My only thought for the first few minutes after I finished this episode was “What the hell did I just watch?!” My mind was blown with so many things happening, and it left me in awe!
First of all, can we just appreciate the sheer artistry of this show? The production value is off the charts, but it’s not just that. The cinematography, the shot composition, the background character movement, and those smooth transitions – they are all just so beautifully done! I am head over heels in love with the whole experience this anime is giving me.
Remember that confession from Kiruko in episode 2 about “being a boy in his head”? We all thought it was about Kiruko not feeling comfortable in their own body, and that they had always identified as a boy. But guess what? Our theory was proven wrong by a flashback.
In the flashback, we see a younger Kiriko with her brother, Haruki. Turns out Kiriko used to be a racer after The Collapse, and although society is trying to pretend everything is normal, these activities in a world full of monsters are obviously dangerous. And everything in this one went terribly wrong.
Haruki spots a Man-Eater in the race’s path and tries to lead it away, but fails and gets eaten by the monster. Kiriko tries to save him, but fails as well. And can I just say, kudos to this anime for not shying away from the gore! When Kiriko pulls her brother from the monster’s grasp, we see him missing more than half of his body. It’s intense and heart-wrenching.
And here’s where things get even crazier. As Kiriko holds her dying brother, we hear a gunshot – And the next thing we know, Haruki’s brain is inside Kiriko’s head, and that’s how Kiruko was born! At first, we think Kiriko sacrificed her own body for her brother, but that gunshot makes me believe that the Doctor killed Kiriko and used the siblings for his twisted experiments.
Something else that I have noticed is that the fish with arms that Kuriko sees looks the same as the one that Kona drew in the first episode, and in addition to the post-credits scene, it seems that those kids are definitely not “normal”, and I am dying to know more.
Overall, it was a great episode. The artistic side of it was on point, and the storyline has got me super curious about what’s coming next. I seriously think this anime is a must-watch, guys! So, what are your theories? Share them with me!
Can’t wait for the next episode!
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