Sakomoto Ryouta recognizes his enemy as an old friend.
The douchebags monitoring the island players are all hyped for the fight between Ryouta and Oda. We find that Ryouta escaped by using Oda’s limited vision to his advantage. However, he’s forced to run away from Oda’ bombs. Oda is nonetheless taken aback by how Ryouta can predict his moves. Then, in a startling twist, Oda calls Ryouta by name, much to the latter’s confusion. Afterwards, Kira Kosuke retrieves his bombs that Ryouta took and leaves after fanboying a bit about Ryouta’s fight with Oda.
We have an awkward but sweet moment between Himiko and Ryouta. Elsewhere, Oda’s companion’s name is revealed to be Hidemi and she most certainly has a thing for Oda. What better place for romance than in the middle of a survival game? If you’re going to die, you might as well enjoy the ride.
Back at the observation point, Ryouta recalls how Oda recognized him and matches Oda’s voice and face to a guy he knew in school, Nobutaka Oda. He was Ryouta’s closest friend despite Oda being immensely talented and popular unlike Ryouta. But their friendship ends rather explosively when Oda deliberately sleeps with the girl Ryouta confesses to liking. Ryouta doesn’t know why he did that but I get the feeling that there’s an interesting story there. Oda’s insistence that Ryouta is like him except for lacking initiative sure hints at it.
In the present, Date continues to act like a pro while keeping up a scathing commentary. Seriously, I hate this guy. That’s the point though. Himiko is rightly suspicious but Ryouta trusts him. When Taira’s condition keeps getting worse, it’s decided that they’ll go to the building where Murasaki Shiki lives in order to find a serum. On the way, Himiko relays her concerns about Date to Ryouta but he’s insistent on trusting the doctor. He thinks that mutual trust is necessary to survive the island.
Call me crazy but I’d say that trusting people is not the best thing to do in the middle of a frickin survival game. That’ll probably only get you killed that much faster.
And indeed, trusting Date proves to be dangerous when he masterfully sets a trap for Ryouta. Himiko somehow figures it out and warns him but Ryouta is mostly just confused and the detonation does occur. I’d bet a million that Ryouta does survive and will be back in time for a dramatic entrance. For now, we’ll have Himiko and Date facing off, probably with Shiki helping the former.
The opening scene has a great soundtrack.