There were some very pretty close-up shots of Kureha this episode.


As Kureha continues to morn over Sumika’s death, Mitsuko hatches a plan so she can finally eat Kureha, recruiting a girl named Eriko to do so.  Meanwhile, Ginko and Lulu continue to keep an eye on Kureha.  Even though more and more students have gone missing in recent days, everyone tries to live their life normally—all except Kureha, who tries her hardest to not lose the memories of the time she spent with Sumika.

I actually do have to wonder where Kureha gets all those bear statues that she keeps shooting up every night…

Kureha and her mother, Reia.

One day, Eriko proposes a “Ritual of Exclusion” to the class, which is essentially excluding any student whom they deem to be most susceptible to a bear attack.  Basically, any student who acts alone and behaves in a way that is deemed risky.  All the students seem to unanimously single out Kureha, much to the delight of Mitsuko.

The subtitles are Lulu’s thoughts, btw. So there’s yet another character who “won’t back down on love”…

Kureha once again gets a call to go to the rooftop, and this time she meets Mitsuko, who reveals not only her true identity, but also that she was the one who ate Sumika.  Kureha is horrified by the news, and tries to kill Mitsuko with a well-aimed shot but keeps missing, mostly due to her own reservations about killing another student.  Suddenly, Ginko and Lulu appear by her side, giving her the concentration she needs to (possibly) kill Mitsuko-bear.  Afterward, she promptly faints from the shock of it all.

Mitsuko certainly accomplished her task of being almost completely unlikeable this episode.

Later that night, Ginko and Lulu call out Eriko to the back of the now ruined lily garden, in order to eat her.

My Opinion:

This was a much better episode than the last one, in terms of pacing and intrigue.  I really was not expecting Mitsuko to reveal herself so soon; and I really doubt that she’s actually dead.  Unlike with Konomi, who was shot through the head, Mitsuko seems to have only been shot through the arm.  And we don’t get a definite shot of dead Mitsuko bear, which by anime logic means that she’s not dead yet.

I really liked how this episode showed Kureha’s grieving process.  Everyone deals with grief differently, but Kureha’s method certainly seems realistic.  She tries to act normal on the outside, but she’s severely depressed on the inside.  That Kureha attempts to hold onto memories of Sumika for fear of forgetting the love for her is just heartbreaking.

I’m not quite sure what to make of Ginko and Lulu.  Lulu seems to just be tagging along with Ginko’s plans because of her love for Ginko; but Ginko (despite constantly remaking on how delicious Kureha smells) seems fully intent on protecting Kureha.  Ginko and Lulu may seem benevolent, but it’s strangely just towards Kureha, because they are shown having eaten two girls already with no reservations.  So yes, while they have protected Kureha (possibly many times already), we do have to be wary about labeling them “the good guys” because they have absolutely no qualms about eating other students.  I… actually kind of like this dual-sidedness to them.  It’s much more interesting than having them be the straight villains or straight heroes.  They also seem to be the only ones who actually interact with the Lily (aka bear) Court.  What this actually means has still yet to be revealed.  All we know so far is that Kureha is at the center of this entire thing.

Overall, this was a really nice episode that touched on Kureha’s mourning process and also sets off a number of events.  I think it’s pretty obvious by now, but if you haven’t noticed yet—Reia (that is, Kureha’s mother) wears a similar necklace to the one Ginko wears while in bear form.  That hints at Kureha and Ginko having had some sort of past relationship.  What ever it is, it may or may not be revealed by the time this series is over.

Out of five for this episode:

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This screencap doesn’t really make much more sense in-context either.