This week’s episode was a touch on the melodramatic side, but interestingly dark nonetheless. You may laugh at the girls’ behavior, especially Minami’s behavior, but I could honestly see that sort of thing happening. What was curious to me in this episode was that they gave reasons for Futaba and Hitoe to want to escape the work, but they didn’t really give a reason for Minami. Obviously, the butterfly man (I refused to call him Sphenoider) was able to exploit Minami in a vulnerable area…what was it?
As for the end of the episode…Sakurako, you really disappoint me with your logic. Sakurako just stated that Hanabusa is aware of BOTH her and Shoutarou’s existence, and decides to split them both up. So…you just want to make yourselves easier targets? Is that what I’m supposed to get from this scene? It’s not like Hanabusa is suddenly going to forget Shoutarou exists just because Sakurako is no longer hanging out with him. Anyway, next week’s episode is the finale, so I’m looking forward to seeing how Shoutarou decides to make himself useful.
This week’s episode finally goes more into the butterfly man that was hinted at in an earlier mystery. It’s really strange, though…while the Hanabusa character that’s being shown in Minami’s memories is seemingly the culprit, he doesn’t quite look the same as the person we saw in the case of the cursed guy. Didn’t that person have visible black hair despite the hat? Something seems off to me. Also, what is Sakurako’s connection to the man? She seems to have some sort of personal connection…it can’t be as simple as the mystery file from the person in the hospital bed, right?
The butterfly man certainly has me curious. How is he taking advantage of these girls? It can’t just be simple love, right? I find it really hard to believe that these girls are just falling in love one-by-one with this man and doing whatever he says. There were hints earlier in the series that the man may have some psychology background that helps with mental manipulation of his victims…that would certainly make for a more interesting case. I would really look forward to the explanation of what vulnerabilities he’s using, though, if that’s the case. Of course, the answer could be much simpler…drugs, maybe?
Another one of the quieter shows this week where the mysteries are more emotional. I still have strange issues with Yuriko’s mysteries…I didn’t even mind Shoutarou’s mystery this week, but Yuriko’s just wasn’t entertaining. It seemed to me like she was only there to trigger Shoutarou’s visit to his grandmother’s grave and tie things together in the end. I think the fact that Sakurako’s attendant jumped in for Shoutarou’s story made it a lot better…Sakurako’s reactions were pretty funny to watch.
We finally have the butterfly guy showing up again in the last scene of the episode. That has to be a setup for next week’s episode, which will likely start the final arc of the series. There’s also Sakurako’s last line in the episode, something to the effect of “time to bring it to an end”, which seemed like she knew this encounter was coming. Was the mystery file she received a couple of episodes ago a list of cases that implicate the butterfly man or something? I suppose that’s the easiest explanation and we’ll just have to find out next week (we will find out next week, right?).
I’d like to say this week’s episode was an interesting episode, but I got really distracted by the events of the cat last week and couldn’t focus on the actual mystery that Sakurako was solving. I’m really curious about the statement that Shoutarou would be a better detective, though…was she acknowledging the fact that he doesn’t detach himself from the victim or just recognizing something deeper? I will say, though, that this week’s episode featured a lot more of Shoutarou acting autonomously, which was nice to see. Perhaps that was what Sakurako was referencing…
So it turns out that mystery file and mystery encounter from the end of last week’s episode weren’t related to the mystery of the missing cat bones. Perhaps, the file is supposed to be the “final showdown” of the series that pits Sakurako against the mystery man that still hasn’t shown up until now. If the series tries to pull off something like “he was actually influencing every mystery up to now”, I’ll be really shocked. I feel like that would be really hard to pull off given how innocuous some of the mysteries have been.
This week’s episode is our first multi-episode arc (though it’s likely only two episodes). Even though the mystery hasn’t fully been solved yet, I can safely say that I’m liking this one much more than the previous one. That being said, I can’t help thinking that I’ve seen a similar mystery to this somewhere…can’t remember exactly where it was, though. I think in the story I saw before, the culprit turned out to be a genetic disease and it seems to be a similar case here. Also, was anyone else really expecting the victim to die randomly at some point during this episode? I was sitting around waiting for it to happen (which might explain why I wasn’t bored watching this episode).
Based on the timing of Sakurako’s epiphany, I think the most likely conclusion of this mystery is that the painting is triggering the respiratory problem that everyone agreed is the linked condition in the family. That being said, the painting itself shouldn’t be enough, right? Sakurako was interested in where the painting was being hung, which means that the placement must be important somehow. It feels like there’s a sinister element that I’m missing, though. Who was the person that our victim stopped to talk to on the way back? How is this person involved? Surely, there’s more to this mystery, right?