I’m going to try and interpret this ending as best as I can. On the surface, the ending seems strange, right? If the entire plan culminated in Namikoshi’s death, doesn’t that make the plan a success? Why would the ending be celebratory if Namikoshi ended up getting what he wanted? I’m assuming the idea was that Namikoshi’s death was meant to get Akechi to enter the circle of hatred that is Twenty Faces. However, the fact that Akechi fought against this plan to the very end resulted in what could be called a failure. That being said, though, there’s one piece of the ending that doesn’t quite add up for me. If the plan was to spread the message of Twenty Faces, how was that not accomplished? I understand the plan to turn Akechi failing, but shouldn’t the propagation of Twenty Faces have succeeded? Why were things quieting down after the incident? It seems like an inconsistency to me.
All in all, I would judge this ending as somewhat weak. I get that the show was trying to question the idea of justice in society, but I wish Namikoshi wasn’t ultimately portrayed as child who really wanted Akechi-senpai to notice him. I think something that would have made the ending more interesting is if the disappearance of Namikoshi’s body had been planned as a way to immortalize his ideal, but no such luck there. That being said, I would say the show was interesting enough to bring me in and asked some decent questions, so I’d put it in the higher end of shows this season (I don’t expect much agreement on that, though).
This week’s episode was pretty slow…the entire episode is devoted to the captured Kobayashi hearing the story of the Twenty Faces. I’m honestly not sure how much his story actually contributes to the show. We already know that he was heavily abused from the story that Akechi gave…it’s not a huge stretch to conclude that he had a rough home life as well. That’s why I’m curious whether there was something else I was supposed to conclude this week. Maybe it’s something about his statement at the end about sacrificing Kobayashi?
I’m curious what Namikoshi’s intentions are with this final episode coming up. His system is meant to be an immortal system of self-governance that uses a mask to empower citizens to take justice into their own hands. So what does he hope the riot will do? Is just simply just to spread the rumor of Twenty Faces further? Does he intend to focus on targeting a global stage by choosing a specific target? I don’t see how all of this involves Kobayashi, though…maybe that one’s just to specifically attack Akechi. I guess we’ll see. Making Namikoshi a surprise dark character might be an interesting ending too…
This week’s twist isn’t totally unexpected…the series has already suggested that Twenty Faces was the main enemy for the series, so it made no sense that Akechi would figure out how to defeat it two episodes before the end. Also, self-immolation is a way to cover up DNA evidence and the mask brings anonymity, so there was no concrete proof that Namikoshi had died. That being said, I definitely didn’t suspect Minami as this episode’s Twenty Faces distraction.
There were two pieces of this week’s episode that I didn’t fully understand, though. First was Hashiba’s transformation into a silhouette in the eyes of Kobayashi…was that meant to suggest that Hashiba had drifted too far out of Kobayashi’s circle that he was no longer readily recognizable? Or did it mean that Hashiba had now turned into a suspect. That scene also relates to the second thing…the hand that grabs Kobayashi near the end of the episode. Was it Hashiba? Or some other Twenty Faces sympathizer? I really hope Kobayashi doesn’t turn into some sort of damsel in distress for Akechi to save. That doesn’t seem interesting. I do like the rivalry between Akechi and Namikoshi, though. Though, what is going on with the formula? Did Namikoshi evolve the formula further?
Ugh…I’m so upset with myself. I convinced myself that they couldn’t possibly solve the mystery in the first five minutes of the episode because of the letter of challenge from Twenty Faces. If I hadn’t done that, my suspect would have been the girl…now it’s too late. The reason that she was most suspicious last week is that she’s the only one at the scene that didn’t provide any information helpful for the case.
The culprit aside, though, this week’s episode also finally gives Akechi’s connection with Twenty Faces. I think I’ve said before that it’s really likely that Twenty Faces is being controlled in the background by a single person, but it looks like it’s actually a program designed to dispense justice. It’s an interesting concept and we can finally see why Akechi is so obsessed with catching every one. That being said, where does it all end? The original Twenty Faces that kicked everything off has died, so is there really any way to stop an urban legend? Or will Akechi end up forever chasing these new Twenty Faces cases?
Wait…people get excited about locked room murders? I feel like they’ve become so commonplace in murder series these days that I find them boring. Anyway, as expected, Twenty Faces has become a recurring phenomenon in this series and will likely be the focus for the rest of the show given the time remaining. My suspicions are the same that someone is in the background pulling the strings for these murders, but we’ll have to see.
Am I supposed to be able to guess the culprit for this week’s murder yet? I feel like I don’t even have enough details for the murder yet. But the medical examiner mentioned that she would be back next week, so either this Twenty Faces commits another challenge murder in the next episode or there’s a new mystery for next week (the first option is much more likely because I can’t imagine they would spend 5 minutes at the start of the next episode solving this murder). If another murder is going to happen from this culprit, I would assume that he/she hasn’t been introduced yet, right? If the same person appeared in two crime scenes, it would be too obvious…
So I guess this week’s episode counts as filler, right? I suppose it’s just letting things cool down from the Twenty Faces incident? I’m also wondering if the episode also intends to somewhat clear Shadow Man from the incident at the end of last week’s episode (killing the fat man for Sachiko’s sake). That being said, most of the events of the episode ended up being really boring to watch despite how zany they were trying to be.
