Well we learned one thing: I was wrong. Nemuru is the Scythe Girl. I’m sure NO ONE aside from me is surprised and I’m really not that surprised because it does make sense. If you’re wondering why I was so against thinking she was the Scythe Girl before, it’s because I’m not the most logical person, and either get caught up in being over-analytical, or on the very simple surface details (like how Nemuru has black/purple hair but the Scythe Girl has white). I’ll explain my theory after I get my foot out of my mouth.
So allow me to explain myself. I had wanted to believe that Nemuru and Scythe Girl were two separate entities because I wanted to think that Nemuru lived with her family in the New Town while the Scythe Girl and her pack lived in the Old Town. I thought that Nemuru, along with her family, were advocates for medical treatment when it came to their Wolven contemporaries rather than abiding by the Old Laws where they are slaughtered for breaking the law – which is something that is very difficult not to do under these dire conditions which they’re currently experiencing. But I was wrong, and I’ll admit it. Nemuru is the Scythe Girl.
Synopsis: A town gathering calls for action against the “one” problem person. One means Hiroshi. One also means that neither his father nor sister share in whatever pain (or lust) he’s causing for the other Wolves in Jouga. The villagers think it’s better to eliminate the one causing the problems than to see more of their own falling because of him. The Kushinada family seems torn on the issue but sticks to their current policy of dealing with each case as it comes. On the other side of things, Nemuru’s Uncle, the doctor, tries to work something out with Sakaki’s Pharmaceutical company to mass produce the pills they need to help the “convulsions” of the townspeople. In this meeting, Sakaki reveals that he knows more about Jouga and its people than expected.
At school, Isuzu is missing a lot of class. It’s obvious that Issei’s murder weighs heavily on her and I don’t blame her for playing hooky: I’d rather miss English class than sit in the same room as my brother’s murderer too (even if my brother was creepy and tried to take advantage of my boyfriend). After one instance where Isuzu misses school, Hiroshi decides to drop off her homework for her – but her mother doesn’t allow him to see her. After he’s turned away, Isuzu’s mom breaks down and starts crying, blaming Issei’s decline and subsequent death on Hiroshi’s temptation. All the while Isuzu’s been thinking about whether or not her feelings for Hiroshi are actually love. The entire ordeal seems pretty painful for her what with Nemuru’s stern warning, the heartbreak of her parents, and the residual emotional trauma of having just lost her brother.
After learning that her mom turned Hiroshi away, Isuzu calls him up herself and arranges to meet with him in a nearby park – where they won’t be interrupted. I was starting to wonder, in this episode, if Hiroshi didn’t reciprocate Isuzu’s feelings; he must care about her on some level… Anyway, their rendezvous in the park brings us full circle to the opening scene of the series in the very first episode, though this one was more detailed, and much darker. I really like this Isuzu, haha. Where she was hiding those two knives though, I’ll never know. Confronted by Nemuru – who abandoned her normal duties as Hunter to deal with Isuzu – the two battle it out with neither the victor. Determined to experience her first love, Isuzu snatches Hiroshi up and flies him to… some other place. There she discovers that he doesn’t share her feelings and rather than dying at the hands of Nemuru, she leaps off the building and is caught up by the hunting pack and whisked away into the night.
Confused (and a little outraged), Hiroshi demands an answer from Nemuru. The only thing he gets is knocked out by the butt of Nemuru’s scythe.
Thoughts: So it’s not just the lack of Hassaku that’s making this a bad time for Hiroshi and his family to move to Jouga; it’s the heat as well. And without knowing who or what Kaori really is yet, the heat may be affecting more than just the Wolves. Seeing more of Kaori really makes me wonder what her relation to Mieko is – or if there’s any relation at all. With how things are going in this town, you can’t really know for sure.
Ah: But for Nemuru’s hair colour change, (after Sakaki had baited the doctor to show his “true” form) I figure that when Nemuru hunts the fallen wolves, she changes into her “true” form – or at least one step closer to her true form if that isn’t her truest form.
So when exactly is this Hassaku Festival going to take place? And I wonder if it’ll make things better or worse…