Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge 01 ~ I feel an overwhelming desire to cut
April 7, 2013
Having nothing better to do, I thought I would check out episode 1 of Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge. Boggled, I had to watch it again, just to make sure I actually saw what I thought I saw.
I have no idea where this show is going from here, but the first episode was well worth watching for the WTF factor. The male lead takes no responsibilities for his own actions; in the opening moments he claims to have “accidentally” gotten off at the wrong bus stop, and then approaches the house of a girl with long hair, scissors in hand, physically acting out his fantasy of cutting her hair off. Later we learn that the scissors he carries with him were used by an ancestor of his to murder young women.
The whole issue of “killing goods” that were passed down in a family seems to be important to the plot, because we have already met others who have inherited “killing goods” from ancestral psychotic killers.
Warning: this show goes above and beyond the typical lolicon show by some sort of murder fantasy. Not only does the male lead stalk the loli, tell her he wants to kill her, and cut off her hair, she actually tells him that she wants to be killed (although they are talking metaphorically about hair?) I think I would normally find it all very disturbing, but somehow the earnestness of the presentation pushes the whole thing into terribad territory.
Perhaps my favorite line: Iwai, the female lead, laments that she should just die, so as not to bring further trouble to other people, and Kiri responds, “What can I do? I can’t even cut her hair.”
I don’t think I can, in good faith recommend this series, but the first episode was hilarious. I guess the show is moving towards a battle genre in which Kiri and Iwai have to fight against a secret organization of people who have inherited “killing goods”. Or it could be a romantic comedy? Either way it still looks like it probably will be terrible, but perhaps impossible to stop watching.