Last time, midnight passes with a whimper.
It’s still pouring rain the next morning. Kanon and Genji head to the main house to open everything up. Kanon is surprised that Gohda isn’t already up making breakfast and such. Kanon tries to call to Gohda’s room to find out where he is, but the phones seem to be down. He runs to the servant’s quarters to check on him instead. Is he dead? I feel like he’s dead.
Over with Natsuhi, she’s wishing she didn’t have to leave the room, but she does. As she heads out, she sees the scorpion charm on the door and remembers she said she’d give Jessica a gift.She finds an old mirror she inherited from her grandparents.
She had heard that this mirror was a spiritual mirror to ward off evil spirits, and she had been given it specially by her Grandmother when her grandfather’s mementos had been distributed. It had been believed since long ago that a strange power slept in that mirror. It was believed that, in the same way it reflected light, it also deflected misfortune and malice.
Genji knocks on the door, and tells Natsuhi that not only are all the phones out, Gohda is missing. Natsuhi is like you have to be freaking kidding me.
Natsuhi goes to close the door behind her and notices…something.
Jessica is so dead.
She assumes there’s a joke being played on her, orders Genji to clean it, and heads off.
Eva and Hideyoshi are down in the dining hall waiting for food. Natsuhi sighs and tells Kanon and Genji to forget about Gohda and just make breakfast. Then Kanon gets a weird look on his face.
It turns out, Krauss is missing, too. And further, so are Rudolf, Rosa, and Kyrie.
Wait, how many people are supposed to croak as per the riddle?
On the first twilight, offer the six chosen by the key as sacrifces.
So we’re one short. Has to be Jess. Also, that everything happens at twilight explains why midnight was so uneventful. The second one is about the ‘two who are close’ being torn apart, incidentally.
The only explanation Natsuhi can come up with is that Rosa, Krauss, Rudolf and Kyrie are still up talking about money, and Gohda is attending them, wherever they are. Because she’s not genre-savvy, she feels better that more people are missing instead of just one or two.
Hideyoshi suggests they could be up in Kinzo’s study, and although Natsuhi doesn’t think so, Eva goads her into going to check. Feeling bad for her, Genji sneaks Natsuhi the key to the study.
Over with the kids, Maria wakes everyone up. Hmm, Jess is alive. I guess Kinzo is the sixth? We also haven’t seen Shannon. She could be gone if the torn-apart people are one of the adult married couples. Oh! And Kuma and Nanjo. Forgot about them. I imagine at this point it will be another minor character, actually. Nanjo and Kuma seem the most likely. I think I’ll go with Nanjo.
Anyway, they notice that Rosa is MIA, but assume she’s over at the mansion. They head over themselves.
We jump to Natsuhi at Kinzo’s study. She’s knocking on the door with no result. Finally, she unlocks it… and Kinzo is alive, awake, and staring out the window. He asks how she got in, but doesn’t seem mad, just curious. She asks him to come down, but he says he’s not interested in listening to his kids squabble about how to divide up his life when he dies. Natsuhi thinks that’s fair, and goes to leave. But, as she does, he calls her back.
He also implies that if she were a man, and Krauss the wife, he would be happy to leave the family to her. Natsuhi is so touched she feels like crying. The whole scene is so sweet. It’s nice to get a glimpse of Kinzo as a human being, and even nicer to see Natsuhi validated. In fact, when Natsuhi runs into Eva outside, she’s able to brush off the insults, and Eva dejectedly realizes Kinzo said something good to her.
When Natushi gets back to the group, Genji says that Shannon is gone, too, and Kuma is preparing breakfast. Still not convinced it’s Shannon; like me, everyone seems to have forgotten about Nanjo.
Nanjo was sitting in the sofa, gazing blissfully at the children while reading a book. It must have been a book about chess.
This was literally the next line. WHELP.
The only couple left is Eva and Hideyoshi, so I s’pose they’re the ones screwed at the next twilight. No two other people seem particularly close.
