The psychological warfare of ID: Invaded continues to surpass expectations for any kind of murder mystery ensemble. We dive into the history of Narihisago a little more and uncover his malicious intent to exploit the weaknesses of the serial killers he helps apprehend. ID: Invaded brings out the true demons that dwell within the killers, and ultimately leaves faith in their own hands.
The episode begins with Narihisago’s past being explored through false memories. He remembers certain events differently than how they actually happened. When it comes to his daughter, Muku, it’s almost as if he wants to remember their relationship as a pleasant one, oppose to the failed reality he experienced. The killer responsible for his family’s death is known as the “Challenger,” and details are not conveyed as to whether he has been apprehended. The reality of his situation is that in the moment of his family’s crisis, he was busy playing detective instead of being the father/husband that was needed.
The serial killer portrayed in the episode is known as the serial bomber “Pyrotechnician.” After one of his bombs is detonated in a skyscraper, the scene cuts to Hondomachi reading a report about it in the hospital. Mr. Matsuoka visits her during recovery, and the ideals of both detectives are displayed throughout their conversation. Hondomachi is curious about the ID wells and wants to become a pilot for the Mizuhanome.
On the other hand, Mr. Matsuoka does not believe Hondomachi should become a pilot, and admits that diving into people’s wells is indicative to suicide. Mr. Matsuoka was also a detective with Narihisago in the past and admits to disliking him as a colleague. Hondomachi even asks about the characteristics of her own ID well, but Mr. Matsuoka informs her that if the mind’s consciousness is exposed to itself, the mind will explode and collapse on its own. Meaning, the person’s body will cease to function, but their mind will live on in the Mizuhanome. It seems like there is some foreshadowing going on, but only time will tell.
After the Kura team recovers cognition particles from the crime scene, Sakaido reemerges in a new ID well. This time, the detective persona is on a tower with a group of random individuals surrounded by a massive waterfall. Immediately, each person starts to get sniped one after the other, and a bloody massacre begins. Sakaido notices Kaeru’s body and remembers why he is in the ID well. He tried to pinpoint the assassin’s location, but is unable to, and winds up getting killed. This is the second time we see Sakaido get killed in an ID well, and just like before, he jumps right back in. It seems like he can feel the sensation of death every time he dies, but that isn’t stopping him from pursuing the killer. After some time, a few of the manifested people begin to jump off the tower, and that is what leads Sakaido to solving the case.
After a few people jumped off the tower, he noticed that their positions on the ground were shifting. That meant that the tower was rotating, hence the killer was in a fixed point. After that deduction, he notices one of the people is casually crawling around, admiring the deaths of everyone; the killer’s persona. After discovering the killer, the Kura team is able to uncover the true identity of the killer and apprehend him in real life. An interesting detail to note is the political alert the team ignores because they know the government would love to get their hands on the Mizuhanome.
The killer turned out to be a freelance news photographer that took photos of a bombing in the middle east that killed many soldiers. The photos he took of the bombing in the city were surprising because he didn’t take any of casualties, but instead he took photos of civilians marveling over the blast with their phones in their hands; oppose to helping those in the dire situation. Upon uncovering the motives behind the serial killer, he got one of his photos enlarged, and hung it up in his holding cell next to Narihisago.
The episode’s highlighting moment is the conversation between the Pyrotechnician and Narihisago. The killer keeps talking about how human life and death are meaningless, and how he captures those moments through his photography. Narihisago knows the serial killer is lying though, especially after visiting his ID well. Narihisago knows the Pyrotechnician only killed mass amounts of people to witness the hell. He gets a certain ecstasy from killing large groups and yearns for the feel of being the last man standing. The killer is not adding any meaning to the deaths he causes, it’s his shallowness that craves the gruesome hell, and deep down the killer knows it’s true. Even though the Pyrotechnician denies the claims against him, Narihisago implants the truth in the serial killer that he will no longer be able to see his divine hell. As Narihisago mentally destroys the serial killer, there are brief scenes of the Pyrotechnician strangling himself, and as Narihisago says his last words, the killer is left breathless next to his bed.
This is Narihisago’s payback for the Pyrotechnician mentioning the death of his daughter. It is not known if he was planning on making the serial killer commit suicide, but this is a clear reference to Momoki calling him out in previous episodes for causing the deaths of past culprits. Afterwards, Narihisago is shown interacting with Kaeru in the ID well, but after she dies, for like the millionth time, she is portrayed as Muku. He then wakes up from his dream, and reminds himself that Kaeru is not Muku, right?
The diverse motives of the serial killers make the episodes stand out, and the outcomes are as mind bending as Narihisago’s words. Sakaido cannot solve everything on his own, but at times it seems like Kura is a little too efficient. Regardless, the complex motives behind the characters gives their interactions an interesting playing field. Narihisago wears the hat of detective and killer, but his methods are beyond ethical. This time around, it was Narihisago who took the spotlight, while Sakaido provided additional support for making the main protagonist stand out.
Narihisago’s motives are starting to become clearer, and we begin to see the brilliant detective blossom into the very thing he is responsible for stopping.