Undead Murder Farce Episode 5 – Quick Summary
In Undead Murder Farce episode 5, “The Immortal of London,” Annie Kerber covered a big story: a criminal had announced he would steal Phileas Fogg’s appallingly valuable diamond. It was so big it even had a name: the Penultimate Night. Fogg, being a confident yet cautious type, called in the era’s biggest detectives – including non other than Aya Rindou and her faithful companions. But they weren’t the only ones. Who else did Fogg hire? Who’s after the gem? And what do they want to do with it?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Undead Murder Farce Episode 5
Her patience and humor amaze me. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
It’s a long story (well, not that long, but I don’t want to detail it here), but Aya, Tsugaru, Shizuku, Sherlock Holmes, and John Watson ended up in a paddy wagon. Two young thieves, twins, were also in the wagon.
The thieves were astonished when Aya and Holmes figured out not only that they were thieves, but what they had stolen. But they were even more greedy than astonished – they wanted to sell Aya’s head to a circus. Before they could act, Watson noticed that the story of Fogg hiring two sets of detectives had made the papers.
The twins easily remembered Holmes was one of the detectives hired. But they stumbled a little with the second. They remembered her name was Aya, but they thought she was called The Doghouse User.
That’s when the poor policeman – who thought he just had a wagon full of random suspects – saw the picture and realized Holmes sat across from him. Holmes misses nothing, so seeing the policeman’s reaction, he introduced himself and Watson.
Aya took her turn, saying (07:37), “Aya Rindo. As you can see, I live in a bird cage, not a doghouse.”
I love how she keeps her cool and sense of humor.
Favorite Moment from Undead Murder Farce Episode 5
I was going to say Holmes started it, but both felt the rivalry between them from the moment they met. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Using Literary Figures is Dangerous
Mixing literary figures in with a cast can be tricky. In fact, I can’t think of an example where I enjoyed the result. Except for Undead Murder Farce. It might just be the exception.
A character like Sherlock Holmes presents a lot of challenges. The character’s well known, and the people who enjoy the character the most are the ones with the highest expectations. If a writer decides to add their own flair or interpretation, it can anger the character’s biggest fans. The same goes for under emphasizing any of Holmes’ traits.
So far, the series has taken a traditional interpretation of the character and merely added robust animation and a solid voice actor. The twist or unique interpretation that Oh! great (the writer’s professional name) brought to the party is the show’s central characters, specifically Aya.
Oh! great started with a solid, traditional interpretation of Holmes and Watson. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
While they were in the paddy wagon, for example, we got to see Holmes’ famous deductive powers in action. He acted exactly like the Holmes we would expect from the official literature version of Arthur Conan Doyle.
My favorite moment in this episode answers the question, “What would Holmes do if confronted by an unorthodox yet equal intellect?”
Delivery: A Rivalry’s Inherent Respect
It’s a loaded question. There were a lot of prejudices built into the question. Aya was a woman; Aya came from Japan; and Aya had no body. To the cane shop proprietor, she was a horror whose mere sight knocked him unconscious. To the thieving twins, she was a curiosity to be sold to the highest bidder. How did Holmes react?
Exactly as I would expect Doyle’s character to react to an equal – he recognized her as a rival in a mostly good-natured, professional way.
As they talked to Phileas, Holmes suggested hiring two detectors amounted to overkill. Aya agreed, saying (11:19), “Indeed. I can handle this case all by myself.”
She might only present as a head, but Aya has presence. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
There was no way Holmes would let that stand. He said (11:23), “I wonder how useful a literal talking head could be…”
“The funny thing is that you only need a brain to do detective work,” Aya responded.
Holmes didn’t see her as a horror or a curiosity. He saw her as a rival, and he treated her like that. I appreciated that enough to name it my favorite moment of the episode.
What did you think of The Penultimate Night and its silver vault? What were your favorite moments in the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Undead Murder Farce Episode 5: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Undead Girl Murder Farce • Undead Murder Farce – Episode 5 discussion
- RABUJOI: Undead Murder Farce – 05 – Penultimate Night
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 01: Oni Slayer
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 02: Vampire
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 03: The Immortal and the Oni
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 04: The Headliner Appears
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 05: The Immortal of London
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 06: The Phantom Thief and the Detective
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 07: Free for All
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 08: The Banquet
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 09: Werewolves
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 10: Misty Hollow
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 11: Where The Wolves Dwell
- Undead Murder Farce Episode 12: Where The River’s Flow Changes