「僕にできるすべて」 (Boku ni Dekiru Subete)
“Everything I Can Do”
While this episode started out a little anti-climatic, with nothing really occurring to push the plot along, it really did well in illustrating what Narumi means to everyone. As the newest member of this group of NEETs and Thugs, color me surprised that he holds such strong emotions for a group of people he barely even knows. Even though both Yondaime and Hirasaka have made the pledge of brotherhood with him, I thought that it was making Narumi a little cocky, going and sticking his nose into everyone else’s affairs. Luckily, it seems that his earnest intent and true sympathy for the two is at least reaching one of their ears.
Who’d have thought that two friends would entrust their accents to one another? In retrospect, it makes sense that in a culture where Kansai-ben is in some ways considered an entirely different language that swapping speech styles would have a big enough effect to make the swap meaningful. But more importantly, the mystery dealing with Hison is where things got really interesting. It was ridiculous to even picture Yondaime using someone as a human shield to protect his own life. But even if something managed to mind control him long enough to do something that awful, it’s extremely suspicious why he’s still even alive. As Alice mentioned, if Yondaime was the true target for the hit, how is it he not only survived but was paid for keeping his mouth shut?
I’ve had my own suspicions for a while now, but I can’t help but feel that Yoshiki might be Hison. Besides Yondaime’s story having more problems than a guy stuck in a male harem, there were a few other cues that keep pushing me toward this idea. Not only is Yoshiki a close friend with Yondaime, but watching him/her grab at his/her stomach over old pains from long ago just kept putting ideas in my head. I even went as far as re-watching the stabbing scene and comparing the eye color of Hison and Yoshiki — and they’re both yellow!
Even if I’m completely wrong about Yoshiki being Hison, I don’t think there’s much to not look forward to. With Narumi and Alice racing to reveal the truth they discovered to Hirasaka and Yondaime wounded from an attack, it looks like this arc may be leading up to a big finale next week. If anything, blood stained walls and a pissed off Hirasaka will hopefully bring some much needed Yakuza beat-em-up moments. But if all else fails, I wouldn’t mind more intimate moments between our two detectives.
P.S. I thought it was cool how they were playing Settlers of Catan, since I love the board game (: