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Undead Murder Farce Episode 2 – Quick Summary

In Undead Murder Farce episode 2, “Vampire,” a wealthy vampire estate owner was doing his level best to make nice with the local humans. What did he get for his efforts? His wife murdered and a horde of reporters at his doorstep. He did what any intelligent vampire would do: he called in the experts. Who were these experts? Were they able to help? And just how does one count to seven using only one hand?

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

Favorite Quote from Undead Murder Farce Episode 2

Undead Murder Farce Episode 2: Tsugaru and Aya are great together

I like seeing character crack themselves up. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The carriage ride to the vampire’s estate seemed to be pretty rough. Tsugaru complained loudly about it, to the extent that he pointed out it was hurting his ass. The driver told him, quite reasonably, that it was Tsugaru himself who had asked the driver to hurry.

“Then if you could slowly hurry,” Tsugaru suggested (07:58). It’s not my favorite quote, but it set up my favorite quote.

Since the driver clearly wasn’t getting it, Tsugaru said that if he didn’t slow down, his lady might become ill and throw up. The driver said they were almost there.

Aya spoke up to say that she could deal with it since they were close.

“Not to mention,” she added in a dry voice (08:12), “even if I wanted to hurl, I have no way of doing so.”

Do you know what made it even funnier? Both of them laughed about it. But Shizuku didn’t. She’s a tough audience.

Favorite Moment from Undead Murder Farce Episode 2

Undead Murder Farce Episode 2: Aya is a genius when it comes to solving mystery

Aya’s bright – and she had a mind for mystery. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The banter between Tsugaru and Aya continues to delight me. It reminds me a little of In/Spectre, but with more style, flair, and animation. Please understand: I’m not disparaging In/Spectre. I liked it! But this is, for me at least, on another level.

That easy back and forth between Tsugaru and Aya kept me so entertained I barely noticed that she had solved the mystery early on. In fact, she just had to ask a few questions before it was clear she had drawn her conclusion.

She had asked to see the murder scene (and it’s hilarious how Tsugaru has to move her around). She confirmed some of her assumptions, like silver burns vampires and holy water makes burns that take a long time to heal.

After just a little while, she thanked him politely. Shocked, the vampire, Lord Godard,  asked if she had figured anything out, to which she answered that only one thing bothered her: the timeline, and that was only a problem if she assumed the murderer came from outside.

“But if we were to assume that was true, certain problems arise,” she said (19:02). “Seven in total.”

Undead Murder Farce Episode 2: Tsugaru has to count on this fingers on Aya's behalf

It’s hilarious how well they work together. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

That seemed to shock the Godard. But my favorite part? She asked Tsugaru to hold up his fingers, one at a time, as she enumerated her points. She had to stop at six, because he ran out of free fingers and tried to use his tongue.

It was such a ridiculous thing to do, and it was so much in character, that I couldn’t help but laugh. Add to that the social dynamic of anti-vampirism and a vampire who’s actually trying to go to church, and this is shaping up to be quite a lot of fun!

What did you think of Tsugaru negotiating with the driver? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “Undead Murder Farce Episode 2: Favorites

  1. Really enjoyed this episode. I also get a kick out of the banter between Aya and Tsugaru. Part of that is I just love listening to Tsugaru talk. He very much reminds me of a rakugo performer. And Aya’s maid works perfectly as the “straight man” in many of the sillier parts of the episode. I really liked the world building started in this episode too. Like what would happen to all the other vampires after Count Dracula was defeated? Even if the vampires tried to be nice, would the villagers really accept them? Even the mystery was interesting. Though it’s clear that it was done by someone it the house, the question is why? The butler has been working for the family for years, why kill the wife now? Why would the oldest son kill his own mother? What motive could the maid have to do that? I’m assuming that the little girl didn’t do it. I definitely want to see what happens in the next episode!

    1. I loved the world-building, too. Just the idea of Dracula having a role here, and his defeat having implications, with a vampire trying to make nice with humans — there’s a ton of potential there!

      I hope we’ll find out what happened soon — tomorrow, in fact! Though if we have to wait for Tsugaru to figure out how to count to seven it might take a while.

  2. This episode felt so short! That’s good for how it draws us in and intrigues us, but, in this instance, we barely got to the actual murder mystery before the episode ended. Just… ended. Not exactly the best-paced episode, then.

    I was a little surprised when Godard stopped to say that it didn’t look like a seven they were making, but I suspect he might have been wanting to stop the discussion of the evidence while his daughter was right outside the door.

    A few of the points they were making, I already thought of myself. It’s kind of obvious that it wasn’t some hunter from outside who killed the lady, though they tried to make it look that way. The suspects including everyone in the house, but we can surmise that it was not Godard or his younger son because they were out hunting. We can also dismiss the little girl, because, duh. That leaves the maid, the butler, and the elder son. The maid was with the little girl, so she *should* be in the clear, though we can’t rule out the possibility that she would cover for the murderer by washing some piece of evidence right in front of the little girl. That leaves the older son and the butler. If the son is also a vampire like his parents, then he couldn’t touch the silver stake. He might have worn gloves, of course, but the most likely suspect, by simple process of elimination, is the butler. But wait, that would leave the question of breaking the lock, when he lacked the strength, and also possessed a key. Which points things back to the son, who probably would be clever enough to make it look a little like a hunter did it, but not clever enough to be any good at it. Or perhaps the son did it, and then the butler stepped in to try and protect the son.

    This is why I love and hate prolonged mysteries. They give me time to think, but also time to stew impatiently. 😉

    1. Of course there’s also the possibility that the lady killed herself, and then they tried to cover it up to, I dunno, spare Lord Godard’s feelings or something like that.

      1. That’s the theory I’m betting on. She real mystery is why killing herself brought her such peace. Did she hate being a vampire? Did she have some kind of martyr complex? I’m betting the show will give us some clever reason — and maybe even a solution we haven’t thought of!

        And you had some good deductive reasoning in your other comment!

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