Episode 3: “Void Sampling”
No Shu, this is not a dream.
The bullet is dodged when everyone recognizes Inori from the musical group Egoist, and Shu doesn’t have to explain the real reason he was shocked to see her at his school.
Shu, of course, is convinced that Inori coming to his school has something to do with him. And he’d be right. You all saw this one coming, right?
Inori somehow was able to move into Shu and his mom’s apartment, and will most likely be living here for the rest of the show.
And the plot thickens as we find out Shu’s mom is Dr. Ouma for the GHQ.
Each GC episode gives us so much information it’s hard to cover it all fully, but for the time being, there’s this drug called Norma Gene which is a persona changing genetic drug that kids are into these days. (off topic – see: Marilyn Monroe).
And since Daryl is apparently down for the count, we got a new, crazy, handsome guy put in charge of finding Shu, Major Segai.
Meanwhile, Yahiro, Shu’s classmate and overall nice guy, comes to Shu’s house to drop off a horror film the two had been talking about earlier.
He comes at a conveniently odd time since Inori rushes out the door with Funell and tells Shu to follow her.
Then we see Gai in a suit.
And we find out what I guessed all along.
But more to the trouble at hand – apparently someone outside of the fort (the people they were saving, fyi) witnessed the battle yesterday. And Gai can’t deal with it since it’s a student from Shu’s school. Thus, Shu is put in charge of finding this guy/girl by their Void. Gai tells Inori the shape of the void, but neglects to mention it to Shu.
What’s Shu’s motivation to do this? Gai pretty much tells him terrorists get no rights and so Shu is basically screwed if this witness identifies him.
So, find the witness by their void. This doesn’t sound hard at all.
After a mishap, involving a girl’s chest and failure to draw out the void, and figuring out the basic rules (the rules involve something about subjects not being over 17, people forgetting stuff that goes on while they are void-less, and you have to make eye contact, or make them think that you are), Shu finally starts getting the hang of this.
Though, he doesn’t really get anywhere doing random hits on people.
But a stroke of luck hits Shu and Inori when they run into Yahiro again. It’s like this guy is someone super important or somethi-
Oh, snap. Well, despite the fact I saw this coming, I didn’t see the next part coming.
Shu reveals the identity of Yahiro which leads to an interesting and revealing conversation.
“It’s because of guys like you that I have to pretend to be somebody I’m not”.
But long story short, Shu pulls the void from him, which is a pair of shears. Yet, just as Inori is going to shoot Yahiro, Shu stops her and insists on reasoning with him, which, actually works.
Hey guys, maybe this is a show about the powers of friendship!
Never mind. Tune in next week to see Shu have more bad luck and betrayal.
The scene where Shu reveals Yahiro as the witness and Inori threatens to shoot him definitely stands out in this episode. Why does Shu want to give the guy who just blamed him for his life’s troubles a second chance? Why not just get rid of him? I think this is what makes Shu interesting, he’s a nice guy and he lives in a world full of cruel people. He doesn’t want to step on anyone’s toes, but still doesn’t want to see anyone die. In fact, as crazy as it sounds, he doesn’t want to lose the façade that Yahiro has formed already (the nice façade).
I’ll leave that simply as a side thought of digging probably deeper than need be into this series, but this ending did certainly have me on the edge of my seat. Many characters in the show seems to dislike Shu for some reason or another even though, while naive, he hasn’t done anything wrong to anyone. That alone makes me want to root for him.