The case of the Steel Samurai resumes, and Oldbag reveals that there were people in the other studio on the day of the murder. So, gasp, it might have been someone other than Will Powers who killed Hammer. ENGLISH IS EASY #thingsenglishspeakersay . This begins a very extensive look into who was in the other studio as well as who could’ve possibly done it, and why. A big focus this episode ends up on the Director, the Producer, and the young fan who has been consistently breaking in to see the Steel Samurai.
I liked this episode a lot because it focused a lot on what the anime does best. It showed us character interactions we hadn’t really seen so much, like showing us a cute Mayoi as they watched Steel Samurai movies, it gave us information, like how Naruhodo was given more than a day to investigate the new findings which is rather helpful. I think how it goes is they get the rest of the trial day and the next day, but it might just be two days.
The director is an annoying weeaboo stereotype, but it’s fine because his existence gave us sexy magical girl Mayoi, but the Producer is an entirely different story. Dee Vasquez seems to be an intimidating figure and, according to her boss, the one who saved the studio after an accident 5 years prior. The more we learn the less likely the teddy bear Will Powers seems capable of, and we see his young fan knows more than he lets on. Namely that I want to give him a hug, he believes so truly in the Steel Samurai and I don’t want his dreams to be crushed. Then again, he actively saw the murder, so it’s pretty clear he’s gonna need some therapy.
Luckily a child’s hopes and dreams mean nothing so long as he has evidence! No one said this please don’t judge these characters it’s all the writer. Cody has a picture of the Steel Samurai walking into the second studio where the other members of the production were, giving credence to the idea that Hammer himself took the suit in order to avoid being detected as himself. However, when a fan called out to him, he made the villains pose instead of the Steel Samurai’s. Meanwhile this kids ability to be honest and truthful has left Oldbag, whose position in the series becomes meaningfully endearing the more we see her, seemingly holding onto something important that could make a difference in the case.
I love that this case is getting the time it needs in order to grow into something meaningful. I also love that the more episodes we see, the more every person grows and the more I care. All this anime has done is make me love the series even more, and feel bad for everyone all the time. The cases usually only have one villain but their motives are sometimes interesting. I’m excited to see who the true villain will be (though the thugs give me a hint) and I want to know why this case played out this way. Also I want more of Mayoi and Pheonix being fucking hilarious and her shoving his head in a sewer grate.