Friday, July 29, 2011

NO.6 04: Strangers

no.6, no. 6, episode 4, nezumi, rat
Well Nezumi, the general consensus over the interwebz seems to be a yes.

Yet another week of the usual action-packed, dramatic scenes I've come to expect (and enjoy) from NO.6 has gone by and I'm starting to wish these episodes were a half an hour longer. I feel like this month has passed so incredibly fast (maybe it's the stress-free feeling of Summer to blame), but we're almost half way done and I'm already wanting more. The dialogue is exaggerated and addicting, the setting is cynically wonderful, and the plot is more interesting then the majority of new anime I've seen this year.

This week revealed the chaos associated with the "real world" and it wasn't short on prostitution, criminals, and ... dog-blankets. It's funny how close NO.6 and this "real world" are in terms of distance, but how far apart they are when it comes to civilized living. But, which is better, living in a world where people do whatever they want or constantly being under the watch of the government?

no.6, no. 6, episode 4, shion
Hate on, haters.

This "real world" and NO.6 seem to represent both extremes, one lacks the proper organization that a thriving society needs and the other is a prison disguised as a paradise. Both are on the verge of destruction (with crime and disorder on one side and a deadly disease on the other), so it'll be interesting to see if the two sides fight for their own survival or work together to create a single, more coherent nation.

And I feel like Shion and Nezumi represent both sides of that statement. Nezumi wants the ultimate destruction of NO.6 while Shion just wants everyone to be happy. Both of them are living in a dream world because nothing ever goes the way you want it to, but the conflict that will eventually arise between their different morals will be very interesting to watch. Anyway, this episode once again did an outstanding job of building the relationship between the two leads. Whether it's romantic or friendly is a whole different pointless argument to be had somewhere else, but either way I love seeing the clashes between their personalities that, often times, ends pretty humorously.

no.6, no. 6, episode 4
no.6, no. 6, shion, episode 4
Hm. I think we'll be hearing Nezumi sing eventually ... and it better be good.

Nothing big was developed as far as the plot surrounding the bees goes, but what struck a high note this week was the developments on Shion's mother's (Karan) side of things. I was hoping she wasn't going to disappear along with the rest of NO.6 as soon as Shion left, but now I'm worried for her life. Setting the emotional connection between Shion and Karan would make for a sad conclusion to her as a way of bolstering Shion's confidence against whatever it is he's going to be fighting against. (Probably the disease, eventually.) Dogkeeper was also very interesting this week, although her gender is still fuzzy to me. (But does it really matter?) You could say she might be a villain to Nezumi, but I see her as more of a tool for developing Nezumi, like she did when she was talking to Shion.

Next week we're getting more Safu, woo? I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing because she's had ups and downs as a character. At the moment it seems like she might end up becoming an enemy of Shion or Nezumi and the "real world", or even possibly a capable ally against the bees. So, what did you think of this episode? Do you like the direction it's going? Any thoughts of Safu, or any other characters?

no.6, no. 6, dogkeeper, dog keeper, episode 4
Dogkeeper ... a villain?


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