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Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 3 Review – Best In Show

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Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary

In Unbreakable Machine Doll episode 3, “Facing Cannibal Candy III,” Raishin Akabane rushed to the scene of another doll’s murder, terrified he would find Yaya’s lifeless body there. Fortunately, that was not the case. But what he did find was still not good. Can he and Yaya learn the identity of Carnival Candy? Can Raishin rely on Felix Kingsfort to help him? How about Charlotte Belew? Or are they on their own? And why does Lisette Norden seem to hate Raishin so much?

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

Favorite Quote from Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 3

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 3: Lisette almost seemed to be enjoying how much she dislikes Raishin

At first, I thought she was flirting in yandere mode. The truth was a little more disturbing! Capture from the Funimation stream.

Later events make it clear why Lisette hates Raishin so much. But when my favorite quote took place, we didn’t know that the real Lisette had been dead for some time, and that Felix’s doll had taken her place.

I rather feel bad for the real Lisette. 

That aside, the doll that has assumed Lisette’s identity never passed up a chance to put Raishin down. For example, while Felix and the doll were trying to find Charlotte as part of their plan to frame her as Cannibal Candy, Lisette called Raishin to ask he he knew where Charlotte might be. He answered that he did not.

“I thought perhaps she was immersed in impure relations with you, but apparently not, so goodbye,” the doll impersonating Lisette said (06:36). “Useless git.”

Well, at least the doll was honest about her feelings. Maybe that counts for something!

Best in Show Moment for Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 3

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 3: Yaya loved the new boots Raishin had bought for her

Raishin’s theory explains why Yaya would be so joyous over a pair of boots. Capture from the Funimation stream.

I love the conversation between Shouko Karyuusai and Raishin in this episode. First, we learn that the amazing puppeteer Raishin had heard about in his youth – the puppeteer who was a womanizing drunkard – was actually Shouko! I thought that reversal of expectations was kinda cool.

What I liked about the conversation was how it framed the disagreement between Shouko and Raishin about how puppets like Yaya should be treated. Shouko’s position is that Yaya is an automaton, and so should be treated like a tool. Shouko’s position isn’t an uninformed guess. She crafted Yaya, after all! So she has more intimate knowledge of the situation that anyone.

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 3: Shouko did not offer any arguments against Raishin

Shouko knows more about Yaya than anyone. But she doesn’t argue with Raishin about his perspective. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Raishin, as you might imagine, prepared to state his disagreement. Watch what’s going on the background of his scene. Yaya is happily showing Irori the new pair of boots that Raishin had purchased for her. You can see Irori smile in obvious support for Yaya’s glee. It’s at that point that Raishin says (08:00), “To me, automatons are human too.”

Does Shouko really think that Yaya and her other creations are simply tools? Or is she just setting Raishin up so he can say his piece – to indulge in a little bit of harmless rebellion? I’m not sure now, and I wasn’t sure the first time I watched the show. Shouko clearly thinks that Yaya and her other creations aren’t just toys. But I’m not sure she sees them as the sentient beings that Raishin does.

I said before, I really enjoy shows that explore these ideas. Seeing Raishin champion the humanity of the non-human Yaya pretty much guaranteed that I’d think well of him!

What did you think of the Felix reveal in this episode? What were your favorite moments? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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