“The Entrust Bones, Part 1”
A New Multi-Part Mystery:
This is a funny episode (and not in a comedic way), but I should start off by pointing out that this is set to be a multi-part mystery; it may be two episodes, like we had before, perhaps more. It’s impossible to know right now (unless you’ve read the source material) but because this episode doesn’t need to wrap everything up, what we got was once again set-up for a bigger mystery. Unfortunately, what is being built up has yet to be clarified, which resulted in this all feeling rather pointless.
I’ll admit, it was refreshing to have a change of scenery – this time focusing on Isozaki’s science classroom, and the festival going on around them. It’s nice to see Kougami and Isozaki once again, but I can’t but feel I would prefer those two to be the main characters of this series, and not Sakurako and Shoutarou. I liked them both at first, but I’ve quickly grown bored of Sakurako’s ridiculous deduction skills and her all-knowing, anti-social attitude. And Shoutarou… well, he hasn’t really done much. I’m fine with passive characters, but when all the supporting cast feel more flashed out and interesting than our main point-of-view, then we’ve got an issue. In comparison, Kougaki and Isozaki would be a much more fascinating pair to watch week-in, week-out. For one, neither is a secret genius who can solve the plot in a swift and convenient manner, but also their conflict in opinions and willingness to stick up for their beliefs would make for some emotionally stirring and impactful interactions. In comparison, our main duo feel too comfortable with one another that it’s all becoming very predictable.
However, Shoutarou did have one moment where he lashed out against Sakurako’s way of thinking. It could have been an impactful moment, but it just ended up feeling silly. Are we really supposed to be surprised that Sakurako would take the bones of her dead cat and display them on her mantlepiece? That seems completely in-character for her, and isn’t surprising in the slightest, especially once she explains that it was already dead in the first place, and didn’t suffer because of it. Yet still, Shoutarou reacts badly to the whole thing, which confuses me, even as I write this. Thankfully, there wasn’t too much drama made out of it, though by the glimpse at the end of the episode we may get more on the death of Sakurako’s cat and how it ties into this current story.
Delving Into Sakurako’s Past:
It seems like this is our oppertunity to delve into Sakurako’s past, after hinting at it from the very beginning. We’ve learned about her deceased younger brother, and the old woman that helps out at her home, who is getting namedropped more often than usual. Add in the fact that Sakurako’s terminally ill relative is related to the bones left in the school classroom, and it seems like we may have a potential mystery on our hands. I would say the human remains have something to do with all of this, but since they’ve gone to the police, it appears the cat skeleton is going to play an important role – the one thing that has me worried is how much of a story can we get out of Sakurako nicking a spare feline skeleton, and why does it really matter?
Overview – What’s Next?:
We got a few details and glimpses of the past, but the bigger picture is yet to reveal itself, which has me thinking this may end up a 3-part mystery. If that is the case, I hope things get more interesting with the next episode, because this one did little to inspire. Most of this felt like it was setting up the situation that would eventually set-up the mystery to come, which in the end doesn’t make for the most compelling episode.
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