We’ve had half-hearted comedy, some action, a bit of fan-service and a few solemn episodes along the way and DRAMAtical Murder turns up the angst meter in this week’s episode. This is probably my favourite episode of DRAMAtical Murder so far.
Clear takes off his mask in this episode (even though I had thought that he would never take it off) and I think the colour of his eyes is just so pretty. It would probably look weird in real life so I’d refrain from hoping to have his hair and eye colour combination. Well, but if I were very very fair like he is, I don’t think I would look weird? Anyway, I started on this episode with the expectations of it being another normal nonsensical and confusing episode that DM likes to throw at us viewers, but the notes and questions I jot down during the episode actually got resolved at the end of it. It just feels a little off when everything makes sense.
At the beginning of this episode, Noiz and Aoba were having some problems with the morphine punks they fought with during the previous episode. Why don’t you use Scrap, Aoba? Clear appears from the sky as suddenly as he always does, yelling for his master. At this point I was wondering about his seemingly inhuman strength and how protective he is over his master. Clear stopped punching the punk after Aoba ordered him to stop and the punk managed to escape after throwing some sort of bomb at Clear, which seemed to have injured him.
Noiz magically excused himself and we next see Clear alone with Aoba in the bathroom *gasps* where Aoba was coaxing Clear to remove his mask. Although Clear was very hesitant about showing Aoba his face because his grandfather had warned him severely against taking his mask off, Aoba’s sincerity convinced him to take a brave step forward and oh, what beautiful eyes you have, Clear. I was wondering about why Clear was forbidden from showing his face, and we got the answer soon enough. Toue has a squad of machines called Alphas which is used to brainwash people and Clear used to be one of them, until he was discovered to be defective and disposed of. However, instead of destroying Clear, the man in charge of disposals ran away with this brainwashing machine and became Clear’s grandfather. I’m not sure what motivated him to do so, but it was clearly not greed or desire for power. That man brought Clear up as a human and seemed to love Clear a lot while he was alive. He’s probably the reason why Clear is so gentle, sweet and loving towards Aoba now. Awww.
The revelation that Clear isn’t human also explains his inhuman strength and how he wasn’t affected by Dye Music or any other of Toue’s brainwashing drugs. However, he was pushed to his limits when Toue sent out two Alphas to dispose of him and when all seemed hopeless, Clear stabbed his own head, breaking some sort of safety mechanism and bankai-ed at the two Alphas. This move knocked the two Alphas out but also made him sacrifice his own life. Before his death, Aoba used Scrap on him and we got to peek into the world inside Clear’s conscious and again, beautiful is the only word I want to use here. I’m not sure if we’ll ever get to hear it, but I would love to hear the short exchange between the two of them and know why Aoba smiled as he watched Clear walk off.
Although the focus was on Clear this episode, we finally learn the name of the black-haired pretty boy Toue always has around him – Sei. Is he someone who has been broken by Toue’s voice powers?
I really enjoyed this week’s ED as well; I loved the timbre of the singer’s voice and the overall minor-ish feel in the music. But really, I think Clear was the one who made me like this ED. Will he really die? On a side note, I’m not really looking forward to next week’s episode because… because I know who’s the focus next. And I’m still feeling miffed about having such a sweet and loving character sacrificed like this (that is, if he really died). Just so you know, I rewatched the scene where he tried to shield Aoba from the rain even though he was injured; I didn’t know a character can grow on me within such a short time.