This episode begins focusing on a previously unnamed character. Apparently, he’s quite popular — perhaps a host of some kind — and he’s using his charm to calm down a younger girl who’s lost her parents. There are a lot of survivors crammed into this small host bar.
The man then goes outside, along with a few other hosts, who begin throwing Molotov cocktails at incoming zombies to protect their bar. Somehow despite this, the zombies still end up getting close to a few members, causing them to die or get bitten.
We cut back to Akira, who is seen driving nearby this ruckus. We then timeskip to the past.
Akira is able to connect to the internet once again, and one of the first things he does is contact some friends. In his mind, he rationalizes that he had to decline so many hangouts or get togethers because of work, so he should do them now.
However, nobody responds to his texts. Likely because they’re all dead.
Akira scrolls his contact list and spots a name: Kencho. They were friends back in high school. The last time they spoke, however, Akira lashed out at him for boasting about his happy life and telling Akira he should quit his job.
Akira then decides to apologize to Kencho, by any means necessary. He dons his motorcycle and gear and heads out to look for him. And now, we’ve arrived to the scene in the intro.
The sounds of Akira’s motorbike saves the unnamed man in the beginning and we never hear from him again, but he’s also indicative of some message this episode wants to portray. In fact, his scenes are not in the manga; we’ll get more in to that shortly.
However, Kencho, who was in a love hotel nearby, is also saved; the zombies outside his door were lured away as well. Akira shows up and shouts an apology to Kencho for his actions the last they met. Kencho forgives him, and the two idiot friends are reunited again, but not long before the zombie horde comes in again.
They flee to the roof where Akira suggests they leap to the next rooftop. To Kencho’s utter shock, Akira clears the landing. Kencho is too hesitant, however, and also admits to Akira that he’s sorry, too. This scene is meant as a final goodbye for Kencho. He admits that while he was talking good and lavishly about his job before, he hated it. And in reality, he really wanted to be a comedian.
Akira ensures him that he can still do that now that he doesn’t have to go to work anymore. Kencho, in a bizarre comedic scene, tears off all of his clothes and leaps to the next rooftop, causing Akira to burst out laughing. He clings to the side after nearly missing the jump. Akira pulls Kencho up when he nearly falls, and the two share beer on the same rooftop.
We also get a really cute scene of Kencho telling Akira that it’s only because of him that he’s able to shake off this dread. Perhaps with Akira, they can save their own mentality in the zombie apocalypse.
Opinions / Analysis
This episode is adorable and I genuinely don’t mind that they added an extra scene. It’s all meant to be about this cycle of rebirth. Akira is reborn and is finally able to live out all the things he’s wanted to do — Kencho is able to be silly and be the stand up comedian that he’s always wanted to be — and this new character, who we’ll likely never see again, is spared due to Akira’s motorbike. He is given another chance. He can be reborn, too.
And so can you; Just don’t wait until a Zombie Apocalypse to do it!
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