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Compared to last week’s episode, this week’s episode ended up being fairly light despite the explosive opener. It felt like a bit of a refresher to me, which I greatly appreciated given the gap from season two. Other than that, it was a fun episode overall, and it was cool to learn that Gin was Akutagawa’s sister.
While I think the attack on the cafe was a bit excessive, it was an entertaining bit of mini-development. It makes sense that the detective agency members would need some time to chill after the Moby Dick incident, so the attack is a chance to shock them back into action. It became pretty obvious when the gang leader started bragging about his defenses that this group was destined to die.
The flashback in this scene is well-timed. Given that tracking down Katai as the hacker is actually a legitimate plot point, it’s nice that the episode refreshes the context of that search from the previous season’s climax. I know I certainly forgot about it. I wonder if this hacker will be the inevitable link to Fyodor (or if that’s just something else I’ve forgotten).
I think it’s a testament to how much anime I watch that my first thought when hearing about the “black-haired beauty” was that she was going to be a guy in disguise. I feel like that’s a problem.
In general, I think it’s funny when the Port Mafia and the Armed Detective Agency have to work together, so this episode had an unexpected lightness to it. In the end, not much of the story really progresses, but it’s entertaining. If anything, this just proves that I have a lot to remember from this show.