DRAMAtical Murder – Episode 9 Review – “Data_09_Echt”
Aoba saved Noiz the kuudere. Noiz’s adversary was a figure wearing a smiley face mask (they’ll show up again).
Noiz and Aoba stumbled back towards the hotel, but they were ambushed by more brainwashed flunkies. Who should drop from the sky but Clear, who saves them both. One of the men throws in a parting shot, flinging acid (I think) into Clear’s face (which is covered by his mask).
Aoba treats his wounds and asks Clear to remove the mask so he can check to see if his face was hurt. His face is finally revealed to the audience….and it’s disappointingly regular. He just thought it was disfigured because his grandpa told him it was.
Aoba and Clear then check out the Oval Tower, the HQ of Toue. Koujaku and Noiz are still recovering so they aren’t coming along. They are attacked by two figures with smiley masks, who reveal themselves as clones of Clear…
Clear having the same face as everyone else was definitely an “oh boo” moment. I was expecting something horrific under that mask, and Aoba would love him unconditionally anyways. Having him just be another pretty boy completely ruined my immersion for this episode. The clone/android plot was ok at best, but nothing that special in the long run.
I was going to give it points for using a somber ending, but after some reading, I learned that this was the good ending for Clear. Having said that, his bad ending is pretty disturbing. The show has been immensely toned down from the game so I don’t expect them to go down that route. (It involves dismemberment and bondage, yay!) Ok so last up is Mink, who has arrived in town with guns in hand. Honestly, I’m not expecting much from the series anymore, but I will finish watching it. In the end it’s an average anime, but it had the potential to be more.