The Plot So Far:
「CALL & RESPONSE」
「SEARCH & DESTROY」
“A name is usually a gift of love. But for you who have been abandoned, love does not exist. Signs of pretense like that must be eliminated.
“Don’t get carried away with your child’s play. The joker you guys are waving around isn’t a toy.
「SEARCH AND DESTROY」
Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages. Let us welcome to the stage Detective “Razor” Shibazaki. Armed with a sharp mind, an unwillingness to back down, and righteous indignation, he comes to save the citizens of Tokyo from the terrorists known as Sphinx. By successfully answering Sphinx’s newest riddle, Shibazaki proves himself capable as expected, but one wonders how far he’ll actually be able to go. Or should I say, how far will Sphinx let him go?
Because if there’s one thing for certain, it’s that our protagonists are still multiple steps ahead. Every clue so far has been of the intentional variety, and of course, the riddles themselves come as no exception. The fact that the police have someone capable enough to actually solve them puts them on better footing than they were before, but they still have nothing on Sphinx, and it doesn’t look like it’s a notion that’ll change anytime soon—at least until Sphinx decides its time to give them a more substantial piece of information to chew on.
And really, that’s the name of the game here. Sphinx has the police force hook, line, and sinker, and the latter has no choice but to go for it each time. The feeling one gets is that Sphinx’ll inevitably do something that’ll give the police a chance to catch them (they seem perfectly fine with not getting out of this alive), but likely not before they guide the police to some kind of resolution they want—a resolution that’ll likely involve exposing something about the institution they were in before. That much seems certain at least, and one wonders if all of this might actually have roots in the situation that put Shibazaki in the archives in the first place, even if the timeline makes it seem far-fetched.
Considering the mythology and references so far, there’s a clear thread of fate linking the two, and it’s all about the interplay between Shibazaki and Sphinx at this point. Each of them has an axe to grind due to their past, and it looks like it’ll be a match to the death filled with quality interactions reminiscent of those between L and Light from Death Note a few years back.
Interestingly enough though, I can’t help but think that given different circumstances, Shibazaki, Sphinx, and Lisa are all people who could’ve gotten along quite well, with the former acting as a kind of needed father figure for kids that have seen and experienced a lot more than they should have, and clearly lack both the parental guidance and love received by normal children. Granted, it can be said it’s because these are the circumstances that our characters are who they are. In that case it’s a bit of a moot point, but it does go to show how well they’re developing each of the characters and their interactions.
- Lisa’s Role – As the weeks go by, it looks more and more likely that she’ll inevitably join Sphinx in some shape or form due to the situation with her mother and classmates, who are slowly pushing Lisa to the brink. It’s a sad situation to say the least—especially when you consider who she could be given some of the traits we’ve seen so far despite things being how they are—but it highlights the impact certain events and people have on our lives, which seems to be a key notion here.
- The Mythology – Another arguably important aspect of the series seems to be the notion of there being multiple interpretations of the same thing depending on your perspective. Each of the riddles presented by Sphinx has had multiple versions, and it’s a notion that’s led to a variety of interpretations. The key here is to land at the right one, but there seems to be no real punishment for not getting the right answer (none of the bombings have had any deaths or intent to kill), which seems to give more support to the notion that Sphinx is intentionally guiding them to some kind of predetermined end, with the mythology clearly playing a significant role.