「夏至祭に神託はくだされる」 (Geshi-sai ni Shintaku wa Kudasareru)
“A Divine Revelation is Given at the Summer Solstice Festival”
In a village full of blondies with ponytails coupled with having the production of BONES, it felt weird to keep thinking I was seeing the distant cousins of the Elric family. Other than that, the “preparation” development of the mystery intrigues, but it’s certainly going to be lacking compared to the later acts that are sure to follow. Victorique discovers confirmation that the murderer certainly wasn’t her mother, and resolves to find the culprit. The other visitors begin dying for various reasons to make things feel like “chaos,” and Kujou asks if he’ll still be with Victorique in the future. The man knows his priorities, though I’m not sure what that says about the one who only asked about her height.
Assuming these mysteries go with the stereotype of how they’re told, every new character introduced is viable to be the culprit. So we’ve got the old man Sergius (Hori Katsunosuke) running the village, the young man following him around (Ambrose (Atsushi Abe), or Alphonse’s cousin twice removed.), the spunky nun Mildred (Watanabe Akeno) that must have hid all that crazy hair with some kind of magic, and the unintentionally hilarious psychotic maid Harminia (Kuwashima Houko). You’ve got the one guy left from the pool of visitors, but he’s probably going to die soon, so I don’t see him as the one. Well, Mildred, Ambrose, and Harminia were even younger than Cordelia at the time of the murder, so that pretty much just leaves the village elder. A later clue shows that when the clock strikes an hour, it rings, so the old man could have been lying that he checked his gold watch, as there leaves the possibility that he knew the time accurately because he had been in the room himself. He had killed Theodore over a matter of a bag of gold at 12:00 AM, and Cordelia later came after 12, explaining the different times the witnesses had recalled. Why did he kill Theodore over gold? Perhaps because he felt the old village elder was stupid, and he wanted to make the village rich and move on, since he was the next village elder after all. Not really a cold blooded killer, the elder let Cordelia heal and exiled her to retain the image that she was still the culprit. Perhaps he even feels guilty about the whole thing, seeing how he lets her daughter come back into the village. Though if he is killing the other guys, maybe it’s just because he’s pissed that they’re making fun of his village, since hell, he damn sure killed at least one of them.
It goes in line with the sponsorship the village acquired ten years ago, by the name of Brian Roscoe, a descendant of someone who left the village. Roscoe or his descendant could have been the one that came back and left the picture of Cordelia in her house. Maybe it’s even connected to the Marquis, since the picture was of Cordelia in a cell, so it was after her secret was found out. Perhaps it was someone sent in for investigation, I don’t know. Ten years ago doesn’t help since I have no immediate recall of the time-line and would require a search, but there’s no fun in that. My inner Holmes is too lazy to keep going, as any further would just be speculation upon speculation.
The Gray Wolf mythos is touched upon briefly, but it’s not really related to the murder itself. I think the “wolves” are angry at the village because they exiled their “relative” or something. They keep calling it, “The Village of the Gray Wolves,” but they’re really just nearby the surrounding forest that harbors the Gray Wolves. What that is in relation to Cordelia and her secret power “bloodline,” we’ll just have to find out. I’m getting the vibe of a child raised by wolves here, or Cordelia’s just a wolf spiritually turned into human, but there’s just not enough info right now. I think it’s more uncanny that of all the people in the village to have framed, Sergius was stuck with Cordelia, a not so normal girl that now has her wolves terrorizing the village. Choice or coincidence, who knows?
Useless Grevil appears next week and Mildred takes a liking to him (lol). Harminia seems like she’ll be stirring up the pot, though I’m not sure what her reasons are other than mental damage from a misrepresented murder. Maybe she’s had experience with the Gray Wolves and is actually scared of that instead. I could also be wrong about Sergius, but I would be shocked if that wasn’t it. On another note that wouldn’t fit anywhere, Victorique’s shower singing is terribly funny.