I might as well be re-watching Neon Genesis Evangelion at this point; at least the philosophical and religious themes worked to create a dramatically dark and moody theme whenever the leads were at their worst. Here, we just get a radically transformed Shu consisting of delusions and mental breakdowns so far left from the buildup of his character since ten weeks ago that I’m about ready to fall out of my chair from disbelief at how badly this show is being handled.
Oh wait, this show being badly handled is old news by now? Where have I been?!
At least we get some Inori/alter-Inori development this week in the form of some rather creepy Lost Christmas flashbacks and, for once, a decent costume change. Actually, I take that back. Let’s just make Inori wear less upper-body garments while keeping her overall lower-body wind resistance minimal, turn her entire outfit white, and call it a day in the hopes that it would signify that a change is gonna come for our freedom fighting heroes. Unfortunately, the change so far hasn’t really been all too pleasant.
And who in the world is this? And why does he have anything to do with the mysterious release of Chief Koudou and the release of a genetic meltdown similar to what happened during Lost Christmas? Have I really been gone from blogging that long to have gotten lost with what this show was supposed to be about? I do know that GHQ Antibodies pretty much police the country at this point, but what was the point again of releasing the genetic mishap on society again while having this seemingly random old man stand on top of a building to preach about bringing back his destructive nostalgia onto the world? To teach one rebel a lesson he’ll never forget at the cost of hurting an already scarred society?
I’m guessing several other bloggers have already mentioned how much of a disappointment Shu has been as of late, so I won’t repeat too much of it here. Bottom line is that after all of the fighting he’s done over the prior eight weeks, it’s as if he completely forgot his initial reasons for joining Funeral Parlor. Whereas it is apparently okay to murder several soldiers who probably have innocent families being supported by their duties, Shu can’t seem to undo the damage to his psyche after having to murder a single virus-stricken adolescent for the greater good of his and the boy’s older brother’s well-being. Tragic, yes, but far from ordinary in the scope of what the series has portrayed so far with this war going on.
Next week: everything hits the fan as Inori succumbs to the apparently horrendous song being sung across the world by a shiny purple-pink stone, and we’re all left wondering at what point will she just manifest as Shu’s older sister for the sake of closing up some plot holes and minimizing damage already done to an awfully broken story. The only thing getting me to watch this show anymore are the OP/ED theme songs. Can the creators just make two long AMVs for the next two episodes and call it a season already?