The penultimate episode of Inuyashiki, The People of Tokyo saw the most action packed episode yet. The last episode saw Hiro cause a airplane to crash, it turned out that it was more severe than that as several planes were targeted. The first wave of planes crashed causing the deaths of the passengers and civilians on land. Inuyashiki and Ando were understandably horrified at this terrible act of terror. However, Inuyashiki would be quickly tasked with saving potential victims with a second wave of planes. Inuyashiki was successful in his attempt to rescue these citizens.
Hiro vs Inuyashiki
It’s rare that two main protagonists so infrequently in each others company, however, this episode finally saw them face-off. Hiro apparently didn’t think murdering innocent people “made him the villian,” but clearly he’s that naive. Inuyashiki notes that he feels “human” when saving lives and Hiro feels “human” only when he’s murdering people. Hiro begins an assault on Inuyashiki, we shockingly see Inuyashiki use his “air gun.” While, we know that said “air gun’s” are real, they do seem somewhat silly, considering the fact that both Hiro and Inuyashiki need to use verbal sound effects. During the aerial battle, Inuyashiki gains the advantage ripping the back of Hiro’s head off and tearing both his arms off. He leaves Hiro seemingly unconscious.
Inuyashiki’s relationship with his daughter has been testy, but his rescuing of her has seemingly restored there relationship in a touching moment. After rescuing his daughter and her friend he continues to save citizens exposing himself to media, doctors and firefighters. The social media that was criticized in previous episodes for aiding negativity is seen spreading the good and positive story of Inuyashiki’s efforts to save lives. This was another emotion episode that saw the defeat of Hiro, however, he’s not dead yet and will likely return finally accept his place as the villian.
Hiro attempted arrest
The last episode ended with Hiro being seized upon by the secret serviced. Shockingly, he doesn’t result to mass murder to free himself, but flees instead. This may be due primarily to his mothers present. Hiro seems to only care about people a handful of people and his most is clearly the most important. Hiro appears to reckon with his actions and becomes remorseful. However, his belief that some lives are less important than others remain.
One of the themes of this episode is the effects of the media. Unsurprisingly, Hiro creates a media sensation, Hiro witnesses his mother’s tearful apology for his actions. Later a news reports that his mother had committed suicide. Hiro becomes enraged at the media and massacres them while they ask his father questions. He then turns his hatred towards the members of a popular message board 2chan, who have attacked his mother and applauded her death. With his mothers death Hiro is likely to continue to become worst and now that he’s exposed as a mass murder he will feel more alone.
While Hiro systematically killed each of the haters of 2chan, he revealed a new ability to kill people to through technology. This is frighteningly new ability that renders anyone an easy target. Meanwhile, Inuyashiki learns that he has a USB port under his fingernail, and can fly into space. Hiro’s youth seems to have given him an advantage over Inuyashiki, he appears to have a greater understanding of technology. However, Ando maybe able to bridge this gap as Inuyashiki will likely be unable to master tech.
Inuyashiki gets darker
This series continues to get more dreary as it goes. This episode introduces the Yakuza, we open with the apparently dead body of a young woman. She seems to have been drugged and sexually assaulted by the Yakuza boss, Samejima. He clearly uses sexually assault as a way of displaying his power as he sexually assaults his underling by forcing him to perform oral sex on him in a sauna. This of course makes him an irredeemable character, that the audience can’t wait to see punished.
Fumino Inoue escapes
Fumino is the next victim for Samejima sexual assault, he targets her at the cafe where she works. She’s engaged to Satoru and the sweetness of their relationship contrasts with the horrible reality that will befall Fumino. The Yakuza successfully kidnaps and drugs Fumino. She awakes noticing the track marks, Samejima climbs on top of her but she headbutts him and grabs a samurai sword. She successfully manages to slit the wrist of Samejima, as he is tended to she escapes returning to her fiance.
All is not okay as Samejima finds them and proceeds to choke Satoru, Inuyashiki arrives and fights off the Yakuza. Samejima is no match for Inuyashiki in a hand to hand fight, but he’s shot in the head several times and he collapses. He awakens to find that the Yakuza have gone and Satoru is dead. However, Inuyashiki manages to revived him. He arrives at the home of the Yakuza boss and proceeds to beat Samejima to a pulp. He’s saved by his Yakuza as they riddle Inuyashiki with bullets. Inuyashiki’s defense mechanism activate and he kills and blinds them. He rescues Fumino and returns her to Satoru.
Despite the darkness of this episode it managed to balance the happiness of Satoru and Fumino. What’s interesting is that Fumino is a victim but not a weak one. She fights for her freedom and while short lived she gains it. This series is always an emotional roller-coaster and often features a character that is in tears. It’s telling that Inuyashiki doesn’t kill the boss of the Yakuza. It’s possible that Samejima will return later to cause more havoc.
Hiro Shishigami is stunned that Inuyashiki wasn’t killed instead of engaging in a fight with him he flees. Inuyashiki is horrified at the massacre and that there’s “another him,” and what it means. He’s saddened by his inability to save the family. The following day Hiro is at his friend Ando’s house. Ando gets a paper cut and Hiro reveals that he has the ability to heal. Traveling home from work Inuyashiki encounters a group of criminals that skip the line at the cab stand. On person foolishly asks them to “wait their turn,” they forcibly walk him to a secluded spot to assault him. The man cries, pleading for his life but Inuyashiki interferes.
Inuyashiki “fights” in a manner appropriate to that of an old-man, he windmills and throws erratic punches. The scene is both an effective show of heroism and the series since of humor. The man thanks Inuyashiki, who uses his sensor to hear a little girl calling out to her father as their house burns down. Inuyashiki attempts to fly like Hiro did. He looks to Astro boy for inspiration. He manages to fall upward only to fall back to the ground. The second time he’s almost hit by air plane, but he does manage to get to the burning house in time. He successfully saves the father and the grandmother.
Hiro convinces Ando to return to school. After class a bully named Tetchan beings to pick on him. Hiro steps in to help nearly breaking Tetchan’s arm. Ando and Hiro head to a roof, where Hiro shows Ando that he can kill people without gunpowder, he explains that he can hack into government weapon systems, use the internet mentally and steal money from bank accounts. Inuyashiki is walking when a cat is killed by a car. He becomes distraught and discovers that he can heal with his new powers. His first instinct is to head to a nearby hospital and begins to heal patients. Meanwhile, Hiro returns home and decides that he will commit more murder. He kills a dog, the dog’s owner and he baby.
Another great episode from this series. The most noticeable aspect was the humor. The introduction of Hiro to this series added to the dreary tone. Hiro’s behavior toward Ando is dramatically different from his views on the rest of humanity. He appears to at least be mildly concerned with exposure despite his claim that no one could stop him anyway. Ando is unsurprisingly appalled by Hiro’s murderous behavior, but is surprisingly brave when he ends their friendship. Like most people probably did, I assumed that Hiro would kill him and was surprised that he didn’t. The last to moments of this episode exemplifies the differences between Hiro and Inuyashiki, as they commit murder and heal the sick respectively. Finally, I think people need to start locking their doors.