Posted by psgels on 18 March 2012 with categories: Phi Brain

The reason why I was so baffled when this got a second season still stands: this show is really heading into a great ending here. Really, the series will end next week and I really would not have minded things to end this way. The only thing left now is for Rook’s final battle, and the only thing that will be left unresolved is Gammon’s storyline, who could have been easily written into this finale.

This episode really was a calm before the storm episode. And for a minute I totally forgot that this was supposed to be a shounen series. With Sato Junichi at the helm this was inevitable, but this series definitely has a ton of shoujo elements amidst the puzzle battles, and I have to say that these work really well.

Calm before the storm episodes are often boring. But really: Rook trying to have one relaxed afternoon with Kaitou just hanging out added a lot to his character. It’s a great way to flesh him out a bit right before the finale, at which he suddenly revealed that the whole “Puzzle of God” was just one huge red herring, and that it had actually already been achieved when Jin challenged Professor Pythagoras two years ago.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

One Response

  1. kuromitsu says:

    I guess technically it was the calm before the storm, but I really wouldn’t call this episode calm or relaxed. It was very tense all the way through, both because Kaito was on the edge the entire time, and also because you could tell that Rook was using the “date” to set up something really big. The writing and directing were excellent all the way through, and Sakurai Takahiro (Rook’s seiyuu) did a great job with the character.

    As for the second season I think it will be a new story with new bad guys. One of the POG officers (the woman?) even mentioned that with Pythagoras dead and Rook having gone bonkers the POG is pretty much over… So all is left is to deal with Rook who never really cared for the POG in the first place and only used it to get Kaito.

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  • ff
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 07:46 AM)
    Doctors simply dont have the time to be serial killers.
  • Odin
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 05:14 AM)
    when is Gangsta episode 9 review coming
  • ;(
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:38 AM)
    @Emma:
    Actually because there was so many deaths in WWII aside from the wargrounds, many were killed in these principles.
    Not execution by killer (which is quite against this principle) but by means which will save the killers from facing their victims, thus avoiding the psychological backlash.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:37 AM)
    @;( I mentioned desensitization due to overexposure as an alternative, but that is a natural mechanism for coping, as natural as the disgust in regular individuals. There is always a good portion of irregular people in every society, the information age just makes it more accessible and brings them together.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:37 AM)
    The point is, that I can see in rare cases and you could say this of butchers also., that for some off kilter people, aspects of those careers can easily become triggers to kill.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:36 AM)
    And yet there are doctors who kill such as Shipman.
  • ;(
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:34 AM)
    @Emma: I don’t think anyone too invested in medicine and surgical procedures is bothered by gore. They simply see too much of it to look at it as something more than a science probably.
    And we also know that a lot of organs are donated and not all lives are saved. So moving organs and bodies must seem normal.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:32 AM)
    In that he pretended to himself he wasn’t in the room while commiting the executions.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:31 AM)
    I am recalling a story about an English executioner from the world war II period. His attitude to his job of hanging people was that it was merely a job and he left himself behind whenever he did the hangings, to him he wasn’t in the room when they occured.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:25 AM)
    @;(: The doctor is aware he is saving a life, that fact I am sure overwrites his fear of the gore aswell.

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