I assume next week will pick up again with more Twenty Faces investigations. As expected, Kagami wasn’t truly behind Twenty Faces…I’m still running with my theory that the real one finds people in vulnerable states of grief and convinces them to take justice into their own hands. I’m not convinced yet that this switch from random murders to a main “villain” of sorts is a good idea for this show…it seemed so much more interesting in the first couple of episodes.
I’m really upset about this week’s episode. Not only was the entire episode spent on Kagami’s past, his story ended up being really generic for vigilante killer. Basically, he was a bright-eyed detective who had his sense of justice corrupted seeing the legal system fail to protect the one he loved most…thus, he took the law into his own hands. I’ve sometimes wondered whether I would do the same thing in his position (I’ve been fortunate enough to dodge that scenario). Still, does the legal system really allow the insanity plea that much?
What am I supposed to make of the final scene in the episode? Based on the story from Kagami, it’s obvious that he wasn’t the original Twenty Faces…the real one will likely be the main focus of the series based on the opening song stuff I mentioned last week. My hypothesis from what we’ve seen so far is that Twenty Faces somehow pulls the strings of vengeance for those who have lost loved ones to criminals who have walked free, basically encouraging the copycats to exist by preying on their weak moment. However, there is a crucial weakness in this hypothesis because there was no indication that Kagami ever met Twenty Faces. He willingly took the name himself. Maybe that part of the story is missing? Or maybe there’s just something else entirely going on…
So this week’s mystery seems to have ended quickly like last week’s episode. As promised, ME-chan made her appearance after two weeks, but I found her autopsy this time to be a lot more boring. As for the mystery itself, did anyone else think it was really obvious that it was Kagami acting as Twenty Faces? That scene between him and the other detective seemed too random and his actions seemed to indicate too much of a personal link with the case from three years prior. But that aside, another question I have for the group: does anyone else find Hashiba’s actions in the episode really annoying? I feel like he’s pretty much the worst character because of how he acts around Kobayashi…
Is everything going to be so simple with this mystery? The episode ends with the mystery seemingly resolved, but they seemed to push Kagami pretty hard into cast…are they really planning to just take him out? Also, I’m really curious about the Twenty Faces mask. If you look at the OP closely, there’s a part where every major character is shown on screen, but then swapped with an image of that character wearing a similar mask. Is it going to be a recurring theme? Maybe Twenty Faces will continue to re-emerge with some mysterious mastermind? Or maybe I’m just reading too much into it…
And so the mystery comes to an end pretty quickly. It actually wasn’t that surprising given that the ME finishes her autopsy by saying “see you in two weeks”, meaning that a new body will need to be examined in two episodes. I’m actually a little disappointed in myself for not suspecting the three students that ask about Kobayashi being taken into by the police (the culprit turns out to be one of them). I should have been more suspicious of their questioning and the fact that they weren’t silhouettes like the other students. I got too distracted by the teacher’s lousy acting when discovering the phone…it actually made her the suspect in my eyes. I didn’t realize that she was helping solve the crime.
I still think this show is interesting. My current working strategy for the next mystery will be to suspect all of the revealed characters, especially the ones that are revealed but not yet named. I can’t imagine they’ll make it so easy next time, though…right? Well, call me a sucker for mysteries, but I’d say this series has me on board. I’m really looking forward to how these mysteries turn out. Also now that Kobayashi is somewhat accepted, does this mean we get to learn more about who Akechi is? A good detective usually has his quirks, right?
And so the summer season begins. This series centers around a boy, Kobayashi, who wakes up to find his homeroom teacher dead and himself holding the murder weapon. During the investigation, he is introduced to Akechi, a renowned detective, and takes an interest in him. The style of the show is very interesting in that it keeps most characters as silhouettes until they become relevant to the case. I wonder if one of the reasons for this is to suggest that the culprit is already among the cast and remains obscured to avoid suspicion.
Another interpretation is that the show is trying to treat itself as a detective case by introducing only the key players and suspects. This conclusion does make a certain scene in the episode curious, though. When Kobayashi is arriving at Akechi’s office, there are two women talking to each other that do not appear as silhouettes. Does that imply that they are somehow relevant to the case? It’s oddly uncharacteristic of the show.
So far, this show is interesting to me. The detective Akechi is reminiscent of House, with a similar pain killer addiction and interest in abnormal cases (he’s missing the same sarcasm, though), and Kobayashi has a strange amusement to the whole situation. Given the horror tag on the show, I’m inclined to believe that this single mystery is going to be the focus of the show, but I’m curious whether the show will become a set of mini-arcs with mysteries investigated by Akechi and Kobayashi instead. I’m usually not convinced when a single mystery gets drawn out (like in Persona 4) because eventually you just run out of suspects.
Final music note: both opening and ending are decent, but I personally think that the vocals for the opening deteriorates as the song goes on…music-wise, it’s pretty solid, though.