After the revelations of the previous episode, the stakes were high for this episode, and it didn’t disappoint.
While we saw Kiriko and Maru fighting man-eaters in the last episode, the highlight of this episode is definitely Tokio and life inside the facility. Kuku takes the lead in showing Tokio the faceless baby, and in the process we see Kuku’s superpowers, while Tokio doesn’t seem to have any — or at least unlike Kuku, who can stick to walls and climb it like a frog. Through the vent, the two children arrive at a “nursery,” where we see what Kuku calls a faceless baby.
These babies definitely don’t look like babies, and where their faces should be, it’s the same pattern we see in the eyes of cannibals. So this brings into question whether the facility is breeding cannibals and putting them outside, or if these are human-cannibal hybrids that would explain why the kids inside the facility have superpowers. Either way, it’s really creepy.
We are introduced to Mina after the intruder alarm set off by Tokio in the nursery. Honestly, I can’t even tell you what Mina is because I don’t know. Is she just a robot who knows everything going on inside the facility, or is Mina the facility? The more I think about it, the more it doesn’t make sense, so I’ll wait for the next episode to answer my questions about Mina’s identity.
In this episode, we also learn that the kids living in the facility have no idea about things like falling in love and having sex. Seeing the kids start to feel these things that the director of the facility didn’t teach them, and how they felt about their same-sex friends, started to distress the upper echelon of the facility, which caused me a lot of questions and made me wonder how babies in the nursery are Breeding. There are indications that the system may be manipulated, and based on the information available, it seems likely that artificial intelligence is responsible. There are instances of camera footage being altered, alarms set off to save Tokio, and nudity removed, possibly to prompt that person to talk to Mimihime.
I don’t think anyone would be surprised that the facility wasn’t good news at all, but Tarao let Tokio run away to tell me he’d seen or heard something we didn’t know. It’s a great episode with just the right amount of action, humor (weeds on the boat win over fish eaters), and discovery. I’m looking forward to the next episode to have my questions answered and wondering about future questions.
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