My wishful thinking from last week came true in the form of a rather touching and symbolic display of long-headed poppy blooming across the entire school rooftop. Who’d have thought Ayaka had a knack for large-scale logo designs.
Pieces of the most recent puzzle are starting to come together with the confirmation of the creator of Angel Fix, the hottest underground drug to hit the streets of Shibuya. It’s only a matter of time before our NEET detectives either catch up to him and discover the truth behind last week’s circumstances, or he gets away and leaves the case open for good.
Dealing with nothing but curve balls from last week, we’re thrown another one this round with a healthy dose of Ayaka back story. We find out there’s more to that awkward smile of hers than meets the eye, as well as what it means to take a leap of faith in a direction impossible to turn back from.
(If you’re looking forward to this episode and haven’t seen it yet, I strongly suggest you hold off on reading this.)
The truth behind any story can easily be uncovered if you just let it unfold as and when it should. It’s a hard lesson Renji had to learn before he found out what really happened to Hison, as well as why Soichirou never bothered telling him. At least Renji got a couple of new shirts out of all the trouble.
As Alice reveals, cash flow has an interesting way of revealing what one’s true intentions are. Money can be used for both good and bad things, to bring wealth to the less fortunate, or to cover up what the public shouldn’t know about. In the case of the two founders of the Hirasaka Group, money gets mixed with blood, which leads us further into a gang of a mess that only a mysterious money trail five years ago can now correct. And it could cost more than a few lives to resolve the situation.
Lineage oftentimes brings about the perception of inherited or shared misfortune, even in cases when family isn’t blood-related. As expected, Narumi gets caught in the middle of a brewing conflict between the Hirasaka Group’s co-founders, which leads us to understand just how important Renji is to its foundation and subsequent future.
Alice and the Gardening Club are called into action by Soichirou in order to properly promote an up and coming female rock band. Meanwhile, Alice whines and complains that she’ll be losing Narumi’s usefulness as her personal housekeeper while he and Ayaka take care of business, and we discover that there’s been more to this band’s promotional efforts than meets the eye ever since Soichirou and his gang picked up where previous, shady group left off.
Last I remember an all-girl band needing this much protection, Girls Dead Monster was performing in front of a gym-full of students just to steal meal tickets while their bodyguards fended off the single most dangerous threat to their existence in the afterlife. Meh, too bad ‘reality’ isn’t as dramatic, it seems.
As much as Rin and Daikichi are engrossed in their respective choices of literature, I decided to pick up the Usagi Drop manga and haven’t been able to put it down lately. Does that explain why some shows on my blog reel are a bit behind, like Sacred Seven and Ikoku Meiro no Croisee? Well, partly.
Trouble brews when Min-san not only gets shafted repeatedly by a shady customer who barely sips a bowl before throwing change on the table and leaving (in presumed dissatisfaction over the quality of the ramen), but also gets her precious chest wrapping stolen by a VP in lingerie fashion. Quite the spin on Alice’s usual mystery-of-the-week format, but I still enjoyed it. It helps that Min-san’s character and her plight as an abandoned daughter caring for her father’s ramen shop are likeable, especially given her ‘bancho’ attitude.