Is Chaos;Child finally finding its stride? It’s been a rocky road of pacing issues and incoherent action, but in this week’s review, I’ll take a look at some promising points and why I think Chaos;Childmay just entertain us yet. Check it out below.
Japanese Original Episode Title:侵した過去に間に合うために
I may have jumped the gun on Uki’s character. I for sure thought she was going to be broken and boring, but it appears that there’s a more interesting dynamic to her character. In case you forgot, Uki was the girl Mio and Takuru found in the old haunted hospital. Apparently, she’s an old classmate of the group, but she hasn’t aged in 6 years (since the earthquake). She’s welcome into the Aoba Dorm to live with Nono and the clinic’s family of orphans.
Nono is kind to Uki, and Uki’s age aligns with Nono’s sister and brother (also adopted). Uki lets her guard down and starts to show some signs of humanity. Mio isn’t thrilled that she can’t figure out what power Uki has and mentions cutting her up. That isn’t a very nice thing to do and she plays it off as joking.
Takuru and the journalism gang get together to continue their investigation and make a connection between the recent outbreak of fires potentially being related to the the Pyrokinetic Gigalomaniac. Senri, if you remember the reveal from last week, was a classmate of Nono’s and Nono knew about the experiments she was submitted to. This further confirms my suspicion that Nono is in the know about how awful things really are, and I think it’s no coincidence that the clinic houses many of these individuals. Nono assures everyone that Senri is non-violent, but there’s not really any other explanation for all the fires and who started them.
Later that night, while the group is chilling out at a cafe (where a murder is supposed to occur, OF COURSE), Takuru has another freak-out and sees the pyrokinetic terrorizing them. His eyes start bleeding and when he comes out of his delusion, they are still bleeding. The group returns to the clinic and Hinae shows that she has another ability – but only Takuru can see. There’s a knock on the door and everyone’s worst fears may be coming true.
There were actually a few highlights this episode. Some of the characters are beginning to show some character!
Hinae is forward: At the cafe, Hinae basically gives Takuru several ultimatums. I found myself laughing for a change. I think she’s developed a crush on our hero and he clearly finds her interesting. There’s actually a strange love triangle starting to form and Hinae is beginning to grow on me.
Takuru’s Delusion: I’m wondering why the Sumo Stickers are having such a profound effect on Takuru now. Before, they didn’t phase him at all… but ever since his trip to the hospital – exposure to them makes Takuru go a bit crazy. I really enjoy the art and sound design in these freak out scenes and they are a great way to break up the monotony of the episodes.
Themes & Comments
Puzzle pieces are beginning to come together. Last week, I mentioned my fears that this show was going to become more action-focused than mystery-focused. It hasn’t happened yet, and that’s a good thing. I believe what’s happening is that the characters are finally starting to show their personal motivations. Takuru’s confidence has started to wane with the onset of madness and if anything’s been done right in Chaos;Child, it’s this gradual decline of sanity across the boards. The more Takuru (who is our spirit animal as viewers) learns, the more his reality starts to unfurl. This goes back to the psychological thriller notes we talked about a few episodes ago.
Not only is his world unraveling, the benign relationships he had seem to have been built on false impressions. The people in his life almost seem like puppets – save for Hinae who is the only solid foundation and support Takuru has now.
Her 180 degrees shift from useless to useful is also a contradiction in Takuru’s mind and I’m curious to see how this will develop. Whether there’s a relationship formed or a betrayal, I can’t forget the words she spoke to him in Episode 1.
You will die
Things never go well for Takuru and I doubt that pace will change. There’s been too much exposition for the next episode to occur without someone dying. Honestly, someone has died in every episode, save for this one. While we got a slight break with some jokes and character development, I’m afraid for our group. Who do you think’s going to tap out next time and which characters will remain sane by the end of it?