|Well, I was distracted by E3 (to which I think we can say that Sony thoroughly kicked Microsoft’s ass and then proceeded to rub salt in the wounds while laughing mercilessly) and work, but I managed to finally write about Dansai Bunri.|
Iwai’s hair isn’t growing back as long as it used to and to be honest, I have absolutely no idea what that means. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Violet and Iwai met? Since Violet seemed like she was trying to avoid Iwai (Plus Emily said something about the something happening if the two of them met). Either that, or maybe the Hair Queen curse is being lifted for some reason. A lot of things happened in the last episode, so maybe it’s due to something like Iwai finding true love (or something cheesy like that) that her hair has stopped growing so much. …Or maybe it’s just due to the curse weakening over time, which would also explain why Iwai doesn’t have any killing intent (since the curse apparently came with it in the beginning… or maybe the queen was just insane).
CANNIBALISM SOLVES EVERYTHING.
In any case, it’s something that she wanted to get rid of, but at the same time, it’s a big part of who she and she probably can’t imagine herself without it. I think a lot of that has to do with the bond her and Kiri share too, but still. She’s lived with it for so long, so it’s probably hard for her. Kiri mentioned about feeling something similar about losing Crime Edge this episode, and he really felt insecure when he lost them. Though maybe it’s not quite the same since Iwai’s hair is clearly a burden on her and for Kiri, Crime Edge is more like an obsession. I’ve never seen Kiri say that he actually wants to get rid of the scissors and be normal. I wonder what would happen if Iwai lost her cursed hair though. Since Kiri kind of needs Iwai as his Instead. …Or maybe not since he did fine without her before. Though Emily mentioned something about her being an Author without an Instead, so maybe Kiri is like that too and is more of a special snowflake than just being a descendant of the world’s worst murderer. …Actually, the real reason should be more apparent next episode, but I figured I should mention this anyways.
So anyways, on to Emily. She has ties to Iwai in the form of knowing her father, but Iwai has never seen the girl (as far as we know). Emily also said something about Iwai’s father giving her the Killing Goods she has too, so my suspicions about Iwai’s father being far from an innocent antiques dealer are deepened. As for Emily’s character herself… well to be honest, she feels like the stereotypical vengeful loli. There’s nothing really special about her personality and while she can fight, fighting with knives in a show that normally has murderous pianos seems kind of uninspired. Of course, it’s her gloves that are the actual object, but still. But at least she finally pointed out that fighting with scissors isn’t exactly the most efficient thing ever. At her proclamation about not needing an Instead, I wasn’t as impressed as I think I should have been. I mean, it’s something everybody has, but I don’t think we’ve ever really seen what happened with any Author who might have lost one. Yes, there was sledgehammer guy, but it felt more like he was totally off the deep end anyways as opposed to being that way because he didn’t have an Instead. If only we had an instance of seeing an Author without an Instead, then I might be more impressed.
What, you don’t clean your knives naked and in front of an open window?
So yeah, I’m really apathetic about Emily’s character. The next episode should explain more about her powers (which are pretty cool actually), but as for her personality herself, there’s nothing that really catches my attention. Actually, the next episode marks where I stopped reading the manga though, so my opinion of her might change in the future. As for now though, she just seems like your typical kid who wants to kill Iwai. She’s mature for a kid, but she’s also still a kid and can experience normal emotions as blatantly pointed out by her bond with those dogs. Though I did like how she told off Iwai for using her to take her problems off her mind. Also, Emily’s voice was really nice and her seiyuu is Hidaka Rina, who was that twintailed loli in Accel World and Kaede in Tiger and Bunny. I didn’t think she was noteworthy in either of those, but I like her voice as Emily here. Also, I can’t comment much on her name (Emily Redhands) since it’s all in katakana. Which probably means that she’s foreign (or it’s a fake name), and not much more.
Actually, the interesting part of the episode for me came from Kiri and Iwai’s reactions when faced with the loss of their curses. Their relationship has just steadied out (and is going well (kind of), despite the two of them being kind of awkward) and now both of them are questioning what would happen if they lost the thing that brought them together. Er, maybe Iwai more than Kiri since Kiri just kind of lost his scissors for 5 second in a fight and freaked out, but I really am curious as to what would happen if either of them lost their curse. I want to see them question if it was ever really a curse in the first place since it brought the two of them a weird kind of happiness.
Well Kiri, time to dope up I guess.