Episode 20 -
And now it looks like this series is somewhat back to how it was before, focusing in on a smaller mystery. However, this smaller mystery seems to have a direct correlation with Albert De Blois goals, which makes it much more intriguing. While the mystery itself has quite a few possible predictable outcomes, I can’t quite say for sure exactly what the precise solution here will be. It’s still a mystery how the case revolving around the murdered queen fits in as a “piece of the larger picture”, so to speak, but I guess that’s just part of what makes these later episodes so interesting.
The big difference in this episode would probably be that Victorique actually wasn’t involved in the clue gathering process. Usually Victorique is always there to make some sort of enlightening commentary that solves a lot of the questions, but now that she is gone, the contrast is quite stark in comparison to before. There is much more to think over and ponder precisely because we aren’t being spoon fed by Victorique, which is making this mystery much more interesting than previous ones. Of course, this murder case in context with Albert De Blois’ intentions is a huge part of what makes this interesting, but having a decent small mystery never hurts.
A surprise here would be Kujou’s role in all this. Since the last episode, I was curious as to how Kujou would be involved with the story, especially because it kind of felt as if he “didn’t fit in” to the overall picture. Well, Kujou turned out to be much more competent and straightforward about what he needed to accomplish, and quite frankly, it’s a welcomed change from the typical whiny Kujou.
Kujou actually gets his act together and begins gathering and analyzing info related to the crime, which is probably a first for him. Considering that he doesn’t have Victorique with him, he does quite the admirable job of collecting info. while his method of collecting info (asking around about a 10 year old incident) seems a bit unbelievable, it does produce desirable results.
In the end, though, this episode showcases just how well Kujou has come to understand, and care for, Victorique. His more prominent role here did a good job in highlighting his role for Victorique, as well as reflect the trust Victorique has in him as her partner. Now that their issue is resolved and they are together again, though, the more pressing concern at hand would be how solving this case would help Albert De Blois.
Overall Enjoyment: 3.8/5
Screenshots are later in the post.