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Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4 Review – Best In Show

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Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4 Review – Quick Summary

In Unbreakable Machine Doll episode 4, “Facing Cannibal Candy IV,” Raishin Akabane and Yaya arrived just in time to stop Felix Kingsfort and his automaton from murdering Charlotte Belew with the intent to frame her as Cannibal Candy. But the enemy has seriously wounded Raishin and Sigmund, Charlotte’s doll. Is there anything Raishin can do to clear Charlotte’s name? Or will Felix simply kill Charlotte and Raishin and frame them both?

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

Favorite Quote from Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4: Kimberly wants to make sure Raishin earns his accolades

This teacher is going to make Raishin feel like he earned every step! Capture from the Funimation stream.

From the moment he met her during his admission test, Raishin and Kimberly have not seemed to get along. He resented his teacher calling him “second last,” and she seemed to enjoy it quite a lot. But we saw a little different side of her in this episode. It doesn’t look like she was busting his chops just for fun. 

While Raishin and Yaya fought Felix and Eliza, Kimberly watched from the top of the school building. So did Magnus and his entourage of strikingly beautiful and just as strikingly deadly dolls. It became clear that Magnus knew that Raishin was going to defeat Felix, and rather handily, too. Once Kimberly saw and understood what Raishin was doing, it seemed she gained new respect for him. Or maybe she already had it, and his performance against Felix was just an excuse. 

After his victory, the school granted him admission to the Wise Man Games. As a symbol of becoming a gauntlet, as they called that honor, he received some fingerless gloves. His registration, Second Last, had been engraved on the wrist.

“And who’s responsible for this shitty registration code?” he said (20:18). 

“Me, of course,” she said. “Buck up. It’s my eyewitness account and expert testimony that proved you kids innocent.”

I can’t blame him for being a bit salty about it. But she’s a teacher. She wants to make him feel like he’s earned his accolades!

Best in Show Moment for Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4: Eliza seemed to appreciate being treated as a sentient, in the end

In the end, Eliza seemed to appreciate Raishin’s acknowledgement. Even if it was the last thing she ever did. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: Perspective Matters

I’ve talked before, like in my review of the previous episode, about how much I enjoy this show portraying its protagonist as someone who treats the automatons as sentient. I’ve been pretty human-centric about it, though. In retrospect, I should have stopped to think about how the automatons would see it. 

I mentioned it once, back in episode 2. In that review, I choose Sigmund’s quote as my favorite. Sigmund expressed surprise that Raishin would address him directly rather than direct his questions through Charlotte. But I didn’t think much beyond it.

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4: Seems that Eliza has a taste for Eve's Hearts

The reason no one found the dead dolls’ Eve’s Hearts is becase Eliza ate them. Capture from the Funimation stream.

In this episode, Raishin did it again. He spoke directly to Eliza when he suggested that she wasn’t guilty of whatever Felix ordered her to do, because she was a tool and tools could not choose their wielders. She spurned him, though, because she said she was a willing participant. She had been designed to eat the Eve’s Hearts of other automatons.

Delivery: It Mattered to Eliza

How does an automaton perceive being treated as sentient? Do they care? Was Sigmund an outlier? It appears they do care, and it appears Sigmund’s reaction predicted Eliza’s. After a brief but fierce battle, Yaya defeated Eliza. Raishin uttered Eliza’s name, not quite distraught that he’d had to kill her, but still obviously unhappy with how things had to play out.

As she began to dissolve, she said (15:41), “Please don’t address me so familiarly…” Then she smiled and added, “You worm…”

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4: Raishin did what he had to do

It didn’t bring Raishin any joy to kill Eliza, even though he knew it had to be done. Capture from the Funimation stream.

I can’t imagine she was happy she’d been defeated and, for all intents and purposes, killed. But in the end, it seemed like she was at least a little happy that Raishin acknowledged her. 

I wonder if Skynet would have been so keen on killing humans if we had been nicer to it? Before, you know, it unleashed the killing machines?

What did you think of Charlotte trying to give Raishin a congratulatory gift at the end? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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