Gakkou Gurashi! – 08

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No Kamo no Chomei recitations this week; rather, we have an algae-covered Yuki and Taroumaru, resulting in the need for baths for both. But I must admit this episode, despite its ample charming slice-of-life and revelatory ending, had neither the drive nor the punch, nor the resonance of previous episodes. For the first time, GG! felt like it was, if not stalling, at least dawdling.

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The totem connecting the recent past to the present is a Polaroid camera, a pre-digital mechanism capable of producing instant images of the moment the shutter click captures. Moments that no longer exist, like those with Megu-nee. While searching the faculty lounge for the lock the mystery key fits, Yuuri recalls the day both she and Megumi came up with the whole idea of the School Life Club in order to break up the monotony of simple survival.

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But the very ease of their survival thus far has created a kernel of doubt and suspicion, not only in Rii-san, but Miki as well: both believe the school to be almost too well-equipped for long-term survival, which is why Rii-san wants to find out what the key unlocks so badly. It just takes a bit of aforementioned dawdling on the part of Yuki and the dog to get to this plot-propelling point.

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But it’s Yuki, the delusional one, who ends up finding the secret compartment where the safe that the key belongs to is located. Yet Yuki isn’t made privy to said contents: a DVD and documents relating to the effects of a biological weapon, contamination, and isolation, all but assuring that the present zombified state of the country and possibly the world is a man-made occurrence.

On the one hand, the revelation of these documents takes us deeper down the rabbit hole. On the other hand, some of the mystery has been eroded, leaving us with facts that may or may not provide ample recompense for what had been an immersive mystique. In so much fiction, sometimes the more you learn about something, the less you end up caring about it. Some things are better left unknown. It remains to be seen if this is one of them.

In the next four episodes, will anything come of Yuuri, Miki, and Kurumi learning more about what happened? Will they be able to use this information to enact significant change in the present state of the world? Or has their fate already been sealed, in which case they may have been better off in La-La Land with Yuki?

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Author: sesameacrylic

Zane Kalish is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

2 thoughts on “Gakkou Gurashi! – 08”

  1. Did you catch the opening (which I have to re-watch) which seems to suggest a zombie Megu-Ne is still kind of shambling about with some mild semblance of retained consciousness? It is hinted at the end too when Yuki is talking to Megu-Ne through a door. Those bits had me intrigued.

    1. I have to watch it again too, but I think I recall seeing the suitcase Yuki finds in the end, suggesting the Megu-nee POV took place in the past.

      That being said, if Yuki is talking to “In Her Head” Megu-nee through the door—while the Real Megu-nee is still shuffling around, that would be interesting indeed.

      I just didn’t connect those two bits because the episode quickly changed gears to the dog chase/bath and then to the discovery of the suitcase.

      Gotta stay sharp with this show!

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