Something has happened to Sorawo’s eye and Toriko’s hand. It had to have something to do with the wiggle-waggle, but other than that, they’re in the dark. Toriko takes Sorawo to see her friend, a prominent Otherside researcher.
Sorawo’s right eye has turned a brilliant blue while Toriko’s left hand has become translucent. It’s certainly pretty strange and concerns them enough to go see Toriko’s friend. She’s the one that was willing to pay for the cubic mirrors. Kozakura is a researcher who specialises in the Otherside. She’s never been there, but her old partner who was Toriko’s close friend had and that’s where she vanished.
Unfortunately, Kozakura isn’t much help, but she does pay for the cubic mirror which Toriko splits with Sorawo. She then asks her to come with her to the Otherside again and help her search for Satsuki.
Sorawo agrees, but she is not entirely enthused about it. Regardless, she meets up with Toriko and they go to the elevator, follow the steps, and return to the Otherside. Sorawo tells Toriko that she spotted a building in the distance and thinks they should check it out.
On the way there, they have a bit of a falling out, but that is interrupted by a man with a rifle. He tells them to freeze and then shows them why. There are glitches that incinerate anything that moves above them.
The man reveals that he is looking for his wife who vanished from their apartment. He had considered a number of things before moving his investigations to the supernatural. That was how he found a gate in an abandoned shrine. If you pass through it at the right time and at the right angle, it takes you to the Otherside.
While searching together, they found some footprints that lead them to a large building. Inside, they found a tall woman with dark hair, but it wasn’t his wife and it wasn’t Satsuki. Sorawo tried to stop the man from getting too close. She was too late as he vanished before her eyes. Then, she saw Toriko moving towards the woman and desperately tried to stop her. That was when Toriko stopped her. Sorawo realised then that she had been tricked and was holding Lady Hasshaku’s hand!
What did you think?
I have got chills! This episode was haunting. I’ve heard of the ten-foot lady so was pretty excited to see that she had been included in this series. It would appear that it’s going to be centred around the supernatural, including urban legends and fairytales. The moment that you realised that Sorawo was the one being tricked and not Toriko was insane. I can still feel the shiver running down my spine.
I wasn’t overly impressed with Kozakura and felt like having a character that looked like a little girl didn’t really fit the role, but that’s probably just a minor concern that will fade away over time. As long as the episodes continue to deliver these sorts of creepy vibes and haunting moments, I will be more than happy.
What have you learnt?
We found out a few things about the world and how people get to the Otherside, but that just raised more questions. The one thing that really stood out to me was the accidental nature of the gates. Like the crazy combination of button presses in the elevator, the idea of walking through a gate at the right time and at the right angle was interesting. Odds on it would be incredibly unlikely that someone was walking through at that moment, but not impossible.
This opens up an endless array of possible ways to get to the Otherside. They are complicated enough that people aren’t just appearing there all the time, but the occasional person could accidentally open a gateway and disappear. There are still so many questions to be answered, but I can’t help but get excited about the way this show is developing.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Wiggle-Waggle Hunting
- Episode 2 – Surviving Lady Hasshaku
- Episode 3 – Big-Head Village
- Episode 4 – Space, Time, and a Middle-Aged Man
- Episode 5 – Station February
- Episode 6 – The Meat Train
- Episode 7 – Resort Night at the World’s Edge
- Episode 8 – Attack of the Ninja Cats
- Episode 9 – Mrs. Sannuki and Karateka
- Episode 10 – How to Get to the Barbeque Restaurant by Elevator
- Episode 11 – Operation Rescue U.S. Forces
- Episode 12 – Sorawo and Toriko