- First things first: Haha, Akane’s so moe.
- So the Rikako Oryo arc is still continuing. It’s been good and I hope it ends with a nice bang in the next episode. This episode was mostly just fleshing out the characters and shedding some light on Rikako’s background. Speaking of Rikako, she’s just a fountain gushing with quotable quotes. This one for example (which makes a lot more sense in the context of the anime):
Everyone here is the same. They don’t notice anything. They don’t say anything. And they don’t think anything. They are merely a shell of their former selves and soon they will disappear like the melting snow. The epidemic leads people to their deaths and yet its pathogen will never be eradicated. This is a disease called serenity… a form of death that people have wished for.
- At first I thought that Rikako was just trying to sound smart, until we later on learn from Makishima that Rikako’s father literally died from having too peaceful a life… Seriously. According to Makishima having zero stress levels leads to an illness he calls Eustress Deficiency Cerebal Infarction, which is basically a side effect of excessive stress care. I think it’s a bit of a far fetch to say that zero stress levels would lead to a persons inability to recognize stimuli and eventually their nervous system stops functioning and they’re vital organs stop working and they die. But hey, I’m not a doctor.
At first I thought Shinya was beating the crap out of a real guy and I was like:
But it turns out that it was just a drone.
But I bet Shinya wishes it wasn’t.
- So the guy named Choe Gu-Sung likes working for Makishima because it makes him feel like he’s reliving his childhood… by killing people. He must have been one hell of a kid.
- Choe Gu-Sung likes thinking about how his next mischief is going to surprise society. I guess this is a reasonable fantasy considering that trying to choose out one’s clothes is probably the most stressful act of the day for these people. And even that comes with default choices.
- In a way I have to wonder if Rikako’s trying to help people by promoting stress and saving them from that weird illness?? o-O Nah. That can’t be it. I’m pretty sure there are more tame ways to scaring/stressing people out than sticking dead girls around the city. Releasing tigers from zoos for example.
- On second thought, maybe he’s not actually surrounded by girls. Maybe they’re all just old guys past their prime who just want to have some fun in a girl’s school.
- I wonder if Makishima also had to wear a skirt. He probably wouldn’t have to try hard to pull it off–oh yeah, he was talking to that important guy wearing normal clothes. Damn.