OP: 「ここで生きてる」 (Koko de Ikiteru) by (Mary x jon YAKITORI)
「お客様の中に、探偵の方はいらっしゃいませんか?」 (Okyaku-sama no Naka ni, Tantei no Kata wa Irasshaimasen ka?)
“Attention Passengers: Is there a Detective on Board?”
A very interesting premise has been established here, and this 45-minute feature-long opening episode created strong feelings of attachment and intimacy, but in all the wrong ways. The extra-long duration was used to its maximum potential as the producers wasted no time getting us onboard the Kimizuka Kimihiko (Arata Nagai) x Siesta (Saki Miyashita) ship, only to throw it all down the drain by the end of the episode. If you are someone that read the synopsis before watching, you would’ve expected this, but yet I underestimated just how impactful Siesta’s untimely death would be.
What does this premise mean?
I can tell that the rest of the series will have a slightly different tone to this first episode, as the entire purpose of this opener was undoubtedly to emotionally invest us into the character of Siesta and the bond she shared with the main, I mean they even posed in wedding gowns for goodness sake! There were some obvious hints at romance between the two, and their comfort in each other’s company grew at a rapid pace, and we got to see them work on cases together, share laughs and even embark on date-like experiences. In the end, all of this was for the sake of a strong premise, as now we really want to see how “Kimi” will move past this, and I for one am excited to see the girl who strikes an “uncanny resemblance” to the late Siesta, as per the synopsis.
Romance aside, Siesta was indeed a legendary detective, and with Kimi as the “trouble-magnet” by her side, the two were an unstoppable duo. I do not know how Siesta died, nor do I have any predictions for how someone of her caliber bit the dust, but I would not be surprised if this turned into a revenge story to find Siesta’s killer if one even exists. Another route this series could take is that Siesta’s death was purely that of a tragic accident or terminal illness, in which case the series may simply revolve around themes of loss, tragedy, and leaving the past behind, as Kimi embarks on a new journey in Siesta’s honor.
Was Siesta an android?
One of the interesting things that were never clearly addressed was whether Siesta was actually an android herself. She knew practically everything about androids, and even Kimi couldn’t help but ask the question, though Siesta’s response may be indefinite. I’m not sure if her being an android would change much of the current situation unless she could somehow be revived. The concept of Siesta being an android could tie into the overall plot of this series too, revolving around a kind of man versus machine trope, though there is little evidence that the story will take on this route entirely.
Siesta’s significance moving forward
There’s no doubt that the character of Siesta will be a major aspect of this Tantei wa mou Shindeiru, for a variety of reasons. From a surface level, the title of the show and the promotional posters all allude back to her character, so her existence, as short as it was, will surely be a plot device throughout the show, and may even navigate the entire story. The title of the show, which translates to “the detective is already dead,” gives me a feeling of doubt as to whether she is actually dead at all! The way the title is written is like someone denying that she is alive by saying “what do you mean? Of course, that’s rubbish, Siesta is already dead!” I could be wrong about the intention of the title, but that’s the feeling I extract from it.
Looking at things a little deeper, I think Siesta’s natural talents and perhaps “superior DNA” might be something sought after by opposing forces, and this could be a driving force for the plot too. She obviously had an impact on Kimi’s life, despite such a short-lived encounter, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the plot revolves around Kimi and his new “Siesta-like” partner working together to protect whatever is left of Siesta’s DNA. These are just a few of my far-fetched predictions for Tantei wa mou Shindeiru, but I definitely look forward to watching more of this series in the future.