Suspense Leading To…
Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] Episode 7
The Ones Within has a small problem in that seven episodes of tough talking llama administrator aside nothing truly horrendous has happened to these characters (though Iride did come close to being killed by a demon). However it is a definitely truth that suspense and tension only lasts so long if there is never any follow through and you end up with a feeling that nothing irreversibly bad will ever happen to the cast. Which makes episode 7 of The Ones Within interesting as the characters themselves note that this might be the most dangerous game yet and they come fairly close to both irreversible consequences and to failing the game.
But then they don’t follow through again and ultimately we finish with the cast just fine. It should be noted that the anime itself has apparently understood that this lack of follow through will eventually lead the audience to conclude that the suspense is all just smoke and mirrors and so the episode ends with the promise that somehow the stakes are about to be raised and that’s after an episode where they seem to be hinting quite strongly that one or more of these characters are about to have something drastic happen to them.
Possibly it is just more smoke amounting to nothing, and in honesty I’d probably prefer the characters to reach the end of the game without engaging in a blood bath or being needlessly massacred for the sake of edginess. However, this week we had the opportunity for one of more characters to have their eyeballs gouged out and the story essentially made it clear they wouldn’t follow through. Even allowing the blindness of at least one character to be permanent (maybe even in one eye) would have been some kind of follow through that would be enough to make the danger of the games feel very real.
I also kind of expected more from the hide and seek game when they said all the rooms would be unlocked. I kind of wanted more discoveries to come to light about these characters, though it will be interesting to see what was found out from the papers in Roro’s room.
I really am enjoying this series but it is all just a delaying game at this point and if we don’t land on some concrete point before the end it will all feel rather empty. Still, points for a story that decides to go for a darker tone and doesn’t feel the need for mass slaughter from episode one to achieve it.
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Images from: Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu]. Dir. S Oonuma. Silver Link. 2019.