「人食いデパートに青薔薇(ばら)は咲く」 (Hito-kui Depāto ni Ao Bara wa Saku)
“Blue Roses Bloom in the Cannibal Department Store”
By the power of plot, Kujou is conveniently turned into a magnet for mysteries, getting involved with strange cases that remind me of Dr. Who episodes.
I suppose the unique trait of this arc is that Victorique isn’t directly involved, so we don’t get much of the “chaos well of knowledge.” We did get some Avril time, but not nearly enough, and I suspect that won’t change anytime soon. Instead, we’re treated to Victorique maximum moe mode, sick version. I don’t need to describe any of it because I know you’ll all do it again in the comments, so I’ll just say I enjoyed it as usual. Without being completely pointless, the scenes do flesh out her personality, such as having an adoration for nice fabric or fearing shots. But oh man, her singing about kimonos to her dollhouse, and the preview chanting of hating shots; Yuuki Aoi..too..many..heart attacks..
Not knowing Kujou even had a sister, apparently she wants him to buy some stuff for her, leading him to go into town to walk into a building of mystery. Naturally, the workers there are all weird in the head, and Kujou manages to get himself tangled by finding the lost cousin of Rose, setting off suspicious alarms that he must tell Grevil. Evidence is of course, completely erased by the time they get back, and Kujou hangs his head in incompetent shame. What to do but to call Victorique? Now, since he knows more than he should, kidnapping follows. It’s all very by the book so far.
Victorique returned to her less affectionate wall of stubbornness towards Kujou, because normal relationships in anime is never possible for some reason, even after development. The situation at hand does strain the relationship between the two further, especially with Kujou kidnapped to tug at Victorique’s emotional side. As for the mystery itself, there’s certainly a lot of “stuff” going on, but with a minor annoyance of Kujou reading “about” the mystery the night before. It’s probably just a result of rushing the storyline though. Kujou is also constantly pushed around like a sack of worthless meat, powerless to everyone, making the episode a tad more frustrating to watch. Supposedly, he’s much manlier in the novels? He needs some time to shine on his own, so maybe this arc is the way to do it.