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It’s been a long gap between my review of the previous episode of MONSTERS and this one, but I hadn’t given up on it. I was just holding out for subtitles (and thanks goes to LuffyNoTomo at D-Addicts for the subs, and for sticking with this series) since there was no way I could review this episode without them.
At the beginning of the episode, we see unorthodox detective Hiratsuka (Katori Shingo) testifying before a court. Have they finally decided to haul him in?
No, it’s about another case. Saionji (Yamashita Tomohisa) will explain for the benefit of the viewer in a moment, but for now, we wonder whether anyone would be silly enough to rely on Hiratsuka’s testimony. Hopefully it’s not essential to the case.
Saionji narrates how Hiratsuka came to be a witness to the crime. It all started one month before with a journalist named Nikaido . . .
In good form, episode 9 of Priceless (プライスレス) ended on the climax of the series. This is the last episode of the drama, so if you haven’t watched the rest of it yet, or at least know what’s happened, you don’t want to read the rest of this review. This is too good a series to risk spoiling.
Now, about that climax. After being treated like cogs in a machine by the management of Miracle Electronics, the employees of the company decided to leave their resignations on their desk en masse, and they all end up at the doorstep of Happiness Thermoses – Kindaichi (Kimura Takuya)’s company. Actually, they don’t end up at the office of the company (which Happiness might not still have the use of after the patent issue in the last episode), but in front of Grandma Marioka’s house – all of them.
Meanwhile, it’s very lonely at Miracle Electronics, now that there are only two people at work:
This is the final episode of Piece. If you don’t know what has happened so far, it would be a good idea to stop reading, because this review is likely to ruin the entire series for you. Rather than taking on a separate story in each episode, Piece has generally focused on its overarching plot, with only slight detours. The resolution of that plot begins immediately.
Unexpectedly, the character at the center of the mystery’s unraveling is Remi (Arai Moe), who hasn’t figured highly in the proceedings.
In a remarkable twist, it was Remi who was pregnant and had to get an abortion, not Origuchi (Mizuno Erina).
And this is how a mystery about a pregnancy is different from a murder case. In a murder, there’s generally no question about who got killed since there’s an identifiable corpse. Throughout the series, weaned on murder mysteries, I never considered the possibility that Origuchi was not the one who got pregnant and had to have an abortion, so good job to the writers for popping up with something that could surprise me.
But why did Origuchi’s mother find that stuff about being pregnant and getting an abortion, then? Well, it turns out that Origuchi was supporting Remi, and she tried to communicate with Sakata Kouji, the boy in the equation, on Remi’s behalf.
The others listen . . .
. . . as Remi’s words take us into another flashback.
With Piece in its second to last episode, it’s about time that Mizuho (Honda Tsubasa) and Hiro (Nakayama Yuma) meet. We’ve had episodes of build-up to this, so there’s no mistaking it – this is the climax of the series. Enjoy!
At the end of episode 11, the two of them passed each other by chance, and we left them in mid-stride. Before we go back to that scene to see what happened, we get a little flashback into Hiro’s past.
And we see Origuchi (Mizuno Erina), the center of this mystery, admiring his paintings.
And he still has a painting of her:
So in Piece we have not met Hiro yet (though that’s quickly about to change). I made a mistake in the last review, so let me make it quite clear up-front that the fellow we met in episode ten was somebody else – not Hiro – and we’ll find out who he is in this episode. Actually, this episode decides to make it clear right at the beginning, too, with Yanai (Matsumura Hokuto) explaining the relevant backstory to Mizuho (Honda Tsubasa).
He got the story from Kido (Iwamoto Hikaru), who was part of a group who used to bully Hiro. Narumi Hikaru (Nakayama Yuma) would come over from Tokyo to defend his more timid older brother, but then eventually became friends with Kido and the rest.
Cue a flashback to seven years ago . . .
. . . where we find out that Hiro is also played by Yuma-kun, which I probably should have guessed would happen but totally didn’t. This is great, though, because we really get to see Yuma-kun’s acting ability, and it is truly something to behold.
As the antagonist of Priceless (プライスレス), Oyashiki Toichiro (Fujiki Naohito) becomes steadily less comfortable in his position as president of Miracle Electronics . . .
. . . the three protagonists decide to get better threads . . .
. . . and to move Happiness Thermoses to more impressive premises.
In Priceless (プライスレス), Kindaichi (Kimura Takuya) is getting more comfortable as his thermos venture gains success. At the start of this episode, we see him playing around with the Marioka boys as he gets settled into his new office.
There is work to be done, though, especially when an unforeseen equipment failure means thermos production is halted until they can muster the money for a replacement.
Meanwhile, Nikaido (Karina) has gone AWOL, deciding that she isn’t really needed by Kindaichi.