「紫色の夜明け」 (Murasakiiro no Yoake)
After the climatic epiphany moment of last week, it seems that the tension has died down dramatically (as in there was a distinct lack of drama, not an oxymoronic point about—y’know what? Never mind). Most of the mystery was temporarily set aside, save for a bit snooping around and idle speculation about escape routes. Instead, a good half of Purple Dawn was mostly some calm moments between Souhei and Moe, set to a literal purple dawn. Watching the sunrise, enjoying a hearty breakfast, it’s like there is no murder mystery currently unsolved under this roof (also, on top of it). I suppose the initial excitement is winding down, everybody’s tired, the police can be called in, and we can all go home.
Thing is, it’s hardly the trouble even if they hand it over to the authorities, because Souhei and Moe, complicit with the lab, are conspiring to hide the fact that Magata Shiki had apparently been murdered from the police for an entire week. Words can scarce describe what a terrible idea this is. Even if we put aside the ‘responsible citizen’ angle (for which the cast is setting a very poor example for the kids staying up secretly to watch late night anime at home), how are they going to explain to the forensics team why the body had been decomposing for a week? And that the crime scene, and the trail for the murderer from there, has been chilling all that time? Arguably, it makes everyone involved an accomplice for murder. And no, Moe, calling for your uncle and informing him of the situation doesn’t make it any better; it will make him an accomplice too. Except he’ll also have to face corruption charges as well. What fun! What we’re witnessing, ladies and gentlemen, is the unfolding of the kind of scandal that destroys influential families like the Nishinosonos. Maybe Subete ga F ni Naru is actually a documentary. Moe’s parents must be rolling in their grave.
Unfortunately for us, none of that is likely to come to pass, since by convention our protagonists should be able to solve the mystery before the police ruin things with their fancy ‘professional training’ and ‘legal authority’. The quiet of the first half of the episode, besides from fleshing out Souhei’s and Moe’s relationship a bit, seems to have been the calm before the storm. And by ‘storm’ I mean Souhei overdosing on hallucinogen again, this time seemingly harder than than the previous (in episode 03). Sakurako-san‘s undead Noah’s arc sequences have nothing on us (Look at all our ostriches! I’m sure they symbolise something, but don’t ask me what). Well, I don’t know what he figured out the first time he went into this surreal trance, and I’m not sure what he’s figured now, and it’s unlikely he’ll tell us anything before the end. The ‘detective’ is more Moe’s role, the Souhei’s simply someone for her to confirm her guesses with. So, Moe is us by proxy, always one step behind, not equipped with as much hard logic, but having enough tools to figure things out eventually.
I suspect that ‘what’ happened is not going to be the main point (though an important one, nonetheless), but rather it will be the ‘why’; Subete ga F ni Naru has always been more concerned about plumbing the alien mind of Magata Shiki than anything else. With this episode, the story of her childhood draws to a close. Or rather, it did last week, but this week’s epilogue brings it up to speed with the present. What it does seem to confirm is that Shiki was interned within the lab, and apparently happily, though how trustworthy her uncle’s account is. In fact, most of what we understand of Shiki’s mindset is through the lens of her uncle, so an air of mystery still remains there. And, of course, we still don’t know why she was interested in the death Moe’s parents; all we know of that story was, really, that her parents died and Souhei was around. I refuse to believe that this episode wraps that up. There must be more to it. We shall see what, I’ll bet.
By the way, folks, I’ve come to realise that I have no way of telling what’s a spoiler and what isn’t, and I suspect some have been unfairly liberal with them, so if you would keep your mystery speculation in spoiler tags in note them as such, that would help all readers. Thanks.