Siren Episode #2 Recap [aka so can you smell disaster?]
Our PoPo couple is seen hanging around in a cafe where Satomi is contemplating whether he should buy fresh juice, which wouldn’t be fresh according to his analyzation, or coffee whereas Yuki have her eyes set on a Nekotan pudding. Before they’re ready to decide the suspect they’re onto leaves and they have to leave too.
They both talk about how this is their first surveillance and they need to be careful when Chitose calls to see how they’re doing, since she dumped the tailing to them even though it is the Safety Department’s job. She says will treat them if they do well and after that the suspect is seen entering an Adult Shop.
Satomi follows him in there alone, saying Yuki would possibly stand out, but the target is soon leaving the shop too so Satomi changes clothes not to raise suspicion if he’s seen again by him; he asks Yuki about his new look to which she replies “You look irritating but in a good way.”
The suspect makes contact to exchange what is later revealed to be turtles and is soon arrested by Satomi after they stumble to each other revealing the hentai magazine Satomi had to buy earlier in the Adult Shop.
Back in the PD, the chief tells Yuki to join the turtle smuggling interrogation, telling her it is important if she wants to enter First Division and sends Satomi to the cosmetic clinic to collect Nohana’s records.
Tsukimoto, the director of the clinic, gives the records to Satomi telling him that Nohana used to come by often but she stopped- her last appointment there was the first after a while. Satomi asks if they have met before but Tsukimoto is negative. He tells Satomi if he has any other questions he should stop by, except Wednesdays when they’re closed.
Much to Yuki’s dismay who still has some job to do, the rest are being treated drinks by the Chief for having settled a case. The Chief is then giving Satomi “advice” on how to enter First Division.
They decide to go for another round and Satomi proposes a place he knows, the cabaret where Kara works. “I need to check up my girlfriend’s friends” he says, half drunkedly to Yuki who doesn’t think it’s that a good idea.
Kara immediately spots all of them and she makes her way there. She notices Satomi is drunk and she follows him to the bathroom where he has collapsed a bit, lifting him up with remarakble strength as Satomi thinks to himself. He then takes a couple photos of her with his cellphone.
Back to their apartment, Yuki carries a drunk Satomi to bed who asks her if Kara is doing any martial arts. She says she’s doing Jujitsu and after that Satomi declare his drunk love to her!
The next morning, Chitose asks the Chief to recommend Yuki for the First Division and he says he will think about it. Yuki is ecstatic and Satomi is thinking about their promise, that if any of them/whoever gets first in the First Division they will marry.
He’s contemplating that scenario and is happy about Yuki when he bumps in the hall into a co-worker which prompts him to remember that he saw both Kara and Tsukimoto in that karaoke night.
In the gym, Yuki thanks Kara because thanks to her suggestion she’s getting closer to her goal- Kara also thinks the same about her own goal.
Satomi decides to watch Tsukimoto clinic from a cafe close by but he doesn’t find out anything the first day. Yuki later asks him what he did in his off day and he says he went out to read a book to which she jokingly replies “Are you sure it”s a not an affair?” He thinks to himself “It’s a not an affair but a stake out.”
Which continues the next day, before Satomi realizes it’s a Wednesday and the clinic is closed; as he is ready to leave though, he sees both Kara and Tsukimoto in a luxurious red car getting inside.
The designer that is staying with Kara is seen posting in a message board asking advice on how he should proceed to court her as they’re still platonic. Someone warns him that “this girl sounds suspicious” but he dismisses it. Kara and Yuki are watching a Wrestling match.
After the match, Kara wonders if Yuki has a boyfriend and if it is that guy she saw once in the police car with her. Yuki quickly denies it. Satomi at the same time is seen trying to connect the dots between the murders and is concluding that Tsukimoto might be behind everything.
Kara asks Yuki why she joined the Police and Yuki says it might have been because it was the norm for her, with her family members also belonging to the Police department. She also recounts an incident from her youth days, when she used to help bullied kids, becoming a target herself and ultimately those kids went back to the group that harassed them, which made her feel isolated. Her dad is seen encouraging her as she should fight for what is right and that is called sense of justice. Yuki says it is one of the reasons she puts huge effort to be accepted to First Division so she can properly become what her dad told her at the time. Kara asks if that means she can detect criminals, even in the bar they’re in right now and Yuki responds “I’m sure there are criminals here- it’s our job to be suspicious of everything.”
