Unfortunately, this is one of those eps where the extreme compression ratio of this adaptation becomes clear. While I got the basic gist of what was happening, there were certain elements that never quite clicked, and left me a little unsure as to what was happening and why. For example – why did Jin call Akemi when he did? What did Kouga ask Jin to do when he called him before going to meet Jirou? I may as well ask why Kouga was stupid enough to walk into Jirou’s trap, but that answer is obvious enough – I mean, if Jirou was indeed testing him merely showing up next him a failing grade.
In any case Jirou doesn’t have Konoha anyway – she’s safe with Akemi – and Jin has crossed the great divide to manhood with Hanako (poor Konoha). If Kouga was naïve to think he could walk into Jirou’s arms and think any good would come from it, Jin was pretty naïve to think he could get away with saying “I’m happy” in a story like this and not have it bite him, hard. Whatever else you might say about Mitsugai his advice to Jin about not letting anyone get close to him was sound, and Jin is surely going to pay the price for his dreams of a gingerbread cottage with a white picket fence.
It was already obvious that Jirou was a sick piece of work, but the entire party sequence was brilliantly off-putting. The sense of wrongness was overpowering from the beginning, and even with the censoring the results were pretty horrendous. Jirou may be working with Haitani but there’s no doubt about it, this is personal for him – he’s enjoying it way too much and going out of his way to be theatrically psychotic for Kouga’a benefit. I guess a family like the Amagi will make plenty of enemies, and Kouga is obviously paying the price for the sins of the father (or the grandfather, as the case may be). And Hayamai may not be in league with Jirou, but he’s damn sure not thinking of Kouga’s best interests.
There’s a growing sense of tragedy here, as if we’ve barely taken a sip of the milk of human suffering Zetman is going to serve up. I’m assuming tragedy is going to hit hard and close to Jin, perhaps with Hanako. But the one in the worst harm’s way seems to be Kouga, who’s being set up like a bowling pin. His enemies are bad enough, but I’m not too sure about his friends either. I don’t know if all this is going to drive him to the dark side or merely insane, but it isn’t going to be pretty – and the one who might be able to help him, Jin, is going to have plenty of his own problems to worry about with EVOL openly declaring war on humanity. What of that meeting between Jin and the EVOL leader last week, I wonder? Not a mention this time around.