What was subtle before about the post-apocalypse suddenly felt hammy this time. But hey, now we have a wolf as a sidekick. 🙂
So after killing a hungry wolf last time, Ibara and Aoi reunite with Taeko only to find a wolf injured and her kidnapped by some unknown man. They quickly recapture her and Taeko immediatly heads for the wolf, who actually saved her from a gunshot. After making the wolf their buddy, the man leads them to an underground room where he and his wife are. Apparently their daughter is lost and they refuse to be evacuated due to their status as ex-convicts. The girls agree to help search for her, but they quickly learn the truth behind their daughter’s dissapearance.
And now this leads to the problem with this show; it has lost its sense of subtlety. The gradual pacing and use of foreshadowing is mostly gone, and instead gets replaced by straight-up exposition and melodrama. This is especially true for the backstory of the prisoner’s remarried wife. Her backstory as a mother, her reasoning for staying behind, and how that leads to keeping her daughter hostage is lazily spelled out and made painfully obvious.
This lack of subtlety also affects its themes. The whole allegory of dolls is shoved into conversations, and pointless symbolism and metaphors are dropped in to make the show seem deep. The problem with this is that they don’t back it up with intelligent commentary or connections to the story aside from the aforementioned exposition. And since the drama doesn’t feel sincere, neither does the symbolism.
Having said that though, not all the characters sink down, specifically the main lead Ibara. While Aoi whines and Taeko heals wolves, Ibara constantly puts herself on the line to actively search for more survivors. She questions why people must think again about saving another life, yet ready to take one away at the drop of a hat. Out of all the characters thus far, she displays the most human emotions and logical thought process.
Really, I was pretty dissapointed with this episode. Everything it could have done well became drowned in melodrama and tropes. There’s some impressive visuals still around, and Ibara herself is quite active. On top of that, this ep does open some potential plot threads such as survivors actually having better suits than the military. And the opening hints at upcoming battles and other Coppelions. But for now, Coppelion is remaining a dissapointment.