Anyway, Natsuhi goes to make tea, and then Kanon runs in and says, Something looked odd about the rose garden storehouse. Probs corpses. Everyone but the kids rush off to see what it is.
Incidentally, what is it with this series and creepy garden sheds?
They get there, and all Kanon can do is point.
That sounds about right.
Kanon says he was out here the previous night before the rain, and this wasn’t there. Genji and Eva agree they have to paint over it, and there’s paint inside the shed. Those poor fools.
Genji realizes this is related to the handprint on the door to Natsuhi’s room. Oooh, is he going to suspect her?
Aww, we don’t get to see what’s inside the shed. Instead, we jump back to the kids.
Everyone is chilling when Genji runs in, asking for Nanjo to come with him immediately. Well, at least we don’t draw it out too far.
Genji whispers to Nanjo and Natsuhi, and the three go running out of the house. The kids see them running through the rain, something obviously wrong. The three older ones decide to go check it out, and Maria wants to stay and watch TV, thank god.
When Natsuhi sees the kids coming, she runs over and tries to block their view, yelling at them to go back. But it’s too late. All three of them scream. Eva joins Natsuhi, yelling that they need to leave.
Oooh, some really intense music.
Jessica screams for her father and Natsuhi grabs her. Hideyoshi grabs George. Bat walks up slowly. Apparently the faces of the corpses have been brutalized. Bat names Gohda, Kyrie, Rudy, Rosa, and Krauss, but oddly not Shannon, though he says there’s another.
Battler has a complete breakdown, crying and screaming that they have no faces. As he and Jess scream and cry, the scene fades out.
We jump over to George, who’s realized the sixth corpse is Shannon. He asks to see her, but his father tells him it’s better he remembers her smiling the last time he saw her. He cries quietly. I don’t like him, but this is so sad.
Hideyoshi looks at Shannon, who is missing half of her head. He knows it’s better George doesn’t see. Kanon is looking on in horror, too.
Trying his best to burn the image of the remaining half of Shannon’s expression into his eyes, was Kanon. Kanon was not crying. Tears had risen to his eyes, but they did not drip down. But that didn’t mean that he wasn’t feeling as much sadness as everyone else. Losing Shannon, who had lived with him in the same orphanage, who he had loved as a sister, must have been just the same as losing a blood relative…
“…Father. I have a request.”
“…I want you to look for me. Is there… a ring on Shannon’s finger…?”
Fuck this is brutal.
There is. She said yes.
The kids pull themselves together enough for Natsuhi to tell Kanon to take them back to the house. When they leave, she orders Genji to contact the police via the emergency radio. I really like Natsuhi.
They close up the storehouse, trying to not disturb the crime scene. Natsuhi says they should change the lock, since the murderer obviously was able to get in. Genji says there’s only one key, which means someone took the key from the servant’s quarters, did this, and then delicately put it back where Kanon found it moments before.
The adults left the storehouse.
…The ghastly magic circle drawn on the shutter, still swallowing the six bodies, loomed eerily, occasionally lit up by the lightning……
That’s a good line.
The scene ends, and we advance to 8:30 AM.
The character profiles in the TIPS menu have updated to creepily reflect the deaths…it even creepily reflects the mutilation.
I doubt the way their faces were destroyed was random, but I can’t imagine what the significance could be. I also wonder what Rosa’s line about meeting her again means.
Ugghgh now someone has to tell Maria. Unless Beatrice already did, and she already knows.
The older kids sit in the room in stunned silence as Maria laughs at the TV. Hideyoshi is muttering incoherently at Nanjo, who just keeps repeating that nothing can be done.
Natsuhi stands up and takes charge. She reiterates that Genji should call the police, and says she’ll go speak with Kinzo.
I wonder if you would allow me to tag along, Natsuhi nee-san? Since Krauss nii-san is now gone, the task of aiding Father has been left to me. It would be improper of me to relax here while relying entirely on Natsuhi nee-san.”
Natsuhi was struck speechless by Eva’s aggressive actions in a situation like this.
