Episode 5 Summary
The Iron Fortress picked up the survivors at Yashiro Station raided by Kabane.
Among the survivors, Mumei met her old acquaintance, Enoku. He pointed out that Mumei got rusty after playing nice with the people on the train.
Feeling uneasy, Mumei chooses to take a reckless action, only to find herself in dire straits.
This episode focused on Mumei’s psychological portrayal.
Enoku, who used to work as an informant or “ear” of the Young Master, appeared and unveiled to us that Mumei is his “claw”. Enoku made her realize that she was starting to get rusty as a combatant.
To play the role of the “claw”, she must remain fierce and feral. After the joint battle with Ikoma and the others, she earned the people’s trust. But that in turn made her feel insecure instead, as she probably got scared that growing comfortable with others would rust her claw nature.
Enoku appeared in this episode to remind her of her role as a “claw”.
Later in the episode, she is described immature thoroughly.
Despite the elaborated plan Ikoma made, she chose to ignore it and fight the Kabane alone. Her rustiness that Enoku had pointed out probably did drive her to do so.
She started out fine fighting the Kabane alone, but after an enormous turnout of them, she faced her physical limit.
What she had done just ended up provoking a large amount of hidden Kabane there.
We somehow felt Mumei’s irritation that she felt deeply within, coming from her sense of duty as a claw.
On the other hand, Ikoma plays a contrast role.
His position is clearly that of a human. He generously offers the piercing gun technology that he himself invented to support the human countermeasure against the Kabane.
He is completely blended in the community of the Iron Fortress.
The Young Master’s “claw” probably means that Mumei is treated as a weapon. After spending some time in the Iron Fortress, she started interacting with others. Her sense of duty as the Young Master’s claw did not allow her to grow comfortable with others, and drove her to ignore Ikoma’s plan to work alone.
If she had followed the plan, it might have gone smoothly without a problem. Mumei ruined everything as a result.
Mumei tries to protect her dignity, while Ikoma works to protect the people. Their contrast shown in this episode was very outstanding.
How are they going to deal with “the Black Smoke”, a huge monster that appeared at the end? Can Mumei settle peacefully with others in the near future? Let’s check it out in the future episodes.