Once the report cuts off the effects of the pandemic are shown to be felt worldwide with the president of the United States and his cabinet fleeing west with nuclear weapons prepared, Moscow is out of contact, Beijing is in flames, London however has maintained order but there are reports of looting in Paris and Rome.
Some of the characters can’t believe that this happened so quickly and Saya compares it to the Spanish Flu and even to some recent pandemic scares, Shizuka brings up that they’ll eventually decompose so that they can wait it out but Saya counters that they might not. And before they all head out Saeko recommends that they work together and save anyone they can on the way.
On the way they make use of what they know and only fight when necessary, they save some students who had been surrounded who join up with them, however their exit is blocked so Takashi decides to test whether they really do only react to sound. He heads down alone and stands terrified as they walk around him, he picks up a shoe and throws it to distract them but as they all head out one of the students accidentally taps the handrail.
The sound grabs ‘their’ attention and Takashi yells out to run, they now have to fight their way towards the bus and one of the students they saved before is attacked, his girlfriend runs to him despite Saya trying to stop him and Shizuka understands how she would rather die than live without the one she loved. Kouta shoots one of them who went to attack Saya and they finally get to the bus. As they all get in they spot a teacher, Shido with some students, Takashi wants to save them but Rei wants to leave him to die and Shido kicks away a student who sprained his ankle. They speed off in the bus with Shizuka running down any of ‘them’ in their way.
Now out of the school Shido points out the need for a leader and Rei tells Takashi that he’ll regret this. As they pass a convenience store a familiar man is shown standing at the counter. The students that Shido brought along are against going into the city, Shizuka hits the breaks and tells them to be quiet, one of the student says that he can’t stand Takashi and prepares to swing at him when he replies that he hasn’t even said anything to him. But Rei takes him out before he can.
Shido further emphasises the need for a leader and uses his charisma to gain the approval of his students, Rei can’t stand this and gets off the bus. Takashi gets off to try to stop her but an out of control bus separates them from the others, Saeko runs out and Takashi promises to meet them at the police station at seven O’clock. The bus explodes as Takashi and Rei run through the tunnel but just as they get out Takashi is attacked by one of them in a bike helmet, Rei kills it and offers him her hand.
Ending, “Return to Destiny” by Maon Kurosaki.
With the sun already down they find the bike that used to belong to their attacker, Rei asks if he has his license but he believes that as a highschooler her shouldn’t need one.
One of the great things about this episode was that we got to see how the rest of the world was reacting to the current crisis but it leaves me wondering just what they meant when London had maintained order, whether it was due to actions taken there or whether it was really a lie to cover up what was really happening. Something that was weird about it was how far it spread so quickly, though it does seem possible for stuff like they compared it to, it really asks whether someone on a plane with a random bite wound would actually manage to get on a plane.
The scene where Takashi went down to the entrance was pretty good, you could really see how terrified he was as they walked past as if he wasn’t there, knowing that even the slightest sound could mean the end. It was a bit stupid to yell as soon as they got out but it made for an excuse for a pretty awesome action scene. And if Rei was seen as annoying or unlikeable in the last two episodes she started to redeem herself a bit and her offering Takashi her hand made was a nice way to end the episode.
Other than that one of the highlights of this episode was the brief cameo of a man resembling Simon Pegg serving as a quick cameo for his character from Shaun of the Dead. It was a bit disappointing to see that they didn’t include his cricket bat though.
This episode also introduced Shido, voiced by Kishou Taniyama who looks to be something of a villain for the series, given his actions towards the student with the sprained ankle and how he gained the approval of the students he brought along, using it as a reason to become their leader. But more notably because of the resentment Rei holds towards him.