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Undead Murder Farce Episode 4 – Quick Summary

In Undead Murder Farce episode 4, “The Headliner Appears,” Aya calls the Godard family together to make an announcement: she had deduced who killed Mrs. Godard! Moreover, she had concluded the murdered lived in the house. How did she come to her conclusion? Who committed the murder? And how will they react when she announces their name?

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

Favorite Quote from Undead Murder Farce Episode 4

Undead Murder Farce Episode 4: Aya's maintained a pretty good sense of humor about her condition

You know, it occurs to me: it would have to be tough to just be a head. Aya’s done a fantastic job of keeping her spirits up! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I’m from a time when a society that says it valued freedom also valued an essential component of that freedom: the fourth estate. I remember how the work of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein brought a president to accountability – a reminder that even the leader of the free world is subject to the rule of law.

That sounds awfully familiar for some reason…

Anyway, I think that’s why I like Annie Kerber. She’s everything I think a reporter should be: dedicated to finding the facts, eager to tell the story, and relentless in her pursuit of testimony. In this episode, she gave Aya the opportunity to deliver my favorite quote.

Using courtesy to establish a basic human connection, Annie asked Aya how she was doing.

“Other than the fact that I’m a severed head, I’m doing quite well,” she said with only a trace of sarcasm in her voice (18:40).

I hope you enjoy the dialogue in this show as much as I do! Because I’m having a blast.

Favorite Moment from Undead Murder Farce Episode 4

Undead Murder Farce Episode 4: Tsugaru is a bit terrifying

His demeanor couldn’t hide the fact this this is the face of a killer. A very polite one, but still a killer. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Two of My Favorite Things

This show has two things that I absolutely adore in fiction (anime in particular). The first is snappy, intellectual dialogue. Add a dash of sarcasm, like what’s in my favorite quote, and the show’s guaranteed to get my attention. I’ve compared this show to In/Spectre, and I think that comparison holds. But I’m more and more convinced that this show has an edge – and that edge is growing.

I also like overpowered (OP) characters. No all OP characters, of course. But OP characters who face challenges despite being OP, or OP characters who show some trait that distinguishes them from other OP characters. One of my favorites is Layfon Alseif from Chrome Shelled Regios. But there are signs that this show might add another character to that pantheon.

Undead Murder Farce Episode 4: Raoul seriously misjudged his situation

I think someone seriously misjudged the situation. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Can you guess who? I bet you can!

Yep. I’m talking about Tsugaru Shinuchi. My favorite moment in this episode came shortly after Aya announced the murderer: Raoul Godard. Raoul tried to attack her, but Tsugaru effortlessly moved Aya’s cage aside, grabbed Raoul by the neck, and tossed him out the window.

Raoul struggled to shake off the effects of his landing. His vampire body needed to heal various cuts. As he prepared to launch his counterattack, Tsugaru’s moon shadow fell across him. He looked up, shocked that Tsugaru had gotten there so fast.

That was only one of what was to be a mounting number of shocks for the young vampire.

Delivery: The Voice of (Very Polite) Death Incarnate

I want to give Taku Yashiro, Tsugaru’s voice actor, high praise here. In my favorite moment, Tsugaru stood over Raoul. His smile was anything but friendly. 

“Now, now,” the Oni-Slayer said (11:52). “We can’t have you trying to rough up my master.”

There was death in that voice. Somehow, Taku Yashiro managed to blend perfect courtesy, friendless, and cold lethality in a single tone. The delivery was perfect. It built up anticipation for the coming battle (which, taken as a whole, almost convinced me to name it my favorite moment). It spelled out exactly who Tsugaru was – and what he was capable of doing.

Undead Murder Farce Episode 4: Too late, Raoul realized who he faced

Raoul began to suspect what he was up against. By then, it was far too late for him. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Most of all, it told Raoul that Tsugaru not only didn’t consider him a threat. He didn’t think much of him at all.

Sure, maybe I’m reading something into the scene. But I’d suggest that’s part of what sets highly effective scenes apart. They execute with such artistry that it leaves room for the viewer to immerse themselves – to bring part of themselves into the scene. This scene delivered just that.

What did you think of Aya’s deductions? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let em know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Undead Murder Farce Episode 4: Favorites

  1. I think my favorite was the glimpse of the villains. A Frankenstein creature, the other oni slayer, the lady, and, if I do not mistake my guess, one Professor James Moriarty. The references to Sherlock Holmes and Arsene Lupin were nice little literary winks. 😉

    1. That was cool. I’m a little apprehensive about using literary figures, but maybe this writer can pull it off. the mystery we just saw does give me some hope!

  2. Yes, the fight was one of my favorite moments in the series so far, if not my favorite. A vampire suddenly realizing he’s *not* at the top of the food chain was eminently satisfying! 😌

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