King’s Game: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chaos (Scars Disorder)” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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King's Game Season 1 Episode 2 Chaos (Scars Disorder) (3)Everything was going just fine and then Natsuko snaps and we are left wondering if this show is about to go down the toilet.

Previous Recap: King’s Game: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Begin Again (Break Again)”

Back When There Was Innocence: Nobu

King's Game Season 1 Episode 2 Chaos (Scars Disorder)

Mixed in with Nobu’s present day life, is his past experience with the King’s Game. Seemingly to make up for the 10 who quickly died at his current school. Leading us to learn how the game started in the past. First with the denial of letting a boy, Hideki, touch a girl, Satomi’s, breast. From there, chances aren’t taken. Daisuke ends up having sex with a boy named Shouta’s girlfriend, and then that leads Shouta to give a King’s order. Meaning, whatever he says has to be taken into account as if the King said it.

His order? For Daisuke to hang himself. Something Nobu thought he was going to prevent by hanging out, mutually enjoying their love of rock and roll, but Daisuke ends up hanging himself anyway. So all that effort was for naught.

It’s Not Just The King Playing Games: Nobu, Natsuko

King's Game Season 1 Episode 2 Chaos (Scars Disorder)

In the first episode, it seemed rather suspicious that despite Nobu’s behavior, Natsuko remained persistent in pursuing Nobu’s affections. So with her being ordered to have sex with Teruaki, her first time, and Nobu being callous about it, she snaps. I’m talking, not just going off on Nobu but trying to set him up to look like a rapist kind of snap. Trying to have Mizuki use her order to kill Nobu kind of snap. Leading us to wonder, is this the true Natsuko?

Criticism

Too Many People At Once

Can I just say, it was hard enough keeping up with all the people in Nobu’s new school but to add his old schoolmates too? And I could see if it was 5 or so, but there are 22 still alive. Which is only being marked negative for if this takes a similar route as Juni Taisen (Zodiac War), that means we’ll only learn who is who when it is time for them to die. If not contribute to someone else’s death.

Which, like with how death is handled on Juni Taisen, it is going to make really caring about anyone’s death difficult. I mean, Chiemi being an exception. Which may make this show the first real drop of the season.

On The Fence

Natsuko Losing Her Mind

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It should be expected that people are going to lose their minds. After all, classmates are dying if they don’t do anything from letting a person grope or have sex with them, to texting someone to die. However, the way Natsuko snaps, it just seems off. For one, she did a hard 180 after Teruaki basically tried to rape her. Which I can understand to a point, flipping out after you have been this nice girl and this dude tries to rape you. However, her then stripping and talking about having sex in front of everyone, making it seem Nobu assaulted her and all that, that was such a turn-off – story wise.

Like, I can get her being mad at Nobu for not trying to keep her from being raped, much less everyone watching and doing hardly anything. Which, considering how they whooped Nobu’s ass, even without seeing it happen, was odd. But for her to frame him seemingly out of spite? All the while laughing maniacally?

I mean, for those who saw Future Diary (Mirai Nikki), you have seen a scenario like this done right. But the way King’s Game did it just seems like they wanted to quickly cause a stir and that’s it. Only causing a serious eye roll.

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2 Comments

  1. I’m really surprised that people think that Natsuko just flipped out. To me, she was obviously very calculating and manipulative. Like Nobu said, she’s dangerous. When she saw that she was unable to manipulate Nobu like she wanted, she decided to take him out. I think Natsuko knows about the king’s game and that only one can be left standing. It makes since that her best chance to win the game is take out the only other person to survive the previous game.

    I read the manga for Nobu’s previous class’ king’s game and the origin of the kings’s game. The manga for the current king’s game and another one was not available. It seems that the last manga starred Natsuko in a different class’s king’s game. So I wonder if Natsuko is also the survivor of a king’s game. Even if she isn’t, she may know about the king’s game considering her family history.

    One thing I thought was strange was why Natsuko tracked down Nobu in the middle of the night if no one was taking the game seriously. I think she knew how the game works and that the kiss was necessary. I mean why else would she climb a fence to kiss a stranger because a message told her.

    • She had to have known and I think with knowing how the game works, much less maybe knowing the game follows you, that might be why she is so nice. Otherwise, she could be named as the person who dies based on a order. So, yeah, the manipulation angle definitely fits here.

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