This episode was bluer than usual. Also, talk about socially awkward.
It’s a damn shame this show is only 13 episodes. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen such a diverse and fun cast. The chemistry between these characters is gold. You can remove Shiro, Kuroh and Neko from the scenario and still have the rest of the cast carry the show. That’s not an easy feat, and K manages to pull it off very well.
Saruhiko and Yata take center stage in this episode, engaging in the first real one-on-one fight in the series. It was over-the-top, crazy and showcased the talent they have over at GoHands. There was this running scene that bothered me, since it used the motion blur to cover up the fact that they didn’t have enough frames to make it look smooth enough– Brains Base did this quite a bit when they were doing Mawaru Penguindrum. It’s a very minor qualm though, because the rest of the fight looks /awesome/.
Time for Super Saiyan Mode.
These two look like they have a lot of history behind them and their names are related to animals well known in Japanese lore, Yata being the crow and Saruhiko being the monkey. Yata explicitly says that Saruhiko ‘betrayed’ HOMRA by leaving the clan. Saruhiko explains that he was different from them and that leaving was inevitable. For non-manga readers, Mikoto’s method of choosing clansmen is very simple. He asks you to shake hands and if his flames don’t kill you then you’ll be granted some of his power, implying that this is a sign that you’re ‘worthy’ of joining Homra. I’m surprised that even after leaving the clan, Fushimi was able to retain that power and gain another another one by joining Munakata’s forces that opens up the possibility that you may keep on gaining powers by joining different factions. That is, if you don’t piss off enough people who’d end up wanting you dead.
Being a jerk does that, you know?
Fushimi scoffs at Yata’s loyalty and it’s understandable to see why. The characters we’ve seen in SCEPTER4 and HOMRA all demonstrate loyalty to their Kings. Fushimi isn’t that kind of person though, I’m doubtful he’ll ever find a place where he can be himself. All things considered, he’s kind of an anarchist. His name may be an allusion to the Monkey King who rebelled against the Jade Emperor in Journey to the West.
Even their fighting styles say a lot about their personalities. Yata’s is flashy and involves a lot of unnecessary movements. It’s fun to watch, but there’s no way that’s practical. Fushimi on the other hand, doesn’t like to expend a lot of energy but manages to be the first one to land a serious wound because he’s been hiding DEM KNIVES somewhere. He hides them in his sleeves. Nevermind how that doesn’t make any sense. BUT HE BE A NINJA ‘YO, IT’S FUCKING MAGIC.
Speaking of magic—
Shiro doesn’t exist in school records. When Yata questions Kukuri about him, Kukuri claims not to know Shiro.