Tetsuro in the poisoned body of Juzo isn’t much of a challenge for Cunningham’s bodyguards. When his face is exposed he becomes excited at the prospect of harming Juzo. He orders Anne and Ende to “prove their worth.” Cunningham believes that “value is everything for a gear.” Ende transforms into her spider form. During the conflict, Cunningham realizes that it’s Tetsuro inside the body of Juzo. He’s overjoyed as Tetsuro isn’t able to fully use the body of Juzo. He orders Anne to capture Tetsuro. Anne struggles with what she feels she has to do. Frustrated with Anne’s hesitation, Cunningham shoots Ende with drugged bullets.
I just don’t want to be a tool
The drugs cause Ende to go berserk. She seriously wounds Anne and forces Tetsuro from Juzo’s body. Dying, Anne pleads with Tetsuro to “save” Ende. He tries to use Harmony on her, but it fails due to overuse. Juzo regains control of his body, he explains that he was conscience the entire time Tetsuro was in control. Juzo orders Tetsuro to use his “gun” head to stop Ende. He shoots, destroying Ende’s extensions in a beam of light. After, this confrontation, Juzo and Tetsuro must leave the Kyusei Pit as their no longer safe. Meanwhile, Mary Repairs Ende’s extensions. She’s also aims to find a remedy to the comatose children.
Like I predicted, Juzo wasn’t pleased with Tetsuro’s little stunt. He tells him that he’s forbidden from ever using Harmony on him again. By robbing Juzo of his free will he is no different from Beruhren Corp. Forcing others into becoming a tools. However, not only does Juzo acknowledge the difference in degree, between what Beruhren does and what Tetsuro did, he understands that it was also unintentional. It’s a subtle, but meaningful distinction he makes. I think it’s the only reason that he didn’t abandon Tetsuro completely. However, the trust between them is not good.
Mary gives Tetsuro arm and leg extensions, but he still can’t walk. With Harmony interfering, Mary can’t restore Tetsuro voice. However, he can speak remotely using an extended head piece. Brother Huang from the Kyusei Group arrives. He asks for Juzo’s help in finding the person responsible for attacking children. The culprit then removes their extensions, hanging them in public areas. As a result, the children fall into comas. Juzo refuses, but he believes that Beruhren is sending him a message. By attacking the children they’re telling him to return Tetsuro to them. Tetsuro asks Juzo to help. He still refuses to do. However, Tetsuro uses his Harmony ability to take control of Juzo.
Tetsuro in Juzo’s body, looks for the culprit
He finds to young girls that are fleeing from a Kyusei enforcer. He rescues them. However, they were given orders to kill any witnesses. Juzo (Tetsuro) is now their target. Ende transforms into a spider like Extended. Tetsuro wants to save them. Unlike Tetsuro, Ende and Anne claim that their not prisoners. Ende attacks him. She shoot him with two poison bullets in his arm. It turns out that it’s the poison that put the children into comas. Meanwhile, Ende losses control and goes on a rampage. Her head hurts. Anne calms her down by reminding her that if they find Tetsuro they won’t have to get be hurt anymore. Their belief that the Beruhren Corp. would take care of them is naive.
Anne and Ende aren’t just tools
They meet with Cunningham, who shows no real concern for Ende’s safety. He calls her a failure and that it’s Anne’s job to prevent her from rampaging. Disappointed. The uncaring Cunningham decides that “both test subjects are to be immediately retired.” His dehumanizing language is telling. Tetsuro (Juzo) arrives. He announces that the “children are not gears.” The primary theme’s of this series is clearly the evils of corporate greed and power. They use human, Extended or not to their ends, caring nothing about them during or afterward.
With Tetsuro having first hand knowledge of this treatment he’s unwilling to live his life as a “tool.” However, in this episode he proves to be a hypocrite. Tetsuro takes over the body of Juzo, forcing him to do something against his will. Tetsuro makes Juzo into a tool. Something that he’s was supposedly against. Juzo certainly will be outraged. Will Tetsuro regret it?
Episode 2 of No Guns Life, begins with Juzo knocking the train off the rails. Karen sends Beruhren guards to stop him. However, Juzo easily dispatched them. Karen refuses to call for back up because it would be “too humiliating.” Juzo tears open the steel door. Karen shoots Juzo with “anti-extended bullets.” They don’t work. Juzo calls to Tetsuro. He activate his harmony ability, asking Juzo to save him. Juzo knocks Karen out and takes Tetsuro. Juzo’s rescue of Tetsuro is covered up. Instead a terrorist group called Spitzbergen is blamed. Tetsuro is the son of Beruhren CEO, Souichiro Arahabaki. The news report states that he went missing over a year ago. Juzo is skeptical.
