Confusing, confusing, confusing. The episode starts off with what I thought was a rape but turned out to be a forced shadow pulling. This shadow pull resulted in a destroyed karaoke room, a bunch of passed out / dead teens, and a bloody mess on the walls. We do not know what happens in the room but can assume that a persona caused the damage. The owner of that persona is most likely one of the two girls. One being immune to the drugs that evoke personas since birth (we find that out later) and the other having passed out immediately prior to the attack. This was something I missed. I didn’t seem to catch on that people that use personas take drugs in order to call on them, unless they are a natural like Shin and most likely his new buddy.
Being a natural, in Shin’s case at least, seems to be more than just summoning a persona without taking drugs. It is, indeed, stronger than that. Shin’s persona appears to have the ability t nullify, poison, or seal other personas. This statement can be seen true because of the results of Shin’s battle from the last episode and the happening in his 2 on 1 battle in this episode. The man Shin fought in the previous episode can no longer call upon his persona and I’m guessing he’s been using those drugs as frantically as he can. And in this episode, Shin fights a male and female duo. Shin’s persona attacks the female’s and when it does this the woman suddenly tenses and freezes up. Seeing this, the male user has his persona devour hers, but when he brings the persona make into his body he starts choking on his own blood. Whether he wanted to save the girl out of care or if he just wanted to somehow take her power away in greed I don’t know.
During Shin’s battle, Ryou is having his own with a stronger member of the enemy group. The man Ryou fights tries to tempt him into leaving his own organization and joining theirs, saying they have a new leader. This new leader is most likely the girl that appeared in the previous episode standing alone on a solitary support of a bridge under construction. In this episode she is standing on an overpass looking at Ryou stooped over the body of one of her underlings. It is important enough to note that wherever she goes there is a pure white feather. The same type of feather that was seen when the police opened the pressurized submarine capsule that was underneath the ocean only to find that the people inside are now missing.
My whole perception on this episode is very confused because I don’t quite know who to trust. Ryou seems to want his little brothers out of the city even more after finding out that Shin was at the scene of the karaoke incident. My guess is that Ryou knows something of his brother’s hidden potential or that he is up to something. This latter suspicion is shared by an officer that works under Ryou. He thinks Ryou is up to something and even goes out of his way to ask Shin to get the list of all the missing high school students fro his brother’s computer. I don’t really understand the significance of the list and I don’t really know if we can trust the cop who does his job in such shady methods. Guess I’ll just have to see.