In episode 3, things are progressing as they revealed a twist to us at the end of the show. I have to say though that revelation wasn’t all that surprising. But before I go deeper into that, let’s just summarize what went down in this episode.
A new case concerning the homeless murders occurred and this time, there was a joint investigation between the departments. However Ikuo’s branch was made to do odd jobs – cataloging evidence and whatnot, instead of actually investigating the case on the field. Hibino was frustrated and decided to do some questioning herself.
Those who ship both Ikuo x Hibino will have much to grin about in this particular scene where they pretended to be couples. I thought that was quite funny. They managed to catch the culprit and Hibino showcased some of her fighting skills. However, Ikuo was convinced that the killer for the first 2 victims was not the one they caught.
On the other hand, Danno pursued the doctor who treated the bad guys from 20 years ago and found out that one of them was shot at the back shoulder. Later, Hibino and Ikuo also found out that the killer was an ex-cop so obviously things were getting complicated but also clearer as they knew the police was somehow behind all these. Although Ikuo and Danno managed to corner the ex-cop, a sniper killed him off to silence him and the bad homeless guy was also murdered as he tried to escape. This meant that Ikuo and Danno lost their leads again (except for that twist).
Hibino’s relationship with her father was really strained and she wasn’t happy that her father hid the information about the real killer from them. I guess we can all put Hibino’s father as a suspect or someonewho definitely knew the secrets of the police department.
As for the twist, Ikuo finally recalled that Yuiko sensei actually took a gun and shot the bad guy. I wasn’t all that surprised with the twist maybe because I knew Yuiko was definitely not just a simple teacher of an orphanage, I mean, the moment she got herself tangled with bad guys with connections with the police, her background shouldn’t be all that great. I won’t go as far as to say she was connected with them bad guys but she probably knew some kind of secrets? Plus, she owned a gun, either for protection or not, she went as far as to own a gun meaning she knew danger was lurking. Well, then again, I won’t assume too much yet because with these kinds of shows, there’s bound to be more twists and turns later. So let’s just wait for things to unfold.
By the way, did anyone notice Ikuo drinking milk when he met Danno? It’s just…so childish of him to do that lol. Cute. Also how did Danno even survive that gunshot, well, he was probably lucky to be able to climb stairs and hanging on for so damn long.
Let’s talk about loopholes in this show. I try to ignore them and enjoy it as it is but I guess there’s a certain limit as to how far they’re gonna take it. I’ve mentioned how the manga shows very little of Danno and Hibino. It’s focus is on Ikuo and I can tell asap that the drama will not waste the talents of Oguri Shun and Ueno Juri that way. They changed the plot quite a lot by including Danno and Hibino more than they are in the manga. The major plot is still intact so it’s not like it’s an entirely different story. To discuss the loopholes, well, one of the major ones that we’ve all noticed, was how much Danno and Ikuo meet in public places and yes, they don’t share the same table or face each other, but I can see why that turn off quite a lot of viewers. For example, the restaurant/club scenes where they always meet, sitting back to back, just how powerful Danno and Ikuo’s ears are to be able to communicate like that. In the manga, Danno is almost non-existent and only appeared once in a while. He often contacts Ikuo by phone too. I think it’s probably one of the major mistakes the screenwriter has done for the drama. They probably should stick to the manga by not letting both Danno and Ikuo meet too often in public. They probably wanna satisfy fans by showing both of them together in a scene. Even if I’m a fan, I think I prefer for them not to share too much scene and maybe only a few at the end, that’d have made things more realistic?