Underground extension mechanic, Mary Steinberg
Juzo takes Tetsuro to Mary Steinberg. She’s a mechanic that specializes in the extended. She doesn’t mind keeping Tetsuro with her. Extensions were originally developed to strengthen soldiers during war. Sub-brains are given to support all “metahuman functionality.” This is done to limit the strain on the human brain. As a result, Extended are able to move extensions that follow programmed movements without much effort. Harmony takes over the sub-brain of the Extended. However, this isn’t a normal way to access the sub-brain. Three authentication keys are needed. One from the user, one from the manufacturer and one from the EMS. However, a master key may exists. Mary questions why Beruhren would make harmony in the first place.
Juzo meets Cunningham
Juzo leaves Tetsuro in Mary’s care. While trying to get his favorite brand of cigarettes, Juzo is lured into a trap. He meets with a representative from the Beruhren corporation. Cunningham confirms that Tetsuro is the son of Arahabaki. If Juzo returns Tetsuro to them he will give him his favorite brand of cigarettes, Tanegashima. These cigarettes are created to ease nerve strain. By altering them with chemicals, the cigarettes can help reduce the pain in the nervous system of an Extended. Without them Juzo has difficulty controlling his body. Cunningham threatens to ruin the supply of Tanegashima. If Juzo doesn’t give them Tetsuro, he will destroy everything Juzo loves. However, Cunningham was wrong. Juzo only smokes those cigarettes because of the taste. With the help of Mary, Juzo is able to defeat Cunningham’s men. Mary helps Juzo back to her shop, where Tetsuro has awakened.
In many ways, No Guns Life is predictable. Silent, emotionless tough protagonists that doesn’t remember his past, protects the weak. Meanwhile, an evil corporation is abusing the innocent and poor. With Juzo signaling that he doesn’t want to someone to partner with in order to pull his trigger, it’s clear that Tetsuro will become that. Juzo flashes back to the war, when a mysterious person (maybe his old partner) tells him that “he’s not a tool.” Which brings us to the likely theme of this series. Refusal to be a tool.
Based on the manga series from Tasuku Karasuma, No Guns Life is set in a near future. In this future, cyborgs called “Extended” who are forced to resort to criminality after the end of a great war. Our main protagonist, Juzo Inui, is a “Resolver,” an Extended that solves problems for other Extended. Basically, he’s detective/private investigator for the Extended community. His duties can range from “babysitting runaways to negotiating peace between rival gangs.” Inui lives in a nameless city that is controlled by a massive corporation called Beruhren. After the war, undergoing “physical function extension,” became common. These extensions are developed and provided by the Beruhren Corp. Juzo makes it clear that he doesn’t trust anyone. While walking home he notices a nun at a crime scene.
When he gets there his landlady tells she heard a “racket” in his office. Juzo finds a renegade Extended is hiding there. The Extended has been running from the Security Bureau, accused of kidnapping a boy named Tetsuro Arahabaki. The Bureau’s agents arrive and kick the office door open. Juzo tells them he hasn’t seen the culprit. They threaten Juzo with the removal of his “license.” Juzo takes the job to protect Tetsuro. While taking the boy to Mary, but encounters the “nun” again. She turns out to be from the orphanage that Tetsuro is from. Juzo isn’t fooled by her act. If the Extended that “kidnapped” Tetsuro is so dangerous why would they send a nun?
Furthermore, Tetsuro has been severely abused. His tendons had been cut multiple times, preventing him from running away. She attacks Juzo, nothing that she on really needs Tetsuro’s head so it doesn’t matter if she accidentally hits him. Having extended her eyesight, Karen is a sharpshooter. She notes that “she’s heard” of Jizo the “Over-Extended that served in the Guns Slave Unit,” during the war. Ironically, Juzo is “triggered” when Karen calls him an “old relic.” The renegade Extended from earlier interferes, but is shot in the head by Karen. As Juzo tries to prevent the fall of the renegade, Karen takes advantage a aims her gun at Juzo head. Seeing that he’s at a serious disadvantage he puts Tetsuro down, leaving Karen to take him.
The renegade Extended reveals that the Beruhren Corp uses the orphans as guinea pigs for experiments. He had a “remote-control device” called Harmony installed. He can control Extended. The renegade Extended is actually Tetsuro. He’s considered to be a threat to the existence of the Beruhren Corporation. In order to control him they removed his vocal cords and cut the tendons of his hands and feet. Tetsuro returns to his body. Juzo finds the train he’s being transported on, knocking it of the rails with his Funke Faust attack. Juzo Inui is clearly a anti-hero with a heart of gold. Hardened by war, the chain smoking hero seems humorless. I predict that this won’t remain so. The plight of Tetsuro is definitely likely to be the catalyst for change in Juzo.