Inuyashiki Episode 9: Practically a meme

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Well, this episode was certainly a heck of an experience. This series is certainly escalating. For me, this was kind of a mixed bag, but I feel like I’m weighing it heavily based on what I think is to come.

Okay, we get that the asteroid is a big deal already. I’m starting to think that this is just building to an ending where Hiro destroys the asteroid in order to redeem himself after the slaughter he’s caused. And while I don’t believe that this confidence in America should be justified, I absolutely believe that there are people who think this.

Yeah, I get that shock is a thing, but this is a pretty calm reaction to seeing a guy with his brains splattered on the ground. The blood is pretty clearly visible.

I really can’t tell whether this “trick” from Hiro is good or bad. It seems a bit trivial for him to restrict himself to killing through a smartphone when there’s no reason to do it. However, maybe tricking people is intended for some reason. If it’s there, I didn’t see it.

I will give the episode credit for this. Even if it was a couple of lines, the English lines in this scene sounded like actual English, which is more than I expected. Still, this woman loses points for having her cell phone connected enough to play an online video as the plane was taking off.

Please tell me that it’s intentional that the episode with a plane crashing into a city is episode 9 out of 11. Also, the plane from this perspective looks strangely large for a plane.

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Inuyashiki Episode 8: That was fast

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You know, I might have liked this complete 180 more if it wasn’t immediately following another complete 180…in the same character. I understand that the point is to show that the teenage mind is volatile, but cut me a little slack here. I also wonder if it cuts too much into Inuyashiki’s story. He’s felt like a minor character the past couple of episodes.

Probably the most unbelievable part of this raid is the fact that the SWAT team guns down a defenseless grandmother before shooting the girl who was literally calling out to warn Hiro.

Please tell me that the aliens that gave Hiro and Inuyashiki robot bodies are behind this asteroid. Otherwise, the show is expecting me to believe that none of the astronomers on the planet were able to notice a 50km asteroid headed towards Earth.

Ando’s casual references to how much Hiro outclasses Inuyashiki are actually pretty funny. However, I recall that Ando was pretty hesitant to participate too far into Hiro’s antics, so I’m starting to wonder how he knows so much about Hiro’s capabilities.

Part of the reason I bring up Inuyashiki’s lack of presence is the fact that I was surprised to see that Mari was suddenly becoming a major character. Do we really have time for her? Or does she only exist to give Inuyashiki father points? I admit that the scene where Inuyashiki supported her manga dream was nice. It was pretty good for a guy who was prepared to hide a terminal cancer diagnosis from his family.

Did Hiro really make the mistake of creating an enemy who will return to mess with him in the future?

Inuyashiki Episode 7: Brief moment of hope

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I really can’t tell whether this episode is believable or not. Hiro’s redemption in this episode isn’t super surprising, but I’m wondering about how it was done. On the one hand, Hiro’s still at an age when changes like this aren’t crazy. But on the other hand, he went from murderer to savior in a single conversation.

All of that aside, I did think that Hiro’s explanation for his actions was interesting. He’s pretty much pursuing a feeling from his past by killing others. It also fits a bit with how he changes…something as flimsy as a single experience can be shifted easier than something like psychopathy.

The moral question in this episode isn’t bad either. Can you make up for excessive killing by saving others? I think Hiro oversimplifies it by saying that he’d save as many lives as he took, but the question still stands. It’s basically the question of how far someone has to go before we consider them to be irredeemable. It’s easy to say that Hiro is too much of a threat because he’ll likely kill again, but how do we set that threshold?

Anyway, I guess we’ll see how far Hiro will go next week. Given the final scene, I can’t see things going well. It’s a pity. I would have found it interesting Inuyashiki and Hiro started moving towards some common grey area, rather than standing them on opposite sides of the moral line.

Given that Inuyashiki and Hiro have both been flying for over two months now, I’m surprised that no one has noticed this sooner.

Inuyashiki Episode 6: Internet never changes

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I don’t know if it’s just me, but something about this episode didn’t really sit well with me. Having Hiro’s mother commit suicide makes sense as a way to force Hiro off the edge. But his current development really screams for a redemption, and I’m wondering if it’s being pushed too hard.

The whole 2chan thing felt really heavy-handed too. A message of “don’t be too cavalier with what you say online” is fine, but the episode felt like it was going out of its way to justify Hiro’s killings. Hiro does murder a bunch of reporters harassing his father, but it felt like the episode spent more time on the troll hunting part as if it was really pushing its message.