Natsuhi just tells her to do what she wants and walks away.
As soon as the two leave, Kuma runs in, shouting that there’s blood in the dining hall. Not that it matters at this point. Oh god, is it the rest of everyone’s faces?
George runs ahead, and everyone follows. In comparison, the scene is tame — just blood pools. Nanjo says it looks old, and probably happened last night. Come to think of it, he sure knew a lot about rigor mortis and such for a PCP, didn’t he?
Battler says they should leave the room for the police, and Nanjo agrees. Everyone is looking like hell.
Back in the living room, Genji arrives to say, predictably, that the radio didn’t work. Hideyoshi starts freaking out. They’re trapped because of the storm and can’t contact anyone.
Battler realizes that means that the murderer is trapped on the island as well.
Jess starts flipping out, and finally Maria notices something is up, and asks what happened.
“They all died, everyone, everyone!! My dad and Battler’s parents!! Gohda-san and Shannon!! And even your mother, too!!”
Bat starts to comfort her, but first she asks, How many people died? Clever girl, Maria.
“….the culprit isn’t human. It’s just the **** chosen by the ****.”
[…] Maria had just said something, but since the words were so remotely separated from the flow and context of the conversation, for a second, I couldn’t understand them. When I tried to ask her to repeat it again, I was shocked by the sudden sound of aunt Natsuhi’s loud voice coming from the entrance to the parlor.
It turns out Kinzo is nowhere to be found. Even Genji is flabbergasted and can’t think of why he’d leave the room. To look at Beatrice’s handywork, maybe.
Natsuhi says they have to secure the premises and do a comprehensive search for Kinzo. She tells everyone but the servants to stay put, and goes out with Genji and Kanon to do just that.
The kids can’t help but talk.
“……And then, Shannon, …………even though she hadn’t been on duty there, she went to the mansion, …and helped Gohda-san with his job, ……………and got caught up in this case……… If only I hadn’t, on that day, in that place, given her that ring……, Shannon wouldn’t have, ……Sayo wouldn’t have, ……been caught up in that case…! …Whaaaaaaaaaa!!”
Bat asks Eva if she thinks this is all related to the letter, and she says she has no idea, but she doesn’t think there’s a 19th person, and she thinks Kinzo was behind ‘Breatrice,’ the umbrella, and the letter.
Bat realizes this implies the murderer is one of them as well. Eva indicates that’s what she believes. Further, it was someone familiar with the estate, she argues. She implies the servants are in on it, but won’t commit to the opinion. Further, she points out:
“The culprit… no, culprits in the plural, would have more than enough weapons in their arsenal if that were the case. You see it, don’t you? They had to assault the four in the dining hall and kill them, drag a total of six bodies all the way to the storehouse beyond the rose garden, and scribble that disgusting makeup on their faces. There’s no way that a single culprit could carry all of this out on their own, right?”
So she seems to think Kinzo is ringleading and the servants are carrying it out.
What she’s saying is logical, but Battler can’t quite agree with it.
Because it was an easy guess to reach. A guess that anyone could reach. And I just couldn’t accept that.
He has a good point.
Bat namesdrops Higurashi, hehe.
Right now, no one knew where Grandfather was. We didn’t know whether he had already become a victim, or if he was one of the culprits, but this state of confusion had to be beneficial to the culprit. By showing us the bodies that obviously, and making us all realize there is a murder case going on, the culprit had absolutely nothing to gain. Right, that was where we could ‘turn the chessboard over’.
So the culprit’s goal was to clearly show us the bodies. So, at the very least, to the culprit, the appearance of the corpses there meant more than the deaths themselves.
Yes, this is rather obvious.
At the current time, none of us could grasp anything from this vulgar mass murder except malice. Malice… toward… all of us, is it?
This is also a good point: this setup ensures they all turn on each other.
Battler realizes only Hideyoshi and Eva weren’t emotionally affected by the deaths. I appreciate the game recapping the obvious conclusions so we’re all on the same page going forward – this is a clever way to make sure no one gets lost during a complex story. Of course, that also means these conclusions are only important insofar as they lay the groundwork for other conclusions; that is, that they’re explicitly laid out likely means they aren’t full truths in and of themselves.
