Episode 3 Rundown
“Yokohama Gangstar Paradise”
Atsushi passed the test and is now a lawful employee of the Armed Detective Agency. As part of the training as a private investigator, he challenges a game to guess the senior members’ former professions, but nobody knew Dazai’s. Then there came a new job offer; A young woman in suit wants to chase away fishy people loitering in her company building’s back alley, and requested them to get the evidence of them being smugglers. Atsuhi, with Tanizaki and Naomi, heads out for his first simple stakeout job…
In this third episode, we finally get to meet Ryuunosuke Akutagawa and Ichiyou Higuchi of the Port Mafia. The previous two episodes were about Atsushi Nakajima joining the Armed Detective Agency, so it now looks like the story started moving.
Akutagawa has a very unique speech style and it flavors his character, with a subtle difference from elegance. It’s a bit disappointing that anime hasn’t managed to deliver such small differences in expressions fully enough as the original manga does.
We found out about his ability “Rashoumon” in this episode, which he cornered the agency side with by his overwhelming power. The ability is named after the title of a masterpiece by the author Ryuunosuke Akutagawa, and I think the dark part of the story links to the nature of this character well, with its ominous yet cool atmosphere. Akutagawa also showed that the ability can be controlled to work as both offense and defense. I’m looking forward to seeing this most powerful ability featured in the show soon again.
Incidentally, the episode title screen had quotes from “Rashoumon” shown in the background. I find it really neat to see such a playful touch with small gimmicks in this anime.
On the Agency side, we learned about Jun’ichirou Tanizaki’s ability, “Sasameyuki/Light Snow”. It is named after the famous novel “Sasameyuki/The Makioka Sisters” by the author, Jun’ichirou Tanizaki, which uses a fancy Senba dialect, a local aristocratic language of Osaka. The ability is actually not suited for combat, but it can apparently cause damage to the enemy with the right strategy. The image of light snow falling was pretty with nice subtlety.
Tanizaki’s sister, Naomi, has a high-profile appearance in this episode. Her absurd attachment to her brother makes her an interesting character, but the actual author Jun’ichirou Tanizaki did not have a sister. Her name is taken from another novel, “Naomi” by the same author.
The combat scene was not topnotch, but the drawings were very thorough, and I have high expectations for the other abilities, yet to be seen, as well. The pacing was good and I enjoyed watching overall.
At the last scene, one of the so-called Seven Wonders of the Agency, Dazai’s former profession, was revealed as an ex-member of the Port Mafia. Why was he with the Port Mafia? How come he left them? What led him to join the Agency? I anticipate his past being described in the show.
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