Conclusion of the first story, this episode tells the reason why Asuna turned in to a murderer.
Continuing from last week’s cliffhanger, Fumika uses her powers to avoid Asuna’s knife. While surprised, she doesn’t forget to deal with Shota body, and buries it by the riverside. After that we are shown with shots of Asuna and Miku, her sister, living happily at an institution, while the institution director reveals that their father wasn’t exactly Father of the Year.
In fact, her father was using her as a nude model, at a room inside the same building where Shota conducted his rocket experiments. Asuna snapped when her father announced that Miku would also be coerced in to doing the same thing, so to protect her, Asuna killed him.
The next day, Shota’s body is quickly discovered, and Asuna decides to run after seeing the police are looking for her. She cuts off her hair and steals a jacket, boarding an express train to Aomori, but before she can leave, Fumika pays her a visit, with a letter from Shota.
Asuna accepts the letter after some “persuasion”. After reading it, she immediately runs back to Shota’s place, with the letter’s contents being one of apology. She reaches the rooftop and prepares the rocket for launch, but she gets a visit from one of the detectives on her before the rocket is launched.
Quite suddenly, a wind blows a piece of tarpaulin on to the rocket, so Asuna rushes to cut it free, but the detective’s partner, just arriving, construes it as an act of aggression and shoots Asuna instead. The episode ends with the rocket successfully launched as Asuna lays dying. Later, Fumika pays another visit to Miku, delivering another Shigofumi, implied to be from Asuna.
Nicely done mini-arc for an introduction to Shigofumi. This short arc just shows a lot of the meaning to the work that Fumika does and the concept of the Shigofumi. Just makes us realise how ugly humans are when they’re put in the wrong circumstances. Both Asuna and Shota were just unfortunate victims.
The OP is in this time, and it doesn’t seem to mesh well with the show. I guess ALI PROJECT is losing their touch a bit, and the tune of the OP just feels out of place.
Overall, Shigofumi looks to be pretty interesting, and as long as the show doesn’t go too one-tracked minded in their stories, it should do pretty well.