K 06 – Sweet Deadman and Hollow Living Thing

Parallels, parallels everywhere.

Kudos to GoHands and GoRa because this sure is a clever way to set-up the second half the series. They essentially took away Shiro’s established identity and worked on making Totsuka a key character. This episode also served to confirm things that viewers have been speculating on for a while. The mystery is one of my favorite aspects of K.

So far, my suspicions have been correct, leading me to believe that K knows what it’s doing with its story. The little clues scattered through out the first four episodes are finally coming together. It is purposely withholding information but it isn’t making things obtuse enough to make it difficult to follow. But who thought it was a good idea to make Yuki Kaiji sing?

Destined for Ruin

A few weeks ago, Munakata spoke about the Kagutsu crater that was caused by a previous King who attained so much power that the Sword of Damocles fell.. The system functions as a way to regulate the powers of the King, preventing them from becoming too powerful, because nothing forces you to reconsider stuff like a giant sword destroying you and the country you live in. Weissman logic– deal with it.

Kagutsu is derived from Kagu-tsuchi, the god of fire in Japanese mythology. Given how this series approaches things thematically, it can be assumed that the Kagutsu crater was caused by someone who used flames and was most likely to have been the previous Red King.

Mikoto’s always late for the party.

Even before Totsuka’s death, it seems like Mikoto has always believed that he was destined to bring about destruction. Totsuka was the one person who reassured him that he was meant to become a great king. With his friend’s senseless murder, I can understand why he’d choose to lock himself up. It sounds like a better plan than just going on a rampage and eventually triggering an event similar to what happened with the Kagutsu crater.

Being a King sucks for various reasons but it also opens up opportunities for people to climb up the ranks. Munakata’s position allows him a large control over Japan, the Gold King practically owns the country and Weissman is dancing with dolls because fuck you, he’s a king, he can do anything! The problem with Mikoto is that his nature doesn’t seem to coincide with those things but Totsuka saw something in Mikoto that made him believe that he would make a great king.

Back to Japanese mythology. Along with Kagutsuchi is another god of fire, Kojin.

The name Sambō-Kōjin means three-way rough deity, and he is considered a deity of uncertain temper. Fire, which he represents, is a destructive force, as shown in the myth of Kagu-tsuchi, the original fire deity, whose birth caused his mother’s death. However, Kōjin embodies fire controlled and turned toward a good purpose. He is said to destroy all impurity. Source: Wikipedia article

Totsuka Tatara has always made it a point to remind Mikoto that his powers were meant to protect and that he was destined to become a good king. However, I think things could go either way. Whether or not Mikoto becomes a Kagutsuchi or a Kojin is all up to him.

Sweet Deadman and Hollow Living Thing

As Shiro loses his ‘identity’, Totsuka gains his. This blog post’s title in derived from one of the K visuals released before the show’s airing. This episode also worked on displaying the similarities between Shiro and Totsuka, which is one of the most interesting things in the entire series so far. The way I see it, Totsuka is the Sweet Deadman while Shiro is the Hollow Living Thing.  In the restaurant scene, we see Yashiro looking around, eyes lingering on a Daruma, a Japanese doll hollow on the inside.

The sexiest Daruma doll ever depicted in an anime.

Shiro comes to find out that he doesn’t have a picture with the rest of the other students who also happen to be the restaurant’s regulars. When he calls Kukuri to inquire about the fireworks, Kukuri tells him that she doesn’t know anyone called Yashiro Isana. By this time, I think it’s fairly obvious that Yashiro only exists in the place where he is present. This is why Neko persists that they return to the school and this is also why the restaurant owner remembers him, but not Kukuri.

I’m not going to analyze why Kuroh is standing even though there’s no one else in the train. It’s Kuroh, common sense is beyond him. That or everyone is making an Evangelion reference (cue in the horrified gasps and long groaning noises from anyone who reads this) which I guess would be fitting considering Shiro’s lost sight of who he is.That or he’s a male Rei Ayanami with 10,000 clones created by Adolf K. Weissman. 2DEEP4U. 2BLUE4U.

FUCKING CLONES SHOOTING PEOPLE.

This eventually leads Shiro the believe what everyone else wants him to be, the murderer of Totsuka Tatara.

Somehow destiny has allowed Shiro and Kuroh to meet. Kuroh is the only guy who’d answer the way he did thanks to his late master’s words. Which brings this up: Did Miwa Ichigen, a man who saw the future somewhat saw this coming? I have no doubts that it was his words that sent Kuroh to seek Shiro, but there’s no way that thing that recorded his voice is not pre-programmed to some degree.

It’s unclear whether or not Shiro’s parasol plays an important part in the series, the parasol is part of the Eight Auspicious Symbols in Buddhism. It is a symbol of royalty and protection from suffering. During the scene in the stadium, Shiro opens his parasol to protect him from the rain, and coincidentally Kuroh chooses to let him live.

Theory time: Shiro is Totsuka. However, there’s little to support this theory aside from how similar they act.

End Notes

There are a couple of things that make me question how well thought out this plot is. But surprisingly, these are usually small details that are unexplained or just plain questionable (like how Yata and Izumo immediately knew where to find Totsuka). But other than that, the core mystery of K just draws you in. It’s enough for me to forgive them for having Yuki Kaiji sing and being so blatant with their advertising. Those things aren’t enough to drive me away. Also, one of the best episodes of K so far.

