The White Puzzle
Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu] Episode 9
A much better episode from The One’s Within than episode 8 though I can’t help but accept it has lost momentum and despite being a pretty interesting episode there’s a general sense that this isn’t going to end up getting to an actual ending. Still, Onigasaki’s disappearance causes the group to unite in a way they hadn’t really before and I’m actually genuinely surprised at Iride’s approach in this episode. I kind of expected him to try to be nice to the llama to persuade him but instead he went for a straight ultimatum.
Faced with a hostile prisoner and a group that has decided to boycott any further games until he’s returned, the llama offers a compromise of sorts and gives them a game where the prize is saving their friend. Unfortunately, the llama has a terrible sense of humour and the game is finding a code to a room by assembling a giant white puzzle. Talk about driving people crazy.
Meanwhile though, Onigaski has discovered a tunnel out of the white room. Given the surveillance everywhere in this story I am genuinely surprised that no one is tracking him when he does this. But he meets up with a group underground who are apparently also those who have escaped the room and we learn that the games are taking place on an island and the number of the avenue seems to refer to the group number. Which makes me wonder if 13th is ominous in this instance or does that not apply as an unlucky number given this is not a western story?
Roro seems particularly put out by the white puzzle game and I’m back to wondering why she had the papers in her room and what message the llama was trying to send to her by his targeted comment. There’s a lot to think about but I doubt I’ll get to a conclusion with the clues we have and I’ll just have to wait to find out.
So, will they crack the code in time? Will Onigasaki actually be in the room when they get there? Will Oshigiri be reunited with his sister? And, is there actually a ghost mermaid in the water?
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Images from: Nakanohito Genome [Jikkyouchuu]. Dir. S Oonuma. Silver Link. 2019.