This week’s Inuyashikiwas absolutely amazing. It was so good I don’t even know how to process what happened. And we’re only in Episode 2!
Japanese Title: 獅子神皓
Against my expectations of seeing a rather slow episode on how good old Ichiro would be desperately but not very successfully looking for the kid standing next to him when he was turned into a… whatever he is, this episode focused on introducing the story’s antihero, homicidal sadistic maniac and ultra-douche, Hiro Shishigami.
Hiro Shishigami is your typical high schooler who reads One Piece (*avoids puking*) and looks for a girl with a nice personality. His friend whose name is not important enough to remember has stopped coming into school after having been beat up by the local bullies. Hiro visits him and in order to convince him to come out and then get back to school, he makes a small horrifying demonstration of his powers to him and offers to kill the people who bully him. On his way home, Hiro stops by a random house and brutally murders all its residents in cold blood. Ichiro catches the screams of the young girl being murdered on his radar and for some reason he deems it a good idea to drive there and get stuck in traffic instead of flying to her rescue. Upon his arrival, he finds the dead girl and little Shiro, thinking Ichiro is a member of the family, shoots him in the head. As Hiro walks away and out of the house, Ichiro gets up and stares at him, and we all know that there’s an epic fight comin- WAIT WHAT, THE EPISODE IS OVER ALREADY. NOOOOOOOOOOO
The antihero: Unlike what the norm is in popular media, having the old guy being the hero and the kid being the evil villain is a nice refreshing change. Everybody tends to underestimate how horrible teenagers are. Having been one at some point, I can verify that.
Proper psychopath: Hiro is, clearly, a psychopath. He has not real feelings for the people around him and just seeks thrills that will keep him entertained. The way he stops to enjoy the moment of his victims’ suffering is just a blatant way of the show to demonstrate that he needs this murderous rage to prove to himself that he can feel something, even if it’s the sadistic pleasure of killing someone. Great.
Excellent animation: I just love the rendering of the characters so much. Specifically, there are tiny moments in the show where you can see their heads slowly turning in a 3D fashion, almost like in rotoscoping, but not quite.
The tension of death: You can feel it when Hiro is in his friend’s room. Initially, it feels like he’s about to murder him, but once he leaves and gets in the other house where he goes on the killing spree, that whole eerie aura of his is pretty much self-explainatory.
Conformed thinking: I mean bruh, just don’t drive there. You’re a bloody cyborg, maybe fly or just teleport or something? The distorted echoed screams where not good enough to motivate him, I guess.
Themes & Trivia
2chan reference: Always surprised to find bits of internet culture in popular media.
Yagami Light: Hiro did remind me of our beloved Death Note protagonist. Except for the fact that Yagami had a god complex, he was not going on a killing spree for fun, and there was some moral dilemma for the viewer to solve when being presented with his concept.
Voice acting: I was a bit thrown off by the choice of the voice actor for Hiro (I found him to be quite dry) but then again, him being a psychopath it does seem kind of appropriate, right? The voice actor is Takeru Satoh, and in case you don’t know him, you might wanna look him up because he is, well, hot. There, I said it.
Hiroya Oku’s gore: If you thought the bathroom scene was gross, maybe you should watch Gantz, which is probably the most well-known of Hiroya’s manga.
And so begins and old man’s quest to kill a teenage brat
I’m not expecting this to finish any time soon and definitely not in a good way. I’d say I’m not super keen on watching episode after episode of relentless ass-kicking, but I have high hopes for this show, and I believe it’s going to be much better than that.
Did you enjoy Inuyashiki’s Episode 2? Would you like to make salami out of Hiro’s remains? Let us know in the comment section below! See you next week with another Inuyashiki episode review on MANGA.TOKYO!