Gods of myth-takes.
The focus of this episode is finding an alibi for Shiro to prove his innocence. Iron Chef Kuroh is at it again and prepares flawless bentos for the trio, and it’s apparent that everyone will be attending classes today.
When Shiro determines that the murder took place on December 7 at 11:45 pm, he goes around trying to find evidence of his attendance on school grounds. The crime scene is an hour away, so if Shiro is on campus within an hour of the murder, he’d be absolved of the accusation.
The Homura Gang and SCEPTER4 got very little screen in time this episode. Their only purpose was to show that they’ve both homed in on Shiro’s location at Ashinaka High School. Of course, lolita Anna’s powers are still shrouded in mystery.
Kuroh begins to get restless when Shiro’s attempts to find an alibi are coming up with few results. Shiro finally lands on the log report that lists who passes through the main gate. To get in and out, it’s mandatory for a student to get logged. Seeing as Shiro is not on the list within an hour of the crime, it means he’s been on the island the whole time.
However, we find that Shiro is caught in a bad situation when a fellow classmate, Kukuri, offers to pay for a drink at a vending machine. We’re reminded that it’s required for all students to have their PDA on hand to do most anything on campus. It’s also made known that Shiro always forgets his and has found a way to go in and out of school without it.
Kuroh takes this as a deceitful attempt to get out of being killed. He then proceeds with his mission to take out Shiro until Neko jumps in to protect him. When Shiro becomes selfless and steps in front of Neko, we catch a glimpse into Kuroh’s past. Is that the master he holds in high regard? And who is Kuroh protecting him from?
Shiro begins saying there’s more instances to investigate, and Kukuri acknowledges seeing Shiro during a sprinkler incident at the gym. With this new information, Kuroh accepts that, in the time given, it would be impossible for Shiro to return here after the crime. In the meantime, Kuroh decides to fully take part in the school festival and Shiro goes back to his room to change. Just when we think Shiro is innocent, he finds blood soiled clothes in his closet, similar to the shirt seen in the murder video.
This episode felt a bit boring and underwhelming. I thought it was pointless to even include scenes of Homura and SCEPTER4, but I guess it did break focus on the search for an alibi. Nothing of interest was said or done up to the last moments near the end. If it weren’t for the glimpse into Kuroh’s past and the surprise ending, not only would the rating have been lower, but my interest would have gone down as well.
GO Rating: 2.5/5
Cleaning robots love pantsu? I love these things.