Nice once again takes on a cheap case, but it just might be connected to something bigger.
RECAP: Nice and Murasaki end up taking a cheap case from a high-schooler, Theo,1 in search of a missing Art Teacher, Kitazawa, that saved the kid from bullies. Turns out that Kitazawa was a Minimum Holder and was murdered by the mysterious Min.Holder Serial Killer. To make matters worse, part of the cause of Theo’s bullying was because of the Kitazawa’s Power. Just as he was going to Kitazawa’s memorial, Theo is attacked by one of the expelled bullies who is a Min.Holder, and the one responsible for recent serial bombing attacks. Murasaki and Nice realize and make it in time to save Theo and help him come to terms with the truth behind Kitazawa.
Another day, another case. Nice and Murasaki take another case (well, more like Nice forced Murasaki into taking it), this time from two high-schoolers, Theo and Rei. Their beloved teacher has been missing for some time. Well, it turns out he was murdered by the Minimum Holder Serial Killer that’s on the loose. What I’m glad about is that the case just doesn’t stop there. It honestly could have ended there because it was just unfortunate that Kitazawa-sensei became a target and these kids that looked up to him now have to come to terms with that. But, no, there was more to it, making Theo become conflicted in how he feels about his so-called “savior.” Kitazawa-sensei saved him from the bullying, but was also the instigator, by way of utilizing his Ability.
“Feelings aren’t black or white. Even if they’re fuzzy and contradictory, if they’re sincere, they are what they are. Follow your heart.”
What Murasaki said here is what I think is the true moral of the case in this episode is all about. It is okay for Theo to praise Kitazawa-sensei for saving him, but he can also hate him for what he has done as well. That ability of mixed emotion is what makes us human, not confining us to being just good or bad people. Even if he hates Kitazawa-sensei, he can still thank him for giving him the courage to keep hanging on.
On a related note of being human, Nice and Murasaki slightly argued about whether the case stop after Kitazawa’s body was found. In that scene, along with meeting with Art, Nice remembers something from the past. At least, it looks to be that way.
From the looks of the flashback, the Facultas Academy was like a training and research facility for Minimum Holders to hone their abilities while under the supervision of scientists. This stands to assume that there are those that are also held unaccountable or failed the process. Think along the lines of X-men’s Xavier’s School for Gifted Children, if you will. I’m sure we will gradually learn more about this facility, Nice’s past, and the relationship between him, Murasaki and Art is in the coming episodes.
Back to this episode’s case, we need closure. So Theo decides that he needs to “pay his respects” to Kitazawa-sensei, but he is halted by a butt-hurt, expelled, bully of a Minimum Holder. His power? Time Acceleration. Turns out he was behind all the serial bombings. Why he was bombing all the locations shown in the pictures of him and the other kids bullying Theo? No clue. He seemed like an idiot that didn’t know how to vent his frustration and that is how he ended up destroying those places. But, it made for a good climax to the overall episode, as Nice and Murasaki make it in time to stop the mad bomber.
Meanwhile, Art finds out more on the Police end in regards to the Minimum Holders that were apprehended last episode and how it may relate to the current Minimum Holder Serial Killer case. And while I was already thinking that the killer taking the Brains of the victims like Sylar in Heroes, it turns out that I was pretty damn close. The big reveal is that it is possible to implant Min.Holder abilities into people. How? Unknown. But this serial killer is going around collecting the brains of Min.Holders like a sicko. But something tells me that there is another person involved as far as their “distribution.”
She barely had any screen time this week, but why is Hajime-chan so cute?!