Chaos;HEAd, Episode #05 – The Di-Sword ROCKS

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IKARI-KUN!

I knew from the very beginning the moment would arrive when this anime would bust out the 'science and progress' like so many anime are prone to do. It didn't dilute the mystery by explaining everything away, though. I'm actually thinking it will make the story even more twisted now that we know the Matrix a high-tech contraption is creating the delusions by utilizing Shibuya's dense pockets of G-Errate... err, something like that. I could ask you not to quote me on this, but seeing how this is a blog...

Random highlights: The Di-Sword was holy space-time-ripping AWESOME. Taku gets two thumbs down for buying that embarrassing cosplay accessory. Ayase looks like Ayanami Rei philosophizing in that indigo swimsuit in the underground tunnel. I don't care that her hair color is one-trillionth of a shade different, I will not forgive contemporary anime for emitting Eva vibes like a foul smell. Kozue's random acts of moeness were unbearably cute, but you can't trust anyone these days. And I'm really starting to wonder if that Gero dude is foreshadowing something. Maybe there's like, a Gero-Sword.

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FISH BURGER-KUN!

I hollered bloody-murder last week, and now I am relieved to finally see a few answers. Even if they are being pipelined at a deliberately restrained pace, we at least know we are circling back to the introductory scenes of the series from listening to Rimi and Taku's words resonate between the blue ocean and blue sky of their mental expanse. The moment is serene and beautiful, and of course the obnoxious Seira can't stand the thought of some 3-D slut touching her Takki so she brings him crashing back to reality with her giant, pink, spiky weapon of tortuous moe doom and tells him to get moving.

Kozue trips *up* the stairs and a lot of emphasis is laid on the fact that she whips out a Gero band-aid. She even gives Taku another one to apologize for being too moe, which somehow seems to undermine her original intentions. Things really get rolling out in Shibuya proper when he finds Sena in a train (with... chains... around her feet... for some reason) and listens to her explanation about the delusions and how neural impulses are fundamentally electricity, and how they can be controlled by machines, and blah blah blah maundering pop-sci anime discourse complete with diagrams (I prefer Nogizaka Haruka's maps, thank you.) Long story short: someone or something is controlling people's senses. The delusions may be the lie, or they may be the truth behind the lie.

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20 points for bodyslamming Yua \m/. EWW why is she still on the floor?! Get up you freak!

Yua being the diligent soul that she is busily writes Taku another letter about how she wants to "help" him with his Dissociative Identity Disorder (that's DID, Dark Rebirth, not DIP). That tender little social workerish note of compassion in her voice bumps her down a notch on the cool scale. Yua can be a badass shrouded in fake moe, but she can't be real moe covered in semi-real badassedness covered in fake moe! She claims he is a multiple-personalitied murderer, but she's so damn stuck on Taku being the killer without any hard evidence to show for it that I think she's equally insane, not to mention her love for repeating phrases like a wannabe actress showing off in front of her mirror.

This is where things get a bit crazy, because I can’t definitely can’t tell the difference between Taku’s delusions and reality anymore. Yua’s impromptu pedestrian search party is freakish and implausible; hard to accept as reality. But if it’s fake, why is Ayase running too? Another thing, I can’t see why she would need to run from anyone considering that she wields her own badass Di-Sword, but then again I’ve never seen one in action. Something makes more sense to me now, though — if Taku is capable of locating his own Di-Sword, then the fact that the each girl in the harem carries/will carry her own sword does not mean that they are a team. Time to ditch the network idea and make way for the melee.

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If the folks back police HQ only knew what Suwa and his senpai actually do on the job...

