The final episode of Undead Murder Farce brings a painful conclusion and revelation as Aya unveils the identity and motive behind all tragic serial murders that ultimately tie both the human and werewolf village.
Anti-Climatic Rushed Actions
One big letdown in the final episode is how all of the action sequences between the colliding parties in this arc are presented extremely quickly as if the animators were imitating Shinkansen.
The battles are supposed to be one of the main events in the story, as the humans and the supernatural creatures are in big royal rumbles to fight for their goals and beliefs. Let’s take examples in the battle of Kyle against Victor who is helped by Tsugaru or the fated rematch between Carmilla and Shizuku.
Unfortunately, these potentially epic moments have to be ruined in an extreme rush which only limits three different thrilling fights that only last in 2 minutes. It seems this is the consequence of having only 24 minutes of run time for the entire 13 episodes.
Truth of the Golden Werewolf
Luckily, although the action part is kind of underwhelming, the mystery element of this series reaches its peak in this finale with Aya’s thorough explanations regarding the tragic truth and connection between the mysterious serial murders in Huelendorf and Wolphinhem.
Through scattered hints and clues across the last five episodes, the culprit behind the killings apparently is Nora. The priest girl who we thought was dead turns out to have physique similarities and even plots her schemes with the supposed-to-be missing girl, Louise. With long-lasting condemnation and rebellious anger, Nora plans all the details of her actions and successfully fools everyone in the two villages.
The Unhappy Werewolf King
To relieve her friends from their duty as priestesses and continue the belief of her late mother, Nora is willing to take extreme measures such as infiltrating both villages secretly, disguising herself as someone else, kidnapping the real Louise, and killing multiple human girls to switch their bodies with her werewolf friends.
This revelation part which comes at the final part of the episode brings us a unique way to solve the case, which is letting away the murderer and letting us feel the anger and frustration that Nora has held in her chest for years. As the golden wolf, she takes the burden of breaking the ambitious chain of tradition in her village, even if that means she must be a cold-blooded murderer.
The revelation of this Werewolf arc might be predictable, but how every aspect of tradition and history in both Huelendorf and Wolphenheil is tied is simply beyond perfection. Outside of the rushed action sequences, all of the clues and events in this arc are spread and told beautifully until all the dots are finally connected.
As one of the most underrated and overlooked series of Summer 2023, Undead Murder Farce manages to keep exceeding and subverting the audience’s expectations until its very last episode. There is no doubt that Aya should have been a new face in the mystery genre fiction, and the supernatural elements in this series are kind of a new invention in mixing mystery and supernatural genres into one thrilling and mind-tickling story.