I mean, is passing Hiro’s address to the media such a horrible thing? I know it’s an age where we don’t trust the media and all, but I imagine they must be competent enough to find where a person lives with a name.

And while I find Inuyashiki’s scenes entertaining, I’m starting to wonder if he’s been relegated too much to comedic support. This phone scene also bugged me because Inuyashiki talks with Andou without accepting the call. That’s just not how phones work.

Also, how incompetent is the police that they all managed to miss that Hiro flew away?

Inuyashiki Episode 5: Busted

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I suppose this episode was meant to soften Hiro a bit after all that we’ve seen him do. Overall, I don’t particularly have a problem with it. I’m not sure if there’s more to Hiro’s past that has made him as ruthless as he is, but this week’s episode suggests that he could turn it around. On the Inuyashiki side of things, it was nice to see him finally get some validation from Ando.

In the case of Hiro, you could make the argument that it’s easier to make someone who cares about few things care more than it is to make someone who doesn’t care at all care. I’m assuming that’s the idea that this episode was trying to propose by showing how much Hiro would do to make his mother happy.

This dream sequence where Hiro is human again was pretty random, but I guess it shows that he was starting to see his new condition as a curse. I’m curious if that was a persistent thought or just something that was starting to happen with the events in this episode.

I also wonder how Hiro really got caught. This episode showed him becoming a bit more bold with his actions, especially with the money he was gathering, in order to help his mother. However, the events near the end seemed to heavily suggest that Ando turned him in. There was the comment about a witness coming forward and that dramatically slow shot where Ando walked past Hiro. That’s probably the obvious answer.

I’m looking forward to seeing where things go next. I suppose Hiro could take his mother and try to hide away somewhere, but I kinda want to see that Hiro vs. Inuyashiki fight that’s in the making.

Inuyashiki Episode 4: The hero in action

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I really wasn’t expecting an episode like this, but I guess it works. It was kinda interesting to see an entire episode devoted to showing off Inuyashiki in action. That being said, I have a bit of a problem with how the yakuza boss is portrayed as someone so clearly “evil”. I suppose the idea was to justify Inuyashiki’s swift “justice” at the end, but it’s hard to watch.

I think the characterization might be justified if the yakuza guy returns as an enemy in the future, but this episode doesn’t really inspire much confidence. I think one of the episode’s strengths is that it didn’t try to force a connection to the overarching story. However, this approach kinda solidifies the idea that’s completely a side story.

To be honest, I was completely expecting this story to be some kind of background story for Inuyashiki in disguise. As I said before, I was really expecting that link to show up.

During the scene where Inuyashiki rescuscitates Satoru, I was also expecting some kind of flashback to when Inuyashiki went to the hospital in last week’s episode. I was thinking the flashback would show Inuyashiki failing to help people in the hospital to push the point that his power isn’t too insane.

Does it really make sense that Inuyashiki went down from a few shots to the head, but he seems conscious through most of this bullet storm?

Inuyashiki Episode 3: Two different approaches

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This series continues to be really entertaining, particularly with how they contrasted the two “transformed” characters are being contrasted. That being said, I did find it a bit odd that Hiro just ran away from Inuyashiki in the beginning. I don’t think he even mentions Inuyashiki at any point after that. I would have expected him to be curious.

The way the two different characters approach their powers is pretty interesting to watch. I would expect Hiro to be really excited to have a new robot body. We see this manifesting in the way he understands his powers when he describes them to Ando. He’s having fun with his new abilities and attempting to find their limits.

On the other side, Inuyashiki is much less bothered with testing his abilities because he’s focused on helping others. He discovers his abilities by accident when his desperation pushes him. Still, the way he learned to fly was pretty funny, and I thought it was cool that he went straight to the hospital when he found out about his healing powers.

The hospital trip came as a really sharp contrast to Hiro’s attitude, dismissing the more miraculous implications of the ability in order to fix a paper cut. I’m definitely curious to see how that works out for Inuyashiki next week. It seems like he’s found a pretty amazing power that would draw a lot of attention, so I can’t imagine that it will end well.

Inuyashiki’s fight in this episode was also pretty hilarious. I liked that he flailed about as you would expect from an old man, but his powers allowed him random bursts of strength.

