This episode wasn’t all that exciting either. I am not really losing interest in the show, but I am wishing it could pick up the pace a bit. Basically all we see in Jun’s emerging powers and a conflict with an enemy persona user. Jun walks out of the house again, but this time it’s because he can feel a voice that’s in pain. Shin catches up to him and decides to follow the voice too, even though he can’t hear it until they get right outside what looks like an old abandoned club of some kind. He tells Jun to wait and when he goes in he sees a young man having his persona quell another one. The second persona is protruding from the guy’s persona’s stomach and the escaping one is writhing in pain. This persona is identified shortly as belonging to Okazaki Takashi who was mentioned earlier in the episode as one of the people that has gone missing and also Shin’s afro buddy’s friend. The man that has eaten the persona says that he must kill the owner in order to get the persona unlike Shin. This doesn’t make sense to Shin, but it registered to me. Shin’s ability to poison/nullify other personas is actually severing them from the owners. I’m guessing he severes the persona from the owner’s brain and heart alike which normally the only way to remove a persona is to kill them. At the very beginning of the episode it mentioned that severing from the heart is normally impossible. This fact was stated while some mysterious people were performing experiments on persona users.
Anyways, Jun’s persona comes out when he sneaks into the building after Shin, but we don’t get a full look at it. Shin later tells his afro buddy that his friend is most likely dead and the afro boy gets upset. But he gets even more upset when the person that devoured his friend’s persona appears to taunt him. Shin gets in a fight with this guy again, but this time afro guy’s persona pops out to help out a bit. It seems like the enemy only came to see or maybe devour afro buddy’s persona, but Shin makes it difficult. The enemy flees and leaves the afro kid struggling with his brain and controlling his persona. This is when we notice something interesting. Shin’s persona turns to the remaining one, but Shin tackled his struggling friend and his persona dissipates while Shin’s own returns then. It is possible that Shin can either not control his persona well enough yet because it might have attacked his friend’s if he had not knocked his friend out. This might be a matter of experience or Shin’s persona just cannot differentiate between friend and foe and will just attack any persona. I am not sure. I am just guessing that maybe that is what was happening when Shin tackled his friend.
What we learn in this episode is that Shin can severe personas from their owners without killing the owner, Jun can sense personas from long distances and has one himself (it isn’t just his sisters I guess), and Shin might not be able to control his persona.