Posts Tagged ‘Biblia Koshodou no Jiken’
So here we finally are – the last episode of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 – Biblia Rare Books Case Files). The last episode presented us with a case involving the works of Edogawa Rampo and a mysterious safe with the barest hint of how to unlock it. In her attempt to help the Kishiro sisters to decipher the code for the safe, Shinokawa (Gouriki Ayame) is pitted against her own mother (Yasuda Narumi), who has represents a party with a competing claim for the contents of the safe.
Shinokawa suspects that her mother is a step ahead, since the key to the safe – the first of three elements required to unlock it – was missing from its presumed hiding place.
In confronting her mother who has been missing for years, Shinokawa is clearly flustered. After we find out what they think is in the safe . . .
This is the second-to-last episode of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 – Biblia Rare Books Case Files) and it begins with a man writing a letter in which he describes a code which contains the secret to a hidden gift. He dies shortly after mailing the letter, but manages to write 1915 in the snow with the last of his energy.
Kuniyo called them concerning the very substantial collection of Edogawa Rampo works her sister has collected. Edogawa was a legendary mystery writer, so Shinokawa’s eyes naturally go wide at this treasure trove.
This episode of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 – Biblia Rare Books Case Files) is about the books we read as kids that, if we were to read again, would bring long-unaccessed memories to mind.
. . . Jesse-kun gets his most substantial scene of the series so far, as it seems like there’s something between his character Fumiya and Kosuga Nao (played by Mizuno Erina). It’s still a throw-away scene, though, unless they actually plan to do something with this relationship in a later episode (which I doubt).
At the gallery-shop, Daisuke bumps into someone he didn’t expect to see – former girlfriend Akiho.
Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 – Biblia Rare Books Case Files) begins with a question that has probably struck viewers already – is Goura Daisuke (AKIRA) really suited to working at a bookstore when he doesn’t even read books? How can he help customers at all, beyond just looking up inventory and fetching books they ask for?
For his part, he’s just glad to have a study job, and looks forward to learning as he works.
When he gets back to the store, he sees a guy proposing to Shinokawa . . .
We last left Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 – Biblia Rare Books Case Files) with quite a cliffhanger. Daisuke (AKIRA) had just accused Kasai (Tanaka Kei) of being the person who attacked Shinokawa (Gouriki Ayame) and, judging from the way Kasai immediately struck Daisuke down, it looks like the accusation was justified despite Daisuke’s flimsy evidence.
The beginning of this episode has Daisuke rushing to the hospital roof to save Shinokawa from Kasai. But why are Shinokawa and Kasai so passionate about this one book and the message the author wrote in it (aside from its monetary value)?
Kasai’s only got scissors for a weapon, but neither of the other two look like they’re in any shape to risk taking him down.
Kasai explains why the book is important to him, citing an interpretation of the author’s words that Shinokawa already expressed disagreement with in the previous episode. Kasai seems to have built his life around that interpretation, though, so it might not be a safe thing to try to convince him he’s wrong. Not when he’s got those scissors, anyway.
The last episode of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 – Biblia Rare Books Case Files) left the drama’s main character – Shinokawa Shioriko (Gouriki Ayame) – on the ground in the rain, kicked down a staircase by an unknown assailant.
Well, that’s definitely a way to whet my appetite for this episode. But can they capitalize on that effective cliffhanger?
At least we have a solid mystery already – who assaulted Shinokawa? And this is the first time the case has involved violence, so it’s a major step up in the tension level.
By the way, Fujinami (Suzuki Kosuke) is also in the hospital room – it turns out he was the person who called the ambulance. In my book, that makes him the prime suspect (but if I’m ever in need of medical assistance, I hope that mystery-based logic won’t make someone hesitate to call an ambulance for me).
Perhaps you might not recognize the title of the book that we see at the start of this episode of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 – Biblia Rare Books Case Files) . . .
. . . but I hope that this image is familiar, since it’s one of the most iconic in film history:
The book is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – made even more famous (and controversial) by the Stanley Kubrick movie. The opening narration notes that children reading books are thought to imitate deviant and violent acts within “dangerous” books, but asks if that assumption is really true.
The owner of Biblia Rare Books, Shinokawa Shioriko (Gouriki Ayame) arrives at a school to donate some books. She’s met by Tanabe of the library committee, who helps her bring the books in.