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10 Comments

  1. Question, what happened to Kuro’s former master again? I thought he was the guy Shiro killed but, erm, clearly I was wrong as this episode proved.

  2. To be honest, I’ve been pretty laid back in watching K up to this point. I, along with most of the community I believe, was expecting something that lacked substance but made up for it in style. This episode proved to me that K could take itself relatively seriously and still be great.

    I wish I had more to add to the conversation, but I haven’t been paying nearly as much attention as you (something I hope to amend in coming episodes). I do want to say how impressed I am at the fact that they actually made me care about Totsuka’s death. He’s barely been mentioned up to this point, and he didn’t appear much in this episode either. Still, I actually felt a tinge of sadness at the end of this episode.

    It just goes to show how well done the supporting cast is in this series. Each one has their own distinct personality that, when brought together, create something wonderful. Even if we never really saw it, I can tell how important Totsuka was to HOMRA, and his death managed to tug my heartstrings just a bit.

    • Episode 6 sort of gave me a bit of confidence in regards to how they’re going to handle the more serious moments in the series. So far, I’m rather pleased with what it’s doing. The way they built up Totsuka in this episode was great, it really makes you understand the motivations of HOMRA and the weight of that murder. It also sheds light on Yata’s crazy obsession with catching Shiro.

  3. Totsuka might have told Yata et al where he was filming. I am honestly starting to think the whole thing was a huge set up, so they might have gotten a ~mysterious anonymous tip~ too.

    I dunno who or what Shiro is, but I do have a crack theory: Neko is the real Colorless King. No, hear me out. We only have video!Shiro’s word that he’s the 7th King, and doesn’t that declaration look awfully suspicious? If you wanted to mislead everyone, wouldn’t that actually make a lot of sense? And then there are Neko’s powers. The way she “shortened” the hallways when she and Shiro were running from Kuroh is very similar to how Kuroh “shortened” the alley when he and Shiro were escaping from Homra. And when you consider that Kuroh got his powers from the previous King…

    For all we know, it’s not Shiro’s presence that makes people “know/remember” him, it’s Neko’s. She clearly knew about this whole memory issue.

    This episode was nice in that we got to see Totsuka and how he fit in with Homra. It also completely failed to explain anything about him. Was it just a coincidence that he claimed Mikoto would make a good king before anyone knew that Mikoto would become a King? Or did he have some kind of foreknowledge? Was that meeting on the roof really a coincidence? (Yeah right. Haha, no.)

    • Hmm, I’m not sure I have a lot to add to the Neko theory. I can see her being some kind of accomplice, but not really a King given how it must involve some kind of ritual and I find it hard to believe that other Kings would allow a cat to run rampant with the Sword of Damocles over her head. Look at how much flak they’re giving Mikoto.

      Was that meeting on the roof really a coincidence? (Yeah right. Haha, no.)

      Agreed. I have a feeling Totsuka may have had the ability to see the future. But does that open a can of worms or what?

      • But if there’s a ritual, wouldn’t they know about Shiro already? I mean, he’s apparently running around killing people and then being all amnesia or something. As far as I can see, Kings are “pre-determined” — Mikoto sure didn’t want the job, but couldn’t get out of it. Shiro can just announce he’s the king, and despite no one ever hearing about this before, everyone believes him. It’s all suspicious. Maybe she was hiding as a cat so that no one else could find her (and force her into king-ly things).

        That said, I’m not entirely serious with my Neko theory. I’m just throwing things out there.

        But if Totsuka could see the future, we get some really suspicious things. Is that power tied to being the Colorless King? Or is it something that happens randomly? So was Totsuka a Strain? (Is that why he apparently didn’t use fire?)

        …I can’t wait for next week.

  4. The way it all works in my mind is like this:

    1. Neko has the power of illusions

    2. Neko is ALWAYS with shiro up until now.

    3. Shiro never has his phone/pda, and I think Neko has a part in that because there’s a limit to her powers.

    4. Neko doesn’t want Shiro to call because she has no power over the other end of the line, and what comes out of the phone, a loophole around her world of illusion.

    5. The moment Neko leaves, the world she created for Shiro falls apart, His family doesn’t exist, His home doesn’t exist, His supposed friends don’t know he exists.

    6. There were no pictures of Shiro in the restaurant because Neko made a major slip up in her hungry daze.

    But then I feel there are holes in the theory because why would Neko simply run away over a slip up that could be covered up? In the first episode why do we see Kukuri on her own apart from Shiro, as if their shared world exists even when they’re apart. Why does Shiro’s memory seem so messed up? Why are Shiro and Totsuka so similar?

    That’s just me trying to create a theory to keep everything together in my head between now and the next episode, Seriously these guys just managed to Blow my mind out of this world.

    • Maybe she saw how dangerous life with Homra was for Totsuke so she created the illusion of his death and erased his memories?

      But I don’t know, I can’t help but feel like the vision Shiro had of the gold and silver kings will prove to be important.

    • That’s just me trying to create a theory to keep everything together in my head between now and the next episode, Seriously these guys just managed to Blow my mind out of this world.

      Same here. A very solid mystery if you ask me. It’s most like Penguindrum but without the metaphysical manifestations of abstract concepts and more Japanese mythology. The problem with the Neko theory is that I honestly can’t see her being the mastermind or the driving force, but it’s most likely she knows a lot about what’s going on.

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