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Review: Darwin’s Game Episode 6 Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Darwin’s Game episode 6, “Hardness,” Kaname Sudou ran into a wall of ice as he tried to find Shuka Karino. He had to manifest a pistol to shoot it enough times to break through, and every second reduces his chances of finding Shuka alive. The cold water was starting to have an effect on him, too. Will he be able to hold out to find her — and if he does, will she be okay? Meanwhile, Ryuuji tried to track down Sui. He suspected that she had useful information. However, she now seems much more capable than she first appeared, and he thought he could sense she was luring him into a trap. Could such a timid and terrified little girl actually have that much guile? Should he be more careful?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Best Moment in the Show

It wasn’t anything fancy. But it was honest. That’s a good thing in a first kiss. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Bear with me a second, because the moment that I enjoyed the most in this episode came on the heels of a moment I enjoyed considerably less. I enjoyed it considerably less because I have taken CPR training.

So Kaname appears to have an astonishing skill: he can perform CPR on Shuka, while they’re both suspended in water, in an upright position. With no chest compressions. With only rescue breathing. Without removing the water from her lungs. And in the spirit of “well, they’re already in a death game where the entire population of a city was hypnotized to just walk away,” I’m going to let all of that pass. Primarily because what came next was pretty cool.

At least he pinched his nose so the air he pushed into her mouth didn’t just flow out her nostrils! That’s a plus!

When Shuka regained consciousness, she was a little disoriented and weak. She quickly realized that Kaname had given her mouth to mouse resuscitation. This being anime, I half expected her to get all embarrassed about sharing their first “kiss” — and she must have heard me, because she actually joked about it (07:18)! He was a little nervous, but I liked how he became a little angry that she was making light of being so close to death.

Kaname almost scolded Shuka for making light of her near-death experience. But it was because he cared about her. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Then, after giving him an appreciative hug, she pulled back a little, said his name, and gave him a real, deliberate first kiss (07:42). I liked that it was simply an honest kiss, offered from her affection for Kaname. “Now that’s a proper first kiss,” she said. I thought that was endearing.

It was also funny that she didn’t linger in the moment. She immediately turned her attention to getting out of their situation. He stuttered a little before he got back in the groove, too. But I could tell the kiss affected him, probably in just the way she’d intended. Sometimes, simple and honest emotions are the best.

What did you think of the attack on the hotel in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Review: Darwin’s Game Episode 6 Best in Show

    1. It almost convinced me to pick another moment, but the scene was so outlandish that I couldn’t even admit it existed.

      It doesn’t sound so positive when I put it that way!

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