This needs to be prefaced with a big What did I just watch?.
The beginning of this episode completely confused me. I watched the entire thing and I still don’t have a clue what happened.
Who’s house was Takuru getting into at the start? Who was that old man? Why did Takuru need the old man when he just used his powers anyway? When did Takuru learn to control his powers like this? How did he know where to go afterwards? When did they all start using magical swords? What game is she on about? Why was she suddenly injured?!
Okay, so maybe the house was Serika’s. That really is the only bit I can guess at; for all the others I have no answers to. I felt like I was watching an episode of Fate/Grand Order with the duel sequence.
The rest of the episode was really enthralling, and thankfully you can ignore the entire start point and just pick up with Nono being injured. I enjoyed it and I was glad that they didn’t spend too long getting to the whodunnit aspect. They’ve not given us any kind of reasoning except for wanting to make the game more exciting; whatever that means. Nothing about this feels like a game, unless it’s a game on a cycle I don’t even see how it’s a game at all. Especially given the background information we were given on Takuru’s imaginary friend (I actually didn’t see that coming) who else could be involved in the game? Someone else obviously is because we know two people were there when Shinji was infected.
Two things of note. Firstly, were the sumo stickers always there in the title sequence? I’ve only just noticed them every time the scene goes black and white. Secondly, at least Serika’s “overhearing” from an early episode has a reasoning. Just like Nono’s representation calling me to question things, well played.
Overall, I feel very confused after watching this episode which is why I can’t give it the full five stars. A show like this is supposed to have elements of mystery surrounding it, but there’s mystery and then there’s this kind of “what?” that I’m left with. If you have any answers to the questions I put above please let me know! I get the feeling the show won’t answer any but the last one.
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…
Kurusu has tracked down the identity of the killer, and revealed her secret to Takuru. Now she goes to the school to meet with the one behind all the murders.