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The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary
In The Detective is Already Dead episode 2, “I Still Remember, After all this Time,” Kimihiko Kimizuka has spent the last year trying to move on after the death of Siesta, the legendary detective. But far from moving on, he has only managed to remain stationary. It came as a complete shock when Nagisa Natsunagi grabbed him by the neck tie and demanded that he help her, since she called him a legendary detective. That was Siesta’s title, wasn’t it? Why was this girl confronting him like this? Didn’t she know how annoying — and painful — her question felt? And exactly what did she want his help to do?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Note 2: Seriously. This one of those times when you want to be mighty careful of spoilers, because the reveal in this episode is something special. If you haven’t watched this episode yet, and if you ever intend to watch this show, even 10 years from now, do yourself a favor: Don’t read this post. I’ll have another post you can read tomorrow! I do not want to be the one to spoil this for you!
Favorite Quotes from The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 2
While I can’t fault Kimihiko for finding Nagisa attractive, the dude’s got to learn some discretion. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Kimihiko knew something about Nagisa was, well, not like other girls. For one thing, when he seemed reluctant to help her, she stuck her hand in his mouth and told him that “If you won’t give me a proper answer, I’ll touch your uvula, without mercy.”
Who does that?
Against his better judgement, she convinced him to help her, and they agreed to meet later. She showed up in an attractive outfit, and his gaze lingered just a little too long. And I don’t mean his gaze lingered on her eyes. She reasonably took offense, and he tried to protest that he was actually looking at her collarbones. That offended her, and in an attempt to get himself out of trouble by digging himself in deeper, he told her that her collarbones looked great for someone her age.
“I have no idea what connection you think there is between age and collarbones!” she exclaimed (09:50).
I hope that at some point, Kimihiko will learn that there comes a time when you should just apologize and take a verbal beating. It’s easier and faster that way.
Best in Show Moment for The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 2
What he learned shattered his emotional world. For just an instant, he felt that it was too much to bear. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: Last Chance To Bail!
I’ll mention this once more in case you skipped to this section: The reveal in this episode is pretty cool, and I don’t want to spoil it for you. If you haven’t watched this episode yet, and if you ever intend to watch this show, even 10 years from now, do yourself a favor: Don’t read this post. I’ll completely understand!
Back to my favorite moment: I should have known. As soon as Nagisa did something so forward as to stick her hand into Kimihiko’s mouth, I should have know. When she pulled his face to her chest, or as soon as she called him the legendary detective, I should have know. At first, I wondered if the reveal was something like Kimihiko was the legendary detective all along, and some trauma forced him to manifest the lovely and spritely Siesta, just in his imagination. But that wasn’t it.
I’ve checked. I can’t find a single culture in which this is an acceptable greeting! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Another clue was their banter. The situation surrounding my favorite quote, for example, wasn’t anything like I’d expect from a young woman who had just met Kimihiko. Most girls would have stormed off, or slapped him. But she practically leapt at the chance to verbally spar with him. That’s not typical behavior.
And then, at 13:20, Bat’s ear twitched as Kimihiko and Nagisa approached. And he said, “Oh-ho. It’s been quite a while… legendary detective.”
I should have known. It was right there in front of me!
Delivery: Nagisa Had Been Searching for Kimihiko
Bat hadn’t been talking to Kimihiko. He’d been talking to Nagisa. He had heard the heart beating in Nagisa’s chest, and he knew he’d heard it years before, on an airplane, when a certain legendary detective had defeated him. In Nagisa’s chest, he heard Siesta’s heart beating. Siesta’s heart had driven Nagisa to seek out Kimihiko, because she could not bear to be parted from him, even in death.
I like a good romance as much as anyone. Taiga Aisaka and Ryuuji Takasu were great. I think I liked Tohru Honda and Kyou Souma a little better, because together, they had to confront an ancient curse before they could be together. That added supernatural/fantasy element is something I enjoy. It adds a distinctive emotional “oomph.” That element dramatizes the couple confronting fate and winning. That’s good stuff!
And then there’s this episode. The reveal is cool enough. But my favorite moment is how Kimihiko reacted. As soon as he saw Bat’s appendage dissolve, unable to touch Nagisa because Siesta had infected Bat with her own blood, making Siesta immune to his attacks, Kimihiko’s emotions shattered. “It’s can’t be… That’s… That’s not… ” he said, backing away (17:28). “Don’t do this to me.”
