Trojan horse style, two former members of the Rising Sun Party planned to sneak into Shimada Hakurou’s place for a night to find the location of the rumored gold bricks exchanged from donations collected from Hakurou’s petty, heroic story of the death of three young men. Unfortunately, the mission was never accomplished. They were found dead. Hakurou, leader of the Rising Sun Party and the man accused of lining his own pockets, was the main suspect.
Honestly, I had trying to determine what was going on. Everything was happening so fast. I feel no connection, as if something amiss throughout the whole episode. Very quickly, Shinjurou and Rinroku deduced that Hakurou was the murderer. For once, they seem to be agreeing with each other, something which I find rather odd. Before I know it, Inga has transformed and seek to force the truth out of Jirou, Hakurou’s son. This time around, Inga didn’t choose her victim, instead she followed Shinjurou’s instruction. The shock look on Shinjurou’s face after learning that Hakurou had a legitimate alibi for his whereabouts that night proved to me that this case is going to be a bit different from the last three cases.
After failing to solve the case, Shinjurou became depressed, threw some tantrum, and even managed to piss off Rie. It was after an interesting small talk with Kazamori that he realize who is the actual murderer. Despite her claims of how she doesn’t believe the heroic story (so what? who does anyways in the story), I strongly believe her main reason for murdering those two men was to get the gold for herself. Otherwise, why murder those two innocent men right?
It took me quite some time to digest what I have seen and try to figure out what this episode was all about. In my perspective, putting the murder aside which is pretty well done I’d say, this episode gave me a better insight to Shinjurou as a detective. Even though he is backed by the mysterious, super cool Inga, he is still a human after all. He makes mistakes. He was blinded by his own ideas/wishes/ideals. He was led by his own prejudice against Hakurou when he accused the latter of murder.
This episode also showed the dark side of politics. It is not uncommon to see politicians painting beautiful images for faithful followers, giving them hope but only to disappoint later, cover up their mistakes and make false promises. Did it cause you to at least question the authenticity of historical facts we were educated?
Besides that, this episode revealed minor details of Inga and Shinjurou’s relationship. Apparently, he is preventing Inga from murdering people by feeding her souls appeared when a person tells the truth. How did this agreement came about? I don’t know. How and where they met? I don’t know. What happened to Shinjurou and the lady way back in the first episode? I don’t know. There are so many things about their relationships that I really want to know.
Oh, and for the first time the truth was let known to all. Huh.