It’s a bloody good time~!
|Welp, my city is currently up to it’s knees in water due to record flooding, but you’d never be able to tell from all of the idiotic people I had to deal with at work. You’d think they’d listen to the official’s advice about staying the hell off the roads, but apparently buying fake plants and stickers is just more important. …Sorry about the rant. People piss me off. OTL|
So I still don’t know what a made-to-order is. The topic became increasingly less important this episode, but still, telling us that a made-to-order is achieved by a lot of sacrifices gives us basically nothing. Why are people sacrificed? And I’m still wondering as to why Gossip knew that Emily was a good fit for the Bloody Opener or whatever her gloves and knife combination is called. …Or are the gloves a different Killing Good than the 46 knives? See how confused I am? On the other hand, I have no idea who Violet was talking to this episode or what his significance is either. …But in that case, we’re not really supposed to know right now. I assume he’s another high up with Gossip, but it seems weird for them to be adding in a new character right at the end of the season without even hinting at there being another character anywhere before. Or maybe he’s Iwai’s father or something.
I’m not entirely sure if Kiri’s plan to try and make Emily scared of death was the most well thought out one. I mean, he lost the first battle pretty miserably and then dug himself into a hole in order to get Emily to fight him. Yes, she’s emotionally stunted and doesn’t really understand what death really is. But Kiri was putting a lot of faith in his battling abilities for this plan and to be honest, he’s never really ever won a fight. Yamane kicked his ass the first time, the sledgehammer guy was off the deep end, Kiri fought Romio and not Ruka, Seiji almost killed him and then Emily beat him soundly even before all of the blood loss. I guess this is why Kiri winning this episode without any doubt was good to see.
THIS is what I signed up for! Not fetishes or awkward first loves, but murderers honestly trying to kill one another. Kiri awakened this episode and I loved every moment of him torturing the crap out of Emily. …Yes, she’s like, 8 (10?) and killing people is bad, but let me have my fun here. So there was that shaky moment of Grayland maybe not existing, but even with it being unclear, Grayland was certainly something. Maybe he didn’t kill 200 people (though from Emily’s words at the end, maybe that part IS true), but he was pretty sadistic with what he did, and that seems to be enough to bring Emily to her knees at least. I’m still fond of Emily’s ability of making unhealing wounds, but making small cuts feel like your entire arm is being taken off is pretty cool too.
Okay, I see a resemblance now.
I was actually kind of glad that Kiri had that moment of finding out he wasn’t special (not that it was true, but still). His lines about wanting to be someone (villain or hero) felt really sincere there for Dansai Bunri and we can kind of see how him always saying that his Author lineage is above everyone else’s was him trying to reassure himself (despite him never really backing those words up). It was amazing when he did back up the claims of course, but I liked that minute of faltering since it addressed a problem I’ve always had with the show. So what was Grayland? I don’t even know nor can I imagine why the rumours around him differ so much, but he was most definitely a murderer and really, that’s what’s important right now. The moment where it had Kiri relive Grayland’s actions seemed really powerful as well, since that really explained the stunted emotional growth that Yamane talked about in the last episode. What child wouldn’t be traumatized by reliving killing someone? That connection there also lacked the normal over-exposition on the matter that Dansai normally gives, so the subtlety was a nice change.
Emily really hasn’t changed my opinion on her character much, but seeing her act more like a normal child when faced with death kind of warmed me to her. It’s not that she’s a stone cold killer who doesn’t fear death, but more that she’s just never met anyone stronger than her before like this. Instead of her being a child killer for the hell of it, her being so young here actually played a part in this. Plus it was really effective in making Kiri look more like a monster here since normal people don’t go cutting children so mercilessly. So if you couldn’t tell, I’m really fond of this episode of Dansai Bunri. I’ve wanted to see Kiri lose his reason and go into killing mode since episode 1 and seeing it now is just so rewarding. Of course, I’m sure the next episode will slow down and probably involve Iwai trying to get Kiri to calm the hell down, but our dear protagonist was just so badass this episode. I still have issues with how convenient it was for him to suddenly dream of Grayland as he was dying, and as usual for Dansai Bunri, it just kind of skimmed over the details of things involving what the hell a made-to-order is and Kiri’s transformation, but the aftermath was still fun to watch. I kind of wish that this anime would go on longer to see if Kiri becoming more of a complete Author affects his reasoning in daily life or anything, but since we only have one episode left, I doubt we’ll see much past the conclusion of this fight.
Though we do get to see Kiri in the hospital, so watch me be wrong.