Cats, Wizards, And Political Candidates
Cop Craft Episode 9
The trouble with Cop Craft is that deep down inside there’s a much better anime just wanting to get out and it has essentially been strangled by tonal whip lash and writing that works but never quite nails the necessary emotional impact to get the audience to buy in to the story. I liked that the second half of this episode started to bring multiple plot points from previous cases together as well as reigniting the racism that seemed to be a big deal early on that somehow disappeared. Yet I can’t help but feel that they are trying to build this story on top of a sand castle that is being overrun by the tide.
Anyway, the first half of this episode is straight up finalising the story of Tilarna transforming into a cat and to be honest the solution is even more lacklustre than anticipated. Kei is still wandering around after a lead while Cecil takes Tilarna to the dump to find the crossbow. The crossbow gets destroyed; Tilarna gives up and then wham! All solved.
Only the guy Kei has been trying to track down is currently trying to kill Tilarna that previously had been controlled by Kuroi. Given the guy saw her butt Tilarna was in the process of trying to kill him when Kei finally showed up. Guy gets arrested and all is well. Except that part where both of them forget about Cecil crying by herself and that kuroi is no longer in the house. It is these kinds of moments that make it hard to have any real sympathy for these characters.
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Then we finally get the usual spiel about the gate before we launch into a second half that reminds us of the upcoming election before a political candidate gets assassinated, conveniently by a guy who was probably controlled by the wizard who got away several cases before.
Honestly, this show could have been great but instead it is going to just kind of tumble along. There are some nice moments here and there but the overall feeling isn’t one of a roaring success.
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Images from: Cop Craft. Dir. S Itagaki. Millepensee. 2019.