This week’s episode:
Toko’s growth and Toremi’s real intention
I’m glad we finally see a more confident and poised Toko in this episode. It felt like she had come a long way, even though it had only been 3 previous episodes. There were several occasions that pointed out her character growth. For example, during the meeting where she was explaining their theory of Yaginuma Takaaki actually being murdered, she sounded loud and clear with no more doubt in her voice. When replying to the senpai that had always been ‘bullying’ her, she didn’t falter one bit and defended her theory. She didn’t need Takano to step in for her anymore. I thought that very scene was one of the first proofs that she had matured.
Kadowaki also changed the way he addressed her now. Instead of calling her ‘Missy’ he called her by name. It was as if she was finally acknowledged by the team at the same level as her seniors. There was a brief moment between her and Takano when they talked about her father which was a good change of pace for a more normal private conversation. The show picked up some speed again when Toremi called the newspaper company and pushed the police to hold the conference earlier than expected.
I think I’ve said this countless times but I’m still going to repeat it. The search scene at the end of the episode was one of the best directing in this drama or dare I say, one of the best I’ve seen in a drama in a while. I’d say it was even better than ep2. The camera angles and the way they linger around the character’s faces (Toko and Takano’s) really makes one feel like you’re also in their position. Toko’s maturity also helped in this sense. Due to time constraint, she suggested to Takano to search separately. The Kisaragi Toko in ep2 will never say this. She was still slightly nervous from her facial expression but at least she didn’t scream anymore like in ep2 anymore. She was calmer and able to think more rationally.
One of my favourite scenes during this search was when she saw the name of the factory and realized that was where the bones were. The camera slowly panned from her back to the wall above, accompanied by the music in the background (thank you so much for a clearer version this time!) and then followed her as she walked to the grave. I seriously love the way the director shot this!
Another favorite scene was the part where she began thinking about Toremi’s real intention. I think this was probably one of the best facial expressions Kimura Fumino gave in this drama so far. No need for words, just by looking at her face, you can straightaway understand what she was feeling, her worries, anxiety and uneasiness about the whole thing. This is probably what you call acting ability without the need to utter words. Lastly, the moment she realized Toremi’s real target and that last glance she gave Takano before the explosion. I can’t put into words to describe her expression, you’ll understand when you watch it.
Overall, another satisfying episode as usual. The climax was properly executed and they always deliver in those gripping suspense scenes. Perhaps, the only part which I didn’t quite understand was when Toko moved over to see the grave once more after telling the rest to leave. Even though her cop instincts should have been screaming for her to “Get the hell out of there!” Perhaps she wanted to see it one last time. Or perhaps, she knew Toremi wanted to punish them and probably, just probably…a tiny bit of her didn’t mind to take the punishment?
Both Toko and Takano were almost certain Takaaki was murdered instead of committing suicide. Takaaki probably started investigating on his own about the kidnap case and found that both Izawa and Abe were involved. He wrote them down in the notebook that Masato kept preciously.
Toko then asked why didn’t Takaaki didn’t inform the police about his findings? Takano reasoned that he didn’t trust the police. So after Takaaki was murdered by the third accomplice to silence him, Masato read Takaaki’s notebook. From there, he began scheming his own revenge.
At the meeting that night, Toko explained their findings and theory to everyone. She was obviously more confident now. Even when Sergeant Nemoto who had been ‘bullying’ her since Day 1, argued that there were just speculations without sound evidence, Toko defended their theory without Takano having to step in.
Lastly, Nemoto uttered that there wasn’t much they could now since the case was 17 years ago, Chief Kamiya snapped back at him. “If you were investigating with that kind of mindset from the beginning, then it’s fine for you to be off the case.” That finally silenced Nemoto.
That night, Chief Kamiya told Toko they’ll hold the conference in the morning. However, they won’t announce about Izawa and Abe being the kidnappers or murderers 17 years ago. They will just announce that they found there was a connection between the Shiba Park and Shinbaishi murders with a case from the past.
Just thought her eating scene was cute haha
At the usual diner, the team conducted their meeting. Kadowaki asked Toko to give her theory about the third accomplice. She thought the third accomplice might be someone close to Takaaki, perhaps a part-timer or worker at his flower shop. That way he could keep updated with the movements and even after the kidnapping, he didn’t quit in order not to arouse suspicion. He found out that Takaaki was investigating the case so one night, he called him to the rooftop and killed him.
However, her theory didn’t work out because Takaaki was the only one operating his flower shop, which Tokushige revealed later.
