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The man who stabbed Double Agent was his driver/bodyguard. I presumed that this bodyguard was provided by the old guy's organization. I wonder if the bodyguard was acting on someone else's orders (an under deputy?), or if he took his own revenge on DA for being a traitor, causing the arrest and subsequent death of the old man?

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Yes, it might have been a combination of both. I suspect that everybody knew that Double Agent was aware of too many inconvenient truths and would have to be dealt with at one point or another. After all, what was to stop him from telling all about the police department's corruption and involvement with the old man?

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One of the scenes that keeps invading my mind is the morning tea/coffee routine in Ukyo's office. Kaburagi is so into trying everything Ukyo does that he was trying to do the hot water from a height into the cup. However, Kaburagi just doesn't get it. He's trying to pour hot water from a high distance into a coffee filter full of his gourmet coffee!

Ukyo has a valid reason to do it with his tea. It is brewed with hotter water, then the "distance pouring" cools down the brewed tea ever so slightly into the cup, which makes the sipping of it balanced just so to give the optimum flavor experience. I don't know what on earth Kaburagi does it for—other than to imitate Ukyo—but it seems counter-productive when you're trying to brew a single cup of coffee, I would imagine.

Anyway, Kaburagi and Ukyo make an amusing pair, don't they? emoticon
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Nchristi, I loved that scene, too! I was going to mention it last time, but with everything else that happened later in the episode I had forgotten until I read your comment. I actually cracked up because Kaburagi seemed to be enjoying himself thoroughly when he was pouring the water up from such a height.

It is entertaining because Kaburagi reminds me of a little kid who imitates everything their older sibling does, even if they have no idea why. I doubt Kaburagi understands Ukyo's reasons for doing it (after all, Kaburagi doesn't drink tea) but he just does it he wants to be like Ukyo in every way. That's why I really enjoy Ukyo and Kaburagi together - Kaburagi doesn't seem motivated by ulterior motives and truly seems to enjoy working with Ukyo. As for Ukyo, it might take him some time but I think he is getting used to Kaburaig being more than just a roommate!

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The other thing that gets me is that Ukyo calls K his "roommate." I always think of living together when I hear that term. I squirm a little when Ukyo introduces Kaburagi that way. (But who knows what tomorrow will bring! emoticon) I wish the translators would use "office partner, or office mate," but that's just my American culture bias. You can't have everything! And the translators are doing a good job 99% of the time.


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Yes, that term sounds bizarre to me, as well. It's actually interesting because in Japanese, Ukyo calls Kaburagi doukyonin, which is a way of saying "roommate" - it literally translates to "person you exist together [with]." It is otherwise translated as "the person you live with." I find it strange that Ukyo refers to Kaburagi in this way, since he could have used a word that translates to "colleague" or "officemate." I wonder if he is being facetious by referring to Kaburagi as a "roommate"? Hmm!
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<EPISODE 5>

The cases this season are getting better and better. It's not the same old pattern each time, rather, each case seems to deal with completely different issues while simultaneously developing the budding partnership of Ukyo and Kaburagi. Ms. AI (Artificial Intelligence) also gets the award this time around for most unpredictable villain! Her descent into psychosis at the end of that episode was disturbing, but at the same time, I couldn't stop watching!

Though Ms. AI committed a heinous crime, I didn't feel bad for the creep who turned out to be the murder victim. He would make decisions on projects relating to the Ministry of Justice based on the woman he was pursuing at the time. When he was ready to move on from his mistress of the month, he would just scrap the project in the middle without any consideration to his profession. No ethics whatsoever. He thought Ms. AI would quietly comply with his order to scrap the plans to develop "James" but he had another thing coming.

The bizarre relationship between Ms. AI and her child, "James", was intriguing. I can understand why she felt that James was a living thing - a real person. I presume Ms. AI had hardly any friends and spent her entire day in that dark office, surrounded by nothing but the "James machine." She would talk to him, he would respond, and she would teach and train him. Her breakdown at the end was reminiscent to a mother being torn away from her child. Ukyo seemed to understand why Ms. AI was reacting the way she was, but to him, it didn't justify her behavior.

When Ms. AI said sayonara at the end, I was afraid it was going to set off a bomb or something! Luckily, it was just a signal to shut the "James" system down, but when Ukyo panicked and told Kaburagi to shut the power down, I thought something more sinister was going on.

Itami - I got a kick out of how he was competing with the AI system. He will only team up with Ukyo if there is an ulterior motive (or when his defensive side comes out if he sees that Ukyo is being unfairly treated or duped) and this time, he did it to protect human detectives from being replaced by AI!

Watching Ukyo play virtual chess was one of the more entertaining moments of the episode. My favorite part was when he won. Ukyo confidently, even smugly, applauded - at first, I thought it was simply because he had won the game, but later we found out that this was the moment he realized Ms. AI was the real culprit.

