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Crime Edge is finally over; and by the looks of the last episode, a second season is on its way. A second season that I won’t be watching because of all the irrelevant foolishness that happened in this one. (
This won’t be an endless rant, I promise).
Kiri Haimura is a seemingly ordinary boy with one slight problem: he is obsessed with cutting other people’s hair. One day he meets Iwai Mushanokōji, the “Hair Queen” who cannot cut her hair because of an inherited curse. Kiri finds out that his scissor, “Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge” is the only thing that can cut them. But little did he know that their meeting sparked the start of an old murder game to kill the “Hair Queen” using the cursed killing tools, the “Killing Goods”. Can Kiri protect Iwai from the Killing Goods Owners? Let the game begin!
The first three episodes focused on that plot; especially with the appearance of Adonis, bent on the desire of his Killing Goods to kill Iwai so that his wish could be granted.
The fourth also focused on that, but the villains weren’t genuine. They didn’t stay true to the prospective role of being bloodthirsty for Iwai; to kill her so that their wish could be granted. It wasn’t really a murder game anime as the plot purported. After the fourth episode, that plot became really abstract. Dansai tried to give us great sex, which was unsatisfying and very creepy. The saliva was too much, all the BDSM, over-sexualized themes felt very out of place and forced – like it was trying hard to sell all that fan/fetish service.
The romance between Iwai and Kiri was so generic and out of place, it needed to stop. There was too much that Dansai was trying to offer and it felt out of control. It didn’t know what it wanted to be; whether it wanted to be about middle-schoolers’ romance, sex, or a murder game. It didn’t have a set identity and was awfully inept at properly combining all of that.
The only character who had some sembleance of belonging in this was Seigi. Why they killed him off so quickly, I don’t understand; maybe it was to give Emily a grand entrance. I liked her character, and again, Dansai turned me off when it tried to sell her sexually.
The plot came back to focus in the eighth episode and the others that followed. Those episodes were really interesting, and I honestly can’t fathom why the writers wasted the potential of Dansai with pointless sex in the first seven episodes. It actually felt a little rushed, because they tried to cram what should have happened from before into the last episodes.
It tried to be sinister, but I couldn’t take it seriously. When Kiri finally became one with his Killing Goods, it was really good. I liked it, and actually felt a little bad for Emily – but it was great seeing her being taken off her high horse.
But leave it to Dansai to still take an opportunity to add some weird sexual theme into such a serious situation. Lovely how Kiri forgot his killer instinct for a second to mash his face to Iwai’s chest…and do all of that. After he violently cut a piece of her hair, he came back to his senses and knocked out and ended up in the hospital. But the ending of Dansai couldn’t be complete without more saliva action.
Even though Dansai brought back a modicum of focus to the original plot with Emily, the essence of it was never there in the first place. No one really had a great drive to kill Iwai. She was only an asset to Kiri’s role and character development; showing how he finally became stronger through his Killing Goods.
This pianist who had appeared in the ninth episode was discarded right after, and even though her Killing Goods was her piano, she seemed a worthy type of villain. And apparently, the second season will be about persons trying to kill Kiri, Yamane and maybe Emily because of their power. I doubt it will even focus on anyone trying to kill Iwai.
If there was any character development in this series I think I missed it. The only one who got any of that was Kiri, really. The other characters remained the same to me, with nothing interesting to offer – with the exception of Yamane, who got some slight development; I appreciated her character a little in a later episode. The only thing I really loved about Crime Edge was the fight scenes and I really wish there had been more action.
The art was really good and I really liked the OP theme song. Hopefully, the second season will be better than the first, although I have no plans to watch it.