Would I Lie To You?
Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] Episode 6
Iride is forced to sit out a game this week, even volunteering won’t help him, and so we see some actual flow on from his injuries last week as well as some suspicions from some of the other characters in The One’s Within. On that note though, it is Anya and Himiko chosen to navigate a dungeon where they cannot lie and wasn’t Anya just the worst choice ever for that kind of challenge.
As usual there’s so many weird scenes and visuals within the episode it is difficult to know where to start. Paka threatening Anya if he does anything to Himiko is pretty amusing, as is Paka’s acts as he sits sipping drinks with the girls or polishing glasses behind the bar when Oshigiri attempts to confront him. There’s so much simmering beneath the surface of each of these characters it is difficult to know what to pay attention to as almost anything they say might be important later.
That said, I found my suspicions being turned to Makino even as Onigasaki began to suspect Iride. Honestly, Makino has stayed the lowest key out of all the characters and we still know practically nothing about him, but he always seems to turn up at key moments and play a pivotal role in the scenes he is. I’ll be a little upset if it turns out he really is just background when it seems like there must be something more to his character.
Honestly though, there’s really something about this anime. There’s a scene toward the end of the dungeon crawl where for utterly contrived reasons Anya has to list five things he appreciates about Iride and we get a really nice song and a slow pan out from the two showing us the darkened room with its pillars. This pan goes on and on and the music continues. In most other anime I’d probably suspect they ran out of money or were cutting corners, but here, given the other visual elements, this actually had me chuckling as the length of time it took Anya to just spit out the answer was played to absurd levels. Within the context of the show and the episode it worked even if it isn’t exactly the kind of thing that I normally enjoy.
There’s definitely something fun about The One’s Within and I’m really wanting to know a bit more about what is going on now. From a fairly shaky start this one has managed to grow on me and now I’m at least interested in each of the characters and wondering what they are really up to. Looking forward to the next episode.
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Images from: Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu]. Dir. S Oonuma. Silver Link. 2019.