「最後の虚構」 (Saigo no Kyokou)
“The Ultimate Fiction”
So Kotoko posits her final solution – and it builds upon the weaknesses of her previous arguments to present an extremely tempting point of view which proves impossible for Rikka to hold back – with the masses latching onto this new idea that Nanase Karin committed murder and has been alive all this time. Kotoko also blends in facts to make her lie that much more believable. And you know, I could find myself believing it too.
One thing that confuses me to some extent is how Rikka didn’t anticipate the future where Kotoko pulled this trick onto her. Kotoko strawmans herself to win the argument over Steel Lady Nanase – and to me, it feels like Kyokou Suiri is just this one giant shitpost from 4chan that’s been brought to life in anime form. Perhaps that’s an extremely uncharitable take, because the series possesses genuine intrigue when it’s provided in bitesize and digestible chunks. But with any good thing, too much of it can make you sick. And that’s exactly what the Steel Lady Nanase arc has done with me – made it so that I’ve had enough of this mystery, even if I was invested in its ultimate outcome.
「秩序を守る彼女」 (Chitsujo wo mamoru kanojo)
“She Who Defends Order”
Let’s cut to the chase, and I expect my opinions to be divisive – though I can see the merits of both praising and criticising these 12 episodes. We can agree to disagree if push comes to shove, and I wouldn’t be surprised either. My biggest gripe with Kyokou Suiri is that it styles itself as a mystery, setting up arcs in such a way too. Only to dispel with the idea of actually getting on with solving the mystery, in favour of coming up with compelling logical fiction to explain away phenomenons – leaving their mysteries unsolved for the most part. That was less of an issue with the arc where Kotoko had to assuage the giant snake, as to why a murdered corpse would be dumped into her lake. That was so short there wasn’t time for the honeymoon period to expire. Whereas that time elapsed with the Steel Lady Nanase arc, making it quite unpalatable to me, and unsatisfied too that we never actually got the answer for a mystery which received a significant buildup.
Sure, we reached a resolution where Steel Lady Nanase was an urban myth that got vanquished. That is pretty satisfying in itself, and I definitely enjoyed what the last episode offered. However, there was undeniable relief mixed in. I was happy to see that the series had finally run its course, and I wouldn’t be continually edged out week on week as to whether the situation would be resolved. And there’s a minor hole somewhere that’s filled with my disappointment too. Kyokou Suiri could have been something more if they decided to go both routes – creating logical fiction WHILE solving mysteries – though I suppose the latter would undermine the former, which is the base premise of this entire series. And at least we left off on some really sweet moments between Kuro and Kotoko – an extremely wonderful dynamic which really helped carry the show through its lull phases.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and following this series till the end – and apologies for these delays too, coronavirus, a new job and spring previews can really take their toll.