Episode 8 Summary
“Teaching Them To Kill; Then To Die”
Dazai is missing, but the employees of the Detective Agency are not bothered with it since it happens all the time. Meanwhile, Atsushi accompanies Akiko Yosano for shopping. But nobody can tell when the Mafia strikes for a surprise attack. “We will now conduct a minor physics experiment” – a sudden mysterious announcement in the train strikes the passengers with terror. The shabby message is announced by Motojirou Kajii, a mad bomber. Atsushi runs to find the bombs set inside the train, and sees a girl…
The previous two episodes were about Kunikida in a row, but do you remember we had seen a girl in kimono locked up in the Port Mafia’s prison before?
This episode’s story involves this girl, and we see Dazai meeting her in the beginning. Dazai is missing since then, but the members of the Armed Detective Agency hardly seem to care.
Atsushi ends up following Yosano for her shopping, and they get trapped in a train by the Port Mafia on their way home.
Yosano and Atsushi split up and run to retrieve the bombs set in the front and rear cars, and each of them meets a Mafia member. Atsushi meets a girl in kimono, whose name is Kyouka Izumi. She is a member of the Port Mafia and has murdered people using her ability “Yasha-Shirayuki (Demon Snow)”. She does not directly use this ability herself, but it appears that a ghost behind her attacks her target with a sword. Kyouka cannot control her own ability, and it was not her will to murder repeatedly. Atsushi decides to save her, risking his own life.
Atsushi, who causes ill for people around him, and Kyouka, who repeats unwilling murders, both have had a similar childhood as an orphan. It looks like these two will be deeply involved in the story from here on.
Meanwhile, Yosano, who split up with Atsushi to retrieve from the opposite ends of the train, meets another Port Mafia member, Motojirou Kajii. His ability is “Lemon Bomb”, named after one of the real author Motojirou Kajii’s works, “Lemon”. A large amount of bombs he had brought in the train puts Yosano in jeopardy, but she turns the table by her ability “Thou Shalt Not Die” that cures any wounds. The subtitle of this episode “Teaching Them To Kill; Then To Die” is a phrase seen in “Thou Shalt Not Die”, the famous poem written by Akiko Yosano.
Yosano’s ability has a flaw that it can only cure mortal wounds. She apparently waited until she was fatally injured to activate her ability. There were some scenes in the previous episodes where other members of the Detective Agency screamed in fear to be cured by her. This flaw seems to explain their fear. Yosano is good looking with pretty features, and the gap between her looks and occasional strength makes her popular.
I was surprised that Kajii was voiced by Wataru Hatano, because I had the impression that he often voices faithful and trustworthy characters and I wasn’t expecting him for this role.
Missing Dazai appears again towards the end. He is locked up by Akutagawa. I guess Kyouka took him to Akutagawa, but I wonder why he was abducted. Dazai was an ex-member of the Port Mafia and it looks like he was deeply connected with Akutagawa. I can’t wait for the future development of the show.
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