「黄色の死角」 (Kiiro no Shikaku)
“Yellow Blind Spot”
I actually spent the beginning of this episode paused and staring long and hard at some strange woman who had just popped off the boat to Murder Island. Who were you supposed to be again? Surely, they aren’t going to introduce some goofy new character in episode 09? Not until I unpaused and let her open her mouth did I get that small spark of memory. Ah! You showed up in one scene all the way in episode 01! Acting extremely conspicuous yet also looking completely irrelevant! That woman!
It’s a good thing Horie Yui only has one voice. I don’t know what I’d do otherwise. (She does well with it, stop throwing those tomatoes.)
I’m still not sure what she’s doing showing up now all of a sudden, though, other than to make Moe slightly more jealous and throw slightly more tantrums than usual. Do we really need an awkward potential-love-rival-but-not-really thing going right now? It’s a bit of a rom-com development in what at otherwise been a fairly introspective relationship between Moe and Souhei. To put it positively, Subete ga F ni Naru sure isn’t letting Moe rest with this one, always finding angles to prod at her unrequited(?) love from, even when Dr Magata isn’t around. Since they’re spending so much time one it I expect it to hold some relevance, if not in the plot then thematically. We are constantly invited to draw comparisons between Magata Shiki and Moe, so I think that will be the angle from which it develops.
The thing is, while this episode was mostly a ‘reveal’ episode, with many of the tricks of the mystery being explained (which I’m sure I would have appreciated more if I knew more about programming), I don’t really feel that the mechanics of the murder were the main point of Subete ga F ni Naru. Yes, I enjoyed the expressions of shocked epiphany and I enjoyed Souhei looking more animated than I thought possible of him (too much nicotine). But while the murder mystery is what hooks us and strings us along the plot, the focus seemed more on the various twisted minds of the cast and how they live. So the main statement is less about how Magata Shiki carried a pregnancy to term, and more about how she lived in this environment where nobody noticed. It’s less about how she smuggled in the killer (or the victim?), and more about chilling horror of another generation of a daughter murdering her parents (or is it the other way around?). Notably, what we lack most of all right now is motive. For what has the blood of so many kin been shed? There’s been some discussion about Shiki’s concept of freedom, but we’re also under the impression that she interred herself in the lab willingly. All the complexities involved in pulling off the scheme just makes it seem all the madder, so I really what to know what lead to it.
We may hear it all from Dr Magata Shiki (alias Michiru) herself next week. Is she talking remotely? Is she now a ghost within the machine? For those who are more interested in the murder mystery, there are still loose ends that Detective Souhei has to confirm, like how we may have more than just a set of limbs unaccounted for. For me, the biggest mystery is certainly still the marimba. Why this marimba? What is this marimba? It just keeps showing up. That thing is going to drive me insane before the end.
As last week, if you would all keep your speculation in spoiler tags too, that would help with the spoiler issue. Thanks, folks. It shouldn’t be too long now.