In Darwin’s Game episode 1, “First Game,” Kaname Sudou’s routine high school life came to an abrupt end the instant he clicked on a link sent by his now missing friend. In perhaps the best example of why we need to be cautious about clicking on spam, a virtual snake with very real venom lunged from Kaname’s phone and planted its fangs in his neck. Though it knocked him unconscious, the event was so far outside his experience that he dismissed it as a hallucination brought on by exhaustion. That theory was severely tested that night as he was riding home on the train. A baseball mascot, armed with a huge carving knife, attacked him. Can Kaname stay alive long enough to realize he’s in deep trouble? Just what is that game he clicked on? And what’s it have to do with his missing friend?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best Moment in the Show
Some people give up in this circumstance. I’m much more interested in the people like Kaname who don’t. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Kaname’s meeting with Shuka Karino went badly when he couldn’t convince her he was trustworthy. She tried to kill him. I guess as far as first dates go, it could have been worse. Maybe.
Kaname wasn’t completely unprepared. After his encounter with the mascot, and after listening to the words of his dead friend Kyoda, Kaname had tried to be smart. He’d brought a backpack with some survival tools, like an LED flashlight and a stun gun. He used the flashlight to temporarily blind Shuka and he tried to run out the door. Unfortunately, she had a remote control, and she sealed him in.
I liked Kaname’s thought processes as he tried to evade and think of a way to subdue her. His fear was realistic, as were his attempts to push it aside and think. What I particularly liked, though, was what happened when he realized he had nothing — no ideas, no effective weapons, and no way out.
I’m not a first responder. I’ve never been in the military. But I grew up on a farm, and I clearly remember several times that I almost died. More precisely: several times when I was almost killed. One time in particular felt very much like what Kaname experienced in my Best in Show moment. He had more or less given up. He was even justifying to himself that it was okay, because the game was unfair, he had tried his best, and he was tricked into playing it.
Shuka thought she had Kaname cornered. She didn’t know he’d completely changed his perspective. Good thing for him she didn’t! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Until another voice in his head said (36:28), “I don’t accept this!” He tried to argue with himself, but the voice was insistent — and it even chuckled at his other half’s feeble attempt to justify dying. It was in that moment that Kaname was able to think freely. It was in that instant he pushed aside any hopes or fears he had, and just tried to survive.
That bit of authenticity (at least that bit of harmony with my experience!) made it my Best in Show moment.
What did you think of the first episode? What was your Best in Show Moment? Let me know in the comments!
Other Posts about This Series
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Darwin’s Game – Episode 1 discussion
- Xenodude’s Scribbles: Darwin’s Game – Ep. 1 (First Impressions)
- SpaceWhales Anime Blog: Darwin’s Game – Episode 1-2 Review
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 1: First Game
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 2: Gemstone Mine
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 3: Ignition
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 4: Fireworks
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 5: Aquarium
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 6: Hardness
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 7: Eighth
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 8: Fragile
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 9: Head’s Up
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 10: Old One
- Review of Darwin’s Game Episode 11: Sunset Ravens