Kimihiko might have despaired for a moment, overcome by a deeply personal agony. But he recovered. Capture from the Funimation stream.
He spoke from the agony in his heart, heedless of what it would do to Nagisa. Her anger flared, her feelings more in tune now with Siesta’s, and she protested that “Even after dying…” Siesta’s heart wanted “to see you, to be with you!”
An instant later, he did what any man should do in that situation. He hugged her. But that wasn’t my favorite moment (though it was exceedingly cool). It was that instant when Kimihiko realized something of Siesta stood before him, contained within Nagisa. That’s the kind of supernatural twist I like in my romances. So maybe Kimihiko can’t see Siesta anymore. But he can see Nagisa. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this goes!
What did you think of Fubi Kase’s reaction to learning Siesta’s heart was within Nagisa? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 2: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. – Episode 2 discussion
- RABUJOI: The Detective Is Already Dead – 02 – Heart of the Matter
- AH Brandon Reviews: INTRODUCING THE NEW GIRL NAGISA! | THE DETECTIVE IS ALREADY DEAD Episode 2 Review
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 1: Attention Passengers: Is there a Detective on Board?
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 2: I Still Remember, After all this Time
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 3: That’s Yui-nya Quality
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 4: What I See in That Eye
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 5: That Was Directed at One Year in the Future
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 6: Crimson Devil, Ice Queen
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 7: In Time, You Will Recall This Day
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 8: With That, We Set out on a Journey Once Again
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 9: SPES
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 10: So I Can’t Become a Detective
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 11: A Light in the Midst of Hope
- The Detective is Already Dead Episode 12: Those dizzying Three Years I Spent with You
10 thoughts on “The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 2 Review – Best In Show”
Our Siesta is still there!!!
She’s just a little more spread out, it seems!
She was such an engaging character that I already miss her. Though Nagisa is starting to grow on me.
Yeah, I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t, and it finally dawned on me what was going on, I thought, okay, so that’s it. Yeah, body-part harem was my impression when I saw the eyepatch at the end as well. (“Why would anyone transplant an appendix?” – “That’s what I want you to find out.”)
Really, the mysteries are to straightforward to be compelling. The romance aspect is unengaging. The character drama feels rote. I should probably drop this, but there’s this low-key curiosity about what I’m supposed to see in this that keeps me on board for now. I do generally like the character designs.
I found it ridiculous that Nagisa actually took Kimihiko seriously when he said he was looking at her collarbones, what I perceive to be one of the many examples of light novel writing that went wrong.
I’m also watching for the same reason you are as I don’t see this show having much entertainment value.
Reactions to this show remind me a lot of In:Specter. I so enjoyed the banter in that series that each episode flew by. Yet, others spoke of how boring the episodes were.
This is starting down a similar track. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, though I missed Siesta. Or maybe I should say Siesta(Prime), or Siesta(Intact).
I thoroughly enjoyed In;Spectre and would rather watch season 2 than this, to be honest. I don’t think Detective is all bad; it’s just that I’m not really sure how to watch the show to enjoy it properly, and as a result it’s… backgroundnoise? It’s sufficiently distracting me from my daily worries, but it’s not really making any kind of mark on me. I think on my engagement scale, I’d get something like this:
emotional: 1/5 intellectual: 2/5 fun: 2/5 aesthetic: 3/5 fondness: 2/5
I have no idea how to weight the aspects. I’d give the highest weight to aesthetic, as logically I’d have dropped the show. I like the character designs the most.
Looks like this show will end up as a harem with the girls Kimihiko meets all having Siesta’s body parts. Given Nagisa’s reaction to him, they will probably all want to be affectionate with him. The next girl probably has one of Siesta’s eyes.
I also think Fuubi already knew that Nagisa had Siesta’s heart, and that’s why Kimihiko reacted the way he did after leaving the prison.
A harem based on Siesta’s body parts? That’s a different twist… The heart bit I can buy, and it actually had historically romantic overtones that appealed to. But spreading out other donor organs? I’m not sure how that would work…
Fuubi certainly knew more than she let on. I’m curious how she fits into the picture. She’s clearly more than Random Police Detective.
I feel like the bodypart aspect also connects deeper into the shows mythology. I mean our first antonist has an extendable ear tentacle, and SPES seem to deal that out. I have no idea where the show is going with this.