Can Zankyou no Terror continue to live up to my ridiculous expectations. Disappointingly, there were no unicorns in this episode either, but it still delivered the same excellent story. I’ll live with it.
I’m JustintheThief; Here’s my review!
This episode opens to Detective Hamura complaining about the reinstating of Shibazaki from Archives. He’s angry that he’s now the head officer on the case (even though Hamura royally fucked up last time.). After a conversation about terrible classic nicknames (Sorry, Razor Shibazaki, not cool in english… maybe in Japanese it’s better.), Shibazaki with his tubby friend from Archives come in and he puts his things down. Hamura leaves like a petulant child.
We then go to where Nine and Twelve are working in what looks like an abandoned building (maybe a school?). Twelve asks if maybe their last riddle was two hard, though Nine seems dismissive that it was, though twelve voices concern that the next riddle they have will also be too difficult to solve. Nine then implies that the next bomb is a test to see if they know who or what they are dealing with, it seems. He starts a phone timer on a bomb for 24 hours.
The police watch a video containing Nine planting the bomb at the station. They notice he ignored every camera, his face never seen, but never hiding. They took this as a sign of challenge. The chief mentions they could be placing their next bomb as they speak.
Shibazaki and the Chief of the Department are reviewing what they know of the Plutonium thieves (Sphinx) and they discover one of them was hired by the company (Nine, I assume, as he was on the premises) in the months preceding the theft. But his information was faked. They have a drawing of his face, but his actual picture was deleted from the database.
Shibazaki then reminisces of his home in Hiroshima, and how he hated it in the summer. The population was overwhelmingly elderly, and the summers were quiet and boring. Knowing what I know about Hiroshima, that it was where the first atomic bomb was dropped, I didn’t think they’d bring that into play, but it’s mentioned he lived in the second generation after the A-bomb, and it affected Shibazaki’s childhood, giving him no mercy for those who “toy with nuclear weapons.” But he mentions something about the situation bothers him.
Next we see Lisa walking through the school and it’s interspersed with shots of shoes in the water. You may notice she isn’t wearing shoes. When she opens her locker, her shoes aren’t there. Another sign of her bullied, tortured life. Anyone else think Lisa’ll snap and become even more maniacal than Nine and Twelve?
We next see the police questioning the crane operator who knocked out the power for the first bomb. He’s cheeky about it, and says it was due to overwork. But then Shibazaki comes in with a smile and asks if the operator was a gambler. He casually refers to a man who has been coming by his house, and Shibazaki’s friendly attitude goes a long way in insinuating that the debt collectors are around. The man becomes more fearful by the moment.
They got a confession from Kawai, the operator, who would have been paid for making the cutting of the lines look like an accident. The money was to pay debt collectors after him. He was paid before he could give them any information (they are scarily good). He wonders why they found the email, if they were smart enough to know which power lines to cut. Shibazaki believes it means the trail is there for a reason.
Sphinx posts another riddle. “What building stands beside the house of the god who solved the riddle?” There are other clues. Two claps his hands in prayer and I believe the “Legs go stiff and walk with a limp” is important too. They think it may be a shrine to a god. Oedipus means swollen foot, and perhaps the walk with a limp line is in reference to that. There are other clues going back to Oedipus, but it seems Shibazaki is thinking along a different line.
Lisa’s mother freaks out on her and she retreats to her room, looking at all the calls her mother sent to her.
We Shibazaki back in archives, thinking on the couch and talking to his friend, who stayed there to keep him company. He watches Musaka play a game where he defeats a dragon. He then realizes something about dragons and Jocasta, who if you know your mythology, was a descendent of the Spartoi, who were created by planting the teeth of a dragon.
We now see Lisa packing her things, probably leaving her crazy mother. She looks through her phone and calls someone who doesn’t answer. Probably Twelve. She runs away from home, just barely escaping from her mother.
Shibazaki has a plan that may goad Sphinx. Hamura thinks it’s crazy, and Shibazaki says he will shoulder the burden. When this isn’t deemed good enough for Hamura, he places the idea at the feet of the Chief of Police.
Nine reminisces about being in what looks like a lab setting with Twelve. We see them under the watchful eye of researchers putting together a white puzzle. Then some of the kids are told they shall have new names because they are unloved and don’t have names. We again see the pale haired girl catch fire while Nine watches. Back to Nine and he clutches his head in pain.
Twelve asks him if he’s alright. Nine says he’s fine, but Twelve calls him out, though nine calls him out too, saying he knows he has been to see Lisa. Twelve promises not to get too involved with her. He mentions if he did it would be painful. I wonder why? Maybe because all their friends have died? Or is there another reason? I think Twelve may like her for some reason.
Shibazaki then records a message for Sphinx. He solves their riddle while they watch. The riddle was about Jocasta, whose ancestor was a dragon. A mysterious Japanese god named Arahabaki, the god of feet, was a wanderer and walked with a limp. Habaki means dragon-tree, thus the god, limp and dragon are all there. He even figures out the nearest shrine to Arahabaki, and finds the building and bomb next to it. Twelve seems excited, and Nine shocked that it was figured out, though pleased.
Shibazaki threatens them, mentioning the Joker (The plutonium I assume.), and says if they use it, he will show no mercy to them. Nine seems satisfied. The other officers reprimand Shibazaki’s pronouncement after cutting the feed.
Sphinx figures out due to the hazmat suits that they have been connected to the plutonium theft. Lisa sees about all this on television.
Hamura seems interested in Shibazaki now, and has apparently researched him. There even seems to be some respect in his voice. He asks about what happened to him. We find out that he thought a death ruled accidental was actually a conspiracy and couldn’t let it go. He took it too far and lost everything and was shunted aside into archives. We see Shibazaki again, commenting on the hot weather.
This show just knows how to take everything. They give and take. Obviously you can’t have Sphinx winning all the damn time, so they lose in this round. So now we know that the opposing side in Shibazaki is very good. Possibly as good as Sphinx. Now instead of being one-sided, this becomes a chess match. A chess match with explosions! Like if Michael Bay directed a remake of Searching for Bobby Fischer. But the episode is sound, and advances the plot, though not with Nine and Twelve, but more with the good detective, the heroic foil the protagonists’ villains. It’s a good way to do the episodes as now we have this intense game of cat and mouse. I think this show could really be the best of the season. It just hasn’t really done anything wrong yet. The puzzles are good, they are possible to figure out, and the show is exciting, with enough teases about what is to come (especially with Lisa) to keep me going. What’s the deal with her? Why was she introduced?
If you can’t tell, I love this show. It’s just too freaking good. I’m sorry I’m so busy and my posts are a bit behind and sporadic. I’m working on it though. I hope you can all be patient with me.
Like my reviews? Comment! Let me know what you think will happen next? Who will win next time, Sphinx or Shibazaki? Will they continue with the Oedipus references? What about Lisa? How does she fit into all this? Got any theories or ideas? Come on! I’m always here, and I have a big wheel of cheese to share. It’s gouda… you know you want some. I know you do. I can see the cheese sweats…