Vividred Operation – 05
This crow is totally evil. Just look at its eyes.
Episode 05: “The Other Key”
Yup, that’s the one
This week, Vividred Operation puts the spotlight on Kuroki Rei: Dark Magical Girl, Bird Lover, expy of Akemi Homura, Akane’s anti-social classmate and all around Badass. Just who is she, and what’s her angle? Why does she work for the Alone?
Why does she keep providing us with all those ass-shots?
“Your world as you knew it, is gone. How far would you go to bring it back?” – Capt. Price, Modern Warfare 3
Those are some dangerous curves…
I’ve been wondering a while about Kuroki Rei for a while now. All she’s done in the past four episodes (besides the weekly ass-shot, of course) has been to give the Alone a second wind making them go
three times faster red and giving the Vivid-girls a chance to show off their combined form and “Final Operation”. At school, she’s the typical loner, sitting in the midst of class generally unnoticed by her classmates, and eating all alone during lunchtime.
Could have sworn that was my desk at home back in high school
Her home life definitely gives some answers though. Her apartment’s living room is bare except for the basic necessities like tables and chairs. Her bedroom has schematics of the Manisfestation Engine pasted on the walls and she assembles explosive iPhones on her table with nothing more than a
box of scraps! soldering iron. She talks with two birds, one of which might be or not be an Alone. Yeah, she definitely, truly is “alone” in every sense of the word.
P.S. She does have her moe~ moments though, especially when blushing in the presence of Akane, talking to her myna bird/parrot, or when holding her special key.
So, Puella Magi Rei Magica?
Since the episode was feeling less happy than usual, I’ve decided to use this pic. D’aaaww…
Kuroki Rei is either a time traveler sent back from the future, or she’s from an alternate universe. I wouldn’t be too surprised if it were the Alone that caused the destruction of the Manifestation Engine – and the resulting tragedy in her timeline/universe, given that the event which injured Akane’s mom seems to have been the Alone’s doing as well.
Rei, in her moment of weakness, probably agreed to assist the Alone in hopes that she’ll get her “world” back once the Alone have succeeded in destroying the engine. Far more likely, the Alone just fed her false hopes to get her to cooperate with them. But the question in my mind is, what if Rei is actually right? Would the ends justify the means, then?
Don’t you just want to give her a hug?
Now that Kuroki Rei’s back story has been revealed, what’s going to happen now? Will Vividred Operation finally take a darker-and-edgier tone? Will we have a blood-soaked beach episode next week?
Posted on February 10, 2013, in Anime & Manga, Vividred Operation and tagged Aliens, Backstory, Dat Ass, Episode Review, Fanservice, Kuroki Rei, Magical Girls, Vividred Operation. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.