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6. ‘The Silver Eye’, or Repeated Hiatuses

Well. It’s been another two weeks, but I’m finally back! Done with writer’s block, and all that. Last time, there was some fun A.I. generated rules for fair-play mysteries, but before that, it was Q.E.D., by Motohiro Katou.

I realise that in my last blog post about Q.E.D., I failed to give a basic summary about what Q.E.D. even is. So, here’s a summary, directly copied off of Mangadex: “Touma Sou graduated from MIT, but he comes back to Japan because he wants to know how it feels to be a high school student. On the other hand, Mizuhara Kana is a strong girl who loves sports. Together, they are partners in solving cases that happen around them.

The interesting things about the crimes they solve is that most, nearly half, as a matter of fact, have some complicated science, or maths related theory in conjunction with the case. These cases are interspersed with more conventionally fair-play mysteries, an incredibly high number of which are in the impossible crime genre.

But, enough pre-amble! Let’s start with this story, Chapter 2, otherwise known as ‘The Silver Eye’! Some quick Google Searching that I’ve done before writing this says that apparently the silver eye is a bird.

It’s not the topic of this chapter, regrettably. It would be interesting to see a bird themed case, as I can’t remember if one pops up or not. There is that one chapter called ‘The Black Dove’, or something along those lines, but the name escapes me, and I’m almost certain it doesn’t involve birds as a major component.

Spoiler-Free:

I keep on going off on tangents, I probably shouldn’t do that. But yes, to finally begin. Our story starts in a particular high school in Japan, whose name hasn’t been stated yet, if it ever will. Kana Mizuhara asks, or more accurately, forces, Sou Touma to come somewhere with her after school. Where? To a doll exhibition, where one of Kana’s friends, Suzuko Nanasawa is currently at. Suzuko’s mother is the one who made all of the dolls in the first place.

While at the exhibition, Touma gives a lecture about the history of iki ningyo dolls, or, life-like dolls. It’s a short lecture, and decently informative. Immediately after this lecture however, there is a commotion, as apparently, a doll has fallen to the floor. Considering these dolls are very expensive, this would surely mean trouble for the person who broke it. There seems to be one suspect, a girl, and their guilt is seemingly backed up by a witness, an older, irate man, Akutsu Kakuzo, director of the Akutsu bank. However, Touma proves the innocence of the girl, and proves Akutsu’s guilt. This isn’t really spoilers, as it should be pretty obvious that this happened.

After this, Touma and Mizuhara meet Suzuku’s mother, Katsumi Nanasawa, who explains about Akutsu, and his desire to have one of her dolls. She then reveals that she has a plan to make sure that that man could not get his hands on her dolls, and that is by donating them to the government in order to make a museum out of them.

We are also introduced to the butler, Akira Yasuoka, and Suzuko’s fiance, Yasumichi Yoshino. It is then revealed that the elder Nanasawa is in need of surgery, as a result of arterial thrombosis, or the formation of a blood clot in the artery. Akutsu then arrives, and there’s a war of words between the two, as well as the bystanders, where Akutsu seems to do anything he can to anger Katsumi.

There is a short timeskip of one month, as we are told that Katsumi Nanasawa passed away as a result of the blood clot in her artery. To add onto the troubles, just as the doll museum is about to open, the butler, Yasuoka, announces that most of the benefactors for the museum are frauds made by Akutsu.

The scene has been set at this point, nearly a fifth of the way into the chapter. Although the actual murder has not occurred yet, the victim’s identity should be very clear. Even when I read this a few months ago, amateur that I was, I still could foresee this much. Of course, I am still an amateur now, granted, but anyways.

Of course, one afternoon, Akutsu is found dead inside the premises of the museum, being stared at by a life-like doll. It is revealed that the man suffered from arrhythmia, and had a pacemaker in order to keep his heart beating at a normal pace. Investigation also reveals that there was a smaller doll missing from the premises, as well as a stun gun being found. Naturally, if used on the victim, the consequences could’ve been fatal.

Proto Kyu from Tantei Gakuen Q?

Then, the interrogation of the suspects. All three of the suspects go through their happenings of what happened exactly, and what they think was the cause behind Akutsu’s death. However, every story contradicts the other, and it falls to Touma to explain just what happened.

Did I manage to solve this one? The answer would be yes. The solution behind the case is inspired, though certainly not difficult to spot. One clue given a few pages before the denouement is enough to reveal the truth behind what’s happened. The identity of the killer, as well, is something that I managed to predict, though this was more of a “zrgn-thrff” (rot13 for mild spoilers for overthinkers like me), then anything really concrete, though my suspicions of how the crime was committed definitely helped further this. Now, on to the more spoiler filled part of this review.

Spoiler-Full

So, the fact that each and every witness thought that someone else was the culprit, and took actions accordingly was hilarious, and also the thing that you could only see in a mystery novel. The revelation that the death was caused by static electricity was something I thought off from the moment that electricity was brought up as a concept, and the label on the rug confirmed it. The reveal that the killer was Katsumi Nanasawa was also something I thought off. As I mentioned, this was more of a meta-guess, as I thought that the person who died prior to most of the happenings would make a mighty fine suspect. Of course, some of the arrangements of the room would have to be kept the same, but all good murderers need some element of luck to keep their plans ahead.

Another interesting thing to talk about here is the title, ‘The Silver Eye’. Naturally, this would draw attention to the eye of the doll. Of course, one doesn’t know what a Leiden Jar is normally, and indeed, if anyone came up with the idea by themselves, I would be astounded. But yes, this was a very clever mystery all told, with a very satisfying ending. Oh, and one of the few killers who escapes justice, by means of posthumous murder!

Cases Solved: 4

Cases Unsolved: 3

Once again, I’m pulling into the lead! Now, the great news is that my school holidays will be starting tomorrow, as my school term ends then. As a result, expect more writing from me than ever before! Next on the list… who knows? I really don’t stick to the schedule I’ve prepared for myself, huh?

Well, for those 3 people who read this, thank you, and see you next time!!

One response to “6. ‘The Silver Eye’, or Repeated Hiatuses”

  1. Realised of all the ads that are at the bottom, sorry about that! Unfortunately, I don’t have a paid wordpress account.

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