Well, that was a pretty goofy episode. Can I just say? If you’re going to kill someone, please don’t blow up a hotel room unless you’re sure the blast won’t affect the rooms around you. Innocent bystanders shouldn’t die in your revenge attempt. There are plenty of alternatives. But that griping aside, this week’s episode introduces the techniques of a different arbiter.
While the extreme elements thing might have seemed a bit much, he doesn’t really seem all that different from Decim. Perhaps he took a bit more of a sick joy out of it and likes to toy with his marks a bit more. But that feels like something that would happen to every arbiter after doing their job for too long…assuming they were formerly human and can still get bored.
Presumably next week’s episode switches back to Decim. However, I still question the point of the show. Is the show actually supposed to be episodic? They’re not bad, but I need to approach things differently if there really is no overarching story. It’s entertaining so far, but who knows how long that will last?
Random side point: it’s actually funny that the first episode introduces the show as possibly looking at the corruption in human behavior, but it actually looks like pretty much every other story has tried to be heartwarming. Maybe the point is actually to display how much is left behind at death?