Coppelion: [Episode 2]
Episode 2 picks up where the previous left off; Ibara and Aoi going to find Taeko and save her after they were attacked by a wolf and heard her scream. They find her, but held up by a male survivor who’s gone over the brink of sanity because he cannot find his daughter. Taeko fights him off and Ibara gives him a shot.
The dog that was with Taeko in the first episode was shot and injured – by the man – and Taeko went to it, instead of the man. So that’s where her priorities lie and instead of using the impersonal pronoun when referring to the dog, she gives it a personal pronoun and also refers to the dog as a “good person”.
The survivor(s), Mitsuo Kawabata and his second wife, Yukiko, are fugitives living in a home powered by solar energy and had been given food supplies by a delivery truck that just stopped coming. They haven’t left though because Miku, Mitsuo’s daughter, left to visit her mother’s grave site and Yukiko refuses to leave without her. Ibara, Taeko and Mitsuo go to find her and Aoi is left with Yukiko.
Aoi tells Yukiko about them being Coppelion; genetically engineered dolls and about some story of a doll named Coppelia that was created by a doctor (maybe as some history to tell the origins of the name). In exchange for that story, Yukiko tells her that she killed her own child but wants to protect Miku. She hugged Aoi too and told her that she doesn’t think she’s a doll. Not able to deal with such strong emotions though, Aoi pushes her away and hides in the bathroom for awhile. When she gets out, Yukiko is gone.
Yukiko went to the leaning hotel with Miku and Ibara found her. But Yukiko rejected Ibara’s help because of her fear of being turned in and not being able to take care of Miku. Ibara breaks down because she wants to help her and feels as if she isn’t being given the opportunity to do the job she was trained for. She saves Miku but Yukiko fell to her death after the building collapsed.
Aoi tried to cheer up Miku after that ordeal, telling Miku that she’d be with her dad again and that she had nothing to worry about. Miku held on to that little piece of hope. Ibara went to him after the vice captain and his men saw the red smoke flare signal. Instead of taking her help, Mitsuo decided to die at the racetrack because he didn’t want Miku to see him suffering.
Taeko cried a lot, Ibara was disappointed and Aoi was very disappointed. She apologized to Miku and they left her in the care of the V.P. Ibara was still feeling sad but Aoi gave her Miku’s message of gratitude; which made her smile. And that was the episode.
Emotion was stuffed into this episode and I felt it more for the girls than for Mitsuo and Yukiko. The idea in this was to show the girls’ ineptitude to understand the gravity of human emotions but I don’t like the way in which it was done because I found the parents to be a bit stupid.
They were concerned about their freedom and conflicted about Miku but they should have done what was right from the beginning. When the delivery truck stopped coming, they should have left. I doubt they were getting food at all, so Miku must have been hungry. Even though they have the radiation costumes, Ibara realized in the leaning hotel scene that Miku’s oxygen tank was running on empty; so she could have died if it weren’t for them.
Yukiko is also a nut job, why would she turn the gun on Miku to threaten Ibara to stay away? Obviously she has learned nothing and didn’t change – as Aoi believed – after killing her first child.
Mitsuo’s choice to stay and die was also stupid to me. It was an extension of all that human emotion and what it can influence a person to do – something that Ibara nor the others would understand. He doesn’t want Miku to see him suffer, but he’s making her suffer more by choosing to die. He wasn’t being selfish, but was at the same time. Suffering is apart of humanity, it would have helped Miku to grow some, since she already seems mature for her age. But he had his reasons, very dumb reasons. It is what it is.
Even though Coppelion don’t understand the weight of human emotion, this episode showed that they do feel a sense of sadness and loss when they cannot save a human being. They take their job very seriously and maybe those emotions are just trigger reactions to not being able to help someone. But Ibara’s tears in the end after hearing Miku’s message seemed to have been her own.
Dolls do feel.
P.S: The OP is awesomeness.