What a spectacular episode. This show always seems to do what I least expect.
We begin this mystery with no idea what’s going on. Strange messages in a strange book belonging to a guy we don’t know? Huh?
Shinjiro immediately becomes suspicious of Kaishou: he’s the first suspect. Is he having an affair? Rie doesn’t seem to trust him much, and all the effort she spent getting angry and searching through his books made the father’s guilt all the more believable. The wife is a suspect as well, but for murder, not just adultery. She almost gets murdered herself, too.
Then in the end, the kids jump out of the car. Kaishou had actually rescued them, and the notes were written by the children. Everything is turned on its head. Kaishou is the good guy. And Shinjiro just can’t believe it.
This is the second week in a row his hunch has been wrong. Which makes him much more interesting as a detective. The audience can’t just assume he’s always right, but has to think for itself.
Darkness Brooding on the Horizon
Now this show even has a villain! Unlike Shinjiro who resolves mysteries, this novelist creates them. Shinjiro has a mysterious little boy with purple hair as his sidekick; the novelist has a mysterious little girl with purple hair as his. I’m guessing she transforms into a grown man. And maybe instead of making a person tell the truth once, he can make them lie once? Should be interesting.
It’s pretty impressive that the novelist can make someone nearly murder his own wife by forging a single stamp, without even leaving prison. The thing that makes me the most enthusiastic about our new villain, though, is that he wasn’t introduced in the second to last episode like Dantalian’s. He’ll actually have some time to let loose.
They mentioned briefly at the beginning of the episode that the prison was privately owned, which contributes to the dystopian feel of the story. Private prisons are becoming more and more common worldwide, and are a terrible idea.
Why? Well, think about it. Why do private prisons exist? To make a profit. And how do they make more profit? If there are more prisoners. So the idea of private prisons is that we place prisoners in the care of those who have a material interest in them committing more crimes and returning to prison. Brilliant.
Not to mention that the very idea is sickening. Prisoners are the responsibility of the community. And we sell them off to companies to turn a profit, like cattle.