Fall 2019 Grab Bag Week 4: Kono Oto Tomare, Special 7


Deciding on a season lineup is hard.

Hiro disciplines herself

Kono Oto Tomare Episode 17

As cheesy as it might be sometimes, I've missed this show. Personally, I'd love to see the romances in the show take off, since it seems like they've been pushed so far already. But yeah, we're back with more koto playing. In the aftermath of the previous season, this half of the show puts its focus straight on nationals. The focus seems to be on the upperclassmen, since it's revealed that they only have one chance left to go to nationals.

Suzuka chooses a song

Another change with this season is that Suzuka is taking a more supportive role. I think he adds to the show well with his musical background. I also quite like the development of his choosing Satowa's song for the club to play at nationals. I was skeptical at first, but I like what the show did with that development. Satowa first realizes that she failed to convey the feelings she wanted, and now she has the chance to make it better.

Satowa returns home for a favor

I'm curious to see how Satowa's relationship with her mother develops as well. I would have expected her to bring someone along (like Chika) when she went to borrow the koto, but she sticks more to her previous personality by doing it alone.

Hiro hugs Satowa

This was a cute scene to get as a reward, though.

Kujaku has a secret meeting

Special 7 - Special Crime Investigation Unit Episode 4

Well, I guess it's been a while since I last talked about this show. In my previous post, I mentioned the lack of fantasy elements, which has largely been going away with the shifted focus on Nine. I don't have a problem with the overall concept of this series, but the execution still feels lacking to me. I think this week's episode is a good example, since its core mystery doesn't end up feeling satisfying.

The situation is explained

This week's episode focuses on the case of a wounded child and his overly suspicious father. The episode spends a lot of time presenting Eguchi, the father, as a sympathetic character, and it effectively rolls with that. However, the evidence itself doesn't seem to do a great job of exculpating him. Even if you fear for your child's life, I feel like the reasonable course of action is to hire some kind of protection. What does buying insurance gain you?

Seiji seems suspicious

And in the end, the episode emphasizes Goto's involvement in the car explosion, but it never links him to the murders of the other two children. Was I just supposed to accept that Eguchi didn't kill one and therefore wouldn't kill the other two? More importantly, what was Goto's motive? The episode does a good job of explaining his attempts at the hospital, but I don't remember hearing an explanation for the original explosion.

Kujaku confronts the culprit

I think the main point of interest in the episode for me was the focus on Kujaku Nijou, Seiji's partner for the day. I don't know how to fully interpret the final scene, but it seems like Kujaku might be playing both sides. It looks like he has some kind of informant in Nine, and he's actively working to investigate Shiori. However, the information he gets at the end seems to be for the benefit of the agency. So, he seems like a good person overall.



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