Episode 7 Summary
“Love for the Disease Called Ideals”
The Detective Agency received a notice of a major bomb threat by “the Azure Messenger” in a metropolitan area. If they fail to disarm the bomb, they would be blamed for a large amount of deaths from the bomb along with the previous abduction incident, smeared further with a public scandal. While they fight for the agency’s existence and pride, Dazai looks more interested in Nobuko Sasaki, the only abductee the agency managed to save in the previous episode. Nobuko teaches social psychology at a university, and suspects that the case may have something to do with “the Azure King”. He was a terrorist who blew himself up after being cornered by Kunikida in the past.
Episode 7 is a sequel to the previous story, “the Azure Messenger”.
The Detective Agency received a request from “the Azure Messenger” to locate and disarm a bomb that he/she/they have planted somewhere in Yokohama. Dazai acted like he wasn’t interested in the case but looked more interested in Nobuko Sasaki, the saved victim of the previous case.
The location of the bomb was soon discovered by Ranpo Edogawa, and the bomb case itself was solved easily. However, the main issue was who “the Azure Messenger” was. Dazai summoned Kunikida to the abandoned hospital, and told him that he also text-ed the perpetrator to come. There appeared Rokuzou who hacked Dazai’s mailbox, and later Nobuko with a gun. The gun shot she fired hit Rokuzou who tried to protect Kunikida. She revealed that she was “the Azure Messenger” and was a girlfriend of “the Azure King”. She wanted to grant his desire and make his ideal of “the world without crimes” come true, using her intelligence.
Dazai held up a gun towards Nobuko, but she lowered hers. As he dropped the gun, Rokuzou picked it up and fired it to shoot her.
Kunikida couldn’t save Nobuko, nor Rokuzou right in front of him. Learning Dazai had been aware of the truth, Kunikida made a snatch at Dazai. Dazai, however, told him that it was the justice of “the Azure King” and of Kunikda that killed her. That is to say, “the Azure King” pursuing his ideals caused the suicide bombing, and Rokuzou wanting revenge for his killed father caused the death of Nobuko.
It looks as though nobody was reciprocated in this story, but Nobuko said she wanted to be released from all this. It was a sad ending, but she was certainly set free, and was smiling when she was shot. Rokuzou also managed to avenge his father’s death as a result.
Dazai mentioned the danger of pursuing the Azure King’s “ideals” also takes roots in Kunikida. It sounded like he wanted to remind him of the potential danger as his best partner. His words sounded cold, but also convinced me that they shared their trust and concerns as best partners.
This episode is a bit sad at first, but rewatching it after learning who the perpetrator was helped me understand why Dazai was interested in Nobuko from the beginning and the real meaning of the conversation between Kunikida and Nobuko that took place at the grave, and enjoy it to the fullest.
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