Bokurano brings about a realization of the truth, as the next pilot is Kako. Fearful, selfish and unmotivated in most things, he is a spoiled kid who cares about no one but himself. Yet, he does love a certain girl, and the girl is in the same predicament. She is Chizu Honda, and they will eventually meet once again the very last time before he pilots the mecha named Zearth by the children.
What will Kako be, as he is fearful of death and cannot care less about everyone else dying? Will he fight or will he run?
The government officials saw a simulation of the view of Zearth, as they discussed about the telepathic controls of the robot by the children. They found a professor that dealt with emotive and mind power technology, but she said that it was way beyond their technology, or even the world’s technology for using merely the mind to control a mecha. In other words, Zearth was not made in Earth, but it did not mean that they could not analyze the driving force behind Zearth, as they asked for more time for investigation. Despite China’s growth, the professor said that the technology in Japan was still world class. They were given the time to investigate, but the officials also told the department head that they got to maintain diplomatic ties with other countries in terms of help.
Yoko, Moji, Takami and Aiko went down to Earth to find Kako, as they went to his house. Chizu was dressing up when she went to the cockpit and asked Dung Beetle whether it knew where Kako was. Dung Beetle said that it seemed that Chizu was worried about him and Dung Beetle said Kako need some time off but the enemy would go to where Kako was, so it made no difference. When the four got to Kako’s house, they asked where Kako was, but his mother told them that she did not know and told them to leave and stop disturbing them.
Takami then arrived, saying that she was a teacher of the school, and explained that the students were concerned over Kako as he was acting strange. Takami added that they could not contact him, as Kako’s mother said she did not know where he was and Takami said that even her mother had no clue where he was. Kako’s mother then closed the door as Kako’s sister said that she was surprised Kako had such concerning friends. Yosuke and Kirie also arrived as the four wanted to go to the amusement park to find Kako, but Yosuke knew that Chizu had an idea herself, as he urged her that she need not join them.
As Chizu went to the aquarium, the enemy was forming as Chizu realized that Kako was there. There was an announcement by the government to evacuate too. As the government officials noted the formation of the monster, they had sent their elite air forces and ships to attack the enemy. The radar was not working too, as well as the guided missiles as they switched to laser mode to guide the assault. Chizu entered the aquarium and looked for Kako, as she stumbled with the shock of the attacks outside. As she noted the dolphin sanctuary, she ran over and found Kako looking down in despair, with the mark appearing on his face.
Kako was asking why he was the next pilot to Chizu. As Zearth appeared, Kako said ironically that he had to drive Zearth and he screamed at the direction of Zearth saying that he did not ask it to appear. He said he did not want to drive it because he would die. Chizu said that it was not his fate alone but everyone as well, but Kako said that he was the one dying now, the pilot that would die next. Kako started stamping at the platform violently, saying that he could care less about Earth and the people living in it. He only wanted to live.
He said that he had no friends, his sister hated him, his mother did not like him and even his father left him, and he wondered why he was born. He then said that since he was going to die, he might as well do something. Kako flipped out and confessed that he liked Chizu as he held her tightly and tried to kiss her. Chizu broke away and ran off, as Kako gave chase. Outside the aquarium, the battle had started as the missiles started firing, but it seemed like even if there was contact, the enemy was not that hurt. Kako continued to press through the door, as Chizu tried to close him off only for the shock to appear as Kako continued to chase Chizu.
Kako pulled Chizu’s arm as he was hurting Chizu as she was pressed onto a wall near the staircase. Kako was getting close as he pressed his body toward Chizu and told her that she would not lose any flesh if they did “it”. He then pulled her skirt up and about to shove himself in when Chizu shoved him down the stairs. In shock, she went down to look at him but he was still somewhat conscious as she ran out of the aquarium. As Chizu got out, a missile launched missed its shot as it hit the aquarium and the aquarium collapsed with Kako still lying down. The military was also wiped out very swiftly with a laser-like weapon from the enemy.
The military was wiped out and the remaining forces were asked to withdraw, as they realized that they could do nothing. The surface was shining too, as if mocking them. As Dung Beetle transported all of them to the cockpit, they saw the crushed body of Kako as the children recoiled in fear. Dung Beetle said that the stage was just getting started, and someone had already died before the battle stage was set. Chizu said she had killed Kako, as Yosuke asked what happened between Kako and Chizu. Dung Beetle said that they had one less pilot now, as the chairs went around again to choose the next pilot…
Updated list of alive kids: Click here for the picture
With Kako’s death, that really opens up a few questions. The biggest one for me will be this and it is the same thing that Dung Beetle had said: There is one less pilot. Assuming the fact that the amount of enemies that they have to fight is fifteen as stated by Kokopelli, that means that Kako has caused the pilot count to drop by one before he could battle the enemy. In other words, considering that they need fourteen pilots to fight, they now only have one less fighter to deal with the remaining enemy.
Since they have signed the contract via that computer, it also means that Kana might be somewhat asked to be the next pilot. That will really add a twist because if any of the other pilots do drop out or somehow unable to fulfill the promise of piloting the next mecha seat, it means that more people will be implicated into piloting this one-way path to death.
It somehow disturbs me because it creates an opportunity for more pilots to actually die before the battle plan happens, which means that it is possible for other characters, such as Takami and the other guy (I do not have the reference of my last episode at hand to remember his name) to be actually involved in the pilot. The episode also ends without anyone being chosen for the pilot seat, but it seems that Chizu will be the next one to be involved considering how the episode preview centralized on her and her teacher.
Going back to this episode, Kako’s character is somewhat like a deviant that is also a loner. I can only wonder about his psyche, which is probably why he is so selfish. When a child is devoid of love, he tends to be rebellious, since there is a positive relationship between the stability and love of the family and the mental health of the child. When a child says that he has no friends (social network), his sister hates him and that his mother cannot care less, it shows a really broken heart.
I said last week that I disliked Kako, but I can understand his mentality. As much as I still hate him for running away, it is mostly because of his background, one of a dysfunctional family, that caused him to react the way he did. However, I am totally disgusted at the way he tried to rape Chizu to satisfy his carnal urges because he is almost close to doing it.
Chizu also showed some concern for Kako and I think that she does care about him quite a bit, despite her taunting earlier on. I do not agree with her analysis that she killed him. She had simply tried to defend herself from being raped by Kako and ran away because it is the only method to escape. What can she do, stay there and wait for him to wake up? It is disturbing to see the deathly corpse somewhat, even if it is only the hand and part of the body shown. Next week proves to be even more controversial, considering that it is underage sex.