Ron Kamonohashi’s forbidden deductions are just a little silly, and actually that’s part of what I like about the movie. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it still delivers a small story that’s technically well constructed and put together. However, it doesn’t go into everything. That may change over time but since we only have 3 episodes left, there won’t be one this season.
So why am I talking about this? Well, that’s because one of the main conflicts that’s been established pretty much since episode 1 is that Toto has to act like he’s the one to solve things because Ron is forbidden to reason. I just love the pointlessness of that plot point… And you would think it would lead to all sorts of shenanigans and difficult moments since Toto has a reputation on the force for being a bit useless and to be honest, he Not that good at the reasoning side of things. I really think we’re going to have all kinds of weird, maybe a bit contrived, moments where Toto will have to work really hard to keep up appearances and convince his colleagues.
But not. Ron Kamonohashi is the light showman and doesn’t get too deep into things. The idea of this conflict is still there and could eventually become a real obstacle but so far Ron just goes along with no one stopping him or even questioning his presence and Ron and Toto just leave to have a private chat, where Ron tells Toto what to say and that’s that. Kinda easy.
And I’m not one to complain too much about that. On another show, that might be a problem, but I really like the lightness here. I agree with that absurdity. But I have to admit, it’s one of those elements that I sometimes wish they would use a little more of. It has the potential for some classic odd couple comedy. And so I was excited when it looked like this episode was going to revolve around the idea of Toto trying to keep the act in front of a journalist trained to see through these things. And above all a crime journalist, someone very familiar with how detectives act and think.
Ok, I won’t keep you in suspense. It’s pretty easy for them to get away with it again. But at least we get to see Toto sweat a little and try to figure things out on his own. It’s a small change to the usual routine and for some reason, I really like it.
Maybe part of the reason is that I really like Chicory. She’s pretty plain, a character who’s basically a nice girl but the fact that she’s really nice to Toto is adorable. He doesn’t get much time off on the show except for Ron, who also likes him but is such a troll that sometimes it’s hard to tell. And she’s impatient and easily annoyed by Ron, which also causes a bit of turmoil. It reverses their roles even if it’s just for a few seconds and I think it makes the episode feel fresh.
And so, even though this is an episode that takes place almost entirely in that one little cafe, it felt to me like there was a lot going on and the story felt like it was expanding. I mentioned last week that I was looking forward to seeing how the movie would turn out with a clear villain opposing the main characters but I’m glad we got another standalone and a Other extras we may attract in the future. I don’t know if this show has a chance of being picked up for more seasons, but I hope it does. At least it’s setting up a cast I want to spend more time with.