I hate to say it, but as soon as a character’s actually saying, “That is what separates people from animals!” you can be sure the show needs to start being a bit more subtle about its themes.
Or it needs less spoken lines, maybe. One cost of these simulcasts is that sub teams really don’t have time to fine-tune their translations, so you often end up reading lines and appreciating their intent, as opposed to the actual turn of phrase.
To be honest, I was rolling my eyes about the scenes of back-alley bullying, too. Again, I appreciate the intent - - showing Shinichi’s altruism, demonstrating his restraint, et cetera - - but it’s low-hanging fruit for building audience sympathy. And when the show’s been so creative in so many other instances, the cliché stands out even more.
The scene was saved by it evolving into a rival gang rumble - - that was unusual. And I suppose we needed some dramatic way to introduce this ‘Parasyte whisperer,’ so the crew was probably even aware that they were doing narrative dirty work. I just wish that more of it had been left unsaid.
Aside from that, I’m impressed that the stakes elevated so quickly. Sure, I figured Shinichi’s stable, suburban double life was going to end, sooner or later; but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to end so gruesomely. Man, if you thought he had already been put into the worst moral bind last episode (when he had to decide if he needed to kill a pregnant woman!), then brace yourself for an even tougher choice, now. Eeesh…
Now, I don’t know if his girlfriend’s going to last much longer - - and that’s exactly the suspense they were hoping to evoke, I’m sure.