Summarizing Field Agent Matsuoka, normal people can’t dive into their own ID wells because you’ll become conscious of your unconscious and break your psyche. Most of all, he confirms my theory!!!! That “brilliant detective” is really just a persona, a pilot for Sakaido to utilize or prevent mindbreak.
Also, did he just drop that Narihisago is his former colleague?? I want to know!
Anyway new week, new killer! This time it’s a serial killer who snipes victims after setting a bomb, aptly named ‘Pyrotechnician’. The literal translation of the killer, hanabi-ishi is more like “Fireworks killer” which I think is funnier in a darkly humourous way; and also reveals the pointlessness of these episodic mysteries.
‘Mystery of the Week’ is the bread and butter of most anime, including one of my faves: Mayonaka no Occult Koumin which is the epitome of weekly mysteries. But for some reason, I just can’t get into the ones set up by ID:Invaded.
On the surface, should be great. I like the whole ID-Well walkthroughs and Sakaido getting killed over and over again for a clue. It’s very similar to how Minority Report does the predicted crime scene analysis, and the level of detail like the facial distortions clue is really good.
This is a budget/time constraint, but last weeks’ double ep drop was better because the surreal landscape was more interesting which helped smooth over the dialogue heavy parts. This waterfall/tower scenerio just doesn’t work. It’s too boring for an episodic series. And I was 100% ready to drop when the last fifteen minutes just SAVED this.
Just who is Narihisago???
That last 15 minutes was just…. Killer (Pardon the pun.) How he manipulated and slowly walked Mister Pyrotechician through into committing suicide ahhhh that was freakin’ awesome!! Super awesome!!!
And!!! I really cannot praise Narihisago’s seiyuu, Tsuda Kenjirou enough for this episode. Without his amazing acting, this entire scene couldn’t have happened.
There’s so much good stuff to unpack here. First the symmetrical cell layout setting up both sides of the debate. How the camera ping-pongs between both of them, and then Narihisago looming behind Mr Pyrotechician casting the only shadow in this pure brilliantly lit cell.
The scene darkens, literally and figuratively. Our killer kills himself while Narihisago encourages him with a sardonic ganbatte (keep it up). The scene ends like it opens, the cells in symmetry but with the lights shut.
Again, just who is Narihisago???
See you on the other side next week!!