Many viewers will be able to pat themselves in the back after this episode – the clues were definitely there, and to anyone who surmised “Shiro” is actually Weismann: props to you. The development begs a closer examination at all the past details shown in the series so far. I for one will have an entertaining time seeing how it all comes together.
I do wonder what this means for Shiro’s original identity pre-body swap. Perhaps it’s not really of importance who he was – it’s fairly obvious the fox spirit, or the “Colorless King”, doesn’t really discriminate between his victims. It’s all a matter of convenience, so it’s highly likely Shiro was chosen because he happened to be in the right place at the right time. Another thing to note is that the Colorless King’s power isn’t infallible; surprisingly enough it’s quite easy to overcome it. Kings are able to overpower it with little to no effort, and they even seem to be able to distinguish whether or not someone is possessed (at least Munakata seems to).
Whatever the case, the Seventh King has managed to create a fine mess, igniting an all-out war between HOMRA and SCEPTER 4. To be honest I’m far more invested in the conflicts that arise from the battle of reds vs. blue than Shiro’s identity crisis since the former holds a lot more characteristically interesting relationships. The tension between Yata, Fushimi, Mikoto, and Munakata is like a dynamite whose fuse is just on the verge of being lit, leading to a spectacular explosion. There is just a wealth of complicated dynamics at play that keep the conflicts fresh. Munakata especially is continuing to surprise with his persistent attempts to keep Mikoto from ruining himself into oblivion. It seems so at odds with his nature, but at the same time it’s a course of action that is perfectly within reason.
With Weismann back in the picture, the plot will no doubt thicken even more, and I’m sure K won’t disappoint.