Kyoukai Senki Episode 5
After parting ways with Gashin, Amou makes his way to Risa’s hometown in hopes to pass on her necklace to one of her relatives. Unfortunately upon his arrival, he discovers that her family home has been demolished and learns her relatives have fled and scattered in fear of the Asian Military capturing and/or killing them for being related to someone affiliated with the terrorists. Luckily Amou was able to find a contact to be introduced to Risa’s childhood friends, and was able to pass on the news of her death. But at the same time, Amou came to learn about a lot of sickening things going on in Risa’s hometown, further explaining why she left to join the rebels. You can meet a fate worse than death if you end up with an unfortunate encounter or drawing the attention of Deputy Governor, Major Liu Fu.
This guy is worse than trash. He will make anyone his target over the dumbest and most trivial things. Today’s unfortunate victims were Mr. Nose and his daughter over a freaking DROP of wine on his uniform.
Major Liu Fu character design also puzzled me because I actually wondered if he was supposed to be Human or not– but then again, this guy doesn’t have a speck of Humanity in him, so you can’t even call him one. He views the Japanese as his “prey” and harming or just outright killing them is his source of entertainment, and he makes profit off the books through Human Trafficking.
Thanks to bit of luck, Mr. Nose and his daughter were found together unharmed. But boy, did it make me nauseous to think what was in store for little Hina if she hadn’t been saved. Thank god Amou found his resolve, for everyone’s sake.
However, I was very frustrated with the way they wrapped up this conflict. After all that build-up and nerve-wracking tension of what was in store for everyone who was arrested by the Deputy, it instantly fizzled out. I also found it to be a bit of a convenient cop-out to have everything resolved with Amou’s declaration that he will defend his fellow people, and left off with a warning to Major Liu Fu. Sure, he was finally exposed for Human Trafficking and dual bookkeeping secret accounts, but you’re telling me that Amou and everyone else was able to get out scotch free after all that? What about the consequences of Amou’s intervention? Are we really supposed to believe that just because Major Liu Fu is effectively being removed from power, means that they are saved? And wasn’t the Asian Military supposed to be super organized and fearsome? Based on the theme of oppression we’ve been seeing so far, I find the way this situation has been resolved to be rather superficial. This is the part in the story-telling that is not working for me because I’m pretty sure we are probably never going to hear about this town or its people again. They served their purpose of making Amou find his resolve, and now it’s time to move on.
And after this episode, although I do feel it’s still far too early to really say if this is the case… but it feels almost as though they are trying to avoid making this show feel too heavy and are trying to balance it with light-hearted moments and humor, namely with Gai since he is the one that really draws that out right now. I don’t know, it’s just the kind of the impression I’m getting from this show right now. We’ll have to see if that changes at all in the upcoming episodes. The more Amou becomes exposed to the oppression the Japanese face, the heavier the story can get.
Next week, it looks like we’re going to see another similar situation where we have a psycho enemy solider looking to ruthlessly kill people for entertainment or over the stupidest things/accusations of terrorism. With Amou grouped p against with Gashin, the two are due to meet their newest member of the squad who was briefly introduced to us this episode. I just hope the next incident doesn’t have another anti-climatic conclusion like this one.