More probing from Kuniko reveals that Atlus may not be all that it seems.
What They Say
SHANGRI-LA is the story of a young woman fighting for her survival in a real "urban jungle." Only 18 years old, Kuniko Hojo finds herself at the heart of the battle for humanity's future when she discovers that the government which rules Atlas intends to continue marginalizing the less-privileged masses outside the tower - by force, if necessary.
Follow Kuniko and her rag-tag group of guerrillas, Metal-age, as they fight for survival in the amazing surroundings of a bustling metropolis reclaimed by nature. Even in this superheated future, both bravery and the human spirit can persevere and—hopefully—win.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With a copy of her MEDUSA system floating about on the net, Karin makes a deal with the Japanese government to bring the SERPENT out of hiding and destroy it. They decide to artificially pump up the carbon market in Kuwait, drawing SERPENT out to crush the upturn, allowing them to pinpoint its location. However, they receive unknown help from Kumiko, who is monitoring the situation with her grandmother, as she seems to have a previously unknown sixth sense about the market. On a side note, Mikuni has drawn interest in Kusanagi, bringing together two of the three mysterious blades. Mikuni as the ‘Moon,’ and Kusanagi as the ‘Land’ meeting causes a bit of an uproar, leading to the question as to what happens when the ‘Sun’ (Kumiko) joins them.
Though I have been high on this series so far, I was not particularly impressed with this episode. The subplot of the carbon market fluctuations is easily the least interesting thing going on in this anime, and the majority of this episode focused on that. I know that the current world economy makes a stock market theme a viable plot point, but I was more interested with the 2 minute segment that showed Kusanagi’s meeting with Mikuni than anything else that happened in this episode. Economics just do not interest me enough. Still, there is enough intrigue with everything else happening that I can put up with the economics to get to the rest. I just hope that it will end up fitting well with everything else when all is said and done.
As a final note, I should mention that Crunchyroll seems to be offering this simulcast title for free as a bit of an advertisement for their membership services. So you do not actually need an account to watch it before it drops into their general video collection.
This episode was the first time that I felt a little let down by the proceedings. I am just not that interested in the dealings with the carbon market, and I worry that it will drag down the ultimate conclusion. If you like that sort of thing, it has developed well, it just is not grabbing me like the rest. Still, I look forward to seeing where it is all going. Recommended.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles