Sitting on the sidelines and watching as people die starts to take its toll on Takashi. He wants to go out and help, but Saeko points out that they can’t save everyone and they don’t want to draw attention to themselves. It’s cold, but it’s hard to argue against the pragmatism. To her credit, even Saeko admits that she doesn’t like viewing things this way, but it’s just the way things are now.
We then cut to a man and his daughter pounding on the door of a nearby house looking for shelter. He doesn’t seem to get much of a response. This is another instance where you could view the people inside as cold and heartless, but with all the looting and senseless killing, it’s easy to see why they don’t want to let a stranger in.
When the door finally does open, the father is quickly met by a makeshift spear to the chest. Thus, the young girl is forced to watch as her father dies. Not surprisingly, this is a pretty heart-wrenching scene. You don’t really know these characters exactly, but you still feel the girl’s anguish.
A part of me wanted to see her channel her grief into fury and start throwing rocks through the house’s windows to draw the zombies’ attention and to compromise their security, but she is understandably heartbroken at seeing her father and can only cry.
This does draw the attention of nearby zombies, but it is also enough to galvanize Kohta into action. I was convinced that he was a budding psychotic, and even Takashi notes that Kohta wasn’t planning on opening fire, but Kohta responds by saying that there was a young kid in trouble and had to help.
This, in turn, inspires Takashi to venture out on a motorbike to save the girl. It’s actually a pretty awesome sequence. You have a rousing rock soundtrack and the sense of heroism is inspiring.
For those worried that the women just stay on the sidelines, don’t worry, they get their chance to shine as Takashi needs to be pulled out when the sound from the motorbike and Kohta’s rifle draws the attention of the zombie horde.
Oddly enough, it never occurs to any of the ladies to put on clothes. There’s fan service, but this really pushed the suspension of disbelief. I know this show likes panty shots and close ups of cleavage, but having them run around with no pants is not a thing that would happen.
Also, did we need to have Takashi get peed on? It was just gross and unnecessary. Even the argument that it was comic relief doesn’t hold up as the scene wasn’t really all that funny. It was just cringe inducing.
There is quite a bit of lampshade hanging in this episode. Kohta comments that he’s never even fired this kind of rifle, but is already making head shots and Takashi has a line after his bike stunt goes awry that it wasn’t pulled off like it would have been in an anime. That, I found amusing.
One thing that surprised me was the fact that, with all the military gear they had, there wasn’t a silencer. You’d think that would go hand in hand with a sniper rifle, but I guess not. I don’t think a pillow or a potato would work particularly well as substitutes, but I could be wrong on that.
Nonsensical fan service and unnecessary toilet humor aside, I thought that this was a strong episode. It managed to run the emotional gamut from tragic to triumphant and it actually avoids mood whiplash.