About three weeks ago I wrote a first impressions for the Winter 2017 season and to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. With one exception – Scum’s Wish (or Kuzu no Honkai).
Five episodes later I can’t say anything else from this season has grabbed me at all but Scum’s Wish is proving that I was right to be excited about it. From the outset, you could see that it was a show that was going to be dark, depressing and devoid of any hope or redemption for it’s main characters. Not only has this tone been maintained, but episode 5 has definitely been the darkest so far.
This episode is one full of desperation. Hanabi is desperate for anyone to the point where it has become hard to tell if she still has genuine feelings for Narumi at all. After sleeping with a past lover, Mugi begins to question the extent for his feelings for Hanabi which, of course, are thoroughly rejected in the way that we have come to expect from our lead female and narrator.
Meanwhile in the other half of adults who are loved by high schoolers, Akane continues to lead Narumi on – despite insisting for the majority of the episode that she is thoroughly bored of the situation. While I don’t sympathise with Akane in the slightest, it is easy to agree with her in as much as Narumi is boring – he remains completely oblivious to all that is going on around him as he is pulled into the depths of his fellow teachers trap.
Besides the dark and despair atmosphere that is expertly maintained throughout this show, this episode really encapsulated just how unpredictable this type of negative inevitability can be. Did I expect Hanabi to go back Mugi in quite the way she did? No. Of the two main characters, did I think it would be Mugi who started to care for Hanabi rather than the other way around? No.
If you haven’t enjoyed the show up to this point then episode 5 won’t change your mind. However, if you enjoyed it so far, this might be the best yet.
Almost half way through this show and I still can’t see anything remotely positive happening to anyone, but frankly that’s a good thing. Too many anime that start of with a similar (albeit less explicit) tone, but throw in the towel in the final few episodes. I, at least, am hopeful that this won’t happen with Kuzu no Honkai.