「廃倉庫には謎の幽霊がいる」 (Haisōko ni wa Nazo no Yūrei ga Iru)
“A Mysterious Ghost Is in the Abandoned Warehouse”
Kujou, I believe the word you’re looking for is fabulous. Grevil has lost his fabulous.
In a rather unconventional way to tie things up, the Avril Bradley arc, or should I say the Kuiaran Arc, ends here. Basically, the book “Avril” found in the tomb was a holder for an expensive stamp that was stolen by Maxim, the first Kuiaran. Fake Avril is the descendant of the first Kuiaran, who was nicknamed “The Shinigami who came in the Spring.” This explains Kujou’s nickname, apparently just because he transferred in during the Spring. Only a school full of mystery lovers would do that, really. Anyway, the stamp was stolen from the real Avril’s grandfather, the story fake Avril told to Kujou last episode. Fake Avril must have mimicked the story due to having met real Avril on the train and engaging her in conversation. Although it’s not mentioned, I believe fake Avril has been stalking real Avril for some time. It’s funny how both girls are just trying to retrieve what their elders have left them, and coincidentally, both have blond hair.
There’s also the Golden Fairy story interweaved, taking root from the book the postcard was hidden in, and it makes Kujou question whether or not Victorique is real. This is funny because a similar thing just happened in Star Driver, but I found it a bit meaningless. There’s no way she could be fake at this point, and it was basically just there so Kujou could show how much he cares for her again. Well, I guess there’s also that metaphoric stuff with Victorique just needing someone to “be by her side,” the “real” meaning of the Golden Fairy’s soul requirement. Some loose ends aren’t really touched upon such as fake Avril’s conclusion, Grevil’s loss of fabulousness, and Maxim’s relationship with a dying girl, the last of which I bet there was a whole story behind it but was cut. It would have given the mystery a different dimension of depth, such as adding empathy to the villain’s grandfather, perhaps Maxim stole for the girl, maybe to pay for her medical bills or to find a cure. Maybe he was just an ass and stole for shits and giggles while playing around with a dying girl’s heart. Dimension! Developing either would have spun the feel of the mystery in several directions, but now that the mystery is over, I feel like moving on anyway. BONES must be rushing for something.
Probably not as exciting as Queen Berry’s action packed arc, the Kuiaran arc was still pretty good. Having several underlying plots running besides the main mystery kept it interesting, and while they could have executed it with more “fluidity” or coherence, BONES.. lol. Let’s just say I’m satisfied. Although I remarked that having a mystery at school would feel “cozy,” I realize I now prefer when the mystery isn’t at school, because the setting feels too limited. Victorique being trapped in only one place the entire time is also not fun because you see her far less, and she’s cranky most of the time when she is on-screen. Her little cupboard of heaven was cute though, and Kujou’s question of why she didn’t hide from him really begs for the less obvious answer.
Next episode features a broody castle, showing much more promise, because who doesn’t like mysterious abandoned castles? It also looks like Kujou’s got himself a harem now, because real Avril seems like she’ll be sticking around. The red haired magician from the opening makes an appearance as well, so it looks like we might be in for a bigger arc. Perhaps one that will last for a good while before the end of this quarter. I wonder if Victorique’s kidnapping will be before the second OP, but something as juicy as that must be near the end…?