Episode 06: “The Smell is Sweet, the Heart is Bitter…”
SUMMARY: Michiru drops by the bar and bakes a sponge cake. Apparently, this is her remuneration. She finds it strange that Norio welcomes her with open arms even though she’s barely been a good mother to him. She leaves after putting the cake in the oven, but not before warning Norio to stay away from Suou, whom he says he’s in love with. Switch to Mao, July and Suou by the sea. Mao lost contact with Hei, and July says Hei’s is going in the wrong direction. I turns out that Kirihara predicted his actions and Hei has walked into her trap.
Shizume was the one driving the decoy truck with a fake Izanami box and Hei. A powerless Hei engages in a fight with Shizume who reveals that the “Izanami” Hei was asked to destroy is actually Yin, which both surprises and baffles Hei. Kirihara contacts Shizume and instructs him to capture BK-201 alive, but he goes on fighting him anyway, although Hei manages to escape. Meanwhile, Mao learns from July that the “Izanami” is in fact a girl. He is also surprised since their client didn’t inform them that the thing they’re asked to destroy is a person. Suou tells Mao not to worry because she’ll finish the girl off just as she was instructed to do since she’s a contractor. Apparently, Hazuki spotted Suou and company earlier, so she hops on a boat and heads in their direction. Mao instructs them to run for it, but Suou decides to go ahead and shoot the “Izanami” as she was told to do. July tells Mao that he’s seen that silver-haired girl before, and Mao realizes it’s Yin. July gives Suou her shooting coordinates and is ready to shoot, but Hei manages to arrive in the nick of time to prevent Suou from destroying Izanami/Yin. Kirihara instructs her team to capture the enemies as well as to protect Izanami/Yin, while Hei instructs his team to go ahead to their rendezvous point and tells Mao to take care of the rest if Hei doesn’t show up at their meeting place.
Aboard the submarine, Youko informs Kirihara that BK-201 had lost his abilities because of the device they used in episode 2. While hanging out at their rendezvous point, Suou asks Mao about Yin. Mao notes that she used to be their partner. They get attacked by Michiru. She says she doesn’t want to hurt Suou since Norio has feelings for Suou and Michiru doesn’t want her son to get mad at her. She asks Suou to come with her, but Suou refuses and summons her rifle. Suou wasn’t able to shoot Michiru, but suddenly Yin’s observation ghost appears and it’s the one that kills Michiru by drowning her. Norio rushes to the scene after being informed by her friends about the contractor catfight, realizing that it’s between Suou and his mom. He arrives just when Michiru dies. He cries and asks Suou why she had to kill Michiru. Suou is speechless and can’t even deny his accusations. Cops are on the way, so she leaves the scene with Mao and July. Hei contacts his client, who turns out to be Madame Oreille. Hei asks what her motives are and says that he can’t work for her anymore since she’s untrustworthy. She turns the tables on him, saying he’s like that too and that she’s disappointed he wasn’t able to do what he’s supposed to do, after he even guaranteed that he can destroy Izanami by himself.
Suou wonders why Hei can’t kill Yin even if he’s a contractor. As Hei meets up with them, July informs him that Yin’s observation ghost appeared when Michiru got killed. By this time, Mao has figured out that Hei had lost his ability. Meanwhile, Kirihara asks Youko who they really are and what Section 3 really is. Youko tells her that she can’t disclose that information but that Kirihara shouldn’t consider her as an ally. Since Izanami/Yin is in their possession, they’re team is sure that Hei will pursue them. We see Yin’s observation ghost swimming along near the submarine. Hei and his team have reached their new hideout. Suou thinks that Norio must hate her now after what’s happened, despite him saying that he liked her. Hei starts cooking again and even empties his bottle of alcohol into what he’s cooking . He then tells Suou not to shoot anymore as it doesn’t suit her. Suou tells him that she’d stop shooting if Hei stops drinking. Hei leaves for the convenience store, saying he’d buy some veggies. Suou goes with him.
Meanwhile, Norio is in despair that Michiru’s dead and he can’t stop thinking about Suou. Lebanon tries to comfort him to no avail. They both end up crying. After the ED, Suou and Hei are on their way back from the convenience store to their hideout. Suou is surprised to see Yin’s observation ghost suddenly appear near Hei and a lamp post before disappearing again, and Hei seems oblivious to it. As they continue walking, Suou kicks the lamp post before catching up with Hei.
~end of episode
IMPRESSION: Well, I must say I wasn’t surprised at all to learn that Izanami is in fact Yin. I kind of figured out as much from episode 5. What surprised me was that Madame Oreille was Hei’s client. It’s pretty obvious that she knows Hei’s history with Yin, so why does she want him to get rid of Yin? I wonder what Oreille’s end game is. Hmm. Moving on, it’s good to see Hei cooking again and even giving up drinking. I hope he gets back to his normal self soon. And it’s not far-fetched to think that this sudden change is because of Yin… and with this, the Kirihara x Hei fangirl in me just can’t help but cringe at the idea that Hei would be romantically involved with Yin (don’t get me wrong, I do like Yin, just not the shipping part)… But gah, it’s out of my control if that’s where the writers are going. T_T
Lol @ Suou kicking the lamp post. With that, it seems to me that Suou may have some feelings for Hei too. Man, he’s got his harem again. xDD And I’m so not aboard the Hei x Suou ship. She’s just a kid! I vote for Kirihara! Heh. OK, I’ll stop with my shipping rants… for now. ;P On a slightly different note, July looks so adorable! That part in their new hideout where he had his hat off, I thought he looked a bit like a little version of my dear November 11, only July is emotionless and has either gray or less blue eyes (and less blonde?). ^^
Speaking of Yin, you can’t help but wonder how the heck she ended up getting captured and imprisoned in that box. Maybe because her powers got out of control after the Hell’s Gate incident? You’ve seen her observation ghost, it was much different from when she used it in season 1, though we’ve seen that form before in the last few minutes of the season 1 finale. Nonetheless, it’s obviously more powerful now and seems to have a life of its own and even appears to be capable of killing others, at least that’s what it looked like to me when Michiru got killed. Maybe Yin is kinda like a “specimen” for a new and improved kind of doll, that’s why she’s in that box.
Kirihara was pretty impressive in coming up with that counter strategy and anticipating Hei’s moves. I guess she wouldn’t have become the (ex-)foreign affairs chief if she wasn’t good. Poor Hei walking into her trap, though you can’t really blame her for it since it’s her job after all. She was so desperate to find answers about the Syndicate and BK-201 that she accepted the invitation to join Section 3. Now, she seems to be second guessing her decision seeing as Yin is now in their team’s possession, BK-201 was stripped of his powers, and they’re luring Hei to come after them. I also wonder what Section 3 wants. I’m also a tad confused. Izanagi was also mentioned in episode 2 and episode 3. I think this is the first time in which both IZANAGI and IZANAMI were mentioned in a single episode. I think it’s pretty safe to say by now that they are two different things. I previously assumed that Izanagi referred to the meteor core fragment Hei had been looking for back in episode 1, but now it seems that Izanagi = Shion (whom they’ve mistaken Suou for) while Izanami = Yin. Hmm, at least I’m sure of the Izanami part now. Anyway, I guess we’ll know more about Izanagi sooner or later.
Episode 6 preview… Suou (in a new outfit?) looks like she’s gonna get into a fight again and the Russian military bad guys seems to be involved in the events that will follow. I suppose it’s back to Tokyo, since both teams are headed that way by the end of episode 5.
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