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The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 10 Review – Quick Summary

In The Detective is Already Dead episode 10, “So I Can’t Become a Detective”, it’s one week after Yui Saikawa’s idol performance. To thank Kimihiko Kimizuka and Nagisa Natsunagi for their  help, Yui took them on an ocean cruise. But instead of being able to unwind, the trio were surprised to meet Charlotte Arisaka Anderson. Charlotte had come aboard to find the deceased Siesta’s “bequest.” Not only do all of them have to search for this bequest, whatever it is. They also have to be worried about interference. Because if Charlotte knows about the bequest, so does SPES. Can our heroes find whatever it is before their enemy does?

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

Favorite Quote from The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 10

The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 10: Yui wasn't shy about putting Kimizuka in his place!

You know, the idol has a point… Capture from the Funimation stream.

While Yui and Kimizuka searched for Siesta’s “bequest”, they ended up in a theater, on the stage. All of a sudden, Yui started giving Kimizuka advice on breathing techniques. She had seen that the situation had stressed him, so she said when anxiety overwhelmed her before a performance, she’d use that advice to calm herself. 

Realizing she had done that for his benefit, he said she must think he was pretty pathetic. Here he was, the much older and more field-experienced of the two, yet she felt the need to give him advice. He said she must think less of him because he behaved so “shamefully.”

She laughed and said (15:38), “I didn’t expect much from the very start, Kimizuka-san!”

She tried to explain it away later, but I think I see her point.

Best in Show Moment for The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 10

The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 10: Was that Siesta? Hel? Siestahel? Helesta?

Well, that was unexpected. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: A Serious Question

Am I watching Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions from the perspective of Rikka Takanashi. I mean, when she’s in full chūnibyō mode? I’m serious. Is that what I’m watching? Because something happened in this episode that made even less sense than anything we’ve seen before. And if you’ve followed the series to this point, you know — that’s a lot.

Charlotte yelled at Kimizuka for being out of the loop and for not knowing what was going on. I think that the show wanted me to believe that the Resident Evil/Doom 3 monster memory-erasing spores simply made him forget. If he had no memory of those times, there’s no way he could know what was going on, right? He apparently has even forgotten that the Big Bad is a plant. A literal plant.

Did he, Siesta, and Charlotte just play within a massive chūnibyō illusion? Are they the only ones who are involved in the fight against SPES, supposedly a threat to the existence of humanity? Because if they are part of a larger organization, what in blue blazes is that organization thinking?

The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 10: Charlotte wasn't buying Nagisa's BS any more than I was

Even Charlotte wasn’t buying Nagisa’s protestations about inheriting Siesta’s mission. I’m with Charlotte on this one! Capture from the Funimation stream.

How does Charlotte get support? Why did they just ignore Kimizuka after the Attack of the Memory Erasing Spores? Wouldn’t they have gotten in touch with him? He’s one of their field agents, isn’t he? Or do they routinely discard field operatives after ops go bad?

For that matter, why didn’t Charlotte contact him? It’s not like he moved to another city or anything! Sure, they don’t see eye to eye, but they went into battle together. They’re comrades. Their relationship just makes no sense to me. There are so many inconsistencies with how a real organization would operate that the series has shredded my suspension of disbelief. 

If it turns out that this has all been a chūnibyō fantasy, I am going to be seriously annoyed! But at least it’ll explain what I saw in this episode!

Delivery: The Episode Managed a Surprise

In the comments on my review of the previous episode, Vance said that all signs pointed to Nagisa being Hel. She had Siesta’s heart, which we saw Hel steal. She wanted to be Kimizuka’s side-kick. I thought that Vance was right. This episode, though, might have cast doubt on that idea. Or at least modified it.

While Chameleon dangled Nagisa over the cruise ship’s railing (it’s a long story), Kimizuka tried to buy time while Yui helped organize an evacuation. If SPES couldn’t have Siesta’s bequest, they planned to sink the ship. Rather unsporting if you ask me, but you’ll notice I’m not listed as a script consultant. So, Kimizuka pointed his sidearm at Chameleon and tried to negotiate for Nagisa’s freedom. 

Nagisa decided she’d rather sacrifice herself rather than endanger the passengers. So she asked Kimizuka to shoot her instead. Then, because of something he told her before, she wanted to thank him.

The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 10: At least Nagisa gave us a sweet moment in the episode

This was actually an emotionally sweet moment. It came as quite a relief! Capture from the Funimation stream.

“Kimizuka, when you said I didn’t need to replace anyone, I appreciated that. Thank you!” (21:04) she said.

Even as I thought that was kind of nice, superimposed over Nagisa, Kimizuka caught a glimpse of a girl with Siesta’s hair, but dressed in Hel’s cloak. Does that mean that Nagisa is actually a fusion of Hel and Siesta? She has Siesta’s heart — dare I ask what piece of Nagisa she got? 

But on my previous point: Seriously, even Kisaragi Corporation from Combatants Will Be Dispatched! provided better field support! No, I’m not still fuming over that or anything…

What did you think of the Search for Siesta’s Bequest? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 10 Review – Best In Show

  1. Chuunibyou you say? Now that’s got me thinking. Maybe the detective really isn’t dead?

    For one thing, this show is drawing on Sherlock Holmes a lot more than I’d expected. And there’s at least one Holmes story (if memory serves) that relies on an assumption that Holmes is dead, when of course he isn’t. Not a very unique ploy, but given what I’ve seen in this show, and your point above, I’m beginning to wonder.

    1. You know, I was joking when I brought up chuunibyou, but if the series could pull off something like that, I might enjoy it more than the track it’s on now. Maybe.

  2. I guess Siesta’s essence was so strong that Hel taking in Siesta’s heart changed her, and that’s why Kimihiko saw Nagisa’s essence as being Siesta with Hel’s cloak. I don’t know how that can even be possible, but the author seemed to very much to want to be the case, so that’s how he “wrote” it into existence.

    1. At this point, I would like the story to give me some kind of explanation — or a coherent framework that would let me figure it out on my own.

    1. In almost any other series, I would have answered yes. But in this series, I can’t begin to tell what’s an intentional clue and what’s not. And if Siesta is old enough to have given birth to Charlotte, then I have to wonder why she would be interested in a middle school/now high school student!

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