Kaburagi is the comic relief of the season, and I am entertained by every moment of it! He is great. It's the first time since Kameyama that Ukyo has had such an entertaining partner. Honestly, Kaburagi is even starting to surpass Kame in the humor department! I find it refreshing.

Despite the humor aspect, however, I find that a lot of the gimmicks that were staples in previous seasons have been changed or are at least being gradually discontinued. The ritual of going to drink at Ms. Hana no Sato's place for instance. In five episodes, Ukyo and Kaburagi have only been once. Maybe it's because Ukyo noticed Kaburagi's interest in Ms. Hana no Sato and doesn't want him going there! LOL!

Episode 6 airs next week.
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One pattern that I've noticed in a couple recent episodes is that there comes a point where it seems like a giant leap of faith occurs, one that isn't supported by anything I've seen. It seems like an almost miraculous solution has appeared. Or, that they kept some major goings-on unshown as they occurred in the story's chronology.

This is the third time I've felt this while watching an episode. It is so incongruous to me that I wonder if it is just me? It seems impossible that it would be written in the way I'm interpreting it, so I must suspect that I'm just not able to piece certain things together. Puzzling...
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I can see what you are referring to, Nchristi. This is a pattern that has occurred more and more since the Kaito seasons, and in this season we have seen it in almost every episode. What takes place is that we are exposed to snippets of Ukyo's mysterious investigation tactics - in other words, Ukyo poking and prodding until he gets to the bottom of something. There might be a quite scene where Ukyo refers to his partner (Kaito before, and now Kaburagi) that he might have "figured things out" and then we usually cut to a commercial break or another scene. That's when the actual case is solved - with Ukyo and his partner confronting the culprit and exposing him/her for all to see.

What's changed now is that this 'revelation' scene often includes information we weren't necessarily privy too, or information that wasn't explained during the episode up until this point. Ukyo just sort of "figures it out" - this process occurs off camera, more often than not. I remember that in early Partners seasons, these revelation scenes were much longer and more drawn-out. Now, it is usually aired during the last ten minutes and Ukyo just kind of explains how he figured everything out.

In this particular episode, I think the 'leap' came in between the attempted suicide of the Justice Department employee and Ukyo/Kaburagi confronting Ms. AI. In-between that time, Ukyo sort of figured out that Ms. AI used to be the victim's mistress, that she was the one in the hotel with him who gave him the cyanide, etc. We didn't really find out how he figured all this out, so I don't think you're missing anything. It's just a new technique the writers are using, I suppose.
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<EPISODE 6>

Another pretty good episode. We usually know from the get-go whether it was a murder or a suicide, but this time, it was quite unclear until Ukyo confirmed it for us at the end. It was a bit difficult to follow all the events for me, but what I gather from the "revelation" scene was that the artist was initially stabbed by his manager and then committed suicide in order to spare his girlfriend from feeling that she had to stay by his side forever, at the expense of his happiness.

I can understand why the girlfriend felt like she had to stay with her lover, even though he had become abusive and she wasn't happy anymore. He had become a murderer at a young age because he loved her so much - and all these years, she probably felt a sense of guilt at even the thought of leaving him, which is why she forced herself to stay with him. Even when her boss essentially proposed to her, she refused - after all, she had sacrificed her happiness in order to stay with a man who had sacrificed so much for her.

That being said, I think the woman realized that the only way for her to put her tragic past behind her was by exiting this relationship which was forcing her to remember (even subconsciously) her tragic past - her abusive father, her life at the orphanage, and ultimately, her father's murder at the hands of her childhood sweetheart. The bird that the boyfriend made for her represented these memories - after all, that bird was present on the day of the murder. Now, decades later, the artist has sacrificed himself so that his love can move on and find true happiness - a tragic story.

The insertion of the manager into the whole thing was a surprise. I don't think she will face murder charges, since technically, she acted in self-defense. I do think she might face some jail time, however, since she misled the investigation and lied to the police several times. A murder charge, however, seems unlikely.

I briefly wondered if the girlfriend will face any time for the murder of her father. Though she technically didn't do it, she helped the artist bury the body and kept her mouth shut about it all these years. Then, I remembered that Japan has the statute of limitations in place, and since this took place over 15 years ago (I think the statute calls for 15 years) then she cannot be tried.

More fun moments with Kaburagi. They are definitely breaking the fourth wall a bit with the hot water pouring bit. LOL! How outrageous does Kaburagi look when he does that? He still hasn't quite gotten the hang of it - nobody can pour water from high altitudes better than Ukyo!

It's also funny how Kaburagi follows Ukyo around like a little puppy. He really seems to like and respect Ukyo, but also knows how to have fun. I can tell that Ukyo is gradually finding his new partner more and more entertaining, as well.

The animosity between Kaburagi and Mr. Forensics Guy is amusing, although I can't quite tell while Forensics Guy hates Kaburagi so much. Hmm.

Great episode. #7 airs next week!
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