Apparently being slapped through a window just wasn’t enough abuse for Kiri.
|…Reading the manga, Dansai Bunri has left a bit out. Like, they explained that poison in Yamane’s syringe is super potent, but apparently she can use different liquids on herself too in order to enhance her abilities. Or the fact that Seiji needs absolute evidence before he can judge someone. …Oh, and they also shortened the pants of what Iwai is wearing this episode from biker shorts to bloomers for no reason whatsoever (other than the obvious reason of fanservice).|
Hint: If you hear a voice telling you to assault girls, you probably shouldn’t listen to it.
Well that was a twist. I really thought it was Romio in charge. Since, you know, he was the one to explain the history of the object, he signed his name on that creepy letter and he was the one holding the whip in the last episode. …Iwai actually commented on Kiri mysteriously being able to let go of the scissors in the manga, but even then that still had no explanation of why Romio could separate the thing from Ruka. I’m just going to assume that it’s an Author and Instead thing and that Kanae’s explanation had a lot of BS in there for dramatic effect. Since the Authors can’t get rid of Killing Goods rule seems to be broken every other episode. Anyways, this turn of events certainly makes sense too, since Ruka has made her problems with men clear and it makes more sense if she’s the one controlling these guys as opposed to Romio (plus it’s slightly less creepy that way if you think about it).
If you’re wondering why Ruka’s brainwashed henchmen absolutely sucked (other than the fact that having Killing Goods apparently automatically gives you superhuman reflexes), it’s because she can only give them simple tasks. …I’m not entirely sure as what constitutes as a simple task, but there you go. Also, her whole motivation over hating guys (since they never really went into that and you’d think that she’d hate girls after the incident) was because she thought that all they do is follow their base instincts. So basically, she thought that she lost the popularity contest because guys don’t have much going on in their heads and are easily swayed by pretty girls.
I’m not entirely sure that her reasoning for going after Iwai was something the audience could sympathize with as well. She has a weird inferiority complex going on, which is understandable. However, of all things, it was caused seemingly by losing one popularity contest. I guess it was a soul crushing defeat since Romio also voted for the girl, but still. It’s kind of like how Kiri’s life was ruined by professional hairdressers. These Authors seem to take the slightest setbacks in life extremely seriously. Though maybe part of that desperation was also caused by happening upon the whip at the time, which empowered her at the time. If she was left alone without it, maybe she could have gotten over it eventually. I’m sure that wasn’t the only play Ruka could have ever participated in with a princess role.
…Kiri’s speech about Iwai being a normal girl in his eyes was nice and all, but that scene with Romio calling Iwai a monster just because he hair can’t be cut seems a little extreme. Yes, Iwai has a complex about her hair and that’s why the insult kind of worked. However, it seemed like on the same level as someone calling a double jointed person a monster. Iwai’s hair being uncuttable seems more like an inconvenience than anything else and he’s completely ignoring the fact that the person he hangs out with seriously needs to pretend to murder him once in a while so as to not loose her mind. But meh, details I guess.
In the end though, the plot effectively turned Ruka and Romio’s characters into something touching though (where their backstory failed). As fetishized their relationship was, the moment Romio called Kiri an idiot for insulting Ruka’s hair, you just knew that they had something genuine in there. Ruka was just too immersed in her own problems to notice that she was actually number one, if only to Romio. They have a pretty nice relationship. …Despite the fact that they have the roles of sadist and masochist perfected. It’s like with Kiri and Iwai (or even Houichi and Hitomi from the one episode we saw them in) though, where neither seems to mind their role too much and really, they probably wouldn’t have it any other way.
Speaking of Kiri and Iwai, wow. Iwai switched from being rather detached to wanting to monopolize Kiri’s hair cutting skills rather quickly. It felt like kind of a selfish switch for her to suddenly getting upset after blowing Kiri off (even if she didn’t mean it as such). Plus, after that she immediately still wanted to see other people as opposed to Kiri alone. …On one hand, I still get it since a relatively short time ago, she had no friends, but just like she doesn’t exclusively belong to Kiri, he doesn’t belong to her either with that mindset. ….Even if he’s under a slap-induced state of hypnosis. The last episode was great for Iwai’s independence, but I don’t think I’d be so annoyed with this turn of events if it wasn’t Iwai’s selfishness that brought him back, and if she hadn’t gone back to how she was acting before the whole thing immediately after. She realized on some level that Kiri was special, but other than that one moment, she doesn’t seem to have given a second thought to it. Oh well, I’m just going to attribute this to her emotional immaturity. Like how she didn’t quite think about how Kiri would react to her words about him being convenient to have around, she probably hasn’t had enough human interaction to realize what this whole episode looked like. All she was thinking was that something was wrong with Kiri, something felt wrong about the thought of him cutting Ruka’s hair and there was nothing she could really do but shout her frustrations. Then Kiri saved her, all was right with the world again, and Iwai could go back to living life as normal without worries.
It looks like Seiji and Kouzakura’s relationship might have more to it as well. We knew that she was desperately trying to stop him from killing people, but I never thought that Seiji would actually listen to her if she yelled enough. I guess either the sound of her voice stopped his killing high, or somewhere deep down, he does respect Kouzakura a bit. At first, I thought Seiji’s logic seemed like it was all over the place. Apparently it doesn’t matter if it was for defending Iwai and that Kiri didn’t actually kill Romio, I guess cutting people is still cutting people to Seiji. Though after a bit of thought, cutting an unarmed person (or cutting anyone really) IS illegal, so Seiji being objective makes sense here. How is he supposed to know that Kiri isn’t being brainwashed by the scissors? And what Ruka was doing was kind of mild compared to Kiri (I mean, dumbing it down a lot, it was basically her slapping people, compared to needlessly making Romio look one cut away from the Joker), which is why I assume that Seiji went after Kiri instead. And anyways, who’s to say that Kiri might have just been rendered unconscious? It was in Iwai’s defence that he went after Romio. Though of course, that’s not really something you’d want to wait and find out about, hence the struggling.
So yeah, I’ve read the manga up to where it’s been translated and I like the extra lines and details that it has in there. …I think I’ll stay away from the raws for now though since I have a feeling it will be a kanji nightmare (if the character names and the fact that the series seems to like throwing terms everywhere is any indication). Despite the ending being kind of all over the place, I really liked this arc. …Er, mostly because of the end bit with Ruka and Romio, so I guess you can just say that I liked the ending of this arc. Things seemed to have resolved themselves rather peacefully considering that Seiji was ready to kill Kiri and Ruka could have been a target for Seiji as well, but it looks like he’ll back off for now. …For a show about murderers, there have been very few actual murders. But that’s okay since the characters are pretty interesting.
Iwai’s haircuts of the week are interesting as well~