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Joker Game Episode 3: Amnesia


So this guy clearly has amnesia, but the beginning scenes of this episode make it pretty unclear, suggesting that he's faking it. It seems like his instincts as a spy are making him fake some of it, but he doesn't recall much more than names so far.

There's a high probability that this is a fake story meant to confuse the amnesiac, so I'm proceeding with caution. Anyway, given the circumstances, I would guess that one of the soldiers hits him in the head with the butt of a rifle and causes the memory loss...because that's how head wounds work!

Yeah, that Japanese sounds just like French with a Parisian dialect.

He knows a bunch of languages, changed his appearance, and mumbled numbers while unconscious? Clearly, he's a linguistics student trying to pretend to be a math genius. Nothing suspicious here!

The accent mark over the "e" lets you know that these guys are really French!

So they have a gun that doesn't work and they keep it hidden in a book because...what? They hope the soldiers will find it and foolishly try to use it against them? This gun feels like it's only in this scene to show off that our amnesiac knows how to take apart a gun.

Is that really a French saying? No wonder everyone makes fun of French surrenders...

Oh...that was easy.

Yeah, dude...you look pretty cool, but weren't you just asking the resistance fighters for weapons? Why toss aside the German gun?

He caused a dust explosion with flour in the air and excess oxygen? I'm no chemist, so I had to Google this and it seems to check out (seriously, just search for "flour dust explosion" on Youtube). The only thing I'm doubtful of is the fact that he was able to trigger the explosion with the lights turning on, but I feel like I shouldn't test that theory in my apartment...

You just had to give the woman a gun, did you? I'm joking...given how knowledgeable Shimano has been up to now, I'm guessing he'll have a safety measure for this (for example, maybe the gun wasn't actually fixed).

Well, I was wary of Jean, so his betrayal isn't too surprising.

Ahh yes...the age-old trick of fixing amnesia caused by a blow to the head with another blow to the head. As a neuroscientist, I'm crying inside.

Cool, he covers one eye before entering the dark church to get it used to the dark and then switches to that eye when he walks in. It seems weird and potentially useless in this situation, but I'm guessing he does it in case the church is compromised and he needs to quickly react to an enemy ambush.

I'm willing to buy that Yuuki taught the spies how to subconsciously remember the mission objectives, but I don't buy that the memory loss in this mission was "planned".

I'm a little sad that the actual Joker Game isn't tied into the series more. It's possible that it will be a factor in the future episodes, but so far, the series just introduced it as a metaphor for the spy game and kinda forgot about it. I get that we're supposed to treat each episode's mission as another Joker Game, but I miss the cards...

Anyway, new spy next week?


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