The most important thing this episode…
What? We have to wait one more episode for the Big Bug Hunt?! Why yes, we do. Meanwhile, have some foreshadowing.
The Lotus Flower
Welcome to episode nine, folks!
It first I was going to dismiss the episode as merely a nakama builder/filler until the main action starts up. But they had quite a few things on all the burners going on here. I would say that many of them had one death flag or ominous foreshadowing dish bubbling over. First, after getting the usual hur-hur lets make jokes about how Rentarou isn’t a pervert, we get down to some key background issues. First thing, after beating Kagetane Ren got a very high level of government clearance; and as we see here, he leaks that to Muroto-sensei. With this she starts digging, trying to find ways to keep the Cursed Children safe. While digging she discovers that the official history, that all the records kept during the Gastrea war were destroyed. For whatever reason. Well, not so true. While discovering that a village called Nanahosi was destroyed, Ren remembers something about the tricycle in the case they called Inheritance of the Seven Stars as the “Inheritance of Nanaoshi” Also, and literally sinister, they find even more information that Ren’s clearance cannot get to. Who’s hiding what and why?
Did the measure the government took to protect society get so dastardly? It doesn’t feel good, and current events aren’t going so well either. The corrosion on the infected pillar can no longer be hidden and the public is in uproar. What a time for Seitenshi to find she can’t answer why they kept it under wraps for so long. Also not a good time to discover people are finding it both hard to leave the city, and that room in shelters might be based on lottery. Forget the Gastrea. Tokyo is prime to become a meat grinder all by itself.
Rank and File
…don’t even make skylion go there…not gonna caption…you do it….
So now we get into the full swing on the nakama build. With the Katagiri’s, Ren and Enju have four total. Nuh uh, gonna need more dakka for this hunt, and for a tent, apparently. With many in the camp already assigned to adjuvant, the pickings get rather slim. A few are seen, all are declined; save for the just in time moment. But first, we have a case of double murder going on. This is a point the show bugged me on. I would have that camp in an uproar. But the civil officers just kinda go, “well, it sucked that happened…what’s for lunch?” Really? Really? Well…yes. ::shrugs:: Then without much more ado we meet the next Promoter and Initiator pair, Shouma Nagisawa and Fuse Midori. It’s a great pleasure to here these two, as we have both Shinchiro (Monogatari’s Kaiki) Miki and Yui (Hentai Princes Tsukiko) Ogura in the mix. Both are high ranked, and make short order of the impromptu duel they find themselves in. It seems that Shouma shares a past with both Ren and Kisara as he was a highly skilled member of the Tendo dojo. But he left for his own reasons, reasons he is being just a bit to quiet about. Now, I’m going to get my suspicion out of the way first. Won’t talk much about his past to old friends, and knows nothing about the double murder. I got my eye on him.
But now that they have three pairs, Ren is not satisfied with just that. He would like five pairs. So without any ado at all, Kisara sweeps in, reinstalls Tina’s rank (by Seitenshi’s decree), and joins the team as her Promoter. Given that Kisara has kidney problems, Rentarou is not at all happy about her joining. It’s a fair cop, but I would rather see Kisara get the chance. All sorta of chances, really. Looks like things were heading for a kiss, but for the usual case of anime interruptus, along with a heaping helping of Enju’s jealousy.
But for all this, there is more trouble in camp. It looks like the JASDF is the main player on the field. The Pairs are only on standby and march as support when called for. Now I can understand the need for a skirmishing force sent in to harass an enemy, and Ren see’s that, thinking moving in closer and striking as guerrilla forces would work best. And no one disagrees, but for…orders..for…reasons. They stay put into called into action. Is it just me or does this stink? Tons of Gastrea in one area, a huge encampment of Initiators and Promoters near the same spot and told to hop it when called, and we have an anti-Cursed Children faction in government. All the eggs in a basket. And since they just tossed death flags, left right and center for most of the show, this is not going to be pretty. And if not death flags, then grevious bodily harm flags. Corrosion flags. Look, all the flag are unhappy ones!
Before the Bug Hunt
So, they need one more Pair. Oh, who, who, who could it be? Wouldn’t it be awesome if Kagatane and Kohina came back? It’s unlikely, if he isn’t dead they would save that for another arc. Whether or not the anime gets a new season for that arc is up in the air.But there is one thing to consider; those cuts on that dude’s armor? Twin sword strokes? Oh, Kohina, you just don’t stop the yan do you? The only real reason for him to come back would be to make Ren join him; and that was already done. I’m looking forward to seeing how my suspicions play out. I put Shouma under the harsh light, but I don’t see a motive as of yet. What did you folks think?
Audience participation. You make the caption.
BTW, if anyone followed the link for Red and Black above, I recommend Kunio Murai’s version of Javert’s Stars.