The final episode of this arc came too quickly and I am not going to lie: it was underwhelming. Even though Fyodor was caught and the rest are all safe and sound, their victory felt kind of rushed.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 回向
Atsushi and Akutagawa continue to chase after Pushkin, the man who created the virus, but are interrupted by Fyodor’s assistant, Ivan Goncharov. Ivan has the ability to control the earth which gives him a huge advantage in the battlefield, since they are still deep inside the mine. He uses his powers to create a golem who seems to be overwhelming them at the beginning, but later as the duo decides to work together, Akutagawa passes Atsushi his gift, the cloak Rashomon, so that he can wear it, combine their powers and take down Ivan. While the mafia and the Agency try to chase down Fyodor they manage to find Pushkin and stop the virus. When Atsushi and Akutagawa reach what seemed to be Fyodor’s office, they find out that he was outside the headquarters all along and was communicating with his ‘Rats’ through music pieces on the radio. However, Dazai is once again one step ahead of Fyodor and has already found his whereabouts with the help of Francis’s ‘Eyes of God’ and proceeds to his arrest with the Military Police and Guild’s help. Both bosses are saved from the virus and everyone is attending an after party to celebrate their victory. Atsushi then talks with Dazai and lets him know that Akutagawa challenged to fight him and threatened to kill him in a fight that will occur in six months.
Akutagawa and Atsushi: I was not satisfied with their scene at all. I mean, yes, it was nice seeing them working together, combining their powers, and realizing that they are not completely opposite as they initially thought, but everything was so rushed that didn’t really felt right for some reason. The fact that they ‘have tried to kill each other so many times’ is not enough of a justification for their amazing collaboration. I don’t know, I just felt like something was missing in the whole scene.
Fyodor was in shock? So, you want us to believe that Fyodor, the epitome of craftiness, forgot about the Eyes of God? Really now? He brought down the Guild and almost managed to kill both the Port Mafia and the Armed Detective Agency’s bosses but forgot about Francis rising back to power and the possibility of him working together with his enemies? I am sorry but I call bullshit on this one. And one more thing. He didn’t seem shocked… he seemed extremely happy, so I have this tingly feeling that everything might still be going according to his plan. And the most unsettling thing of them all, no one knows his power and what he is capable of, not even Dazai. Boy, oh boy things are going to get so intense in the next season.
To the stray dogs: Dazai sees himself and his friends in Atsushi and Akutagawa, that’s why he is trying to make them work together and make them the ‘stray dogs’ of their generation. Cute.
Themes & Trivia
Waltz of the Flowers: It’s a piece from The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
St Matthew Passion: It’s a Passion, a sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir, and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander. It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the Luther Bible) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music. The original Latin title Passio Domini nostri J.C. secundum Evangelistam Matthæum translates to ‘The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Evangelist Matthew’.
Ivan G.: Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov was a Russian novelist best known for his novels A Common Story (1847), Oblomov (1859), and The Precipice (1869). He also served in many official capacities, including the position of censor. The Precipice, conceived in 1849, took twenty years to be completed and has been preceded by the publication of the three extracts: ‘Sophja Nikolayevna Belovodova’, ‘Grandmother’ and ‘Portrait’. The author considered it to be his most definitive work, in which he fully realized his grand artistic ambition. It is still regarded as one of the Russian literature’s classics.
So after reading about this season a little bit, it seems like it was just one part of a really major arc in the manga and also, the anime is almost caught up with the manga so that’s why they expanded this season with some light novel material and one filler episode. If all of this is true, then I can understand why the episode felt so anti-climactic.
I was disappointed that we didn’t even get a glimpse of Ranpo and Chuuya inside the mystery novel (who is probably going to stay there forever). I would have loved to see Chuuya losing his mind and start beating everyone up.
The rat is already outside the hole.
Fyodor’s arc is definitely not over. There is absolutely no way that he got caught so easily and that he will stay put under the Military Police. I have no idea when the next season will come out, but brace yourselves because it’s probably going to be the best one so far.
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