Here’s an interesting formula: take a character whose head is so overflowing with scenes from eroge games that he imagines himself waking up to an 2D female character mounting him and hallucinates erotic images of his own sister drinking from his bottle of soda, and put him right into the middle of a gory mystery involving a male corpse stuffed with a fetus and another pierced by iron crosses, then ask what kind of new images can be concocted in his head from a mixture of two of the rawest forms of human instincts: sex and violence. That’s Chaos;Head.
Nishijo Takumi takes his Otaku status to a whole new level. Not only does he live in a cargo container that ensures his physical separation from the outside world, he also actively conjures up images in his mind substituting the ones he sees with his eyes. In another word, he constantly slips back and forth between reality and daydreaming. Whereas the movie Matrix is about injecting your real self into cyberspace, this show is about the opposite direction: bringing cyberspace into the real world. This guy makes his life decision by consulting which eroge game features a similar scene! That’s really living your Otaku-ness to the fullest.
Now such character is not new to anime. What makes it new is when his pretend eroge thoughts are invaded by horror and gore. That’s like while you’re masturbating to some 2D girl stripping on your private screen, then suddenly bam! Goatse pops up fullscreen. This is the stuff that can scar you for life.
That’s almost exactly what happened to Takumi. While logged in as Knight of Haruta in front of his monitor, from which he no doubt had had plenty of excited moments, he received from some other online user call-signed Commander a list of links with promise of piquing his interests. Now, to my own curiosity and surprise, some of those links do actually work! Check them out yourself if you dare:
Still here? Hope you’re not scarred for life already. 🙂
Beside Takumi, there were a few other characters featured in the episode, but only one took substantial screen time: Kusunoki Yua. Even with Takumi’s unstable mentality, there is little doubt she did stalk him and approach him for a purpose related to the murder of a man stabbed with numerous iron crosses, one of which he took home. I mean, come on, not even Paris Hilton is this loose, telling a guy she just met that she had caught sight of him and now wanting to go with him alone to his 20 x 8 x 8 steel container with no window in a neighborhood that had just seen two horrific murders. She would have to have balls of steel. Err… actually, scratch that thought. 🙂
Another character is the pink hair girl. At first, I had thought he hallucinated her at the murder scene, a crossover of his constant erotic images and the disagreeable image that had suddenly been thrust in front of him. But then, the episode concluded the same girl sitting next to him in class, which should confirm her existence. No doubt, she was here to approach Takumi too.
Well, this show should be like a roller coaster ride with highs of eroge, lows of horror, and the sudden steep drops in between. I’m strapping on my seatbelt.