It’s finally Uno! for DRAMAtical Murder and I must say that this was quite an enjoyable episode; I actually went kyaaaa when everyone showed up to save Aoba in the usual shounen action style.
We’ve got quite a lot of things cleared up in this episode – they were rushing out so many explanations that I almost believed that this was the final episode. Ready for the final Q&A session of DRAMAtical Murder?
WHO is Sei?
Sei is Aoba’s twin brother, in the sense that they were both created from the same experiment. Like Aoba who has the power of Scrap, he can control people with visual effects aka “light drugs”. Unlike Aoba, who has been able to live a happy life as a normal person, Sei grew up while being experimented on and he was the person who has been sending Aoba those creepy retro games as a call for help. Sei’s power has been abused by Toue in many forms and it seems like he has reached his limits. Now it makes sense when you think about how lifeless Sei always looks and how Toue had been asking after Sei’s health. Perhaps he has grown tired of living as Toue’s guinea pig, Sei has been trying very hard (in a rather roundabout way) to get Aoba to “destroy” him. Although it occurred to me that Toue’s evil plans might be thwarted if Sei’s powers diminish, Toue has actually succeeded in reproducing Sei’s powers in the form of artificial light drugs. Also, Toue also has a similar power to Aoba’s Scrap, as mentioned before in a previous episode, so I guess there’s no other way to stopping Toue’s evil plans besides defeating him. Even though it looks like Toue has got good contingency planning, he wasn’t all that eager to abandon Sei, as he had tried to kidnap Tae-san (Grandma) back to Platinum Jail in order to get her to help Sei.
Tell me more about Aoba.
Yes, there is more. Just when I thought I already knew everything about Aoba, there was more to this blue-haired boy. Besides what I’ve said above in Sei’s paragraph, there was a sudden mention of Aoba’s nerves which runs in his hair. I’ve forgotten about this part since it wasn’t that significant, and I still don’t see the importance of this. Does it still function as a sort of link between him and Sei? Aoba was actually a stillborn baby and he was secretly taken away by Tae-san when she pretended to quit her job at Toue. I really don’t know why she would want to run away with a dead baby product of a research lab, but fortunately, Aoba came to life afterwards and the two of them were able to live together happily. We also found out more about the accident which was far from the sort of accident I had in mind. Aoba was an active player of Rhyme and without knowing about Scrap, he inadvertently “destroyed” his opponent during one of his games. In order to hide the existence of his powers from Toue, Morphine, who had their eyes on Aoba for his power, staged an accident and forcibly erased Aoba’s memories. Again, I’m left wondering why his friends didn’t tell him about his past, or even re-introduce him to Rhyme since he seemed like such a big player of Rhyme.
Who is Morphine?
I feel like I’ve saved the best for the last. They have been missing from the screen for quite some time and when they first appeared, I thought they had managed to rescue Aoba but they… *checks wikipedia* Virus and Trip are actually the leaders of Morphine! Come to think of it, I’ve never really questioned what sort of yakuza group they belong to and tada! Virus and Trip had said that they were fans of Aoba’s kicks back in the first episode and if I’m not wrong, Aoba met them during a Rhyme match then. They probably became fans of Aoba during another Rhyme match some time ago when they witnessed Aoba’s powers at work. When Aoba accidentally killed someone during one of his matches, Virus and Trip covered it up for him and staged an accident, erasing Aoba’s memories in order to hide him from Toue’s eyes. Things went well for a while before Aoba’s powers were exposed once again during his Rhyme match with Noiz. Just like what they’ve said, Virus and Trip are only interested in interesting things and having an easy life. Cooperating with Toue after that was probably the best deal they could get, with Toue’s help, they managed to increase the size of their group and even got to alter their eyes and ears so that they can’t be brainwashed. Wait a minute, why would Toue do that for a pair of yakuza who are clearly motivated by self interests? It looks like Toue has given them a lot of power (just look at their army of brainwashed zombies) and while you might try to reason that Toue still has his army of Alphas (those white-haired robots who are capable of brainwashing people with Dye Music), don’t forget that Virus and Trip can’t be brainwashed at all. As two-faced as they are, I still believe that they might still be of help to Aoba when they lose interest in Toue and the benefits he can provide them.
That was a load of explanations and hearing it from Majima Junji was about one of the parts I enjoyed most in this episode. However, I still have some questions which weren’t really answered.
1) There was an urban legend about how Morphine made a lot of people disappear a long time ago and since that probably happened before their cooperation with Toue, what was that all about?
2) Have we forgotten about Mizuki? Is he still alive or has he been destroyed? Not that I’ll be that bothered if he never appears ever again.
3) Why didn’t Koujaku or Mizuki tell Aoba about his past?
4) How did Clear meet Aoba and why does he call him Master? Wait, that might be because Clear’s artificial powers were made from Aoba’s real powers? Wait, but Aoba was never experimented on by Toue. Anyway, I need to know why Clear always claims to hear Aoba’s voice. Why?
5) Why does Toue allow Virus and Trip to have control over those Morphined zombies while they are clearly not under his control and will never be?
6) What is going to happen to Aoba after Ren bit him?
I was really quite happy when the whole gang came to rescue Aoba, we had Koujaku, Noiz, Mink and… Clear! That whole scene wasn’t done very well, the gang just appeared out of nowhere and scared off the bad guys before the usual “you go ahead, I’ll block them for you” thing happens. Even so, just seeing Noiz and Clear! Was good enough. Clear! is now addressing Aoba as “Aoba-san” instead of Master and *smirks* it made the fujoshi in me squirm a little. While I was still waiting for Mink to get “saved” by Aoba in the style the rest of the gang had been saved, it never really came and I don’t think it will ever come. Aoba has unknowingly implanted the words “to survive” in Mink, and that was what saved Mink from being destroyed by Toue’s words. Toue’s artificial power will never triumph over Aoba’s true powers and just when I thought it would be finally Toue’s demise, it turns out to be a fake imagery. That was when I realised that this episode wasn’t the end of DRAMAtical Murder.
Although I started questioning my decision to pick up DRAMAtical Murder a few episodes into this season, this turned out to be quite enjoyable. I like how everything is finally making sense, finally, and I’m looking forward to a nice wrap to this show!