This was a pretty boring and predictable episode…UNTIL THE END! Wow they are good at leaving you with cliffhangers so you tune in next week. Because of the exiting introduction of this “Sweeper” character, I’m actually looking forward to next week. The Sweepers character design is…interesting. It sure as hell doesn’t fit with the modern atmosphere and character design of the show, in addition it looks like he wields a pretty epic sword, and weapon design is pretty exiting to a anime weapon enthusiast like my self! A third intriguing aspect of The Sweeper is where he hales from. I can infer that he does not work for Amagi Corp. by Mitsugai’s reaction to his appearance, and he is not working for/on the side of the players, because of the fact that he kills those who break “the rules.” Does he privately/independently patrol the streets? I’m just going to have to keep watching to find out!
This episode takes place two years after the last one, and I can happily say that Jin actually looks his age. I like his character design, it is somewhat plain, but I like his hairstyle, and his really baggy pants and belt. I think that it fits his character well, the way he often has his hands slammed in his pockets, fits the whole emo kid profile. This episode also did a good job conveying Jins complicated emotions, he clearly longs for human connection, even though Mitsugai has warmed him that he must distance himself from others because he is now Zet, and players may target those close to him. With nothing more then a letter goodbye, he has not spoken to or seen Auntie in 2 years. Though in the episode he does admit that it makes him happy that the police officer from the first episode still looks out for him. It is nice to see a character who knows that he can’t have human connections, but this does not stop him from longing for it.
I will say that the episode structure so far for the first four episodes have been very predictable. In every episode, toward the end he gets into a fight, dies, or is mortally wounded, or someone he cares for gets hurt, then he transforms into Zet, and kicks some ass. This formula is getting a bit old, but I hope with the introduction of The Sweeper (does that remind any one else of Black Cat?) the formula will be disrupted, and we will be treated to something brand new next week!
Thanks for reading. :)