Stalker Girl Saves The Day
Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] Episode 3
Rare that the stalker girl turns out to actually be the most useful and yet here we have a girl who is clearly a long way gone in terms of being possessive who manages to save the day this week in The One’s Within.
I’m going to acknowledge that this series is managing to be far more coherent than the first episode led me to believe it would be. While I’m not marvelling over smooth transitions between sections or internal logic, events in prior episodes do in fact have an impact on where the story develops in the next. The game this week and the conflict entirely grew from decisions made by the players who didn’t participate last week as in their down time a couple of them decided to try and take a peek at the hidden workings of the situation they have found themselves in.
While that might be a small detail it gives the whole story a sense that it is moving along together rather than moving as disparate activities that may or may not eventually serve some kind of purpose.
However, anime can’t get a pass just for not being as bad as it might have been. Where The One’s Within also grabs my interest is in the development of these characters. They are all staying true to their one note introductions but we are gradually seeing them as whole people rather than tropes. While it may be slow progress, it is progress and overall I don’t mind this particular group.
Of course, all of this hinges on the wondering of whether or not there is a reason for the seemingly unkillable guy wearing a llama mask, the numbers on their arms, and the game set up. If they haven’t thought it through and they either don’t give us an answer or the answer falls flat it is going to make most of this feel pointless. Still, I’m a lot more optimistic about this one three episodes in than I was after episode 1.
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Images from: Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu]. Dir. S Oonuma. Silver Link. 2019.