The series is taking a very interesting direction. Although there wasn’t a lot of stuff that actually took place this time around, the writers seem to be setting this series up for some big time action. Oh well, I have been procrastinating and I should have written this hours ago, so let’s get to it.
A new author has entered the fray. Emily is a little girl that is a trained killer. Aside from being a little girl, Emily has quite a few unique qualities. She claims that she does not need an instead. That is weird, but there had to be an exception to the rule somewhere. She claims that her killing good and she herself were custom made for this job. That is odd, and the killing good is even odder. Although she fights with knives, her killing good is a pair of red gloves that she wears while fighting. It appears that her father is dead and that she is staying with the Witch. I guess you could consider Emily to be one of the protege authors. She seems to have a personal vendetta against Iwai that goes beyond the actual game. Although she is a little girl, Emily forces Kiri to retreat due to her overwhelming power. Having said all of that, she can still act like a little girl when she is around her dogs.
Aside from Kiri getting his ass kicked by the little girl, there was some romance going on. They had to pick up where they left off in the last episode and it seemed as if both parties were happy with the progress that was made. The only thing that could kill the mood would be Iwai’s hair no longer growing out of control. A normal person would enjoy not having to deal with that anymore, but these are not normal people. Even though it stopped growing, you can’t cut the hair without Kiri’s killing good. Iwai is worried that Kiri will be disappointed by the lack of hair growth, but he acted like it wasn’t an issue. They didn’t fully explain it, but Emily said that meeting the Witch would mess with Iwai in some way. Regardless, I don’t need to see Kiri chewing on hair.
Current Opinion of the Show:
I am very split at the moment because there were some very interesting developments in this episode. Let’s talk about the fighting aspect of the series. What did I expect from this series when it started? A murder game where the main character would have to fight various people in order to protect the Hair Queen. As he fought various enemies, we would learn more and more about what was really going on and there would probably be a happy ending. What did we get? A sloppy school romance that had me forgetting that people were trying to kill Iwai. What did we get in this episode? What I thought we would have been getting this entire time. Kiri had a fight. It was not beautifully animated, but I have seen worse. No one died, but Emily seems to play a key role in revealing information regarding a lot of stuff in this series. Kiri sustained an interesting wound and the preview tells us that he will be getting help from Yamane in that department. We got some romantic progression, but there was a heavy focus on the fight. The recent episodes have given us a story that at least resembles a murder game, but that kind of sucks. I feel like I might have actually liked this series if they utilized this style from the beginning. It is a little late to pick things up because the season is almost over. Have you guys ever watched Katekyo Hitman Reborn or anything like it? The series spends too much time being comedic and stupid in the beginning before it actually gets into the real story. I don’t call that easing in an audience. I call it alienating people for no reason.
The other thing that this episode brought us was too much loli stuff. Between Iwai and Emily, I felt like half of the episode was spent showing little girls in their underwear. The older of the two is fourteen and they draw her to look like she is ten. I am uncomfortable with regular fan service, but stuff like this is unbearable. I understand why western society considers possession of mature anime to be child pornography. I have spent most of the season wearing headphones while watching this series, but I feel like I should have been arrested for watching this. I would just prefer it if they took this stuff out because there was no purpose for it. At least the whole S&M thing was meant to fit the killing good. There was no reason for these two to be almost naked for so long if at all. Overall, they continue to throw out things that I don’t like and I want to say that the good stuff is too little too late. I am intrigued by the crazy wound on Kiri’s arm and I want to know if the black blood was meant to be that color for a reason or if they just ran out of red. I think that the Byouinzaka sisters are underutilized in this series, so I am looking forward to seeing what role they play moving forward. Kiri sure can’t beat this girl on his own.