The police finally show some competence… or do they?
After Shibazaki leaves the archives to become a detective again, the police finally make some headway on the Sphinx case. So far, Shibazaki is portrayed as the typical heroic detective – somewhat quirky and a bit of a lone wolf with a strong sense of justice. His background reveals that he is one of the second generation victims of the atomic bombing at Hiroshima, thus giving him some personal investment in the stolen plutonium. Not only does he successfully connect the blackout prior to the government office bombing to the bombing itself but also solves the most recent riddle from Nine and Twelve. But as impressive as all of that is (particularly the riddle-solving), it appears that he has played right into the boys’ hands.
Shibazaki figuring out the answer and the subsequent disarming of the third bomb allows Nine and Twelve to figure out that the police have connected the stolen plutonium to Sphinx. In fact, the main purpose of the last bomb threat seems to have been to find that out. So despite the newfound competence of the cops, the boys still have the upper hand.
We also get a glimpse of the mysterious ‘institution’ that Nine and Twelve escaped from. The people there seem very nice and humane. Telling little kids that they were abandoned and unloved and undeserving of even names sound like the epitome of human kindness, doesn’t it? Now we know why Nine and Twelve have such imaginative names. The practice of taking away people’s names and assigning numbers instead in an attempt to rob them off their identity and agency has been done before but it never gets any less creepy.
Meanwhile, Lisa’s life continues to suck. The bullying at school is still going on and her home life seems even worse thanks to her abusive mother. Lisa runs away from home but we don’t know where she went or even if she has some place to go. The next episode shall tell, hopefully.
The ED is growing on me.