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Bungou Stray Dogs Episode 22: The culprit is...


I think that the episodes that involve Rampo tend to be more interesting for me. As such, I thought the first half of the episode was pretty fun, though it was a terrible excuse for a mystery. I think Akiko had strong moments in the first half too. The second half of the episode didn't feel like much...more of a setup, I guess? I'm looking forward to seeing Akutagawa and Atsushi team up against Fitzgerald next week, though.

First off, of course Edgar Allen Poe has an animal on his shoulder. I would have expected nothing less. Secondly, did Poe write the novel? Because most novels tell you who the killer is, so...just flip to the last page?

I have a problem with this power. In a figurative sense, this is something you'd expect all authors to be able to do, so giving it to Poe seems a bit conceited.

Alright, this is really stupid, but I'm just going to throw this out there to start off. Rampo is the killer...for reasons.

Also, if Poe worships Rampo's deduction gift so much, why would he take away the glasses? Unless he somehow knows Rampo's gift isn't a real gift, this doesn't make much sense.

Whoa whoa whoa...slow down there. In the first season, Dazai made a big deal about figuring this out by touching Rampo while he was making a deduction, so how does Akiko know this? Does Dazai just tell everyone about this?

Pfft...as if I'd believe that's enough to kill her. Still, at least she had the decency to say she didn't see the murderer...unlike the first victim who just points at a door.

You might think I staged my prediction...I can't really prove that I didn't. But did we honestly expect it to go any other way?

Aww...they're rivals now.

I guess this scene is Dazai's way of tricking Rampo into laying out a strategy for attacking the guild, which is actually quite clever.

Who? I have no idea who that could be...

I somewhat understand the logic behind this operation, but you do realize that Atsushi escaped the Moby Dick just to get sent back there by himself, right?

Akutagawa and Atsushi seem like they could be a decent team up too.

So the plan is to crash the ship into the city? Why does this feel like the plan from Avengers 2?



  • Karandi

    Dec. 6, 2016, 7:46 p.m.

    I also loved the first half of this episode. More Rampo please, though a slightly better mystery wouldn't go astray.
    And yeah, that second half. Return to the place you escaped from (by jumping mind you) and take over. Sure. That'll work. And why is it the Guild's plans are now starting to remind me of Wile E Coyote trying to catch the Roadrunner?

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    marthaurion

    Dec. 6, 2016, 7:55 p.m.

    yeah, i really feel like rampo and akiko did a good job

    it also feels like there should be a quicker way to execute this plan

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  • Nightsworn

    Dec. 8, 2016, 8:51 a.m.

    Yeah, my first thought was that the protagonist was the killer as well. Ranpo took way too long to figure that out :L

    Thanks for the Avengers 2 spoiler btw... now I don't need to watch it, right? :D

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    marthaurion

    Dec. 8, 2016, 9:08 a.m.

    but he didnt have the glasses!

    yeah...totally safe D:

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