The next morning Satomi is asking questions about what can’t be altered through cosmetic surgery, since criminals might have used that method to cover their tracks. He then, says he has an acquaintance, Kara, that works in a cabaret nearby and shows Tsukimoto a picture of her and asks if he knows her/has visited the clinic but Tsukimoto is positive he doesn’t know her. Satomi’s suspicions are raised anew about why Tsukimoto would lie.
A random man is seen slashing people randomly near Kara’s cabaret who is seen watching in her cellphone if Yuki’s police car is heading there; when she confirms that is, she steps outside and stalls the man before she heads into a store when she sees police cars arriving, followed by him. She tells the man “Continue what you’re doing, there’s something I want to see.”
Yuki and Satomi are heading to the store where Kara is being “held hostage” – Satomi is seen going outside to bring reinforcements while Yuki is trying to pause the situation till the rest of the police arrives. She negotiates with the slasher, asking to be held captive instead and he should let Kara go something that surprises Kara thinking to herself “Is that all?”
Chibideka then appears and orders the slasher not to move which startles him, and he’s readying himself to stabs Kara; she stops him herself before the police is onto him.
Yuki grabs him and tells him “Atone for your sins” something that catches Kara’s attention before she is taken away.
Back in the station, Yuki is giving her tastement telling to herself how she saw something good today. The case is being televised and they make it seem like Chibideka’s achievement as Chitose says; she tells Satomi that she spoke to Yuki earlier and she looks a bit down despite having captured the slasher.
Satomi realizes quickly that Yuki is indeed moody and tries to initiate a conversation by saying that it’s good they both earned points today; Yuki says she doesn’t care about that as Kara could have been stabbed due to her not approaching the situation carefully. Satomi tells it’s good that she didn’t but Yuki is not having it.
In Tsukimoto’s clinic we see Kara getting a shot from him; he tells her she’s beautiful and different from the others and how her charm is of use to him. He proposes a side job for her and she says she will consider it. Kara is thinking about what happened with the slasher and Yuki’s anger towards him.
Satomi tells Yuki she shouldn’t commit herself more than she should, just because she has gotten closer with Kara and Yuki says he doesn’t have to tell her that, she knows already; it’s a risky profession but she still can’t forgive herself. She then leaves to return to her dorm cause she needs to be alone leaving Satomi behind.
Reflection Corner :
Rule number 1 of Siren- Don’t mess with Kara.
Rule number 2 of Siren- Don’t mess with Kara.
I am much more intrigued with her; her delaying the slasher when she could have taken him down in a second, only to potentially risk her life (I mean, she does know how to handle herself obviously, but still when you’re being held captive it’s a disadvantage) so she could see Yuki’s reaction and what she will do, that’s some serious commitment there. I am not sure what her ultimate goal is, does she really want to hurt Yuki? She seems fascinated by her, borderline infatuated (not romantically, you get what I mean) but then again, that doesn’t mean she is not planning to lure her and wound her or I don’t know what. The preview shows her repeating what Yuki said to the slasher, so that’s interesting to see why that is, and what setting will that take place.
Yuki earned my respect this episode; I was wondering if her being gloomy in the end had to do with the fact that Chibideka took the credit but she’s not petty (even if that would be rightfully so), she was concerned on how she did not operate as she should; even though, I think she’s putting too much burden on herself, since it wasn’t really her fault the slasher snapped, she is righteous and honorable; she knows she could do better and it’s understandable why she blames herself.
I liked how they talked it over with Satomi; they’re a good couple, talking their issues and trying to understand each other; even though Satomi didn’t approach this situation from Yuki’s perspective, he worries about her and tried to do things better. I am sure they will patch things up really soon, even though technically there’s nothing to patch up, sometimes if you feel like you screwed up you need to take a breather on your own, which is what Yuki did. I enjoy their natural moments, such as the drunken incident or how they were co operating in the beginning with the turtle smuggler.
About Tsukimoto and Kara, what the heck?? What is their relationship truly about, it seems to me it is more than just Kara picking insecure women and persuading them to be treated in his clinic. Are they partners in crime for some odd reason, Kara seems more of a lonewolf type. Interesting.
Onwards to episode 3 then!