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The mysterious sumo sticker that Takuru discovered in the last episode of Chaos;Child seems to have ties to the events of the past. Could they be the key to the deaths that are springing up? Check out our review to find out.
Japanese Title: 事件が彼らを嘯く
The journalism club continues their perilous investigation, uncovering a link between the sumo stickers and murders. They find a link to the NewGen murders of 2007 and realize that there are multiple designs of the Sumo Sticker. After filtering out copycats, Takuru and Serika realize that the original sticker shows up at the scene of a murder, before the murder occurs. Armed with this knowledge, they come up with a plan.
The pair create a video which dives deep into their theories on the sticker and the connection to the NewGen Madness killings. They upload this video to the internet and wait. No one appears to be watching it, which discourages them but doesn’t stop them. Takuru goes to spy on Hinae and overhears a conversation with a detective. He learns that Hinae is on temporary release and that the ‘suicides’ were actually murders. Finally he learns that Hinae was actually cooperating with the detective as some sort of agent for the department’s murder investigations.
There’s not much he can do with this knowledge at the moment, and he and Shinji talk through the Sumo Stickers more. Shinji sets up a camera at the scene of the most recent sticker site, in order to see if the theory of ‘future murders’ is accurate.
Meanwhile, a news reporter named Kei find the video that the Journalism club posted and creates a report about it. The video goes viral and discussion pops up everywhere. Kei turns out to be scientist name Mio and reveals that popularizing the discussion is an attempt to get internet users involved in the investigation.
As a result of the viral video, Takuru learns that the creator of the sticker is in a coma at the Tokyo General Hospital. Nono continues to worry about Takuru and her cautiousness leads to a shocking end to the episode.
What the hell?: There are several twists in this episode that come out of the blue. Hinae being revealed as an investigator is the first, but the more surprising one comes at the end. Without giving anything away, Nono reflects on her relationship with Takuru and how it parallels her ‘siblings’ relationship. When she finally gains a sense of peace…the audience does not.
This series is definitely a murder mystery where the audience can play along. Part of the fun is putting pieces together before the characters and suspicions that can’t be solved until later episodes. Interestingly, this angle allows the viewers to participate in a similar way to players of the Visual Novel. While it’s not truly interactive, a clue book and some common sense, can make the series a lot more exciting for the audience. We can often solve clues before the characters, and while this can be frustrating, it does give a sense of accomplishment.
I mentioned the pacing in the previous episode and how it improved over Episode 0. Unfortunately, my main complaint is the pacing once again. Instead of being too quick, Chaos;Child has slowed down. The excitement of Episode 1 has taken to a slow investigation in Episode 2. If we wanted to know what Hinae meant when she told Takuru that he would die, we won’t get that answer.
With a slow pace through the episode, the last moment catches you off guard. This is intentional, but it left me feeling a bit angry. The animation is still solid and we’re shown several more characters that have added more depth to the story. I hope to see some more answers next time.
I’m trying to connect the parallels between the characters and events of Chaos;Head and Chaos;Child. There may be none, but I think it’s important to note some of the coincidences. This episode’s climax left me saying “No! Nononono!” and well… how about you? Leave a comment below and vent some frustration. We’ll be back next week with more!
While you wait, why don’t you check a few more of our episodic anime reviews for Winter 2017?
Next time: School Festival