Deus Ex should be granted permanent chairmanship on all reality show selection committees.
Survivor, Big Brother, Takeshi’s Castle – it matters not; Deus Ex knows how to really get a trainwreck started.
But before we get into the delicious mindscrew, let us whet our appetites with all that gratuitous Yuno fanservice.
Magnificent, is it not?
Of course, this being Yuno, it all had to go downhill, off the tracks, and into the ravine, all within the same episode.
Oh, it started innocently enough, what with Yuno’s light teasing with the straws, and the haunted house. Beneath that psychotic exterior, she’s still a wide-eyed romantic at heart, right?
Until it was revealed that Yuno’s been obsessed with Yukiteru for the past year simply because she promised to be his bride in a homework assignment.
Now, I may be interpreting it wrongly. It’s far more likely that her obsession started prior to that moment, maybe because he saved her pet cat or something. Going on the anime adaptation alone leaves out loads of information from the source material, so on and so forth.
Regardless of how her obsession started, this cheerful scene dragged me out of my fanservice-fuelled revelry and forced me to reconfront that fact that Yuno – despite the hot, hot body – is extremely mentally unstable. I’m guessing that she has a mild form of Asperger’s, or is slightly autistic: she’s got that analytical thing going on, and her interactions with Yukiteru seem like she’s merely going through the motions – she’s portraying her mental image of how a girl in love ought to act, but can’t actually feel love.
Either way, that moment on the Ferris wheel? Romantic background music has never been this unnerving.
The iconic shrieking violins of Hitchcock’s Psycho would have been far more appropriate. And far more comforting.
Of course, I was willing to give Yuno the benefit of the doubt. Cute girl, starved for attention, all she needs is a little love, yes?
Right up to the moment her house was given screentime. And even then, I was still optimistically going along with the whole power outage thing.
Really, all houses seem scary when the only source of illumination is candlelight. And you can’t blame the mood on Yuno, there’s a thunderstorm outside! It’s not her fault that horror stories abuse the ‘dark and stormy night’ premise.
You know that moment when you had a pillar of childhood faith kicked out from under you? Like when you realized Santa wasn’t real, or when you discovered the cruel, cruel practice of airbrushed celebrity photographs?
For me, this was that moment, except that it was like finding out that Scarlett Johansson was actually an 86-year old woman.
I was so terrified, I could only react by grinning inanely as the sequence played on. Yes, I was so deep into my self-delusion that Yuno was a perfect girl with nothing to hide, that the contrast between my fantasy and reality blindsided me to the point of terror. My self-hypnosis skills are that good.
Now, “Who are these two dead people?” would be an excellent question to ask.
However,in light of Deus Ex’s lack of surprise, perhaps the better question would be, “How long have those dead bodies been stuck in that room?”
I’m not saying that the identity of the deceased isn’t important. It’s important, especially in evaluating Yuno’s degree of insanity. One could argue that it would be far, far worse if it were Yuno’s parents lying in there, as opposed to a couple of strangers.
But the duration tells us far more. It could provide a possible timeframe to establish when Yuno first snapped, yes – but it seems to me, amateur psychiatrist that I am, that the longer a person willingly cohabits with dead bodies, the more insane that person is likely to be. And Deus Ex’s response seems to suggest that those bodies have been there for quite a while, maybe dating from the start of the survival game, maybe earlier.
Or Deus Ex is just trolling the viewers who are trying to find some sense in these happy turn of events.
Yes, Yuno. Everything was going so well. -sheds a single tear too-
Strange behaviour from Yuno though. The careful, perfect Yuno would have disposed of the bodies ages ago. It’s just so out of character for her.
Possible emotional attachment? Perhaps our sociopathic little Yuno does have some feelings after all. If only they hadn’t manifested in such a traumatic manner.
Speaking of trauma, I emitted distinctly unmanly noises from my vocal chords. Good times.
This is going to turn me off hentai for a while. I look at any anime eyes and I can immediately see Yuno staring right back at me.
In other non-Yuno plot developments, Keigo still looks incredibly creepy.
Maybe it’s the long hair. Or that bizarre ponytail thing. Or the fact that his body proportions are way off in this particular screencap.
While Minene shows off her rocking body. She must be the only terrorist in the world who looks this good naked.
Dramatic reveal! A new diary-holder appears.
Personally, I find the paper bag more unnerving than the mascot head. It’s a more accurate reflection of how dangerous the person is.
A paper bag is simple, economical, just enough to get the job done. The accessory of a pragmatic, logical being. This is a man who would kill you with anything from a toothbrush to a stuffed rabbit, the instant he no longer has need of you.
Whereas a mascot head is heavy, unwieldy; overly concerned with appearance and with an unnecessary focus on theatricality. The headgear of choice for a man craving for attention, desperate to prove himself better by being more ‘sophisticated’ or more ‘outlandish’. He’d probably think up some overly elaborate scheme that could be easily foiled by a gang of teenagers and their pet dog.
Although I am curious about why Mr Paperbag bothered with hiding his face when he already exposed it to Minene when he first brought her to safety. Maybe his hypnotic powers allow for memory modification as well.
Is that what a ruptured eyeball looks like? I didn’t actually want to do an image search.
I’d hate to imagine what Minene is going through, though. She obviously can’t see, what with the hole being right in the middle of the pupil, but I think she could still maintain some sort of vision? (I’m trying to be clinical here to avoid grossing myself out by thinking too much.)
Still, the point is moot, with Mr Paperbag ripping the eyeball out and all. That can’t possibly be a pleasant experience.
What if Minene could still see, even as the eyeball was being removed?
… anyway, here’s a more uplifting eyeball shot to round this post off.
I think I’ve just found my new screen wallpaper.