If “Hello Sadness” isn’t the angst-iest title for an episode ever…
Look, I think the teenage melodrama has been handled well. There’s actually a pretty good explanation underpinning the familiar “talk about your feelings” scene, and the notion that Shinichi’s trying to make himself feel worse about Kana’s death is actually pretty moving. Hell, the swirling motivations actually give a fresh spin to the part where he and Migi argue over the private eye.
Still, these developments really should’ve happened sooner - - as in before the massacre at Shinichi’s high school.
I hate to keep harping on this plot hole, but the show makes it impossible to ignore, having the “norms” repeatedly question Shinichi without drawing the obvious connections. These have to be densest townsfolk in any horror story. Nobody finds it odd that corpses keep piling up in bloody, hacked-up pieces? That isn’t causing a general state of panic? Wouldn’t it have made more sense for the show to build this tension up until the massacre, instead of just having the community shrug it off because… shit happens, I guess?
Murano comes out looking the dumbest of the lot, too. She’s only just now realizing that Shinichi’s a little too weird to be hanging out with? She hasn’t ever found it strange that he rescued her by jumping out of a three-story building and leaping over a ten-foot-tall fence in so many bounds?
While the parasytes probably should’ve been organizing sooner, too, I really dug the couple scenes of their “cabal” in conference. To pile another Marvel superhero comparison on, those parts reminded me of the vampire council scenes in BLADE, and I suppose Shinichi’s a bit like the Daywalker, too. All of these monsters’ strengths, and none of their weaknesses, and such - - always a ripe source of angst.