Main question of the episode: How did Ikoma survive the fall?
Place your bets!
No actually don’t place them, we don’t have time to, the show gave us the answer straight away:
He survived thanks to…
I don’t fucking know
Magic, it must be magic.
He’s there lying on a raised rock thing which must means that he was helped by the waves to get there. Well, first, I’m not sure it’s really believable and secondly, I failed to mentioned that last week but I doubt you can survive such fall, thanks to gravity and the power of physics your internal organs should be crushed. But what’s a kidney when you are a Kabaneri? Kidneys are for mere humans, Ikoma doesn’t need a kidney and even if he needs one, he’ll be able to create a new one because he’s a Kabaneri and the main character of the show which gives him a strong plot armor.
Now let’s go and see Biba! He’s talking behind his father’s back again, saying some nonsense that I really failed to understand. His father cut him for no reason and said that it was fear that did this? eeeh… This is maybe too philosophical for me, I should go smell some Bleach vapor before coming back and try to understand this.
Okay I’m ready
So after that, we learn that the Shogun is a dick, because he killed a guy who knew too much to avoid some infos to be spread. This move could have been useful if only he didn’t kill him in front of everyone aha. But oh well who cares, this guy left his son to die and everyone is still supporting him so heh.
Then, Ikoma wakes up on a beach. So either his body moved on his own from that rock to the sand beach or everything was the act of Flipper the Dolphin. Both options make the same amount of sense to me so feel free to choose whatever option suits your fancy. Anyway, Ikoma is mourning Takumi’s death with the usual “It’s my fault if he’s death, I should have done this and this, If only I wasn’t so useless “. The show itself knows those sequences are boring as hell so the focus switches again.
The train arrives at the Kongogaku. Ayame follows Biba’s script, pretending to have captured him. The guys in the station bring the 3 days rule again, useless rule since from what we saw, after you’re infected, you turn into a corpse within the minute but it’s okay, I’ll let that slide, I doubt this will be of any importance later on.
But anywayyyy, let’s go back and see Ikoma now. He hides because he’s afraid of a corpse but it’s actually Boris. BORIS! WELCOME BACK ! Boris asks Ikoma “what the fuck are you doing here u trash?” that’s what I would like to ask you Boris, how the hell did you end up here? I don’t remember seeing you disappear? Last time I saw him it was on episode 9 riding a horse to save Ayame. Then, blank. I don’t know, I’m sure I missed something, there must be an explanation but honestly, I don’t want to go back and watch episode 9 and 10 again just to be sure. So let’s say it’s Flipper the dolphin again, damn you Flipper, you are truly everyone’s best friend.
So Boris/Kurusu improvises himself Life coach and has to support Ikoma’s whining about his existence, I guess now the nickname “Boris” should go to Ikoma since he is the most unbearable character in my eyes right now but that would make things too complicated so I’ll stick with Ikoma…. Or maybe Ikomeh? Yeah, that’ll do.
So Kurusu is like ” later loser” and Ikomeh stays behind and cries. Apparently, during the time he was off screen Kurusu was touched by the holy grace and became the personification of plot convenience. Suddenly he knows everything. He knows that Mumei did not intent to kill Ikomeh, he knows Biba’s plan and that Mumei is in danger. How does he know that?t
Don’t look at me like that. I have no freaking idea.
I guess Flipper the dolphin told him everything. That must be it. Flipper must also have some sort of communication device like a Talky-Walky to be well informed about everything so quickly. Aaaah technology nowadays.
So Ikoma is super impressed by Kurusu’s deus ex machina powers and decides to follow him.
In the meantime at the Kongogaku some confusing shit happens again. Biba puts his plan into motion and manages to brain wash everyone making them believe that you can turn into a Kabane just like that. In reality it’s the swagg team who randomly inject the virus to some people but because the pleb is dumb they believe what they hear. Also, Biba finally killed his father and plays god for a while being like “fufufufufu I’m so great and everything, all went well according to my plan”. At the same time the blond soldier releases some Kabanes from the train where they were trapped while saying “The nightmare has just started”. Waaaaa this is so threatening, so threatening that I could almost forget that they are committing mass murder for no reason. Biba held a gruge only against his father and MAYBE, some members of the government, why does he need to kill the entire population of the station? To prove a point? To show that he is truly evil and need to be taken seriously despite having a nice pink hair?
But it’s okay, at least we get to see some nice fighting pictures and people shouting with despair aha. OH COME ON! I can’t be the only one enjoying those scenes. I also laughed when the shogun died, that was pretty funny aha. Oh and when some guy started hitting the shogun’s dead body saying “it’s your fault” and then Biba shot him in the head, that was funny too ahahaha aaaaaaaaaaah… so much fun.
Then Biba sits on the throne and has a little flash back of the time when he was happy with his father on a horse… Okay… So the little we know about Biba is that he hates his father, he hates him sooo much that he could commit genocide in order to get rid of him. So know that he did it, he’s showing some remorse? Well, that’s a bit too late I want to say and I’m not buying it.
While Biba is having his late teenage crisis, Mumei is wandering on the street saying some stuff about butterflies and turning into a Nue (the colony thing). At the same time Ikomeh has an hair cut and inject himself some “dark blood” to level up. Where did Kurusu and nameless guy find those blood samples? OH and now, if you inject white blood to a colony it cures it. Is that the starting point to find a cure for the Kabane virus then? DID THEY HAVE THE CURE ALL THE TIME? WHY NOBODY THOUGHT OF USING IT? Are we even sure it’s white blood and not breast milk? UH?! As far as I know this cure came out of nowhere, who can tell me it wasn’t produced by that nameless guy who after being captured by Kursuru, carefully pressed his man nipples to produce that white mixture? WHO CAN TELL ME IT’S NOT WHAT HE DID?! HEH! No one, because nobody knew, because the way information is spread in this anime is a mystery, because nothing makes sense anymore.
Okay so now that I’ve ranted for more than 1200 words I should find the positive aspects of this episode to put my criticism into perspective. So… Good aspects… Well, it was fun seeing so many dead people, the animation was fine, as usual we got some nice shots on characters’ faces and backgrounds. Finally Ikoma’s transformation was okay I guess. It pains me a bit to say it but I really failed to appreciate this episode. I was unable to sat and enjoy the “bad ass” action and epicness of the show when it’s filled with incoherence and dumb plot devices. With this episode you can really tell the writers wanted to wrap things up as fast as they could, to end the show on a impressive battle. Which is a shaaaaaaaame. SHAAAAME ON U SHOW! SHAAAAME!