“The Rainbow-colored Past”
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Following another grisly murder, Saikawa and Moe start to look for clues in Shiki’s surprisingly clean chambers. Also, robots!
Seems like our protagonists have figured out that the clock is ticking away as well, because Saikawa and Moe spare no effort to immediately dive into the long-awaited investigation. With a second murder on their conto, the theory that the killer offed Shiki long before our dynamic duo arrived at the scene is off the table for good, but in exchange for one confirmation come a dozen more questions. Shiki’s chambers are squeaky clean, filled only with hints about whatever the heck she was up to before getting killed, but not a clue about her murder — aside from maybe the implication that she long saw it coming. This begs the question, however: why didn’t Shiki do more to protect herself? Why didn’t she flee, or hide? Or why didn’t she at least leave a hint about the culprit?
The prophetic journal entries left behind by her various split personalities seem to indicate that Shiki welcomed her death, that there was no escaping everything ‘becoming F’. And this suddenly opens up the possibility of suicide once again. Maybe Shiki knew she couldn’t escape the killer, because the killer was inside of her all along — a perfect insider, if you will. Now that we know there was a robot in there with Shiki all this time, the idea that a split personality within her — perhaps some aspect of her that resents her locking herself up in a dollhouse — programmed the thing to cut her up and dress her in a bridal gown doesn’t seem so strange now. On the other hand, the robot apparently can’t even open a goddamn door, so maybe I’m just talking out of my behind.
Speaking off things coming out of one’s behind, I’m not exactly a fan of how it was revealed that Shiki suffered from a multiple identity disorder. Not only is it incredibly anticlimactic to have the identities of the authors of the mysterious journal entries on Shiki’s desktop revealed immediately, the fact that all the characters just knew about the split personalities but never bothered to mention it earlier makes me feel like we have been cheated out of a neat twist. What does work, in retrospect, is the fact that Shiki isn’t portrayed as some kind of raving lunatic in light of this reveal, but as a rational individual who calmly accepts her split personalities as a part of her world, even if she knows that they are not technically ‘real’ — you know, like how actual people with psychoses act!
Anyway, just what sort of purpose Shiki’s disorder will play in the grander scheme of things remains to be seen, but it does cast a doubt upon many things we though we knew about her. I’ve already re-opened the investigation on the possibility of suicide, but now even her innocence — which I, I’ll admit, only took for granted because people accused of killing their parents in these kinds of stories are always innocent — and her involvement in her uncle’s abuse are not so certain anymore. If anything, her prophetic words seem to push Saikawa and Moe into investigating the murders as a revenge plot against everyone involved in the death of her parents and the events that followed.
Nevertheless, I cannot shake the feeling that the two murders we’ve seen up until now were not committed by the same person. Shiki’s death was disturbingly clean, symbolic and meticulously planned, the work of someone trying to make a statement. The director, on the other hand, was a sloppy job, a by-the-books, violent murder that seemingly could be solved in a manner of minutes if our protagonists had access to a fingerprint set and a bottle of luminol. Saikawa’s general lack of concern about the director’s murder does say a lot about the difference between the two cases, and I guess the man’s death will only become relevant again when the next murder victim inevitably drops. I mean, what kind of serial killer stops at two?
- Still kind of hoping the F in ‘Everything becomes F’ stands for ‘fucked’.
- Moe didn’t explain why she figured Shiki is ‘the only one who is seven’ and therefore, the loneliest number. Are we supposed to be in the dark as to why this is, or is it just some elaborate pun that Crunchyroll couldn’t be assed to translate?
- Seriously, was it that hard to mention the multiple identity disorder thing earlier? It would have immediately cleared up why Shiki’s even allowed to live the way she did in stead of being in, you know, prison. Or executed.
- Not a lot of banter between Saikawa and Moe in this episode, but I did like Moe’s little remark about how Shiki’s chambers must be his idea of paradise. Nice call-back to Saikawa’s idealization of Shiki as the ‘perfect insider’, which I talked about two weeks ago.
- Worth pointing out: Even if the show makes it look like Shiki seduced her uncle, if they actually had a relationship of any kind, he is still the one guilty of statutory abuse.
- This is far from the first adaptation of The Perfect Insider. There’s been a manga, a PS1 visual novel and a live-action drama, starring of all people a former Momoiro Clover member as Shiki.