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Review: ‘Isuca’ EP 5 is perhaps the most grisly in the series

Episode five of Isuca, titled “Eye of Truth,” is currently streaming on Crunchyroll for paid members. Free members can watch this same episode six days from now on February 27th.

S—t has gotten real when Shinichiro, Sakuya, and company must square off against a dangerous Western mage. When I say Western, I mean European or American and not some wild cowgirl. I was convinced that Shinichiro and Suseri were going to kiss in order to test out his special ability of learning a person’s true name, but was humorously surprised that she made him kiss her pet pipe fox.

Screengrab from episode 5 of  Isuca.

Screengrab from episode 5 of “Isuca.”
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I think that Sakuya has gotten pretty paranoid when she saw Shinichiro taste testing the dinner that he is cooking. Sakuya’s paranoia about an “indirect kiss” had me laughing. I feel like Sakuya is perhaps one of the most unreasonable people in the series and I wonder why Shinichiro got forced into being her personal chef and housekeeper.

They better be paying Shinichiro good money because he ultimately has the leverage.

Screengrab from episode 5 of  Isuca.

Screengrab from episode 5 of “Isuca.”
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Shinichiro is a good cook, which alone is a useful skill, and he has immense spiritual energy. He can write his own ticket in the supernatural world. I have to say to do appreciate the “fan service,” which makes me feel that Isuca should have a crossover with The Testament of Sister New Devil because of their commonalities.

Screengrab from episode 5 of  Isuca.

Screengrab from episode 5 of “Isuca.”
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I also question the Shimazu Family’s action to send secret agents to the school.

Rhetorically asking, what good are these special agents when a basic specter is easily taking them all out?

Sakuya ultimately has a major chip on her shoulder because she has to prove herself constantly to the main branch of the Shimazu Family. She has to deal with the haters and the doubters on a regular basis, which takes a toll on her.

This causes her to be incredibly reckless, which causes many people to die on her watch.

Eye of Truth” is perhaps the darkest episode so far in Isuca. It was interesting to see a wall monster and a spider woman, but I thought the former was more awesome because the latter is usually a dime a dozen.

Screengrab from episode 5 of  Isuca.

Screengrab from episode 5 of “Isuca.”
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Sakuya is capable of showing and feeling guilt when she has a personality change as she is confronted by the spider woman.

The Western mage has an ax to grind to grind with Sakuya because of her lineage. Why doesn’t she also direct her anger towards Suseri, too? Suseri is Sakuya’s rival in being the current head of the Shimazu Family.

Screengrab from episode 5 of  Isuca.

Screengrab from episode 5 of “Isuca.”
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Shinichiro finds out Sakuya’s reason for being the family head near the end of the episode. It is understandable because Sakuya was condescended upon by other members of the family because she was “weak” and “sick.”

This reminds me of the titular Naruto Uzumaki in Naruto because he wanted to become Hokage in order to receive acknowledgment. It also parallels Assassination Classroom as Class 3-E could receive recognition if the students succeed in killing Koro-Sensei.

To err is human, which means Sakuya is the most human of all the characters as this episode reveals.

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