I feel bad for Shinichi. He has lost his mother and Kana– two people that were directly involved with parasites and the very thing that has changed his life since the very beginning. And that was just part of what has happened to him– the entire Class 3-3 being slaughtered except for Murano. He’s changing and it’s made his life as a human much different than what he has ever hoped it would be– those dreams we’ve been seeing emphasize this a lot!
Now he’s in an even worse situation fighting against Miki– a parasite with what was thought to be three parasites in complete control of its human host however this fight manages to be absolutely incredible at dissolving that fact. Five total parasites inside transforming him from Miki into Goto! Strong lead-in to this half’s villain and one that puts Shinichi and Migi in a very dangerous situation. As much as I liked this fight and how strong Arai’s soundtrack comes through I was hoping we would get to hear a new collection of songs for this second half. Nonetheless this is an awesome episode.
We went from a worried Shinichi to a frantic human struggling to survive– what strikes this greatly is where Shinichi jumps on the truck and fends off Goto’s attacks. The only thing saving them from death here is a human solution– slamming Goto into the oncoming truck! This show is graphic and really captures the frightening nature of these aliens very well but I must admit I’m curious as to how the Blu-ray will look on this. Can’t wait to get that in March!
The second half of this episode was a lot calmer than I had remembered it being in the manga. That scene in the alleyway was really good– you can hear all the sound effects from the bustling city close to him and we’ve got Shinichi hiding to save his life. The detective losing his family and Shinichi seeing it on screen gave a nice jump into his feelings towards his father and what he has to do to protect all he has left in his somewhat human heart. Everything is turning from bad to much worse for not just Shinichi but even Tamura Reiko!
The detective is headed on a revenge path heading to Reiko’s apartment, the other members of the parasite group finally realize that Reiko has been dangerous all along, and what a great chance to see this show build its momentum by using an engaging cliffhanger without Shinichi at the forefront!
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 10/10