「君と旅行鞄」 (Kimi to Ryokou Kaban)
“You and a Travel Bag”
I haven’t really watched detective series like Detective Conan or the more recent Gosick, but I’ve always enjoyed a good detective/mystery story. Kami-sama no Memo-chou seems to provide an average one in that department; I haven’t read the manga, but it looks like the format will revolve around a case-by-case basis, like Sherlock Holmes short stories. The first case was resolved in the double-episode premiere, and this week we have Meo, a mixed Thai-Japanese, who comes to Alice for help in finding her father Kusakabe Masaya, a former Yakuza. It seems that he was involved in money laundering and stole a few hundred million yen from the Kishiwada Yakuza before fleeing and leaving 200 million yen with Meo.
Clearly, this is a much more dangerous business to get involved in, as Alice’s mafia contact Yondaime (The Fourth) points out. On the other hand, Narumi our generic male protagonist really doesn’t understand the danger and risk involved. I think it’s fine to help Meo, but Narumi is rather naive in his ideals and he’s obviously very inexperienced in dealing with these professional criminal groups. Firsthand experience is good I suppose though, as long as he doesn’t die first. Meo’s emotions also tends to get in the way of her judgment, which is normal given that her father is in trouble, but idiots in these kinds of situations also tend to get killed or otherwise make things worse than they were. Her dad’s motives aren’t completely clear at this point, but I do think his foresight for Meo was probably for the best, even if his own actions weren’t so savory. Narumi means well too, but he probably should have chose his words more carefully, especially to someone like Meo, and shouldn’t have jumped so quickly to the conclusion that Kusakabe abandoned his daughter.
Those fools contrast sharply with others characters like the Yondaime or Alice. Alice may be a little egotistic and holds a lot of pride in her skills, but she is very knowledgeable and perceptive (as detectives should be) and also pretty cute at times. I like how she’s not easily ruffled, and her mindset is cold and calculating. However, Alice is also able to empathize with others and has a way with words that calms people down. Of course she also has her weak spots, especially things involving food, hygiene, and stuffed animals, but those are fairly amusing to watch. As for the actual case, I’m not finding it so gripping that I’m extremely eager to find out what’s next, but there’s enough intrigue to keep things interesting for now. There are bits of humor on the side, like the Yakuza mobsters surfing for porn or playboy/male prostitute Hiro’s antics, but the mystery aspect is not as captivating as I had hoped. The significance of the hidden cell phone is also a bit murky at the moment, but I suppose everything will be resolved next week.
ED2: 「あすなろ」 (Asu Naru) by 鈴村健一 (Suzumura Kenichi)
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