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Review: Darwin’s Game Episode 8 Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Darwin’s Game episode 8, “Fragile,” Wang was about to butcher Ryuuji, who was already missing one arm because of the Eighth clan’s leader. Kaname Sudou arrived just in time to intervene — but all he had was a key. A key to a locker he said contained this event’s treasure. He asked if Wang would like to negotiate for it, but Wang said that “Give and Take” wasn’t his clan’s motto. It was “Take and Take.” Still calm, Kaname manifested a pistol and pointed it right at the key. Now would Wang like to negotiate? Was Kaname bluffing? Would Wang believe him? And will Ryuuji pull the pins on the grenades he’s hiding — realizing his hope for revenge but killing everyone who’s nearby — including Kaname?

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

Best Moment in the Show

We don’t know Kaname asked for. But we know he thinks it might save lives. Capture from the Funimation stream.

From the moment he entered the game, Kaname has wanted out. Even though he had a Sigil that’s really useful, he wanted out of the game. In fact, he never really wanted in. So when the quick-thinking Rein Kashiwagi’s amazing reasoning figured out the price, and when Shuka Karino and Sui’s delaying tactics earned a special request, the first thing he asked for was to leave the game (11:23).

I give the man points for holding tight to his ideals!

Unfortunately, the Game Master denied the request, saying it would work against his own goals for the game. Kaname wouldn’t give up, so the Game Master told him there were two ways to quit the game: Complete it, which would be exactly what the Game Master wanted. Or, Kaname could find a way to kill the Game Master and destroy Darwin’s Game itself.

At this point, Kaname was still furious with the Game Master for having created the situation. He’s frustrated that he can’t quit the game. Even though he knows now knows ways to complete it, he’s not really any closer to his goal. But he doesn’t lose his temper. He doesn’t let his emotions wreck this opportunity. He forces himself to think: What could he ask for that the Game Master wouldn’t mind granting, but — and this is the important part — would protect himself and his friends while not making him kill other people (12:35).

At the very least, Kaname learned there are two ways to get out of the game. So there’s hope! Capture from the Funimation stream.

To me, that was impressive. If I were in his situation, I’m not sure if I’d still be focused on protecting folks outside of my own clan. That seems like a terrible thing to say. No, actually, it is a terrible thing to say. But that’s how I think: Protect my people first, however “my people” is defined. So, I want to acknowledge Kaname’s magnanimous moment. I suspect it makes him a better human than I am!

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