Warning! This review on Yuukoku no Moriarty Chapters six and seven contain spoilers. If you haven't seen the episodes yet, I recommend watching them and then going back to read the review.
# 06-07 The Adventure of the Noahtics, Acts 1 and 2
Yuukoku no Moriarty Chapters six and seven tell of the first incident that William staged to kick off his plan to plunge London into crime. However, this is only the means chosen to expose the evils caused by the nobility and class division. The first choice is Graf Ender, who, with a little help, reveals his colors as a cruel hunter of the common people. The key point was getting his crime on the stage, where he "murdered" and bragged about a citizen in front of a crowd. The curtain on the crimes of class division has already been opened, and London will be the whole stage. Not to mention that an interesting opponent popped up in the middle of the show, Sherlock Holmes.
After several episodes of familiarizing ourselves with Moriarty's goal, we have finally hit the starting line for the great plan that will lead him to the desired goal. It should come as no surprise that Williams' method of advancing his plans is through crime. The previous chapters have already given a clear example that sometimes crime can be more good than evil. In any case, choosing crime as a means may not be insane, as the goal is to expose the vices of the nobility and increase the evils of class division.
It's not just about the choice of medium, it's also about the intention. People are conditioned to need others, so we develop empathy. There are many things that can move us to action, and of those many things, death is perhaps the most powerful ingredient. Nothing exalts the mind more than death, and depending on what scenario we find it in, it will be the reflection of the change in the heart. The deaths full of injustices will do just that, expose the population to the deadly crimes of the nobility, push them to their limits and cause them to question the very foundations of this society.
Williams' plan is as simple as it is complicated. Obviously, death and the crimes exposed will wreak havoc and destabilize the very foundations of London society, but that doesn't mean the process of exposing the crime and punishing it will be straightforward. You need to be aware that not every crime works in the same way, and that even repeating a crime will lose its effect. William knows all of this, which is why he's meticulous and a showman. Presenting the crimes as a play and setting everything up as a stage makes his plan child's play. There is no reaction when there is no drama.
God's chosen ones
In order to tell the evils of the nobility, not only was it required an ideal setting, but also a good protagonist. That is why Count Ender was a choice like no other. He's the type of gentleman who is so lazy and corrupt that it doesn't take much work to show his true colors. After all, this man has a mentality that is worth portraying the first act of this overthrow from the nobility. We're talking about a man with a touch of superiority, something typical of the nobility. Don't forget that it is a common belief that noble blood is a gift from God Himself. Separate units are created, blessed, and protected by this deity who likes to share classes. A belief that Enders takes too literally. He is convinced that he really is one of God's elect and that his actions are justified, even the most perverse.
Another important detail that helps strengthen Ender's ego is precisely the choice of attitude. It is not free to use the Noahtic ocean liner as a scene. In all its glory, this ship represents the banalities and most self-centered thoughts of the nobility. Since Ender has to aim multiple times, the Noahtic is a nod to Noah's iconic ark. In other words, it is the supreme representation of the noble self, the place for those chosen by God. After all, the ark built by Noah was a divine mandate, and only those chosen by God himself went up. Given the context, it's a logical and fairly sober choice. The ego maxim would become the cornerstone of the worst noble defects. Without a doubt it was the perfect place to expose the flaws of the privileged class.
A rival like no other
The crime went smoothly, it was a joy to be meticulous and even full of sweet irony. Aside from the perfection of the plan, there was one small and peculiar variable that, while it did no harm, we saw that it will become a new calculation in the future. I don't think it is a mystery to anyone that we would eventually add this new character to the cast, of course I mean Sherlock Holmes. After all, Sherlock and Moriarty are committed to Nemesis. The presentation is neither too late nor too fast, in fact it is on time. It is a beginning of the cycle for both, and that will be even more reflected in future confrontations.
Sherlock is not a simple detective, in fact he is a consultant, his genius is comparable to that of Moriarty, we could even have a sample of it in his interaction with William. The first meeting makes it clear that no one is ready to give in, but that a kind of fascination / admiration for the other arises. This is particularly evident in Sherlock, who returns to William to destroy his suspicions regarding the crime against the Noahtic. That was a clear sign of the recognition of Williams' genius, there is still no suspicion in his person. However, this leaves the perspective that the rivalry will be a contest of geniuses to reveal and not get caught.
In general, it can only be said that this reinterpretation of the famous London detective brings with it many expectations. It is not easy to portray a genius like Holmes, even less when we consider that he is not the protagonist of this story and will constantly be at the mercy of William's plans. But that doesn't mean I'm excited to see this Sherlock in action, now that he's recited his famous phrase, I'm waiting for a great performance on his part. He longed to see the moment when he discards the possibilities and learns the truth by taking away the improbabilities.
Yuukoku no Moriarty Chapters six and seven were extremely entertaining episodes. First of all, for the sheer joy of viewing a perfectly executed plan with a lot of aesthetics and irony. Second, both episodes have a stylized atmosphere, I never tire of repeating them, the play of shadows and the change of light in scenes of tension is a pleasure. I highlight the scene where Ender stabbed the man on stage for the seventh episode. The portrait of all accusing eyes was a genius. Finally, of course, the greatest pleasure is personal that we finally had the legendary Sherlock Holmes presentation.
While I mentioned it above, I'll repeat one more time, the aesthetic of this anime is something very pleasant. In fact, a lot of care is put into the details and that's what the anime staff keep us showing. For these episodes there is the Enders knife detail. That has a skull engraving that does a menacing function, and while it's visible from episode 6 onwards, the detail becomes clearer in the seventh chapter when it's stained with blood. As I said, there is great care in this series.
Anyway, these were my impressions from the chapters: What do you think of these episodes? What do you think of William's plan to turn London into crime? What do you think of Sherlock's first appearance?