A trippy episode that made us understand Rachel a little more. Is Gray a good guy and will actually help Rachel reach her goal or does he have other intentions? Angels of Death is at its peak and more interesting than ever before.
Rachel and Zack reached the B2 floor but Zack is bleeding to death and cannot proceed any further, so Rachel decides to carry on by herself in order to find some medicine to heal him. As she traverses the floor, she is experiencing several vivid hallucinations that try to make her confess her ‘sins’. She finds herself in a Church where she meets Gray, the resident of the floor B2 and a priest that promises her not to harm her until he is able to judge her character. He then informs her that the best way to treat Zack would be returning to Danny’s floor and getting the medical supplies from there so in order to do so he can help her out but she will need to take one of Gray’s tests. Rachel returns to Zack to see how he is doing and after telling him about the plan, he requests from her to head down to his floor as well and bring him his knife. Then Rachel agrees to take Gray’s test and they go back to Cathy’s floor where she notices a strange-smelling gas excluding from him. He then asks her to restore the power so they can proceed further. Rachel finds the power switch but she is attacked by Cathy’s prisoners so she flees to the control room where she activates the traps in order to kill them.
The smoke smells kind of sweet: It is rather obvious that Gray is using some sort of drug to make her hallucinate and reveal her ‘true self’ or confess her ‘sins’. Gray seems to know a lot about the rest of the residents of the establishment and it wouldn’t surprise me if he knew about Rachel’s past and is trying to see what kind of person she really is. After seeing all the ‘know your true self’ quotes that were thrown at her, it is safe to assume that Rachel did something bad or witnessed something awful and is currently in denial of what has happened. That is why Gray is going around with her, drugging her and putting her through all these ‘tests’. He is trying to make her remember and I don’t want to know what he will do when he will finally be able to judge her. Maybe that’s the reason why she was brought to that place in the first case… who knows?
What do the paintings signify? These paintings are definitely hints about Rachel’s past and her character. Especially after portraying her parents to be the sheep, the other paintings hide other meanings about herself. The paintings showed a boy running in the fields, a hunter, and a snake. If you paid close attention to the blood writings, one mentioned: ‘Look at yourself, are you a sacrifice, a lost sheep, or a demon?’ So, probably, each painting represented each of the above and Gray was trying to make her choose which one she really is, but Rachel destroyed all of them, even one of her parents which make her ‘hard to judge’ or as I said before just in denial. Plus, we see her focusing on saving Zack and not caring about her traumatic background which definitely empowers her denial over her past.
Why does Zack want his knife back? That request was kind of weird. Does Zack think that he will die and want his knife back because it’s something that he holds dear or does he just want a lighter weapon because he can’t carry his scythe anymore?
Themes & Trivia
Antihemorrhagic: Such a fancy word to use when they could just say medicine to stop the bleeding… An antihemorrhagic agent is a substance that promotes hemostasis (stops bleeding). It may also be known as a hemostatic agent.
I have to admit that this episode was really well made and quite trippy. The blood writings, the purple smoke, the paintings, all the effects and the animations were exquisite. The background organ music was cleverly directed as well, it really did create a creepy atmosphere. And can we also mention the disturbing faces of Rachel as well? The one on the mirror shard and the one at the end when she was killing the prisoners…
Reveal and confess all your sins.
The writings mentioned that Rachel must collect her pieces and know herself and I definitely think that Gray will help her out with that in the next episodes… Also, why doesn’t he have any pupils? Is he supposed to blind or is he enlightened by God or something?
NEXT TIME: Yeah…, I ‘m a monster.
Angels of Death
Summer 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast