Shinrei Tantei Yakumo – 02
「白狐の祟り」 (Byakko no Tatari)
“Curse of the White Fox”
Shifting away from the paranormal this week, Yakumo focuses more on the detective and romantic side of things. When they say college students should live on campus, Yakumo takes it too the extreme. As there hasn’t been a lot of things revealed about Yakumo’s family life, it’s interesting to see where he lives; inside a room on campus. Mind you, not a dorm room, but a clubroom — stocked with everything you would need to live. I can see toothpaste, a toothbrush, and some water in his fridge. And in a office styled cabinet, it’s well stocked with a futon, clothes, and a mirror. Everything a broke college student would need to live off of.
What’s really beginning to irk me is Yakumo’s relationship with Haruka. After nearly capturing her heart and helping her put the memory of her sister to rest, he has her leaping over hurdles for him. By hurdles, I mean has her working a part time job to pay off the 25,000 yen ($305) that she owes him. Instead of finally grasping the opportunity to make Haruka his, Yakumo manages to somehow ruin the moment when he tells her that she doesn’t have to pay him back. By using such harsh words as “contract” and “terminated”, Yakumo is very blunt on what he wants. Most girls would have given up on guys like this, but not Haruka, who can’t stop thinking about Yakumo or his pretty red eye.
And amazingly, everything connects in the end when the actual mystery case begins. As the episode title “Curse of the White Fox” alludes to, a temple shrine is rumored to be haunted by a fox spirit. This temple is about to be torn down and the company in charge is having trouble managing the project due to various problems believed to caused by the “curse” of the temple. At Haruka’s part time job, she overhears Mr. Irie, the president of the company in charge of the job, and decides to go investigate herself.
Again, this actual detective work this episode was really short. On the other hand, there was a ton of character development between Haruka and Yakumo. The president of the construction company also played a huge role in that development. By enabling Haruka to be more honest with herself, it gives her the strength to stick by Yakumo’s side. In the midst of the entire episode, the two dark figures who wear those funky shades seem to be stirring up some sort of commotion, ending the episode with candidates of girls who may be picked to implant a soul into. Something sinister is afoot.