And we met the villain. A school student who by his own claim feels more emotions for fictional characters than anyone he doesn’t know in real life. You can call Hiro Shishigami exceptionally simple or complex, depending on the perspective. He would do anything for those he loves, and anything to those he doesn’t.
We establish who Hiro is for the first half. He trots around town with his bullied friend, Andou, to encourage him to come to school and shows off his newfound power in the name of magic tricks. At some point, it becomes exponentially clear, Hiro might be the very slasher he jokingly accused his friend of being. No one orchestrates car accidents just to pleas his friend. Hiro appears genuinely hurt when Andou realises the extent of Hiro’s power, and asks if Hiro is capable of killing him.
Then the horror show begins as Hiro decides on his next victim. When I say horror show, it’s truly one of the most horrifying scenes I have seen in an anime. It just became increasingly harder and harder to watch, and yet I couldn’t look away. The only thing that could have made this worse if Hiro had shot the little kid. Regardless, watching a tiny kid flailing about in a pool of his father’s blood doesn’t exactly make for a comfortable viewing experience.
So, why does a boy with a happy family and friend goes around neighbourhood committing murder? Because he’s empty. Therein, lies his basic difference with Inuyashiki. If the only way Inuyashiki can feel human is helping people, the only way for Hiro to feel alive is to destroy them. He thinks if he watches people tremble, beg and cry out of familial love, he would feel something.
In the end, Inuyashiki arrives too late to save the family(because traffic jam troubles the best of them) but fast enough to meet Hiro. Now, that we’re finished with character introductions, I can only assume next week would be treat as two complete polar opposites come in contact with each other.