bit sadistic. There’s killing a girl, and then there’s brainwashing (at least a portion of) the male population to assault her after pushing her off a boat and leaving her a threatening message where you clearly signed your name. Obviously he likes things overly dramatic. Ruka has issues too, though it’s not quite clear if it’s a typical story about trauma around males (like bullying, saying girls were stupid, etc), or if it’s something darker than that.
I’m glad we actually were given the backstory about Romio’s ancestor and compared to what they’re doing with the thing now, I’m surprised at how… tame the history is. On the other hand, that convenient exposition pretty much explained exactly what was going on in the second half of the episode with the mind controlling/brainwashing/whatever. Though I’m kind of curious as to how he managed to hit everyone since there appear to be a lot of people under his control and I’m quite sure nobody would listen if he said “please sit still while I whip you”. He must have put some thought and effort into either tracking down every single student individually, or gathering them in one spot and making sure that they didn’t leave. What can one take away from this? Well, I assume we’re supposed to just assume that every single Author and Instead is crazy and… well, that’s all I have. Plus, fanservice. …I don’t think there’s much to be misunderstood about that.
Iwai should have known that things were awry when Kiri let go of those scissors.
…I thought Kiri and Iwai were an item already, but I guess not. Funny how Kiri has changed from the one person who Iwai needed around to simply the guy who cuts her hair. Obviously they do care about each other more than that relationship and Iwai DID want Kiri to watch the stars with her, but man did the guy get friendzoned rather quickly out of nowhere. I wonder what will happen when Kashiko finds out about Kiri and Iwai. Not necessarily about the Hair Queen thing, but I think we can conclude for sure from this episode that Kiri has feelings for Iwai and Kashiko has feelings for Kiri.
Iwai actually turned out pretty level headed. She’s not leaping at the first male who was remotely nice to her and even though we can guess from her actions that Kiri is special, Iwai even says that she’s not quite ready for romance and she’s not getting into that until she’s ready. As frustrating as that is for Kiri, good on Iwai for that. The plot has painted her as the moe, helpless damsel in distress, but this episode showed that she does have a brain and is perfectly capable of making her own decisions with or without Kiri there. Having the male student body attacking her aside, I’m actually kind of looking forward to the next episode since it looks like it’s Iwai’s chance to save Kiri for once. Maybe she won’t do it in the effortless style that Kiri uses, but at least she’s doing something productive instead of sitting there waiting for him to snap out of it himself. Who knows how successful this will be, but at least she’s trying. Oh, and the part about how she trusts Kiri in this situation instead of automatically blaming him for being creepy was nice too.
…Though at some points, I felt like I was accidentally watching Amnesia again.
The names this time seem to be more about sounding unusual more than anything else at the moment. Romio’s name is comprised of the characters for ‘dew’ (…or apparently that kanji also doubles as an abbreviation for the country ‘Russia’) ‘look’ and ‘man’. Zaiga is made of the kanji for …er, I can’t think of an English equivalent, but it’s something along the lines of ‘hastily (or at least, not very well) put together’ and then, ‘congratulations’. Ruka’s name is along the lines of “made of Lapis Lazuli” and then her last name is “four directional temple” …or “temple that faces four ways” or… something. It has the kanji for the cardinal directions in there and I’m not entirely sure how it’s supposed to be read with the kanji for 4.
Well this was an interesting episode and threw the plot back into action after an episode of relative peace. Some of the events of the episode were kind of shocking at first, but after going back (…to figure out the dialogue since there were more distracting things going on), it wasn’t as questionable as I had first thought it was. Hell, the dialogue between Romio and Ruka in that first scene had pretty much nothing to do with undressing each other. I have a feeling they just threw it in since it was infinitely more interesting than two people conversing in a dark room and at the same time stating “THIS IS A DARK AND EDGY SHOW ABOUT MURDERERS.” Ah well, the next episode we should see Iwai try her best to help Kiri and… well, that’s all I got out of the preview. Hopefully the two come to terms with their feeling too. Or at least I hope Kiri figures out that he’s more than just a pair of scissors to Iwai, since it would make her statement about not being ready for a relationship less meaningful if she enters one the episode after she says that.
So I guess we just have to forget about Hitomi and her killer piano for now. But on the other hand, it’s nice to know that Seiji’s introduction wasn’t entirely wasted since he’s apparently stalking Iwai now. I doubt he’ll lift a finger to help Iwai since he seems to enjoy watching from afar, but it will be interesting to see if he kills Romio or not after all of this is over and done with.
…He should probably still get those teeth looked at though.