Inuyashiki Episode 2: The other side

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Wow, this series didn’t waste any time getting really twisted. It was almost hard to watch, but I really thought the events were presented in an interesting way that made me ignore that fact. The episode did a really good job of introducing Hiro as a very different character than our main character, Inuyashiki.

The title of the episode gives it away a bit, but a lot of this episode’s opening was a pretty interesting misdirection to introduce Hiro. He visits his sick friend, who was a much likelier candidate to be the antagonist because he was avoiding school, and even accuses him of being a serial killer.

The episode even gives Ando a good reason to be the killer by mentioning that he was beaten up recently. For all we know, he could be venting his anger or getting revenge. But instead, the episode flips everything. Hiro introduce himself by name for the first time and reveals his new body. Sure, you could argue that I should have remembered his general appearance from last week’s episode, but let’s be honest. He doesn’t have that many defining qualities physically.

From there, it’s a straight psychofest. Hiro pretty much puts himself in direct opposition to Inuyashiki by acting completely ruthless.

I just wonder if there should be more to Hiro’s motivations than what we’re shown in the flashback. I accept that his mind thinks very little of what he’s doing, but I like to know more about why his mind thinks that way. I hope that the show’s not lazy enough to go with the “oh, he’s just a psychopath” excuse.

Inuyashiki First Impressions (1): The hero arrives

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I’m still not sure what to make of this series, but that was a promising first episode. I wasn’t completely sold on the old protagonist, but the progression of the episode did a good job of changing that. I gotta say…this is probably the most awkward midlife crisis I’ve ever seen.

I felt like this episode made good use of the scenes it showed. The weird delusion on the subway seemed strange at first, but makes a lot more sense when put into the context of the entire episode. It’s pretty much introducing us to Inuyashiki’s desire to be a hero even if he doesn’t have the power to go through with it. His desire to help at the end of the episode starts to make more sense with that in mind.

The cancer diagnosis and Inuyashiki’s subsequent phone calls also do a good job of illustrating his current position and mental state. There’s no need for him to narrate anything in his head or give some weird speech. The moment when he asks if his family would even cry at his death, you have a good sense of what’s happening.

As for the “discovery” scene, I suppose that pretty much went as expected. It was decently comical too.

In the case of the ending scene, I was pretty curious about the decision to upload a video of the incident with the punk kids. It seemed like a strange thing for an old man to do (or even know how to do), so it made me wonder just how much he’s in control of his new body. There’s the issue of the other guy who was with him when the aliens arrived. Plus, Inuyashiki was effectively turned into a robot, so how much is “him”?

Having Inuyashiki give his name at the very end was a nice touch too. He waits until he’s accepted himself and recognized that he still has the will to participate in the world.

Made in Abyss Final Episode (13): So tragic

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Well, this series certainly made use of the double episode for this finale. The “hot springs” scene felt a little bit like filler, but pretty much every other moment felt meaningful. This series was definitely an enjoyable watch for this season.

While Mitty’s condition certainly was tragic, I’m not sure how I feel about her post-curse immortality. It makes her much more pitiful, but I was expecting something different. I was expecting the fact that Nanachi hadn’t killed her to be an expression of Nanachi’s desire to maintain her own humanity. If she’s unwilling to take the life of her friend, she would prove that the curse hadn’t taken away her humanity as advertised.

Although we didn’t get too much of an introduction for Bondrewd, he certainly seems like an interesting character. When you really think about it, he has the same fascination and longing to explore the Abyss, but he explores in a different way. His character type isn’t too uncommon, but it becomes a bit more ambiguous in the setting that this series has presented, making him a curious case.

Given that we saw part of Riko’s dream last week, I was more receptive to the idea that her recovery was linked to Mitty’s death. I like that Riko was able to communicate with Mitty in some way right before Mitty ultimately died. Though it’s not explicitly stated, she probably gave Nanachi some closure and comfort about the decision to kill Mitty.

And so another ally joins the quest. This really did feel like a logical stopping point for this season. It had that “ending but also beginning” feel to it. That scene with the balloon at the end was also pretty cool, putting into perspective how far the main characters had come.

One final note: I didn’t notice until this scene at the very end, but Nanachi’s house somewhat resembles Mitty. The left window is fine, but the right window is messed up, similar to the situation with Mitty’s eyes.

Final Score: 8.5/10