「つながる想い ～罠～」 (Tsunagaru Omoi ~Wana~)
“Connected Feelings ~Trap~”
After completely obliterating all of the complaints I’ve had with this show, this week’s Yakumo was full of everything you could ever ask for. WATCH IT NOW!.
Now that I got the obligatory advertisement out, judging from solely how the episode started, I had a feeling that there would be some interesting twists and turns this week. What I didn’t expect was just how far down the rabbit hole this show was going to go. Since the beginning I’ve wanted to feel that “chilling” feeling – the feeling you get when you’re watching something so good that you just want more and can’t stop thinking because of the anticipation. The episode starts off with the usual random spirit encounter. Newspaper girl who refuses to stop investigating supernatural things ends up finding someone in the “haunted” mansion she’s investigating. She calls Gotou and co. to watch a video that the girl had recorded. Sounds like the usual setup, but from that point on it almost feels like I’m watching an entirely new show. From the multiple action scenes that followed to the revelation about who was pulling the strings in the back. It all felt fresh and kept me on edge of seat constantly having me question what was coming next. As soon as things got going, it really captured my attention and gave me that awesome “chilling” feeling I’ve been looking for. Why would a girl just happen to be in an abandoned mansion, the place of a quadruple murder, at the same time as the newspaper girl? Why would Yakumo suddenly lose his composure, especially in front of Gotou, after watching a horribly filmed video of that same mansion? Why did it feel like it was all too coincidental? Because it was ALL intentional. After weeks of feeling like the mysteries were total crap when they were solved because of “coincidences”, I was totally content when they split the story into two episodes. Instead of having them feel like crazy coincidences, spacing the episode out let the story itself bring two and two together, giving the mystery time to build up and become something interesting. If the next two episode titles are any indication, it looks like this arc will span a total of three episodes. Awesome!
Looking past the mystery that’s been set up this week, there was a lot of character interaction this week. Haruka and Yakumo seem to be hitting it off well. While they both still won’t admit that they really like each other, it’s slowly leaking out through their actions. From Haruka’s note, to Yakumo actually calling her, both are a step in the right direction. As usual, Haruka can’t leave the cute heart on her note and opts to erase it and Yakumo still can’t tell important things to Haruka out of fear of her safety – both of which are likely going to cause problems later for both of them. Like, maybe she’ll end up trying to figure out things on her own and end up in sticky situations again? Besides our couple, it’s always fun to watch Yakumo play with Gotou. Especially when he makes him question his ability as a detective with some good advice to retracting his advice and making Gotou look stupid. While I’ve expressed my supreme approval of Gotou’s character, I haven’t been so fond of his partner Ishii. His personality somehow rubbed off on me the wrong way and I couldn’t stand it this episode when he was too scared to accompany Gotou inside the mansion. The fact that Gotou ends up getting abducted inside of the mansion and Ishii doesn’t do anything about it really got my blood boiling. It was a pleasant surprise to see his face get smashed in by Gotou’s superior, Chief Miyagawa, after hearing how cowardly he was. It was an even more pleasant surprise to see her relay a message from Gotou’s wife, something along the lines of “Please bring my husband back.” It’s nice to see that even though things aren’t going well at home for Gotou, his wife still cares about him. Ishii, I’m totally expecting you to lose that cowardly attitude and do something to save Gotou.