Meeting Date:  2/1/2020

Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows as they’re airing. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!

Samantha Ferreira: Hi everyone, and welcome back to the Herald Anime Club. I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony Simpson

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re diving back down the well with Id:INVADED Episode 5: “That’s not soy sauce… that’s not soy sauce at all! D:”

Anthony Simpson: I have a bottle of soy sauce sitting at my desk at work. That is going to give me pause every time I see now.

Samantha Ferreira: Right? That was messed up. Like… beautifully so, because it was so unexpected

Id Invaded Episode 005 Still - Hondomachi looks out of a car window. Her face's reflection can be seen in the glass.

Anthony Simpson: So unexpected. Hell I say that this whole episode was unexpected in many ways.

Samantha Ferreira: Agreed!

It felt like one turn after another, from learning the truth about the Gravedigger, to learning the REAL truth about the Gravedigger

Anthony Simpson: Chef’s kiss on the learning about who the Gravedigger is.

Samantha Ferreira: Right? They hinted at that beautifully, but really did a great job with the reveal. Also the whole inversion of the kill/love instincts caused by the brain drilling

Speaking of, though, did you expect the field agent to be 23? O_o She looks, like, a lot younger.

Anthony Simpson: I guessed either late teens early 20’s like maybe 19/20 maybe. Currently not 23.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah. That was kind of shocking given her design

Anyway! Her pulling a glock was pretty awesome

Id Invaded Episode 005 Still - Hondomachi poses, her left arm outstretched and palm raised.

Anthony Simpson: I would have been disappointed if she didn’t do anything. I mean she rammed into a drill so doing something like this should be par for the course.

Samantha Ferreira: Definitely.

I’m really liking her as a character

Anthony Simpson: She is one of my favorites in the show hands down.

Samantha Ferreira: Same. She’s fearless, willing to just dive head-first into danger if it means securing justice.

Anthony Simpson: Exactly.

Samantha Ferreira: Honestly, the entire cast has been super strong in this, so I’m glad to tune in every week just to see them at work

Anthony Simpson: I agree. While I think the show would work with a weaker cast it would be as enjoyable as it now.

Samantha Ferreira: Definitely. Though I wonder what Johnny Walker has to say about the show using their branding so heavily as a villain…

Id Invaded Episode 005 Still - A man in a suit and top  hat is standing upside-down on a rock. He's impaling a man on his cane, who dangles limply in the air.

Anthony Simpson: I would like to know as well about that.

Samantha Ferreira: It’s always kind of made me laugh that the main villain is a guy names John Walker, who is literally dressed like the Johnnie Walker whiskey mascot

Anthony Simpson: Unless he some kind of not to subtle comment about alcoholism.

Samantha Ferreira: True. I could definitely see that, but… At the same time…

Why would an entire police division chase a metaphor?

Anthony Simpson: I don’t even know Sam. My line of thinking was way out of left on that one.

Id Invaded Episode 005 Still - Sakaido stands on a tatami mat, looking at a note. The dead body of a woman lay, face-up in a pool of blood behind him.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed.

Any final thoughts this week?

Anthony Simpson: Nope just curious to see what happens next week

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise! And hopefully we get more great intrigue next time. Til then, though, remember: “When your preferred alcoholic drink mascot goes on a killing spree, you know you’ve had too much.”

Have a great night!

Anthony Simpson: Good night