The most powerful ability in the show is named ‘I am a Cat’; it all makes sense now. Fukuzawa and Mori’s relationship from the past is finally explained and as it turns out, our guys have had the upper hand against Fyodor from the very beginning.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 共喰い(其の三)
As Fukuzawa and Mori start their fight, we are taken back 12 years when Fukuzawa was known as the Silver Fox, the best assassin swordsman in the government and Mori was an underground doctor who also worked as an information broker. Natsume-sensei, Fukuzawa’s boss, sent him to act as Mori’s bodyguard in order to be able to initiate a plan called ‘The third part framework’ in which the Military Police and the Special Division oversee the day, Port Mafia the night, and the Armed Detective Agency the twilight; they all keep order in the city. Back to present, Fukuzawa heavily injures Mori, who also plays a trick on him and manages to stab Fukuzawa in the neck. Before they finish each other, they are stopped by Natsume Soseki who acts as their superior and who lets them know that Katai is not dead and has found out the enemy’s hideout. He has also given all the information to Dazai, who has already figured out their plan of action: Akutagawa and Atsushi are forced to work together and infiltrate the enemy’s hideout. The base of the enemy is an old abandoned mine that is heavily guarded by clever defensive mechanisms and loads of manpower, but they both manage to pass through everything easily. As they take two guards hostage and try to find the gifted that controls the virus, Katai lets them know that their enemy is closer than they think as it appears that one of the hostages is Pushkin, who injures Akutagawa and inflicts him with the virus before running away.
The story that connects the bosses: It was intriguing to see a small introduction for the back story of Mori and Fukuzawa. It seems quite weird that this Natsume-sensei is the man behind everything and that he is apparently the holder of the ‘strongest’ ability in the series. He turns into a cat and is able to see (and control?) everything around him, which will definitely be interesting to see in the future. I still didn’t quite understand Mori’s ability though… Is he just able to summon a loli that throws injections at people? I highly doubt it.
The badly written plot: Okay, this episode had some really lame parts in it. Everything was great up to the point where they were outside the enemy’s hideout and were discussing their plan in order to get inside. At this point, Akutagawa jumps on the roof of the mine takes off a piece of land and goes inside and then Atsushi runs in the speed of light avoiding all the sensors and the guards. Okay, first, if Akutagawa took off a whole part of the ceiling in order to get inside, all the bloody movement sensors would have gone on, especially if you check the blueprints that Dazai shows them, it would be impossible to do something like that without being noticed. Now later on where Pushkin injured Akutagwa and runs away, Atsushi starts chasing him barefoot in his human form instead of re-using his tiger speed of light. I mean come on; that was pretty silly.
Fyodor has a thing for internal design: He furnished a shipping container into an elegant tea room. Enough said.
Themes & Trivia
Natsume Soseki: He is a Japanese novelist, best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat, and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales. From 1984 until 2004, his portrait appeared on the front of the Japanese 1000 yen note. In Japan, he is often considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history.
Fun fact: Natsume-sensei is transforming into a male calico cat which is very rare to find.
I really liked Natsume-sensei’s description of Fyodor as the epitome of craftiness. This show surely knows how to play with words very well. Also, when Atsushi mentions that he has a ‘talent’ that makes him sense when people are ready to snap, it’s not anything close to a talent, it just means that he always pushes other people’s buttons and make them upset, which is a weird thing for him to say judging his whole character so far.
Anyone that doubts Dazai falls into a cognitive prison.
Fyodor is probably going down in the next episode and I really want to see who is going to fight against him. Is it going to be just Atsushi? Because honestly, I don’t think he is strong enough to defeat him.
NEXT TIME: ECHO
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