What is this I don’t even
I know I said I like weird shows, but I can’t believe what I just saw. Tuna Eater? Electric knives? Chainsaws? Bazookas? Whuuu
That Escalated Quickly
Well I’ve seen everything now.
Continuing from the cliffhanger last episode, Madoka has a showdown with Kirihime. The two first have a verbal sparring, which ends in Kirihime’s favor thanks to her way with words (she is an author after all) and Madoka’s own mental instability; the whole “you stole my brother” thing honestly wasn’t a very strong case to begin with. Kirihime even goes so far as to reveal her identity as Akiyama Shinobu, which I initially thought would push Madoka completely over the edge. But instead she just retreats back out the window with Kazuhito in tow. But Kirihime isn’t done yet. She chases Madoka down to the park where the two have what can only be described as the strangest and most random duel I’ve ever seen.
Don’t try this at home.
Obviously Madoka was hiding something in her cello case, but I didn’t expect it to be a Tuna Eater. Wait, what? What even is a Tuna Eater? Who knows, but apparently it’s some sort of electric kitchen knife that talks? Just how a talking electric knife would help Madoka get up to the top of the building and escape back down safely is completely beyond me, but apparently it makes sense to Kirihime. But that’s not all. Kirhime whips out her trusty “all-purpose stationary” aka her scissors aka Hasajiro, and the two proceed to clash in an epic battle. And as things move on, it only gets stranger, with the Tuna Eater morphing into a pair of chainsaws and a bazooka that fires giant bullets. Maybe this was supposed to be hilarious, but honestly I wasn’t impressed at all. This isn’t a show being funny, it’s just so painfully outlandish you have no choice but to laugh.
Another Case Closed
The final boss appears.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will again reiterate that InuHasa should just give up on the giant electric-knife-chainsaw-bazooka cooking utensil thingies and just focus on the mystery. At least that aspect of the show has more coherence than the entirety of the showdown we just witnessed. And in this episode, it is revealed that while the slasher incident started off as a legitimate case, it eventually turned into a hoax brought about by our favorite masochistic editor. Apparently she caught (and punished) the real culprit before going on to perpetuate the rumors of the slaher; all this to help Kirihime get out of her slump. Except the author herself had already gotten back in the groove without the need for mysterious afro hair cutters, so it was all for naught.
The final boss is defeated.
The one interesting tidbit we got from it though, is that Suzuna isn’t as simple as a perverted masochist after all. She may act like the fool in front of Kirihime, but her manipulative side is revealed to the audience here. The only thing she cares about is Kirihime writing more books, and she’s willing to do anything to make this continue, even if it means killing Kazuhito. But luckily for our canine friend, Kirihime isn’t about to let someone besides herself harm Kazuhito, so it looks like both dog and editor will remain on equal standing for now. Which doesn’t say much for Suzuna.
I almost didn’t make it through this episode thanks to the ludicrous battle scene. But I’m glad I did make it to the end after all, because the revelation of Suzuna’s other side really was an eye-opening development in my eyes. Here’s another person who can hear Kazuhito’s voice, and is also deeply involved with Akiyama Shinobu’s books. It’s not explained how she’s even able to do the former as I thought only Kazuhito and Kirihime share a special bond, but I speculate it might simply result from her being as big a fan of Kirihime’s work as Kazuhito is. Whatever the case, I’m glad she doesn’t constantly play the masochist fool.