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Review: In/Spectre Episode 11 Best in Show

Quick Summary

In In/Spectre episode 11, “The Ultimate Fiction,” Kurou Sakuragawa had tried to grasp a future thread, but he found that by himself, he couldn’t reach it. In that state, was there anything Kotoko Iwanaga could do to help? And speaking of Kotoko, she realized that Rikka Sakuragawa had joined the internet forum battle. Does Rikka’s greater skill give her an advantage over our heroes? Or does Kotoko have some more tricks up her sleeve? In fact, have we correctly interpreted her strategy so far? Is it possible she’s doing better than we, or Saki Yumihara, thinks?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Best Moment in the Show

Kotoko’s tactics ran contrary to everything Saki believed in. But she finally understood that it had to be that way if they were to succeed. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Kotoko’s story was going well — so well that the Steel Lady Nanase (I-Beam Idol — I still like that alternative!) showed signs of collapsing. Saki thought they’d won, but Kotoko said not yet. She had one more card to play.

The key “fact” that Kotoko put before everyone was that Karin Nanase herself created the Steel Lady Nanase wiki — and was even now the site’s administrator.

Saki was shocked. Her feeling skyrocketed when Kotoko said that she’d detected Nanase trying to moderate her posts to deflect the “truth.”

“This is such a lie!” Saki said (15:35). The voice actor, Misato Fukuen, put an amazing amount of indignation in her voice. And did you realize she also voices Himiko Toga from My Hero Academia? As well as tons of other roles. I really need to pay more attention to that sort of thing…

Saki seemed seriously offended that Kotoko was lying. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Kotoko happily reminded her that she’d been clear all along. This wasn’t about the truth. It was about the lie, and she’d intended to lie all along.

Saki suddenly understood. “The truth is irrelevant in this assembly,” she said (15:53). Kotoko had methodically laid our the evidence she needed, even as part of a ridiculous story (like the third one). Rikka sliced the conclusions apart easily, but for Kotoko, it was always about the evidence. The false evidence. The kind of evidence a police officer like Saki would have a hard time accepting.

But to her credit, Saki understood why it had to be, and she understood how it was effective. I think it’s clear Saki, at least in her current state of mind, isn’t functioning well in the world that Kotoko and Kurou inhabit. But she’s shown admirable adaptability. The characters in general have always been my favorite aspect of this series. This Best in Show moment showed why Saki belongs in that group!

What did you think of the last solution Kotoko proposed? What was your best in show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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