Just some quick thoughts. After watching Subete ga F ni Naru‘s finale I wondered what would have happened if Sakurako-san had been at that lab. She would have slapped on her gloves examined the body, and concluded that the corpse wasn’t Dr. Magata. Well, any competent detective would have done the same. In other words, this show was a mystery without a detective. They fumbled to their conclusions without a professional there, only a person who was very smart (okay, two people) and perhaps came close to the mindset of the murderer. But, as the episode’s first big conversation showed, “close” is the key word. He could rationally understand her motives only, not share them. Because of that it’s unpleasant to think that he could accept the woman who killed three people, willing victims or not, and laugh when he learned she had escaped.
The second conversation felt more like a making-up than anything else. Moe is upset that she hasn’t gotten closer to Souhei, so he tells her a little story to derail her negativity and show he cared, like he apparently used to do to her with jokes. Still, Moe still can’t catch up to Souhei, while he possibly feels the same way about Shiki, as if he ought to. No answers in the third conversation either, just a figurative trip in the Arabian desert with her daughter while she explains that seeking answers to things gives rise to positive human emotions. The show might be talking about Moe and Souhei, and Souhei and herself, but maybe not.
In a mystery story without a detective I suppose there needs to be as must focus on the characters as in the mystery, though the sleuthing affirmed that it was at least taking the mystery part seriously. Most of the imagery in this episode, Souhei and Moe’s jumping from location to location, that desert, and the beach with the rotting ship, went past me and I can only make wild grasps at their meaning. I suppose I could add that to the seeking answers metaphor, but it actually means I’m a lazy watcher. Leave it at that. I think I’ll leave this review at that, too, except to say it kept me interested and I was somewhat appalled by the rational immorality shown by some of the characters.
Sakurako-san 11 finishes up the latest mystery in two episodes, like the others. It would feel too brief except that this mystery leads directly to another one. First, Minami has an odd dream and runs downstairs to tell Sakurako where Hitoe probably is, in other words, something that might have taken the whole episode is accomplished during the teaser. So off they go to the cabin with the elm tree, where Hitoe is disappointed that her latest suicide attempt failed (frankly, I don’t think she meant it. She could have swallowed all the pills) and the cute doggie is inexplicably dead. No, not THAT cute doggie. That one is happily digging up Futaba’s corpse.
It gets a little odd here. First, Minami says that Hitoe said one thing. And after Sakurako, enjoying this demonstration of shock, sorrow, and recriminations a little too much, points something out, the story changes. More tears from everyone except Sakurako and Shoutarou, until the latter brings up another little fact about the corpse, and it becomes something out of AnoHana, only with more hate. And so we get a bead on where the second cours will go, though I’m surprised that Sakurako’s goodbye forever business at the end happened when it did. I expected this out of Sakurako, especially after what happened to him in the previous scene, but how are they going to get the story going if Shoutarou’s not with her?
It is late in the season, so you’d expect the current arc of Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai would matter more to me, but I don’t really care much. Sure, I hope Kiseki lives but lives happily, but I can’t say the series has inspired me more than that. Maybe it’s because we didn’t know about Kiseki last week, and I can’t even remember if Kyouya appeared before this arc, or when, or why he’s pissed off all the time, well, Nero has something to do with it. So it’s all getting very messy, and harder for me to care. But I will say that I like Ouka’s little speech about sharing his burden, since that’s his line and all. And the other harem, er, platoon members shocked that he’s accepting help at all.