Zeno’s painful past begins to be revealed as The Marginal Service is tasked to investigate a case of a missing child that connects to a new Borderlanders law which ends up awakening Zeno’s anger and ambition because of his family’s tragedy in the past.
Problematic Political Trigger
This time the story brings the theme of politics and blackmailing to its center with a rise of tension due to a new bill that should be decided by the Congres. It’s really cool and refreshing that each episode gives something new to the table, and sometimes it’s pretty much an extending spot to the story like a political dilemma to be inserted into the story.
The whole conflict in this episode is really complicated but quite understandable, every motive for the characters is also grounded and relatable. Overall the whole writing in this episode is superior to the other episodes because how the story is presented, explained, and mixed with other aspects is really engaging and compact.
Concerning Missing Children
The political dilemma is connected to a case of blackmailing and allegedly child kidnapping, and it is a great way to elaborate on Zeno’s past. Although the solving of the issue is underwhelming as usual, the way everything is related to each other from Isabella’s sudden action, the reason behind the fake kidnapping by the maid, the chaos in the Congres, and more importantly Zeno’s whole backstory simply thrilling.
Zeno’s Trauma & Suffering
Here it is coming. The tragedy that has been hinted at several times in many episodes before is finally revealed as Zeno is taken back to his painful past 10 years ago when he suddenly lost his son due to a mysterious disappearance, failed to investigate the case, and then witnessed the death of his depressed grieving wife.
This piece of the story finally explains everything about Zeno’s character, and more importantly, it even completes him. We can sympathize with his dark days, and there is a big possibility that it still haunts him. It becomes the solid reason why this great detective is so unfriendly to his friends and doubtful toward the Borderlanders, whom he believes to be the main reason why his family is destroyed.
It is arguably the best episode story-wise in terms of its conflict and script writing. Every moment and emotion shown in this episode is well-crafted, and it makes a solid episode that leaves no redundant or emptiness in every minute of the entire duration. As this episode is the opening toward the ending of the series, it’s definitely a great and promising opener that hooks the viewers that have held themselves to keep watching the anime up until this episode.