The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 8 Review – Quick Summary
In The Detective is Already Dead episode 8, “With That, We Set out on a Journey Once Again,” the villain Siesta, Kimihiko Kimizuka, and Alicia had failed to capture struck again. This time, the victim was a widow’s only daughter. Alicia and Kimihiko objected strongly to Siesta’s line of questioning, but Siesta was right — they could make no assumptions about this case, and there were already too many victims. That point was driven home when Kimihiko and Siesta found Alicia and a police officer wounded, apparently in another attack. How many more people will die or be injured before they solve the case?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 8
Siesta and Alicia have never seen eye to eye! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Siesta has never trusted Alicia. It seemed to start when Siesta realized that Alicia had eaten all of the apples Kimihiko had purchased for her. So it came as no surprise when the two of them did not agree on the direction the investigation should go.
Alicia wanted to help, even though she was still a kid (even if she would not admit it!). Siesta wanted her to remain safe at a distance. Alicia tried to argue that she and “Kimi” had saved several cases. Siesta reasonably pointed out that finding lost cats and wallets were much smaller and safer cases than tracking a murderer. Alicia protested that the size of the case didn’t matter.
“That’s some far-fetched logic,” Siesta said.
“Far-fetched logic is still logic!” Alicia countered (02:17).
She’s not wrong. She missed the point, but she’s not wrong.
Best in Show Moment for The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 8
Kimihiko knew that Siesta was right. But he wanted to protect Alicia. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: An Ancient Conflict
When I was in college, I had the opportunity to participate in tons of interesting conversations. Since one of my majors was in theology, a lot of those conversations had to do with reason versus emotion. There are a lot of folks who think that their relationship to the Creator should be based on emotion. I get that. For one thing, it feels good, being based on emotions and all. Second, lots of people make decisions based on how they feel, so extending that to their relationship with the divine makes sense.
It makes sense, but not for me. It’s not how I see the world. In those conversations, I always argued on behalf of reason. I see the world primarily through the lens of reason, and if emotions want to react to “that which is” (ie., facts!), then cool. That’s what I mean when I say I’m an Aristotelian Thomist. Reason first, always.
Kimihiko knew Siesta was right. But his heart wouldn’t let him admit it. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Which makes me great fun at parties. Okay, I lie. I don’t go to parties…
In a lot of literature and in a lot of anime series (and those two sets aren’t exclusive!), if there’s a character that places reason above logic, it’s a male character. The Detective is Already Dead just impressed me because in this episode, Siesta carried the banner for Logic. It was Kimihiko who championed emotion.
I like it when a series disregards cliches.
Delivery: Siesta Knew What Had to be Done
This episode played out much more like a traditional detective story than previous episodes. Kimihiko mentioned that a kitchen knife had gone missing. Siesta confirmed it. Later, we got a shot of a knife at the scene where Kimihiko and Siesta found the unconscious bodies of a police officer and Alicia. When Kimihiko visited Alicia in the hospital, the camera lingered on a different knife on the table.
Siesta and Kimihiko seemed to figure out that Alicia had committed the murders at the same time. The difference was, Siesta accepted what logic told her. She went to the church prepared to solve the problem permanently. Kimihiko, though, let his affection for Alicia cloud his judgement. He didn’t go to solve the problem. Kimihiko went to the church to save Alicia, though he really didn’t know what that meant.
He so wanted to save Alicia that even as she confessed her role, he left himself open. That became a problem when she lunged at him with a knife. The fact that her bubbly Alicia personality seemed to have been suppressed would be cold comfort after she plunged the knife in his forehead.
The thing I like about using facts for decisions is that they can help prevent situations like this. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Before Alicia could strike, Siesta caught her wrist and twisted her to the floor. In an instant, Siesta had drawn her sidearm and had placed it to the back of Alicia’s head. Kimihiko, shocked out of his immobility, drew his own pistol and pointed it at Siesta.
“Are you stupid or something, Kimi?” she asked (21:17).
The look on Kimihiko’s face answered her question: Yes, he knew he was being irrational, but he couldn’t find the will to do anything about it. That moment of anguish, compared to her cool reserve, struck me as a fantastic example of that age-old conflict. How they resolved it was also pretty cool, I thought, but I chose this moment of crisis as my favorite moment of the episode.
What did you think of Kimihiko giving Alicia the tracking device? What were your favorite moments from the episode? Let me know in the comments!
The Detective Is Already Dead Episode 8: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. – Episode 8 discussion
- RABUJOI: The Detective Is Already Dead – 08 – She’ll Steal Your Heart
- AH Brandon Reviews: JACK THE RIPPER | THE DETECTIVE IS ALREADY DEAD Episode 8 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