Watching this episode reminds me of the first time I watched “The Dark Knight” of the Batman Begins Trilogy. Well, credit it to the similarity of “The Joker’s Magic Trick” at the start of the episode but more than that, this episode reminds me of how Makishima Shougo’s intentions are similar, to a point, with The Joker.
Well, he may not be a mad lunatic going about on the outside but his ideals of anarchy shake the very foundations of the dystopian setting of this series. And to be honest, after watching this series for 14 episodes, I’m beginning to think that Makishima Shougo is the true protagonist of this series.
Much like how Yagami Light and Lelouch Lamperouge became the necessary evil that shaped their worlds, Makishima Shougo is yet another ominous star that appeared over the horizon. However, unlike Light and Lelouch, Makishima is no pushover. He has the combat capabilities that goes on par with his mindset and I really enjoyed how he handled himself as he discarded his pawns.
Now I’m quite skeptical with how he truly hides his scans. Is this a natural ability of his or is this a product of technology? We’ve seen how he hacked the school’s system during Ouryou Rikako’s case so it hints of how capable he is in those fields. But the possibility of him being an individual unaffected by the scans still lingers.
But I guess, the true appeal of this episode came from how good this was directed. Sure, the crimes were brutal but to not even be bothered by it as it happened before you is flat-out heartless! Society is indeed dead if people would watch such real-life scenes without any form of emotion.