The monk crashes a party to play games with Holmes. Why am I watching this show again? We all know what’s going to happen. Fine, whatever. How Evil is the ninth episode of Holmes of Kyoto?
After that last dull episode, if you’re thinking that I’m being a little cruel (Voyager: …You gave the last episode an 8. You’ve kept this show above average the whole time. Literally no one thinks that.) …Right. Anyone, I’m not the only one that thinks this series is dull. I was hoping this show would change things up a little, but no. We got the same exact thing we always do. Case vs Holmes = easy win, no matter how hard it’s supposed to be. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate this show. It’s just become boring. I’ll get into that a bit later though. Let’s get into this episode.
This episode starts off with Aoi getting invited to a new years party at Holmes’s house. Apparently, his grandfather is trying to beat the other guy’s party by including games in this one. To prepare for the party, Holmes and Aoi get sent shopping for something so unimportant we don’t even get to see it. During this time, Holmes suggests that they visit the eight shrines in the area and they run into that useless actor, so he joins them on their journey. Get this. He still doesn’t believe that Yoshie is Rikyū’s mother. He also doesn’t know that Yoshie and the shop owner are a thing. Holmes finds it amusing so they don’t tell him anything.
At Holmes’s house, Aoi convinces Holmes to show them his room. Much to everyone’s surprise, Holmes’s room looks like a disaster area. It actually made me feel good about mine… Moving on, the messy room seems to put Aoi at ease. She was under the impression that Holmes is a perfectionist. Yeah, whatever. Let’s just skip ahead to the party. Things should happen at the party right?
So all the guest have gathered and everyone is chatting. The actor spots Yoshie and decides it’s time to put the moves on her. This goes about as well as you might expect. Yoshie doesn’t get what this guy is even trying to do. In fact, it’s a pretty normal conversation until Rikyū starts talking to her. By their conversation alone it’s clear that Rikyū is Yoshie’s son. As you can imagine, the actor doesn’t take the news well.
With the actor dead inside, the party finally gets into full swing. The first game of the night? A scavenger hunt. Of course, that sounds interesting so we don’t even get to see that happen. What we get instead is Aoi and the actor going up to Holmes’s room to find a clue that isn’t even there. Why does this show feel the need to shorten or take out things that sound like they might be fun?
When they return from Holme’s room, they find that Mori has crashed the party and has found the golden key from the scavenger hunt. With Mori’s arrival, I was hoping for some kind of showdown instead all we got was a game of point out the fakes. It didn’t help that Mori chose to be a troll and all of the antiques involved were fakes. Which lead up to Holmes winning again, almost entirely without effort.
I have to say that that’s the biggest problem with this series. Everything is just way too easy for Holmes to solve. And what little mystery there is in this show is just cheapened by Holmes solving them the minute he walks in the room. Overall I’d say this episode is just Evil (5). Is it watchable? Yes, but you can only watch the same thing for a certain amount of time before it gets boring. If you’re looking for something that isn’t boring, check out Voyager’s newest Weekly Anime Redux. Well, that’s all I have for you today. Thanks for letting me waste your time, people.
If you’re interested in Holmes of Kyoto Simulcast on Crunchyroll Mondays 2:35 pm EDT
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