“The Adventure of the Dying Detective”
Parasite vs Parasite Deathmatch:
This is easily my favourite episode since Kana’s death, possibly even the best of the entire series so far. It had everything you’d want and expect from a Kiseijuu episode, but not only did it deliver expectations, it took it that extra mile in its action and emotions, and continued setting this story down a deadly, fascinating path.
The fight between Tamura and the three parasites that was set up at the end of the last episode was everything I could have hoped. Not only did we get some killer moves from Tamura, we also saw her split apart and apply some of her intellect into how she approached her fights – she didn’t even have to be there half the time to kill two of them. The third and final battle was quick and easy, showing that she is not a parasite to be messed with or underestimated (though if they paid attention they would know that already). A deathmatch between parasites without Shinichi involved was refreshing to see – it was wonderfully choreographed as usual, the animation was sharp yet dynamic at the same time – and it helps burrow a notion in my head that I’ve been having the past few episodes: Tamura could very well be the main character at this point. I’m not saying she is, but neither do I think “in another world” or any alteration of what we have here, I think plain and simply if Shinichi was not the central character of the series it may have been Tamura.
The Sheer Brilliance of Tamura Reiko:
I’ve spoken about how much I appreciate Tamura already, but damn it, she’s a brilliant character. Shinichi’s development has been fascinating to watch, but I feel like Tamura may have just outdone him. Going back to how we first saw her and seeing her progressing into who she is now has been a thrill ride and I’m so glad we’ve got to watch that. This episode didn’t only show off how powerful a threat she is a parasite, but how incredibly human she is becoming, quite literally unlocking new emotions. She studies human, understands them, has tried to imitate them, and now she’s almost becoming one. It’s brilliant and scary, because even after seeing her decimate the three parasites at the first half of the episode, I almost forgot she was a parasite at all in the second half. Her looking at pictures of Shinichi and his family was a weirdly touching moment, and I think she almost there and then knew what it meant to love your child. Thankfully the investigator took that to the next level, provoking her to save her child and kill him in the process. Again, fascinating stuff from Tamura as we see her slowly change despite her near-constant blank expression.
Murano Entering the Scene:
Murano is back on the scene and her interaction with Tamura was one I wasn’t ever expecting, but was glad happened. Tamura never came across like a killing parasite to either Murano or the viewer, but for that reason Murano is only getting pulled deeper into this current storyline. I highly doubt it will end well for her, but I’m excited by the prospect of her finally being part of the bigger picture. At this stage I don’t think she’d even be that surprised by any of the revelations.
Overview – What’s Next?
With only 7 episodes left it looks like we’re entering the last leg of Kiseijuu’s story, especially after that final scene. It does present itself as a ‘moment’ that could change everything, whether it each up being peaceful or violent (I’d predict peaceful). Things are going to get crazy though, that’s for sure. The Kiseijuu thrill ride just keeps on going and I don’t want it to stop anytime soon.
His Last Words: