As I said in my last post I’m a big fan of this show, so when I say if you were to watch a lot of episodes and think the show looked interesting, you can appreciate that there’s no attempt at objectivity there. With that same mentality I’d say of all the episodes throughout the series, if there was one to drag people in, I think it would episode 17: Exodus. It’s a busy episode in as much as a lot of plot points are covered, but I can’t say it feels rushed. It’s also an episode with a huge shock, which, apparently, is one of the reasons the show is so divisive but you know where I’m coming from and if you want a negative review, the internet is a big place. Shall I just get on with it?
The episode continues from Shu’s revelation in episode 16 that the destruction of a person’s void causes their death. Instead of going into himself and stopping the use of voids, Shu gets even harsher on the students. In a conversation with Inori in their oasis paradise type thing (nope, not even I can accept that that place should be in the middle of the school), she reveals that she thinks she attacked Arisa. Think being the optimum word here as she lost consciousness just as the ceiling collapsed in gym at the end of the last episode, only to reawaken with blood on her hands, facing Arisa in the recording station.
In the meanwhile, Arisa is busy seducing her body guard under the proviso he spreads a rumour (or the truth depending on how you want to look about it) about the fate you will suffer if your void is destroyed (did I mention, I, don’t like Arisa?). Yahiro goes to confront her about the rumours, only to be told the identity of her attacker. And so, we reach an impasse.
Yahiro goes to Shu to confront him about Inori, only to be shot down by Shu and removed from his inner circle. It has to be said, whether you like Shu or not, that was the final nail in his coffin, so to speak. The students begin the mission to escape from the walled area: as they begin to fight off drones several students die which seems to inspire Shu to take things into his own hands, drawing Inori’s void and destroying several drones and making his way towards Tokyo tower, the source of the wall controls. After destroying the guard robots, Shu manages to use a series of voids to destroy the tower and open the wall for the students to escape.
So after being shown the way out from the prison they’ve all been stuck in for weeks, how do the rest of the students treat Shu? Well they decide that he’s basically run out usefulness and needs to be got rid off. Inori is stopped from getting to Shu while Ayase is locked away by Tsugumi (lost a lot of love there). Souta then appears to push Shu into a crater before more GHQ mechs arrive, led by none other than Gai, who uses his void to activate and steal Inori’s. As Arisa swoons over the resurrected leader of Funeral Parlour he makes his way to Shu where he cuts off his right arm. After (some justified) screaming from Shu, Gai absorbs the king’s power.
It’s an episode that regardless of everything that goes on, is really integral to Shu. Despite his perceived issues throughout the show I can’t help but feel sorry for him here, after losing a friend, being lied to and then trying to help out everyone in the only way he thought possible he gets turned on by the rest of his friends and loses his arm. Let’s not forget though, that our other two main characters have a lot going on here, Inori has a sub conscious split personality while Gai has returned from the grave but is behaving like a dick. It’s very emotionally charged and because of that, it’s brilliant.