Anyone who tries to tell me that I'm the ONLY person that first thought Yasuji was consulting an Earth magic pendulum to help him do his investigative work is a dirty, dirty liar. It is a pendulum, but he's not contacting Odin, duh!, he's testing city's gravity waves which display bizarre behavior due to the fact that Shibuya has several G-spots dense pockets of "G-Errate" (which I believe actually refers to 'gravity errata', a phenomena pertaining to quantum gravity functions that is so far above my head that I would need an elevator to talk about it). Oh really. A little hand-waving, and the good detective blinds me with his science uses the phenomenon to explain the massive amounts of young folks gathered in Shibuya (and here I thought it was the shops!) as well as the peculiar incidence of the New Gene murders around the city. Oh goody, more unscientific science! ;- D

This week's surprise is the YouTube video at the end. Taku suspects the cameraman is Shogun! The more important question is whether or not *Taku* is Shogun, or if Shogun is someone else altogether. But the murder is not quite so critical. People die and the public seems to eat it up, what with their silly "sono me dare no me" T-shirts and New Gene fanfare. I'm more concerned about Taku being around the other ladies, because his delusions are becoming more powerful and more frequent. He needs to figure out how to control this power of his (i.e. find his Di-Sword) if he hopes to defend himself. Stupid Seira-tan is not doing anything to help by telling him to run from the 3-Ds every second. What he needs here is a bit of confrontation. The bodyslam was a turning point, and I'm confident he can do more. Oh and for the record, I will RAEG if Seira turns out to be the source of his power. Until next week! ^_^

Next Episode:

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Yasuji likes 'em BIG.

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18 Comments

  1. Posted November 8, 2008 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I would rage too if Seira really was the source of his power. <3 Aoi Sena though.

  2. Posted November 9, 2008 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Have to say the theories being thrown around in this episode had my head hurting a bit. Nice to put them all together nicely so it doesn’t seem too crazy :). But really I appreciated Ayase’s more because she had visual aids. As in a swimsuit version of herself popping up to explain things. Also getting the Di-Sword from some pocket space was pretty cool.

    While I think Takumi needs to get one. At the same time I’m worried he’d hurt himself or someone else swinging it around like he did with the fake.

    Think Yua should check herself in regarding mental health before going after Takumi. Its a weird kind of niceness she has going there. Cares about him, but is completely convinced he is the murderer. I mean let’s have a slightly open mind until you actually see him killing someone.

  3. ReddyRedWolf
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Ohh Looky! So that’s how girls bring out stuff from out of nowhere.
    They smash reality! Talk about extradimensional capacitance!

    Lol at the fish burger delusion.

  4. lubczyk
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Not waiting around for Quality m.3.3.w subs, eh Maipeisu?

    Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, Mr. Maipeisu. Your lack of faith disappoints me.

  5. phil
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Hahaha, I seeen the DIP, and it bothered me to no end. Good catch.

  6. Maipeisu
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    @panther: Yes, Sena is WIN. I don’t know who my favorite is, but it’s definitely not Seira, and Yua is treading on thin ice.

    @FlareKnight: You know, the funny thing is that if you actually research some of this technobabble, you’ll realize the writers ACTUALLY did their homework. There’s some, no, a LOT of accuracy in it. Scary…

    @ReddyRedWolf: LOL @ “smash reality”.

    @lubczyk: Well, I’m really torn here! I would like to have the posts up in a timely fashion, but the subs are mega fail, as we all know. The still captures are small enough that they won’t be legible and therefore won’t piss anyone off, but I’m afraid reading a poor translation is going to confuse me even more. What to do??? Meh, well I’m still gonna watch m33w subs. ^_^ Maybe I’ll have a follow up post every now and then that points out some glaring errors hehehe.

    @phil: Yea, that and “until when do you plan to stand there?” >_<

  7. Zan
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    So, does anyone know what “biolism” means? Google finds nothing. Also, wish I could create a crack in reality with my bare hands.

  8. Forgan
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    @ Maipeisu: Indeed, there’s a reason why they call it a “Delusional Science Novel”. Of course it’s not completely accurate but you’ll see that most of the scientific terms that are introduced in this series actually exist in real life.

    @ Zan: It’s been a while since I played the VN, but I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be biorhythm, not biolism.

  9. Maipeisu
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    @Zan/Forgan: I was gonna say “biorhythm” also. Lost in translation.

  10. Dirrain
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Well, it’s GE-Rate and not ‘G-Errate’ or whatever. And according to the VN, the ‘impromptu pedestrian search party’ isn’t of Yua’s design/plan. Don’t know if this counts as a spoiler or not.

    And yes, Aoi Sena ftw.

