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Chaos;Child – Prepare Yourself

Review

The last two episodes I have rained fire on this series for an increasing number of odd decisions made when showing us female characters. After last episode I wasn’t in a rush to watch this one at all, the story had been very lackluster and the aforementioned scenes had only served to pull me out of the series and pray for the episode to end. This week there was only one noticeable incident that lasted for less than a second.

It appears to just be something about Nono’s character to have breasts that must give her severe back pain given the rest of her proportions, so that’s something to expect now. It would probably be much better if they weren’t at the central point of the camera view but that only happened once, and was therefore the only time it became noticeable; the story was allowed to take the focus as it should. And what a story it was.

This is the first time in this series, but also in any that I have watched, where the¬†intro scene¬†wasn’t present. The show started in action and never stopped all the way through until the episode ended. Even the credits were displayed over the action instead of appearing afterwards. This caused the episode to be so gripping and really brought the viewer in and never let them step outside. From the moment we see the presumed killer to be a victim, to the moment two characters we have come to know are killed, the action is forever in place and at no point do you get a respite. I didn’t even notice the intro credits had been skipped until the episode had ended and I was writing this, I had to go back and check; that’s how absorbed I was in the episode.

The decision to have the ending credits appear over the episode was a bold one and the episode benefited from it. They were unobtrusive and although the viewer notes them and registers that the ending of the episode is near it doesn’t give you the same sense of closure or allow you the time to process what you’ve just seen. Instead the time is given over to the death of one character and the grieving over the other, with the credits positioned in such a way that your eye is mostly drawn away from them. There’s moments where there is nothing but the sound of one character grieving over another before the screen cuts to black and you realise the episode’s ended.

The best part, now we’re back to no suspects. I have a suspicion it’s the other person in the photo from some of the things that went on. But I finally got a connection to the prequel Episode 0 that confused me, remember seeing someone get a present of their little sister’s hand in a box?

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Synopses

Series
Shibuya, 2015. In a city recovering from the “Shibuya Earthquake” which devastated it six years ago, Takuru Miyashiro, a student at the newly built private high school “Hekiho Academy” investigates a series of serial killings known as “The Return of the New Generation Madness” as part of his work for the school’s newspaper club…

Episode
Senri Minamisawa is dead. She became the fifth victim of the New Generation Madness, commiting suicide by impaling herself on a piece of rebar and then setting herself on fire in her own locked apartment. Takuru and his friends are relieved, but at the same time uncertain that it’s really over. Just in case, they decide to stay together on the day of the next murder. Everyone hides out at Aoba Clinic, where it should be safe, but then Yui and Itou go missing…

Source: Crunchyroll

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