No. 6 Episode 5
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Series Premise: No. 6 is a weekly anime television series started in July 2011, based on a long-running light novel series of the same name. Set in the futuristic utopian City Number 6, Shion has a bright future ahead of him — until one night he has a chance encounter with another boy, Nezumi, a petty criminal on run from the authorities. Four years pass before they meet again, and now it is Nezumi’s turn to help Shion learn about the true nature of the world around him.
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Episode Summary: Shion learns that another person has been stricken with the aging disease in No. 6. He goes to see Nezumi perform in a play, despite his protestations. Suddenly Nezumi faints, and the same time that Safu faints while viewing a display in a museum in No. 5. After recovering, Nezumi decides now is a good time to waltz with Shion.
My Impressions: No. 6 continues to be be intriguing; yet at the same time, this episode finally breaks out the shonen-ai roots of the series as well. :/
So, we finally get back to Dr. Chi Park…er, I mean, Safu, who by all appearance has adjusted well to her new life in No. 5, and really is just a normal teenage girl…well, almost (she still is quite naive about matters of sex, as was very pointedly hammered into us thick-headed viewers). Now the big $64 question is: exactly what is the psychic connection between her, and Nezumi? They have similar dreams/passing out experiences at the same time. There’s something weird going on here.
Shion, for his part, is still playing the part of the guileless yet earnest idiot, stuck right in the center of all the events swirling around him. If anything, at this point he seems to be the bind that ties everything together, but not really the cause or instigator of it all. And we still have not been explained why Nezumi hates No. 6 so much as promised back in episode 2, so his relationship with Nezumi remains awkward, to say the least.
And speaking of awkward, we spend a couple of minutes as Nezumi sweeps Shion off his feet in a dance that slaps back the reality that No. 6 is, in fact, a few shades on the yaoi side. Up until now, such hints have been fairly limited. But this was a full-blown fangirl squee-worthy yaoi moment. Me no like-y. Also, is it *really* that integral to the story? I’m here for the sci-fi, not for the boy’s love! Then again, it really is more of an innocent kind of affection rather than anything overtly sexual — I would suppose that really is the only kind of expression of love that someone like Shion would be able to express, given his personality and mind-numbing naivete.
Actually, I’m a little bit concerned the story could be properly wrapped up within eleven episodes. Yet, they are moving along at a decent pace. We’ll see how it develops, as Safu returns to No. 6 and the bees start a-buzzin’.
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Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Well, we’re about halfway through No. 6 and while the plot is steadily developing, we seem to be getting more questions than answers. The pacing is still relatively slow, with a big focus on character development. I’m gonna go ahead and predict an inconclusive ending on this one; I know the novel series can’t be entirely animated with only six episodes left and with Safu and Nezumi’s delusions while nothing about the killer wasps is explained, I’m not sure they’d be able to pull off an anime original ending either.” – Sea Slugs!
- “For obvious reasons, my favorite part was the dancing scene. It overflowed with intimacy and gave a vibe of understanding and love. So far, No. 6 has been great in the department of depicting just how much Sion and Nezumi are extremely close to each other. If you’ve ever read the novels, its pretty much impossible to deny how close and intimate Sion are (leaving BL context aside).” – Anime Evo
- “I’m really wondering how in the world the creators plan on tying all these seemingly random events together, but I’m guessing that part of the appeal to this episode is that everything is supposed to feel rather disconnected. Hopefully all of these seemingly random plot points connect to form a coherent whole, all while pushing forward the increasingly complex and questionable situation in No.6.” – Emory Anime Club