Trickster : Edogawa Ranpo “Hounen Tanteidan” Yori : Spiders Thread

Episode 5

“Kumo no Ito” (蜘蛛の糸)

Episode 4 ended on a cliffhanger so it’ll be interesting to see how that all plays out…

The episode and story in general was much more aimed at giving us a look at what makes Inoue tick. We learnt how he ended up in a wheelchair but more importantly why he’s still in it as he isn’t actually hurt to the point he can’t ever walk again but mentally he isn’t able to get over the accident that put him in it. Its interesting to see him struggle with himself during the episode but also how important Katsuda is to him. Seeing the only thing that will make Katsuda come back and help the Detectives is to save Inoue was sweet.

So whilst the end of Twenty-Faces game was interesting in its own way it was much more overshadowed by the development of Inoue.

The game wasn’t that interesting actually. Inoue pretty much solved it, he sent Kobayashi out of their prison to warn the others and then guided Akechi to Twenty-Faces who instead of having a real interesting plan of action went jet skiing until Kobayashi ended that game purely by falling into the water. It was a bit anti-climactic but I guess it also depends on what you were looking for. There are a few good stories that we hopefully will get to see, like what it is the guy meant by Akechi being the real evil one, we got to see a good development of Inoue and the team look much more positive right now then they have. Inoue is learning how to walk, Kobayashi seems to have relaxed a little though that might just be the hamburgers talking and with their victory will obviously come confidence.

I think the long period between watching this episode and the last one (because even though they are being published close together I’d watched and reviewed episode 3 ages ago and it was just stuck in my drafts) probably made it worse viewing then it was. Whilst I remembered what happened in episode 3 clear enough maybe some of the tension had died down but maybe that is also a good thing because instead of being hyped up for the Twenty-Faces story I came in cold and got to see the episode in a different light.

It was much more about building relationships and understanding each other then the game. Regardless of what he says Kobayashi is starting to fit in with the others, you see it most at the end but you also kind of see others warming to him as he goes through the world just concerned with what he has to do. Akechi points out that for someone who wants to die he works hard on surviving, well I don’t think he said that but its what happened, if Inoue hadn’t been there would he still have cared enough? He wouldn’t have died but he wouldn’t have exhausted himself so that he could get a message to anyone either. Just being around other people is making him a better person because he’s putting energy that he was wasting or using to try and kill himself into doing something positive.

Maybe I should have watched episode 3 more but whilst I thought it was a meh episode for the downfall of one of Twenty-Faces plots I also really enjoyed looking at the characters more then reacting to the drama of the episode. For me that was much more fun.


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