「虹色の過去」 (Niji Shoku no Kako)
“The Rainbow-Coloured Past”
After three episodes of flailing about because people keep dying, our protagonists finally step up to be the amateur sleuths that genre dictates they have to be! Or rather, Souhei ducks all commitment by claiming that it’s not his specialty (stop going around touching everything, then), but Moe goes at it with gusto (and a lack of ‘delicious food’; you out-of-touch rich kid you). Initial genius verdict: Magata Shiki is weird. Because we didn’t know that until now.
Unless it’s a cop drama, the police are always useless anyway
If Subete ga F ni Naru was an adventure game, we would get a notification of ‘Area Unlocked!’ before being allowed into Dr Magata’s room(s). As always, there’s a lot of little clues that we can only file away in our memories for now, because you can be sure that Subete ga F ni Naru isn’t going to start explaining itself now; it’s only the fourth episode! We’re far from the reveal; in fact, we’re still really only just up to the ‘wild postulation’ part of the story. Were her limbs finely diced and thrown in the garbage chute? In the robot? Fed to our protagonists for supper? Characters throw out ideas willy-nilly to try to provoke the audience to guess as well, which is fun but probably ultimately fruitless. For one thing, they’re still stuck on the idea of murder, but with no blood or signs of struggle, the circumstances gets stranger still.
One thing we do know for certain: Magata Shiki is such a genius that she can make impossible Lego. How does this bearskin guard stay together (glue is crass)? It’s far more of an engineering miracle than Michiru.
So… which Shiki was Moe talking to?
I’ve never directly interacted with someone with dissociative identity disorder, but surely it’s not like how Magata Shiki has it? At least, I don’t think they’re supposed to have merry little round tables with themselves? I doesn’t seem that Magata Shiki had the same kind of crippling mental illness as other people do, though I guess medical science doesn’t really have a very good understanding of dissociative identity disorder (and, some will argue, brains in general) yet, so in the case of Magata Shiki’s weird mind, anything goes (maybe that’s how she got off for murder; jury confusion). But considering how peculiar Dr Magata’s mental circumstance is, who would be familiar enough with it to even sign off in-character except for (some aspect of) Dr Magata herself?
It must be a surreal experience, though, listening to a thirteen-year-old talk to herself about seducing you. Just when I thought young Shiki couldn’t get creepier, we learn there’s a host of them in there. Brrr.
Aaaand… title drop!
Finally, some mention of why this show is named Subete ga F ni Naru. Or at least, an indication that it’s going to be an integral underlying theme to the mystery. But did Dr Magata mark that herself on her calender? Or was it her alleged ‘killer’? We’ll have to answer that before we can answer what it means.
The other motif that will probably run alonside ‘everything returns to F’ (for now, cryptic nonsense) are colours, which the episode titles should have made obvious. This week there is a mention of… purple? I don’t see the purple here. I guess there’s plenty of purple in Moe’s dreams. What does it mean? No idea? Why do I even write posts on this show?
Looking ahead ~ taking bets on who dies next
So Moe has some connection to Shiki, some dark, repressed memories, and some inane need to solve this mystery herself. I guess there’s really nothing better to do. I really would generally recommend leaving these things to professionals, though, instead of smoking all over the crime scene.
For now, it seems that everybody has forgotten that there’s supposed to be a murderer loose around the lab, and have decided to split up and mill around instead of hopping on the first boat off the island ASAP. Gee, what have horror movies taught us about splitting up? This is a great time for somebody else to be killed mysteriously. In particular, we haven’t seen Miki or the director’s wife for an entire episode, making them ripe targets. Of course, it’s possible that everybody will manage to survive the week, but I would be a bit dissappointed if they do. One just can’t go around tempting fate this much in this genre.
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