Last week's Zi-O rating: 4.11 / 5 (19 votes)
Alt Title: The other shoe fell...
Oh Inoue, you're so predictable that it'd be funny if it weren't so sad. More on this at the end. Let's count up the ways this episode was stupid:
Rant about Inoue's writing
2) The intrigue of the mystery? No one solves it. Tsukuyomi just asked a dude and Geiz watched
3) Problematic tropes. Yuuko is literally a crazy ex-girlfriend. Even if we ignore that portraying people as just being crazy is a bad thing, having them be crazy is lazy writing, since you don't have to establish a personality, goals, or reasonable justification for actions. "She's just crazy, just roll with it."
4) What exactly does Inoue think a human relationship is? Sougo ostensibly "loves" Yuuko because he thinks she's his first love. Does she act in ways that makes him love her? Not really, the whole thing becomes less of a character growth for Sougo so much as it becomes his motivation for acting useless and dumb.
5) More problematic tropes, all women are backstabbing, catty, and manipulative. Has Ora killed someone before? Well she has now, and all because she dared to scratch her face, which is the only valuable trait for a woman apparently.
6) Inoue being Inoue. How many people called out that this would end in a dumb tragic way, because that's all Inoue does anymore?
7) What's with the manhole thing? At some point Inoue just decided quirk was all you needed to make a character intriguing.
Remember when Sougo had that vision in the previous episode. Did anything come of that?
9) Kivatte Bat's voice actor saying kivatte, but as a different character is dumb
10) Tone. Sougo calling Yuuko Sailor-san when she dies, is funny in a bad way. Also, Woz kills the "woman his king loves" but doesn't understand why Sougo is sad, and promptly steals his pie. Is this proof Inoue is an alien that doesn't understand human emotion?
11) Pie thing and Tsukuyomi liking spicy thing amounted to nothing...
I'll repeat what I said at the end of Rider Time Ryuki. Inoue is genuinely good at setting up a scenario, but never let the guy finish a story. Inoue is a mystery story where the end reveals that the killer was misogyny, misanthropy, and emotional manipulation over understanding how people work.
Also, the revelation that Sougo thinks any woman who touches his chin is his first love makes him seem dumber than even his usual level of dumbness. I'm not sure what the takeaway moral of the story is. Was Sougo really "in love" with a killer or are we supposed to take that Sougo's first love is completely superficial and anyone can step into that role is the barest of minimum requirements are met? On the other hand, it does play into Sougo as being kind of a tragically isolated character as a child. Although that's super inconsistent since he was friends with that Oni kid and he gets along with his classmates...
Takahashi Yu is lovely as always. I wish she had a bigger part in this episode. Obviously she can't play Yuri since she's dead before the events of Kiva, but still.
At least the Ginga bullshit was wrapped up relatively quickly. One star episode, which gets another star because Takahashi Yu is such a lovely person.