Narihisago’s ID Well
Having been deemed the only suitable candidate, Hondomachi finally dives into an ID well. And it’s Narihisago’s no less. In most shows, the killer (or wannabe killer) goes on a speech, rambling about their thought process before pulling the trigger. Narihisago? Straight up stormed into the compound and decisively fired a couple of shots to kill off Challenger. And his killing intent was so intense that it still resonates at the crime scene three years later. Others might treat him like a monster. However, I feel nothing but sympathy towards him. Who wouldn’t exhibit such an extreme emotional reaction when unspeakably horrible things happen to them?
As such, I could immediately come up with a charitable interpretation for Narihisago’s well. Narihisago appears to be dead in his well, because he’s already died on the inside. He lost everything and has nearly nothing left to live for, except revenge. Narihisago didn’t expect lightning to strike the same place twice within his ID well – which is to say that while Muku was dead, he believed his wife to be safe from the serial killer and tried to protect her – maybe by leaving her at the crime scene. She was safe from the serial killer, who almost certainly wouldn’t return to the scene of a crime he just committed. However, she ended up taking her own life. Also, the lightning seemed random. Just as Muku’s death seems random. However, it’s exposed by Hondomachi as being artificial. Which is to say an element of intent can be derived from the killing.
Speculations about John Walker
Though John Walker didn’t manifest within Narihisago’s ID well, an equally chilling discovery was made – the appearance of a cockpit inscribed with the name of Challenger’s final victim, 2 years before the first cockpit was even created. I don’t think this anomaly can be explained with our limited knowledge at present, so we’ll have to wait for the inevitable exposition to explain how it can exist in his subconscious. First things first, I am extremely certain that John Walker is involved with sending Narihisago down a dark path. Not that we can see it, but my gut tells me he’s the driving force behind Muku’s death. Secondly, Momoki’s probably been framed – with extremely suspect timing where the arrest took place just as Hondomachi was about to dive into the well within the well. His activities likely posed a significant threat to the true John Walker’s interests, and the director’s behaviour feels very shifty. At this point, I reckon he’s John Walker or related in some way.
But let’s take an alternative viewpoint. Assuming that Momoki really was John Walker – why would he do such terrible things? To my mind, there are certainly plausible motives. Jealousy, revenge, a deep-seated psychopathic urge, etc. However, his fondness of Muku came across as genuine to me. That said, when Narihisago requests to dive into his ID well, that also indicates that cognition particles exist – suggesting that Momoki possesses killing intent. But for what reason? So if Narihisago really gets the chance to dive into Momoki’s well, it will be interesting to see how many questions will be answered. Nevertheless, I highly doubt John Walker’s been caught when we’re only halfway through the show. To which I’d ask – what is his motive? What is his master plan? ID Invaded has come out of nowhere and proved to be unbelievably fascinating. I look forwards to seeing how it chooses to continue tackling intriguing mysteries, commentaries upon the state of society, as well as how all the puzzle pieces will fall into place.