A little bit before the meeting, the diner’s owner, Daihen-san passed a few books to Toko. It was a compilation of short stories that her father, Isao took part in. Daihen-san said Isao probably wrote about his cases findings and her mother should still keep them in the house. So Toko said she’d ask her. She mailed her after that.
After that, Takano was outside smoking and reading Isao’s stories. He then asked Toko what kind of father was he. Toko explained that her father was kind and even though cops often have enthusiastic and certain mannerism, her father never showed that at home. However, Toko believed her father must have regretted the unsolved cases very much.
Suddenly, the other team members rushed out of the diner.
Apparently, Toremi contacted Maishou Newspaper and gave them a recording of Izawa’s confession. The newspaper insisted on publishing it while Hayase tried to talk them out of it.
The next morning, the press conference was held earlier because of Toremi’s sudden demand to write about it on the newspaper. Since they couldn’t keep this under wraps any longer, they had to hold the press conference earlier. Toremi called and complained how horrible the press conference was.
Toko asked Toremi whether he was Yaginuma Masato. Toremi replied he didn’t like the name and asked her to use Toremi like before. Toko then expressed her concern for Toremi. She asked him to let the police punish the criminal instead. However, Toremi wouldn’t hear any of it. Toko asked him to trust her and Toremi laughed out loud.
After Toko insisted that she was trustable, Toremi then invited her to play a game. If she can find the place both Masato and Wakako were held hostage 17 years ago by 12pm that day, they will be able to rescue the third victim. The only hint given to them was Hachioji and something connected to Toremi’s name itself. However Hachioji was too wide so Toko asked for more hints as they were left with less than 4 hours to search.
Toremi said he will call Hachioji Police Station if they couldn’t find it later. So they moved out again. At Hachioji Police Station, Toko told Tokushige that Toremi might call the station. She asked Tokushige to speak to him. She will join the search as she felt Toremi wanted her to find the place.
Toko and Takano arrived at an abandoned building and found a homeless guy.
After asking the homeless guy who seemed to know quite a bit about the factories around the area, they managed to pinpoint the place at Miyama Quarry factory.
The Toremi method is a kind of construction method to solidify cement at the bottom of the water by using a tube. Initially, I thought this method was just a creation by the author so I tried googling it. It actually exists! It’s a real method, sorry for doubting you Ishi no Mayu lol…
Both Toko and Takano then rushed to Miyama Quarry. Due to time constraint, Toko suggested they searched separately.
Seriously though, judging by the way she acted back in ep2, you wouldn’t think this is the same Toko lol…coz that Toko would never suggest this when she was sticking like a glue to Takano back at the abandoned hospital.
Seeing a more matured Toko is such a satisfaction. So Takano went to the back. Toko still did look slightly nervous but that was a given since they had no idea what to expect. At least, she didn’t scream anymore like ep2.
Takano found a school bag which belonged to Masato.
He reported it to both Toko and Igi, a police on standby outside.
Which meant that she was near where the bones should be.
ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS ENTIRE SEQUENCE.
I like how the camera followed her from behind, showing us what she saw, the way the director shot it made me feel like I was there myself, experiencing it too.
THAT BACKGROUND MUSIC TOO
MARVELOUS PIECE OF ART
And indeed, there it was. The grave.
Toko reported her findings and told Igi to call for support. Takano joined her and started to remove the dirt.
So this was where Masato’s mother, Wakako was buried by the criminals after she was killed.
It was past 12pm and they still couldn’t find the third victim. Toko started feeling uneasy. Something was bugging her the entire time. Yup, I also like her facial expressions here. It’s like just by watching her facial expressions, you can already feel her emotions, the uneasiness, anxiety, worry that something sinister is going on behind all this.
In order to take revenge, he killed Izawa and Abe. So who exactly was the third person? Who else was Masato holding grudge upon?
Takano suddenly asked why the clock on the wall was moving…since it was supposed to be abandoned factory.
Toko realized it was a trap afterall and shouted for them to run.
Takano also realized the same thing and began calling the others to leave as soon as possible.
Toko walked towards the grave as Takano shouted for her.
Then…as she glanced back at him, the whole place blew up.
Well, based on next episode’s preview, they’re still alive lol…so nothing to worry about really. Because obviously, who else is going to confront Toremi if Toko is dead, right?
Why did Toko walk towards the grave though…I don’t get that part.
How did they survive that huge blast? WOWOW I appreciate your CG but that blast though…it looked friggin near and the fire should’ve burnt them with more serious injuries than what was shown in the preview lol
I think we’re gonna see Toko with her hair down a lot in the finale haha