They found out that Mumei’s brother who she admired so much was Biba, the leader of the Hunters, the special squad to exterminate the Kabane. However, Ikoma cannot trust Biba, whom people praise as a hero. He is the real villain who had turned Mumei into a Kabaneri.
We have Biba, whom Mumei calls Brother, appearing in this episode.
Ikoma started his relationship with Biba aggressively from the very beginning. It got off from a rocky start, but it was settled without any major troubles.
Despite his beauteous look, Biba displayed his full potential as a leader, both in dirty chores and battles. Ikoma snapped at his idea of “the weak do not deserve to live”, but he grew to partially sympathize with him somehow as they interacted with each other more. As Ikoma had also determined to survive by defeating Kabane to win hope, they more or less shared the same idea.
Mumei’s devotion to Biba didn’t appear to me as great as I expected. It was not like she would listen to anything he told her, and she was obviously bewildered when she was told to get the master key of Koutetsujou for him. She does trust what Biba says, but maybe not from the bottom of her heart. She didn’t look like she was worshiping him fanatically at all, and her subtle relationship with him might hugely influence the future story development.
We also found out that Mumei was an artificial Kabaneri. A “stray” Kabaneri like Ikoma seems to be very rare. Perhaps Kabaneri are generally created artificially in this world. They may be so-called human weapons purposely created to fight against Kabane.
Mumei’s ignorance is somehow funny, as she is conveniently used here and there, but it also convinces me that she was robbed of any opportunities to think on her own since she was instilled that killing Kabane should be the only way to live her life. It is extremely sad and at the same time contrasts well with Biba’s deviousness in the show.
He looks really fishy that he has a large amount of Kabane hidden in his train, Kokujou. It seems to be confirmed that he is in the very important position to affect the future story.
The story started rolling in episode 8. I wonder how Ikoma reacts to or against Biba with his beauteous look and darkness in heart. I’m all the more unable to take my eyes off.
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