The Koutetsujou is now connected to the Kokujou, and Takumi and others are taken into custody for blood collection by the Hunters. While they are feeling desperate, Ikoma and the main crew attempt to plot a rebellion, to regain their freedom, pride, and Mumei.
This episode is filled with despair…
The people of the Koutetsujou are all caught and put together in the last cars connected to the Kokujou.
While Biba and the Hunters may pull off something extraordinary at any moment, Ikoma and the crew wait for an opportunity to rebel against them. It becomes tense, but in the mean time it is refreshingly heartwarming to see Ikoma and Takumi conversing each other as buddies. Takumi is a great assisting character and their friendship is perfect.
Such a heartwarming moment passes quickly. Shortly they launched into the planned rebellion and headed for the front car. They managed to advance more easily than I expected, and it even made me wonder whether Biba and the Hunters were adept enough. Meanwhile, Mumei was trying to break away from Biba. She realized that she couldn’t follow his ideology any more and wanted to be with the people of the Koutetsujou. But Biba disapproved of her will, as expected. He drugged her to manipulate her like a puppet.
The rebellion was over before the party could reach the goal. Biba had switched the key to the door of the front car. Ikoma and Takumi didn’t notice that and they were at their wits’ end. There were too many of the Hunters lined up now to force the way through.
The story surged up from here. It was so severely shocking that I lost my words.
This episode brought back a merciless story development that reminded me of the opening episodes. It intensely demonstrated the cruelty and the rigor that this show has.
Takumi got shot, trying to protect Ikoma.
Ikoma got furious and tried to kill Biba, but got his right arm blown off instead. And then vapid-looking Mumei appeared and stabbed Ikoma. He fell off the train and down below the cliff. That was something more than just cruel.
The last half of this episode is just despair. I’m just speechless about the unexpected death of Takumi. It is extremely difficult to accept his death when he was enjoying an innocent conversation with Ikoma just a while ago. I can feel for Ikoma’s anger and grief so much that it hurts. This composition amazingly let the audience accumulate the anger and hatred toward Biba. It makes the hero aspect of Ikoma prominent in the show.
This episode ended in despair. What will happen next?
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