Dark Gathering Season 1: Episode 5 Review: Spoiler, Recap, Trailer & News

In the latest episode of Dark Gathering, Keitaro is determined to improve his supernatural sensitivity and social skills as he prepares to start college. However, he soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly mystery involving a suicide club at Reio University. With the help of his friends Yayoi and Eiko, Keitaro must race against time to stop the club’s sinister plans before it’s too late.

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In Episode 5 of Dark Gathering, Keitaro decides to work on improving his supernatural sensitivity and social skills as he prepares to start college. To resist spirits, he undergoes body training. Additionally, he seeks help from Eiko in choosing the right clothing to improve his social status. Eiko comes to his aid and gives him a stylish pair of glasses to help him stand out and make friends.

At college, Keitaro encounters Nagayama, the president of the Reio Club Shore. Nagayama wishes him good luck in making friends. Keitaro’s main goal is to remove the curse that has been affecting both his and Eiko’s lives, but he wants to first focus on getting his normal life together.

Meanwhile, Eiko secretly monitors Keitaro through her laptop’s camera but quickly closes it when Yayoi enters her room. Later, Yayoi discovers the hidden camera in the glasses Eiko gave Keitaro, which explains the data on her computer.

Upon overhearing a spirit through Eiko’s laptop, Yayoi assumes that Eiko has feelings for Keitaro. She offers to help Eiko in her endeavors, and the two have a humorous fourth-wall-breaking moment together. They continue to spy on Keitaro to see if he can muster the courage to make friends.

Keitaro tries to initiate conversations with two individuals named Akira and Kotoko, who are studying different subjects than him. Unfortunately, Eiko finds humor in Keitaro’s struggles to hold proper conversations. Seeing Keitaro’s difficulties, Nagayama kindly invites him to spend time with him and his friends later on.

Later, Keitaro encounters Nagayama and his companions. While in the car, Keitaro senses an ominous presence and confides in Nagayama, admitting that he has a heightened sensitivity to supernatural phenomena. To Keitaro’s surprise, Nagayama reveals the existence of a suicide club at Reio, which masquerades as a regular club. During the club’s welcome party, all the members commit suicide.

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Nagayama explains that the club constantly changes its name and facade to evade suspicion from the university authorities. To put an end to the club’s deadly activities, one must identify and apprehend the ringleader.

This person, known as “Nagayama,” has never been caught, as they always die and are replaced by a new leader with each suicide. The revelation comes as a shock to Keitaro when he realizes that the current Nagayama is the ringleader of this year’s suicide club.

Disturbed by this revelation, Yayoi becomes convinced that Nagayama is possessed by an evil ghost. She shares her concerns with Eiko and decides they must find Keitaro before he becomes a victim of the mass suicide.

Keitaro wakes up in an abandoned location called Complex T, witnessing Nagayama’s fellow club members meeting a grim fate as Nagayama prepares for him to follow suit. Meanwhile, Yayoi researches Complex T and the malevolent ghost, questioning its intentions as she and Eiko head to the location.

Upon arriving at the scene, Yayoi manages to separate the ghost from Nagayama’s body. However, even without the ghost’s influence, Nagayama remains determined to kill Keitaro and plans to murder Yayoi and Eiko before ending his own life.

It becomes evident to Yayoi that Nagayama is a deeply disturbed individual, and she understands why the ghost chose to possess him. In a desperate move, Yayoi uses a glass sake bottle to strike Nagayama’s head, revealing his real identity as Machida, a Reio student who was previously arrested and later released on a suspended sentence.

Yayoi explains that Machida developed intense hatred toward people who belittled him after his release, which attracted the vengeful ghost to possess him. Taking matters into her own hands, Yayoi restrains Machida, and together with Keitaro and Eiko, they decide to hand him over to the police.

As they are leaving, Keitaro senses an eerie presence. Yayoi informs him that the spirit possessing Machida refuses to depart to the afterlife and desires to remain in the living world for longer. She reveals that the ghost selects victims to die by hanging, as it allows easier consumption of their guts, enabling it to linger in the mortal realm.

With their harrowing ordeal finally, over, Keitaro, Yayoi, and Eiko reflect on the gravity of the supernatural dangers they faced and hope that justice will be served to those responsible for the suicide club’s existence.

In the story, Yayoi reveals to Keitaro that she possesses a spirit that has consumed over 100 souls. Meanwhile, Keitaro informs the audience that everyone, except Machida, has been rescued. As they depart from the scene, Yayoi advises Keitaro to learn how to combat supernatural forces.

She pledges to share all her knowledge with him. Curious about how they located the individuals they were seeking, Keitaro asks for an explanation, but Yayoi responds vaguely.

The episode concludes with the girls being surprised by Keitaro’s lack of awareness.

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The Episode Review

Despite some confusion towards the end, Dark Gathering’s latest episode was undeniably one of its darkest yet, addressing a sensitive topic like suicide. However, the execution of this theme wasn’t as effective as in previous episodes. Nevertheless, the imagery depicting the suicide idea was well-crafted, successfully creating a tense and unsettling atmosphere.

Viewers couldn’t help but feel a chill as they witnessed Keitaro’s classmates drooling Salvia, and the scenario with the ghost devouring Machida’s ghost was genuinely spooky, leaving many shivering with fear. Visually, this episode finally delivered the scares that Dark Gathering has been building up to since the beginning, and hopefully, OLM will maintain this impressive quality.

In addition, it’s a relief to see that Keitaro will no longer be just a guinea pig for Yayoi’s experiments. Instead, he will now learn how to handle spirits properly under Yayoi’s guidance, which will undoubtedly make him a more likable protagonist in the eyes of the audience.

Conclusion

Dark Gathering’s latest episode was a dark and suspenseful affair, tackling the sensitive topic of suicide in a thought-provoking way. The imagery depicting the suicide idea was well-crafted, successfully creating a tense and unsettling atmosphere. Viewers couldn’t help but feel a chill as they witnessed Keitaro’s classmates drooling Salvia, and the scenario with the ghost devouring Machida’s ghost was genuinely spooky, leaving many shivering with fear. Visually, this episode finally delivered the scares that Dark Gathering has been building up to since the beginning, and hopefully, OLM will maintain this impressive quality.

In addition, it’s a relief to see that Keitaro will no longer be just a guinea pig for Yayoi’s experiments. Instead, he will now learn how to handle spirits properly under Yayoi’s guidance, which will undoubtedly make him a more likable protagonist in the eyes of the audience.

Overall, Dark Gathering’s latest episode was a step up from previous episodes, delivering a more suspenseful and visually-appealing story. With Keitaro finally taking charge of his own destiny, it will be interesting to see how he fares in the upcoming episodes.

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