With the Butei Killer still at large and Kinji desire to quit being a Butei, it leaves Aria no choice but to leave. What she doesn’t realize is that there is someone malicious waiting on the charter plane.
Episode 4 starts up very serious, as Aria and Kinji are victims of the Butei Killer. Apparently, Kinji’s brother has been killed on a ship and everyone blamed Kinji for putting lives in danger. After this flashback, Aria’s mother, Kanazaki Kanae was shown being framed for the crimes of the Butei Killer. When I saw her, I knew that something was terribly wrong. She does not look like the person who will create self-moving vehicles with guns and strap bombs to tings. Also, the reactions from Aria wanting to find the true culprit alone felt melancholic and I felt rather sympathetic…
On the other hand, Riko while being so cutesy suddenly looked very suspicious. She used her attractiveness to purposely activate his Hysteria Mode as bait for her plans. Of course, she is rotten to the core when she reveals herself as being a descendant of Aresené Lupin a notorious gentleman thief. She became a Butei Killer since she wanted to make a name for herself and be free. On the flip side, Aria is a descendant of Sherlock Holmes, which explains why Riko is going after her all the time. While Gentleman Thieves versus Detectives is something that is nothing new (think Tantei Opera Milky Holmes), Hidan no Aria has a rather interesting concept with intensive fighting with girls using various weapons. The two ultimately fought, but Aria ultimately gets shot in the heart in the process.
In Episode 5, Kinji uses a shot to revive her from the shot… and of course, more censor steam, which disappoints me. Of course, they made it up with their first kiss, which was done purposely to activate his Hysteria mode again and she becomes deredere. This is not the only moment she reacts this way, there is a lot and they are cute!
In the end, Riko’s missiles sabotage the plane and she escapes. The landings of the plane by the two were pretty tense, but they made it with the help of other Butei on the ground. So, after all the trouble they went through, Kinji still does not want to be her partner and Aria leaves again… Then he changes his mind and wants to become right before she leaves! Come on, you kissed the girl, stop being so indecisive!
Overall, the action and tenseness of Episode 4 and 5 were amazing and easily the best episodes thus far in the series. While there are not many instances where Aria goes tsuntsun, her deredere side was just cute. Since Kinji is now her partner, they can finally get things rolling with their mission to capture Riko, right?
Wait, what about Shirayuki? Well, you have to see in the next episode and it doesn’t look pretty.
P.S.: I love the opening song (Scarlet Ballet) so much that I’m totally addicted to it now! 😮