  11. Maipeisu
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    @Dirrain: “GE-Rate” as in “gravity errata rate”? Makes worlds more sense to me now! In regards to the search party, that’s very interesting. It looked to me like she spoke to a few people and all of a sudden a huge party just sort of tumbled into place. Spoiler, yes, but very much welcome under these circumstances.

  12. Dirrain
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    @Maipeisu: The anime is sort of like the VN in understanding things… Over the course of the anime/VN, you have absolutely no clue what is going on. But at the conclusion, everything sorts of makes sense. And let me just say that the conclusion is… Extremely unexpected. And at least they tuned down Taku’s MAJORLY irritating laugh this time.

    And GERO-KUN WILL RULE THE WORLD.

  13. Forgan
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    What Dirrain said. Though it still *sorta* happened like that in the VN.

    *Spoilers*

    Takumi got to the park when a police officer came up to him and asked his name. He told him, and the officer left and went to talk to another officer. Takumi then learned that a New Gene victim was dicovered in the park which made him a little nervous since he was a suspect. He had a delusion of Yua reporting to the police (or maybe it was only in the red trigger? I can’t remember if you got a delusion trigger choice here or not), but when he snapped out of the delusion, they were still drawing near him. Then he ran away freaked out while the cops chased after him.

  14. Maipeisu
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    @Forgan + Dirrain: Talk about leaving shit out! Thank you for filling in the blanks. LOL is it any wonder I got so confused??

    @Crusader: You know what, it really, really does have Silent Hill vibes. I’m just waiting for Taku to step through the clock tower….

  15. Forgan
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, that isn’t even the biggest thing they’ve left out so far. Since we’re on the subject anyway, I may as well mention a scene that was a lot different in Episode 4.

    *Spoilers*

    Remember when Takumi ran out of class in Episode 4 and left school? In the game he didn’t leave school immediately but instead headed to the rooftop, because he felt cornered to the point where he wouldn’t be safe if he headed home or to the internet cafe anyway. But after he’s up there for a while he gets a call on his cell phone, which he answers without checking caller ID since Nanami and his mother are about the only ones who call him on it. Big mistake, as it turns out not to be them. He hears a children’s song being played (I forget the name, but it’s the song that’s played for the crosswalks), which then turns into an ambulance siren. He tries to rationalize with himself by thinking that it’s just a prank caller, but he gets more and more freaked out and tries to pull the phone away from his ear when he realizes he can’t. The siren then turns into a high pitched static noise, which gives Takumi an enormous headache and he passes out. He wakes up then decides to go home after THAT little incident. On his way home, he doesn’t notice anybody around but he doesn’t think much of it at the time until later when he leaves his house to buy some things at a convenience store, and he doesn’t notice anyone on his way there or at the store itself. After that it’s pretty similar to the anime with Shogun and whatnot.

    *End Spoilers*

    There was also a big clue to the killer’s identity near the beginning that they left out, but saying the clue is a clue isn’t a very good idea, especially since the clue went over my head the first time playing the game <_<. They have another (albeit not as big) clue in the anime at this point, at least.

  16. sacchi
    Posted November 18, 2008 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I just want Seira to become real.

    Why could Taku’s delusion of school swimming become real and Seira can’t? I seriously want live Seira >_>

    By the way, I almost fell from my chair when Yua appeared out of nowhere…and then when I saw her in the video…oh god…Shogun, you’re my hero!

  17. Posted November 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Humans are trapped beings within their own brains and the only thing we can actually control are our own bodies… our brain lets us think/dream…. or whatever you want to call it but we can only make somethings (things we precieve in our brains) a reality. We are controlled by outside rules (example*: gravity). If we escape these rules what happens (possible answer? *: Fly?)? Chaos Heads.

    lol, I’m retarded. Read this if you got anything from it without the need to criticize then i’d be amazed. :) gm3pr0 is my aim let me know what you think. The 0 is a zero.

  18. Chaos;Head (Demon Girl)
    Posted January 26, 2009 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Demon Girl, speaks….

    It’s really wierd..I can’t belive the Di-sword is actually real… But it can’t be seen with ones eye..and that’s the sad part… I really hope I can see a Di-sword… Does anyone knows where I can find episode 5 of Chaos;Head ??

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