With Ryouta apparently killed from the BIM Date put in the case, Date goes after Himiko, who is paralyzed with grief. Murasaki Shiki appears and stabs Date in the back witha scythe, but not deep enough. He disperses her with a BIM and corners Himiko again, but Ryouta appears, having found shelter before the BIM went off. With only his remote BIMs scattered around, Date is unarmed and flees, but Ryouta’s moved one of his hidden BIMs, and Date almost blows himself up. Murasaki returns to finish him, but can’t, and decides to patch him up instead.
If there’s no dead body, there’s no death. It was an absolute certainty that Ryouta wasn’t killed last week, so it was just a matter of when he’d show his slightly-scuffed face in this episode. Turns out, that’s the time when the Cracker BIMS Date tries to use on Himiko won’t work. Himiko is ecstatic he’s not dead, and Ryouta takes the near-death experience as a splash of cold water. No more trusting sketchy people who pop up out of nowhere. We thought he’d forgotten that vow immediately when he chases after Ryouta, but he was the one to think a step ahead of Date and defeat him.
Speaking of those kinds of people, Murasaki really comes through for our lovebirds this week, keeping Date from killing them and even offering to kill him when he’s down for the count. But all it takes from Date is an “I’m sorry” and some guilty eyes to stop her from plunging the scythe into his throat. Like Ryouta, she just can’t kill someone, even someone as despicable and slimy and horrible as Date. Not when he’s lying there helpless. So add Shiki to the list of players who are decent enough at their core to renounce killing. Though we still have no clue how they’re going to hijack a helicopter.
Rating: 7 (Very Good)
Led by Awashima, SCEPTER-4 advances against HOMRA. Shiro, Kuro, and Neko are able to save Kukuri, but Suoh confronts them. Kuroh buys them time, but is outmatched and is bailed out by Munakata, who starts dueling with Suoh. In a mall, Kukuri – actually fox spirit in disguise – stabs Shiro, but a Sword of Damocles appears above him, and he transforms into the new iteration of the Silver King, Adolf K. Weismann.
The school island becomes a battleground there’s a very nice sense that all hell is breaking loose, though in a decidedly less bloody was than, say, Gangs of New York. You’ve got a gang armed with clubs, bats, and pipes against a gang armed with swords, and there’s not much in the way of blood. The chaotic feeling aside, there’s decidedly less sophistocated action here than there was in earlier episodes. The battles themselves were economically animated, as if K was running out of budget.
Anyway, while several pairs of rivals have entered decisive battles – Yata and Fushimi, Suoh and Munakata – the big deal this week is that Shiro is not the newest incarnation of the sneaky Colorless King after all. He’s become Weismann’s new vessel, which makes him Silver, not clear. That means he’s the First and therefore strongest king. But is he strong enough to stop Suoh and Munakata from destroying Tokyo? More to the point, could he be bothered to stop them? We know he’s back, but we don’t know his intent.
Rating: 7 (Very Good)
The back-and-forth between Yoshino, Samon, Mahiro and Hakaze continues. After determining the method by which Hakaze can be transported to the present without causing a paradox, Samon admits he left a suitible offering on the island to do just that in an emergency, but then proceeds to stall for time by trying to convince Mahiro that the Tree of Genesis is to blame for Aika’s death. Tetsuma reports to Samon that the killer was not of the Kusaribe clan after all. Hakaze surmises that just as she is the princess of the Tree of Genesis, a princess of the Tree of Exodus may have emerged; a mage of destruction.
With three characters standing in the same place for more than two episodes, we’re officially in Naruto Boss Battle territory now. Fortunately, the dialogue is a lot more engaging, and once we’d come to terms with the fact that very little would get done action-wise this week, again, we spent the episode listening carefully, rather than gnashing our teeth. And there were a fair share of revelations this week: most intriguing being that Hakaze can come back, but only if she uses magic that transports everything but her bones from the past to her present-day skeleton.
Samon also loses the only bargaining chip he had in his contract with Mahiro: Aika’s killer. His men can’t find him, and they’ve determined he’s not a Kusaribe. This happens late in the episode, after Samon had already stalled for time about as much as he could. The whole idea how how Aika’s death is related to the actions of the Tree of Genesis – which only acts in Hakaze’s best interests – is also fascinating. Did Aika in fact die so that Hakaze could live, through the intervention of the two guys who loved her? Should Hakaze really blame herself for things the tree did independently, for her sake?
Rating: 7 (Very Good)