I hope you’re ready, everyone! The shit revolution has begun!
Deca-Dence episode 9 makes it clear that the series is rushing head-forwards towards an action-packed climax, but with the way this episode ended, I’m left excited yet also completely unsure as to where this episode is going to end up. Last week and all the episodes until this point had sought to paint the Solid Quake Corporation as the indisputable bad guys in this fight, and that continues this week. The anime sought sought to expose the flaws and inequalities in the system, with the only solution being an outright revolution.
While this episode is a strong one in its own right, it’s the tantalizing possibilities of its ending that bring it all together. By this I mean, much of the actual story content of Deca-Dence episode 9 is just a (well-animated) executed of ideas espoused in previous episodes. It’s cathartic to see Natsume and Kaburagi break into the Gadoll factory, to see the exploited cyborgs rebel against the system, to see Jill continue to rise to be my favorite cyborg character with her witty attitude and strong abilities. But at the end of the day, we knew it was coming.
The plan for this revolution was to create a distraction on the factory floor. By blowing up the feces they’ve been forced to clean daily, the smoke can distract the guards and force them to respond, helping Kaburagi and Natsume break into the factory undetected. Their existence as bugs on the outside of the system allowed their entry, and once they were inside, all they had to do was make it to the core and destroy the Gadoll. They may have a small disturbance along the way and are forced to fight their way through, but the plan they structured last week is executed almost perfectly.
It leaves an entertaining and gratifying viewing experience as we see the themes of revolution and rebellion against unjust systems being executed, but we still have 3 episodes left and the destruction of the Gadoll is complete.
That’s ok. The tension of this episode comes not from the will-they-won’t-they of the factory infiltration but the nagging reminder that this fight will reveal the truth of the world to Natsume. Her character has been defined partially by her obliviousness to the world’s true nature thanks to her status as a Tanker, but by the death of her father to the Gadoll. Her father’s death left her determined to fight against the Gadoll and has defined her story so far
For the entirety of Deca-Dence episode 9, we’re left with the realization that, due to this operation, Natsume is about to learn the truth. Even entering the factory is going to be far different to what she would expect from a mission supposedly destroying a Gadoll Nest, and we have no idea how she’s going to react when she finds out that the death of her father and the suffering she’s undergone has been the fault of an organization with complete control over who lives and who dies.
Worse, it was the fault of a power that sees her and the entire human race as insignificant and expendable.
When this revelation finally hits at the end, the look of shock on Natsume’s face is what brings the episode to an incredible close. With it, concern on how the series will tackle the remaining episodes disappears as the possibilities for the series once again open.
How will Natsume react to learning the truth? Will she feel betrayed by Kaburagi? Will she turn her wrath onto the Solid Quake Corporation as well? Will she tell the others and maybe bring them together to join the cause? How will Natsume reconcile the death of her dad and the loss of her arm with this new information?
Yeah, I can’t wait for next week’s episode.