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The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 4 Review – Best In Show

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 4, “What I See in That Eye,” Kimihiko Kimizuka and Nagisa Natsunagi somehow managed to be late for the start of Yui Saikawa’s concert. That was after Kimihiko had become convinced he understood the threat to Yui’s sapphire — and the threat was quite a bit different than what Yui had described. Can Kimihiko and Nagisa make it in time? Even if they do, how can they find a perpetrator hidden within a massive audience?

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

Favorite Quote from The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 4

The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 4: Wow, I miss Siesta

It’s hard to believe a smile that sweet can mask a wit that sharp! Capture from the Funimation stream.

The show gave us a Siesta flashback after the ED. As always, that’s a dangerous thing to do: In just those few minutes, she shone brighter than the rest of the cast had shone for the rest of the episode. Combined. But dangerous or not, I liked seeing her again.

In this flashback, Siesta and Kimihiko were on a yacht. A blonde woman Siesta called “Char”, apparently locked in competition with Kimihiko for Siesta’s affections, gloated at how much better she was at fighting than Kimihiko. In typical Kimi-fashion, he shrugged it off and sipped more tea.

Char positively gloated when Siesta confirmed Charl was the better fighter. But then Siesta added (22:52), “On the other hand, Char, you certainly have fighting ability, but the reality is that you’re extremely dim-witted.”

It was nice seeing someone other than Kimihiko ] on the receiving end of Siesta’s sharp tongue!

Best in Show Moment for The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 4

The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 4: I don't want to know where Yui hid that gun

Well, at least it’s not Siesta’s eye. The gun, on the other hand, is a long story… Well, not that long… Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: Confusing Isn’t the Same as Mysterious, Is It?

Do you mind if I confess something? It’s nothing crazy, and it won’t get me sent to jail or anything like that, so sorry if I got your hopes up! No, it’s something more simple and applicable to this episode.

I really don’t know how to celebrate this.

My favorite quote came from a flashback scene after the ED. The character I quoted is dead and is only indirectly still part of the show. When I watched this episode, I spent the the first few minutes wondering how in the world they managed to be late to Yui’s show when they had known her life was on the line. Then I wondered why Bat seemed to be their driver. Since this is a mystery, I tried to piece together these seemingly random facts into a coherent whole. That is, until a simple event collapsed all of that conjecture.

A security guard finally stopped Kimihiko. Why then and not before? In fact, how did they get as far as they did without being challenged? If the guards let them in, why stop Kimihiko now? 

The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 4: Well, better late than never

The crack security team didn’t stop Kimihiko until the script called for it. Capture from the Funimation stream.

By the time Yui said (10:38), “I never imagined in my wildest dreams that this eye was being targeted by criminals,” I couldn’t even frame questions anymore. She had said the thieves’ goal was to steal that sapphire! Her eye was the sapphire in question, wasn’t it?

And Siesta’s dead! I am still struggling with that. So I’m having a heck of a time finding something to get behind and lift up as worth celebrating.

Delivery: But There Is One Thing…

Okay, let’s try this. In my review of episode 3, commenters Vance and Dawnstorm theorized that the series would be a giant search for Parts of Siesta(™). I know I shouldn’t prejudge a concept before I see it play out, but I’ll be honest: That sounded like a terrible thing! The series already killed my favorite character. Would it actually be so cruel as to rub that death in my face with a harem made up partly of Siesta parts?

That’s just wrong!

So, as my favorite moment of the episode, I choose the moment Yui put that possibility to rest, at least for one more episode. Kimihiko had already figured out a lot, but a) he hadn’t shared his conclusions with us and b) the plot hadn’t thought the mystery clues important enough to share with us, either. I guess that makes the show less a mystery and more a detective spectator sport. Emphasis on the spectator. 

The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 4: Thankfully, Siesta did not donate Yui's eye

Well, at least the entire show’s not going to be a scavenger hunt for Siesta’s body parts. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Anyway. Yui was singing her song, and she came up on the moment of her big reveal. She pulled the eyepatch aside (07:04). For a second, I thought, “Crap, that looks like one of Siesta’s blue eyes.” Fortunately, Kimihiko’s monologue spelled it out at the same time: “The Miracle Sapphire worth three billion yen is Yui Saikawa’s left eye!”

Okay. So at least the macabre factor decreased. That’s worth celebrating!

What you think of the reveal that SPES was trying to get Yui to blow up Kimihiko and Nagisa? What was your favorite moment from the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 4 Review – Best In Show

  1. Just like you did, TCrow, I found a lot wrong, whether it be due to the script, such as when Yui said she never imagined her sapphire would be targeted by criminals, or implausible things such as security letting them in and only intervening when they were well on their well to the stage. Kimihiko also forgetting that he had access to Bat until that moment he remembered was ridiculous considering that he most likely had Bat come along for that express purpose of using his ear.

    Having said that though, making sense is not one of this show’s strength, and I had pegged that to be the case in Episode 1 with the convoluted setup to rope in Kimihiko and how in the second part of the episode, Kimihiko and Siesta inexplicably stopped to cosplay while they had been chasing a culprit who was fleeing the building. As a very logical person, I found that that moment seriously made it hard to believe that it would have any real stakes.

    1. “As a very logical person, I found that that moment seriously made it hard to believe that it would have any real stakes.”

      That’s part of what’s keeping me from engaging, too. I expect even convoluted situations to make sense from some angle, and I can’t figure out what that angle is!

      Maybe I should look on it as a challenge!

  2. I’m honestly not sure what to say about this show. I’ll probably drop it sometime soon, though I tend to make these decisions when the new episode comes up, and if there’s nothing else around at that time, I might just stay with it.

    The body-part harem? That was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the eyepatch. I often have associations like this, and usually they’d be jokes, but in this show I have so little grasp what they’re going for that I considered it a possibility. So now that he have enough girls and woman introduced who do not have a body part, I consider the idea pretty much off the table. How do I feel about this? Indifferent.

    I’m just unsure how to watch it. It doesn’t work as a mystery; it doesn’t work as a harem; it doesn’t work as a thriller – and it doesn’t seem to have enough personality to be taken on its own merits. I just don’t get the show. Now that the body part harem is off the table, there’s just nothing left to talk about.

    1. “I’m just unsure how to watch it. ”

      I think that’s the bottom line for me. I don’t know how it wants me to react; and I can’t figure out any engagement points for the plot or characters.

      Except for Siesta, and she’s dead!

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