「僕が二人にできること」 (Boku ga Futari ni Dekiru Koto)
“What I Can Do For Those Two”
The money-laundering case is concluded fairly satisfactorily, but I found myself barely paying attention to the details of the case and the whole mystery wasn’t all that interesting, which is a bad sign. The detective aspect simply isn’t engrossing, and the main draw so far has been the inside look at NEET culture. The case itself was solved fairly straightforwardly, and had perhaps the most typical conclusion possible. After Meo tries to call her dad in the last episode and gets tracked, a bunch of thugs show up at the Hanamaru ramen shop demanding for her. Min is a very strong-willed one and deals with her troubling past pretty well in my opinion, and also makes Narumi look like a total wuss and a weakling.
I guess Meo felt guilty about causing trouble for others so she runs off, but her naivety made it pretty much impossible for her to get father back on her own. Like Narumi, I highly suspect that giving the money to the Yakuza would not save her father. Narumi is pretty rash too and doesn’t follow Alice’s directions, ending up needing the Yondaime’s to come around and save his ass. I half-wanted an “I told you so” moment, but even Narumi himself knows that he’s pretty useless, and so formally asks the yakuza boss for help, performing the sake pledge (with just water). Luckily, his resolve seems to increase quite a bit afterwards, and he gains some balls too. Narumi comes up with an interesting plan to force the Kiwada group to bring out Kusakabe, and it works out, giving Meo a borderline-inappropriate reunion with her father. Case solved, and there’s not much else I have to say about it.
Aside from criticism due to my own peeves though, I feel like there’s a huge breach of privacy going on here with Alice’s incredible hoard of information, largely gathered by tapping phone calls, hacking databases and secretly tracking people. She’s apparently quite skilled with a computer, even for a NEET, and that observation is supported strongly by the enormous array of machines she setup in her room that would make any tech geek extremely green with envy. For me, Alice is fairly interesting, probably because the large cast hinders a lot of character development. Alice’s cute antics and hints of tsundere do provide for amusing moments too, and she also tends to wear elaborate clothing when going outside, to which I have no complaints. There’s too many misses in this show though, so I’m not impressed.