Wait - - this season’s done already? With the movie coming out next month, this is some diabolic cross-platform synergy, right on level of WINTER SOLDIER and the AGENTS OF SHIELD -- cruelly baiting shippers who’ve been waiting to see Kogami reunite with Akane this whole season.
I was actually thinking this show could benefit from a little variety between small and big cases. The premise is wide enough to fit more than just one big bad per season and, frankly, I’d appreciate an anthology feel some time to give more screen time to the other officers in this ensemble. More than anything, I find it puzzling that Ginoza would be relegated to a space-filler. You’d think the plight of a haughty Inspector suffering the indignity of being demoted to an Enforcer would offer plenty of intrigue for a proper sub-plot, but it wasn’t commented on once.
Then again, he might’ve not actually been there. I don’t know. This season did a poor job of making its easily ddiscerniblefrom each other.
My only other criticism is that Mika’s fate seemed like a cop out. The show was really setting her up to be the negative mirror of Akane and she should’ve perished for her lemming-like behavior. Then again, I guess you could read her scene with Togane as a further demonstration of her lack of convictions. She should had some major confrontation with this guy who just used and humiliated her, but she’d rather not rock the boat, and since nobody’s forcing her hand at that moment, she just opts to do nothing.
The resolution to the Kamui plot plays out a lot more believably, though, with the system more-or-less negotiating its survival as a concession to his point. Essentially, they let the baby have his bottle without actually making any significant changes, so his sacrifice is a little Phyric. Anyway, I doubt this is the end of the show, and we’ll probably have many more opportunities to revisit this “brain trust” in the future.