No. 6 4 – My Dog-Fu Is Better than Your Dog-Fu
Shion and Nezumi sitting in a tree . . . K-I-S-S-I-N-G (and not more because this isn’t a Y-A-O-I).
People really take slights personally on the outside. If someone insulted my mom, I’d probably just brush off, because, you know, fuck people and their opinions, but then again, I don’t live in a place where you need to constantly defend your honor and look like a badass, or else people will murder the shit out of you. (Although my hometown is arguably as big a dump as this place.) I guess Shion is a reason for fighting, too, but mostly, it’s because Nezumi called the Dogkeeper’s mom a bitch. (Which, to be fair, is accurate. I mean, damn, that lady was a huge bitch.)
The Dogkeeper kind of sucked at fighting, though. She talked up her dogs so much, and then Nezumi goes and beats the shit out of two of them, makes a beeline for the Dogkeeper, puts a knife to her throat, and then the dogs are basically like, “. . . Fuck, Master never taught us how to deal with this. Uh, belly rub?” I guess the Dogkeeper has to pretend to be all cocky and whatnot because she has access to dramatic irony and knows Nezumi has the hots for Shion now, so she can mock him and pretend she has some sort of advantage over him, but she’s really not going to be any sort of threat anymore. Oh well. Having a dog army is still pretty awesome.
Anyway, this was more of a “Yo, let’s slow this shit down for a moment” episode than anything. I especially enjoyed Nezumi’s repeated rebukes to Shion, who was clearly trying to get Nezumi to commandeer the S.S. Exposition this entire episode. That whole time Shion was pretty much digging for personal information and outside world information, while Shion was like, “fuuuuuuuuuuuck that shit” and tried his best to keep the Last Tango in Paris act going. Or maybe he just sensed that there was enough exposition and the like in the previous episode, so he was trying to balance things out. That Nezumi, breaking the fourth wall.
So, yeah, the big ol’ irony and the point of the episode is that Nezumi is growing closer to Shion and even protective of him, even though his motto to this point has been, “Look out for No. 1 (and not the city No. 1, but No. 1 as in yourself)”. You’d have to be blinder than Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder combined to not see that coming, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping that getting all lovey dovey won’t soften Nezumi’s edge; if he carries himself the way he did around the prostitute, then that’s cool. Every action star needs the ability to toss out a one-liner every now and again. If he loses his edge growing closer to Shion, then fuck that noise. I want to see Nezumi blow up No. 6.
Also, Shion’s mom must have been one hot tomato back in the day if being turned down by her caused that journalist dude to go from being an investigative reporter to an underhanded pimp. Serious scars. (Also, what the fuck kind of a name for a paper is Latch Bill? That’s a mid-boss in an RPG, not a reputable journal of opinion! I’d rather read the Daily Growl than that shit.) Or maybe it’s just another case of someone doing what needs to be done to survive, even if it’s super scummy and involves taking advantage of people to live like a king. Yet another sign that journalism does not pay. Journalists always have it rough in the world of anime, I swear . . .