Eva sizes up Bat, and says she realizes she’s the most likely suspect, as she gained a ton from the deaths and lost nothing. Battler asks her for details about the night, and she says Genji can vouch for her and Hideyoshi going back to the guest house around midnight.
“However, let me say this for my honor’s sake: if my goal was the inheritance, I wouldn’t have needed to commit this weird kind of murder, right? After all, if I just wanted to make them forfeit their rights to the inheritance, the method of their deaths wouldn’t have mattered. On the contrary, you’d expect that I would try to make their deaths look like an accident, wouldn’t I? If I had roped in the servants, and carefully planned everything out, I would be even more capable of doing that.”
The scene breaks, and there’s a TIP update:
Bat goes to find everyone else. Hideyoshi is explaining the weird pentagramish thing to Maria to see if she knows what it is.
George says it looks like a Templar cross. Maria is oddly quiet.
When I looked over at all of them, preparing to jump into the discussion, something shocked me. Maria was smiling, an eerie and incomprehensible expression on her face.
[…] “Kihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihi. You people aren’t even close. Kihhihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihi… Can’t you tell just by looking? Kihhihihihihihihihihi.”
While everyone was scared out of their wits, Maria, alone, kept on cackling happily… After a while, that laugh was suddenly and abruptly cut off. But her expression was still like someone completely different from Maria.
“This is the seventh magic circle of the sun. The characters are written in Hebrew. Give it here.”
According to my Googling, the symbol in question is from a Renaissance-era book called the Key of Solomon. It’s basically a spell book, where each spell requires the drawing of these symbols, certain items, and the invocation of God to cast a spell.
Maria explains what the Hebrew letters mean — mostly the names of angels — and then elaborates on its purpose:
“It’s a magic circle to borrow the power of the sun. He who wears it as a talisman drawn in gold shall be able to break free from the bonds of any prison, and receive the power to gain freedom. […] “The word ‘bonds’ is not limited in its interpretation to some kind of physical object. Therefore it does not only hold meaning for people locked up in an actual jail. It can also refer to the release from mental bonds such as ties of obligation and inescapable fate.”
She says the outside ring is Psalms 116:16-17, which is:
16Truly I am your servant, Lord;
I serve you just as my mother did;
you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
and call on the name of the Lord
Basically, they were sacrifices to call upon the freeing power of the circle.
Battler can’t cope with this and walks away from everyone, thinking that ever since the letter from Beatrice, it’s like they’re trapped in bizarroverse.
That’s right, right now, on this island, now that the witch has sent her letter, having sacrifices offered for a magic circle is perfectly natural.
Welcome to the genre, Battler, enjoy your stay.
So what will happen next? Will some weird people wearing goat masks start doing the Bon Festival dance or something…?!
Beatrice isn’t that garish, Battler.
Battler takes a deep breath and remembers his father assuring him the supernatural was fake when he was little, and how much better it made him feel. That snaps him out of his panic, and he tries to look at things logically.
This is a battle of wits between us and the witch. Will we be sucked up by her occult game first? Or will we pull off her fake skin first? There’s a whole day until the typhoon passes. Why not enjoy ourselves…?!
Still slightly unhinged, but more methodical about it!
He goes back to the sitting room.
I stared at each person’s appearance in turn. If there wasn’t a 19th person, the culprit must be in this room.
Uh, no? Natsuhi, Genji, and Kanon are all elsewhere, to say nothing of Kinzo.
He immediately corrects himself and amends it to ‘in this mansion’ so IDK what the point of that line was.
Natsuhi and the servants come back, and Natsuhi has a rifle. That’s good. What could go wrong there.
Natsuhi sinks into the couch, exhaustaed, and says they should all stay put until tomorrow. Eva agrees — after all, what better way to keep an eye on each other?
The scene breaks, and we advance to 1 PM.