Hello, fellow travelers. This episode opens with a shot of a half-naked Shizu-sama. There is no need for me to continue this review. See you next week! I’m kidding, of course! Let’s move onto this review of Episode 8 of Shizu’s Journey Kino’s Journey!
“If only everything were transmitted as easily as radio waves”
Japanese Title: 電波の国
After recovering from his wounds received during the events on the Ship Country, Shizu continues his search for a country in which he can settle down. He, Riku, and Ti arrive in a country reminiscent of the US, and at first, he finds it a pleasant place to live. That is until he witnesses an extremely disturbing incident. The police just write it off as being caused by ‘bad radio waves’ that force the citizens of the country to kill. Shizu does not believe this one bit and sets out to prove their beliefs false.
I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with Shizu-sama, so I have no problems with an episode that features him instead of Kino. However, what I really liked about this episode was how it once again showed the main difference between him and Kino. While Kino is very passive about the countries she visits, Shizu very actively tries to improve them. In fact, that’s what he was doing the very first time we met him in his home country. As we saw in the episode about the ship country, this usually doesn’t work in his favor. The citizens of the ship country did not want his help and instead treated him like the bad guy. Unfortunately, the very same thing happened to him in the country of radio waves, with his attempt to help backfiring on him. Although Shizu’s heart is in the right place, he is still quite naive. He honestly believed that the citizens of the country would be pleased when he proved that their beliefs about the radio waves were wrong. It’s quite surprising that a boy born to such an awful father would actually have such a positive outlook when it comes to things like this. I guess I need to give props to his grandfather. The truth of the matter is, humans think up all kinds of things to excuse their actions. Shizu is still quite immature when it comes to his view of the world, but Shizu’s journey is not just about his journey to his future home, but also his journey into adulthood. Despite his super smooth, mature voice (Ume-chan is just so perfect for this role), I would take a guess that Shizu is still a teenager. Get out the tinfoil hats
Early in the episode, we witnessed an extremely disturbing incident. A teacher murdered his entire class, even walking out onto the street holding the decapitated head of one of his students. The first thing to notice is the reactions of Ti and Shizu. The other witnesses were clearly quite disturbed, and will probably be getting therapy for the rest of their lives. However, Ti and Shizu were able to look straight at it- a reminder to us of their horrific pasts. The sheriff of the country informs Shizu that the cause of the incident was radio waves sent to the brains of the citizens. It is quite clear that none of this makes sense, as the radio receivers were apparently implanted in their ancestors many generations ago, and there, of course, is no way for something like that to pass onto their children. Shizu innocently tries to prove them wrong in order to put their minds at ease. Of course, it is probably more like this: the reality that humans themselves could commit such murderous actions is much more horrifying than the idea that something like evil radio waves caused us to do it. Who can blame them to be honest. Humans are awful. Of course, it is likely no coincidence that the country reminds us of the United States, a country infamous for mass shootings and the like. Not Guilty
When Ti took the baby hostage, Shizu was very quick on his feet and turned it in his favor, pretending that he was the bad guy all along in order to safely leave the country. When releasing the sheriff, it was quite amusing how Shizu lied about ‘strengthening the signals from the second transmitter’. Shizu’s aim was quite simple- when the citizen’s don’t start going mad, then they have no choice but to believe that the radio waves was a load of bull. However, again, Shizu is quite naive. I’m quite worried that this plan will also backfire. What if the sheriff decides to warn the whole country about the stronger radio waves? Even Shizu said he doesn’t know how he took his words, but I hope it doesn’t end in mass hysteria and blood on Shizu’s hands. Ti and Riku
After the country of radio waves, the trio make a stop at a country reminiscent of a large US city. Ti and Riku spend a day together. I enjoyed seeing this cute slice of life. As Riku says, he would have been willing to kill Ti in order to protect his master, but that is in the past now. I’m sure Ti and Riku can learn a lot from each other, and I would be totally in for a spin-off series. I hope all three of them can become a loving family, despite their pasts.
Until our next journey
Pretty much all the episodes featuring Shizu remind me of how awful humans in general can be, and I end up a little depressed by the end. But then I remember how handsome Shizu is and how cute and fluffy Riku is and I feel good again (I’m a simple girl). That shot of Shizu drying Riku with the towel while Ti watched and started to dry her hair was so cute! There is a lot you could take away from this episode, the most obvious perhaps being how easy it is to make excuses for ours and others actions. On a happier note, we can take away the importance of friendship. Riku and Ti did not get up to a great start. However, they are both starting to open their hearts to each other and my faith in humanity is restored just a little. Plus that hug between Ti and Riku at the end… adorable!! See you next time~ Next time: Various Countries (いろいろな国)
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