Wow, I wasn’t expecting it to be so easy to clear all of the zombies out…but then again, I suppose it’s better than expecting Yuki to somehow fight her way through them all. I’ll reiterate what I said in last episode’s post about liking the fact that the story pushed the idea that Yuki could be more effective with her sanity, despite how much everyone was enabling her throughout the series. Basically, it’s the idea that while it’s less painful to remain ignorant, it’s usually much less practical as well. As a side note, I wanted to point out that if these students’ families were hiding out in their homes, Yuki just pretty much screwed them by sending zombies there…fun thing to think about, right?
As a whole, I’d say that this series was pretty interesting for me to watch…a lot of interesting psychological implications. That being said, I would argue that there could have been less fluff, but I mostly understand why they were there (to keep everyone from thinking this was The Walking Dead for Japan, I’m guessing). The question still remains what exactly the side effects of the experimental drug used to cure Kurumi were, but I don’t think a second season is really necessary to answer that. Let’s be honest…how fun would a second season be without Yuki’s delusions?
Before I go in to the rest of the episode, there is something I want to get off my chest. Throughout this entire episode, there’s something that’s been somewhat eating at me. A lot of the events of the episode seem very dramatic and urgent, but why does it feel like everyone has the luxury of time? But that aside, this week’s episode certainly seems interesting to me because Yuki seems to be making the transition from cheer captain to actually useful. They’ve somewhat perpetuated the idea so far that despite her delusions, Yuki still contributed heavily to the group and I like the idea the story is pushing at the end of “well, she can be even more effective without the delusions”.
For the most part, the final episode seems somewhat straightforward. I’m guessing Yuki will reach Miki just in time to save her and get the medicine back just in time to save Kurumi. “Graduation” is an appropriate title for next week’s episode because of the simple fact that the school will no longer be habitable (I highly doubt any of the girls are capable of repairing the power system). What remains now is the question of “what is next?” Will the girls travel to a new location with Megumi’s car?
I suppose it’s about time for the illusion to break. While I’m a bit annoyed at the convenient timing of the medicine that could potentially cure the zombie infection, I’m willing to relent a bit because I believe Kurumi’s character is least deserving when it comes to becoming a zombie. But that aside, is this episode the beginning of the end for Yuki’s illusion? With Megumi’s zombie back in the picture, it seems like many of the foundations for the dream are breaking down. If that’s the case, then I suppose the only question that remains is how useful she will be without them.
The fact that next week’s episode will likely introduce a cure of some sort brings up some more questions. Will it completely restore Kurumi? If so, can it also be effective on the others that fully became a zombie like Megumi or Taromaru? If the answer to that second question is yes, is that a bit too convenient? I understand that a cure must eventually be found (or humanity eventually wiped out), but having the cure already available in the school all along is a bit much. As a final note, Miki says she’s the logical choice for grabbing the medicine for Kurumi because she has no attachment to Megumi, but what about Taromaru? I can only assume some cheap scene will occur where he escapes the room where Kurumi trapped him.
GATE has been delayed a day this week, so I’m doing this instead. It’s kind of a pain, though…this week’s episode is actually really uneventful, so I would have liked to have bundled it together with next week’s episode in a single post. This week’s episode essentially just showed the group cooling down a bit (quite literally) after the revelations from last week’s episode.
The only event of real substance in this week’s episode happens at the very end of the episode, where the zombified body of Megumi comes shambling up to Taroumaru. This scene, while coming at somewhat surprising timing in the episode, is actually really common in zombie-related series. The use of the body of a loved one is generally used to stir up dissent in the survivors because they are more hesitant to kill a zombie they recognize. We’ll see if this series decides to go down that route as well…it’s also possible that Megumi’s body is purposely kept intact so that she can be restored somehow.