This episode is about how Miki survived the zombies before she joined the rest of the girls. It starts with Yuki drawing a graduation album and Miki helping out. One of her pictures show another girl and from there, it’s on to Miki’s story.
An early episode told us something about Miki holding out on her own in a mall. On the day of the outbreak, her class lets out early and so she and her friend, Kei, head to the mall to have some fun. And sure, it’s fun until the screaming starts. This is also where they meet the dog, Taroumaru who’s an old lady’s pet. Speaking of him, I wonder if these zombies are interested in animals.
Anyway, the mall descends into panic as it’s announced that some accident happened. The escalators aren’t working so Kei and Miki got to the elevator which opens to reveal a lot of bloodied dead bodies. They run and hide in a dressing room where Taroumaru joins them. They peek out to see his owner happily gnawing on someone. Guess he’s theirs now.
The girls somehow manage to barricade themselves with plenty of food and water. At first, Kei is optimistic that help will arrive from the outside but as days pass and nothing of the sort happens, she starts to want to go outside. Miki is reluctant and content to stay where they are. Things become strained between the two. In the end, Kei becomes tired of just surviving by staying put. She leaves, promising to bring help. Taroumaru stays behind with Miki but is clearly unhappy to see Kei go. When his barks at her departure, a tense Miki ends up yelling at him to shut up.
Back at the school club, Yuki proposes an outing. Yuuri and Kurumi try to dissuade her by saying that it’s against the rules of the school living club but Yuki tries to dress it up as a school function and gets approval from Megumi. The other two also agree since they’re in need of stuff they can only get outside. So they plan a trip outside. Megumi has a car but hasn’t driven it for so long and is worried. Kurumi volunteers to drive though.
Kurumi goes first to get the car, smashing her way through some zombies like a shonen action hero. It’s close at some points but she manages well, even finding Megumi’s car via the keychain used. Unfortunately, her driving skills come from playing games rather than actual experience but they seem like they’ll make it outside in one piece.
Meanwhile, Miki wakes up in the mall to find that Taroumaru has escaped through the glass hatch on the door.
[Warning: Speculation that might stray into spoiler territory]
I think the next episode will show us how Miki meets the rest. She probably tries to find Taroumaru and ends up running into the others, probably while she’s surrounded by zombies and about to die.
Just a guess. Maybe the meeting will be way more peaceful.
There’s two things I want to address in the wake of this episode. One is Taroumaru’s attitude to Miki. In the present times, he ignores her and seems to have an active diastase for her that obviously distresses her. But while Kei was with them, we see Taroumaru being as affectionate to Miki as he is with others. So it’s likely that Miki yelling at him after Kei left is what made him dislike her. Dogs can be sensitive like that. One of my girls can give the cold shoulder like a pro.
The other thing is something that Karandi brought up in a comment on the last episode. She wondered if Megumi was another of Yuki’s delusions because there’s something off about their interactions. So I went back and skimmed episodes 2 and 3 and also kept a close watch on this one.
And yeah, Karandi is very likely onto something. We never see anyone other than Yuki directly engage Megumi. Yeah, the other girls talk to her but only after Yuki says something about Megu-nee this or Megu-nee that. Even in the library when Megumi kept Yuki safe, the others flock to Yuki first and only once she mentions Megumi do they thank her. And in this episode, we never see Megumi get inside the car or even be anywhere near it but when Yuki and Yuuri get inside, she’s also there. Also, come on, there’s no reason for a girl who’s experience is confined to video games to drive the car if someone with a license and practice is with them, no matter how rusty that person is.
It’s also clear that Megumi was alive and well when the outbreak occurred so did she die afterward? Is that what caused Yuki’s delusions in the first place? That would be one hell of a twist.
Btw, if you know the definite answer to this, don’t tell me.