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The Detective is Already Dead Episode Guide


Episode 1: Attention Passengers: Is there a Detective on Board?

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 1, “Attention Passengers: Is there a Detective on Board?,” Kimihiko Kimizuka could not escape one significant conclusion about his life. Namely, that it sucked. No matter where he went, he walked into a drug deal, or a robbery, or even a murder scene. It got so bad the police detectives began to suspect him because he seemed to always be on the scene! Today, he didn’t witness a crime. He was the victim of a crime. Someone had kidnapped him and forced him to become a courier. Now, he sat in an airplane, flying at 10,000 meters, when he learned something important: Things are never so bad that they can’t get worse.

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Episode 2: I Still Remember, After all this Time

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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?

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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!

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Episode 3: That’s Yui-nya Quality

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 3, “That’s Yui-nya Quality,” Yui Saikawa launched into an overly excited and breathless story about wanting to protect a family heirloom sapphire. Kimihiko Kimizuka had to physically stop her so he and Nagisa Natsunagi could have some chance of understanding what she was talking about. It turned out that she was a real idol, and she had a real mansion, and she had a real expensive family heirloom sapphire. The problem? Some thief had sent her an anonymous letter stating they were going to steal the gem on the date of her next live performance! That should be something easy to stop, right? Then Kimihiko discovered something that seriously complicated the issue.

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Episode 4: What I See in That Eye

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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?

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Episode 5: That Was Directed at One Year in the Future

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 5, “That Was Directed at One Year in the Future,” Kimihiko Kimizuka and Siesta enjoyed a brief lull in the action before going after a villain named Cerberus. Cerberus’s murders involved stealing the victim’s hearts. Siesta had a simple idea to capture Cerberus: use Kimihiko as bait! Will Kimihiko attract the murderer? If he does, can he keep himself alive until Siesta arrives with her rifle?

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Episode 6: Crimson Devil, Ice Queen

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 6, “Crimson Devil, Ice Queen,” Kimihiko Kimizuka felt relieved that Siesta had procured a mech to save him from Hel and the monster she’d created. His confusion on how she had obtained such technology faded when Hel and the monster attacked. Siesta barely had time to get Kimihiko into the cockpit before the mech and monster started fighting it out. Then Hel began hurling her swords into the mech’s joints. Can Siesta successfully pilot a craft she had almost zero training in? What’s Hel’s plan? And will Kimihiko ever figure out how Siesta got her hands on a mech?

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Episode 7: In Time, You Will Recall This Day

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 7, “In Time, You Will Recall this Day”, Alicia was super-excited to play the role of detective while Siesta recovered from a leg injury. One person who did not feel excited about the situation was Kimihiko Kimizuka. He had to follow Alicia all around the city as she searched for the Eye of Sapphire. Generally speaking, Alicia didn’t walk anywhere. She ran. After several days, they had gotten no closer to finding their objective. Would Kimihiko’s stamina last long enough for them to succeed? Can he last until Siesta heals? And are they sure they’re on the right mission?

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Episode 8: With That, We Set out on a Journey Once Again

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 8, “With That, We Set out on a Journey Once Again,” the villain SiestaKimihiko 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?

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Episode 9: SPES

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 9, “SPES,” SiestaKimihiko Kimizuka, and Charlotte Arisaka Anderson set off on a yacht to the island of SPES. There, they hoped to rescue Alicia, identify and capture or kill the leader of SPES, and bring to an end the conflict between Siesta’s organization and SPES. Unfortunately, no plan survives intact contact with the enemy, and within minutes of Kimihiko and Charlotte storming the headquarters, they found their plans in tatters. Could they complete their mission? And where was Siesta?

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Episode 10: So I Can’t Become a Detective

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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?

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Episode 11: A Light in the Midst of Hope

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 11, “A Light in the Midst of Hope,” Kimihiko Kimizuka fired his pistol at Chameleon, which caused Chameleon to drop Nagisa Natsunagi into the ocean. Can she survive a fall from that height? Is there anyone left on the ship to rescue her, since Yui Saikawa had completed the evacuation? How long can Kimihiko hold out, given how well Chameleon’s monster form can deflect his bullets? And where did Charlotte Arisaka Anderson disappear to?

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Episode 12: Those dizzying Three Years I Spent with You

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In The Detective is Already Dead episode 12, “Those dizzying Three Years I Spent with You,” Kimihiko Kimizuka found himself face to face with Siesta within Nagisa Natsunagi’s body. She even had Siesta’s trademark rifle! But he had no time to enjoy their temporary reunion, because Chameleon’s attacks increased in ferocity until he finally assumed his final form, which was the size of a small Tyrannosaurus Rex. Armed only with a Kimihiko’s pistol (ammunition replenished) and Siesta’s rifle, do our heroes they even have a chance against that charging behemoth?

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5 thoughts on “The Detective is Already Dead Episode Guide

    1. It was hard to finish. What made it even harder was how much I wanted to like it after the first episode!

      I think Taboo Tattoo will end up remaining my least favorite of the series that I finished. But this is a close second.

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