Volume 2 of The detective is already dead saw the protagonist Kimihiko and his friends Nagisa and Yui being kidnapped and showed a recorded message from Siesta urging Kimihiko and co to relive their last mission together. Now that the truth behind the detective’s death has been revealed, our cast must figure out what it means for their future in this third installment in the series.
It turns out that the kidnapper is actually an android version of Siesta, with her memories and personality backed up and dressed in a maid outfit. Understandably, Kimihiko is shocked to find his former master in front of him, but this siesta insists that she is not the person Kimihiko loved and is merely a replica built to help him along with the others, to inherit the detective’s will.
Part of this process is getting Nagisa to accept her place among the twelve voters. The Tuners exist to prevent the world from falling into crisis and prior to her death Siesta held one of the seats as Detective alongside roles such as Assassin, Vampire, Priestess, Phantom Thief and more. Now Nagisa, who inherited Siesta’s heart, must prepare to take her place, but being one of the Tuners means putting yourself in incredibly dangerous situations where there is no place for the normal life Nagisa is adjusting to Has.
Of course, none of this is helped by the fact that it was Hal, Nagisa’s split personality, that killed Siesta in the first place. Because of this, she is filled with guilt for taking someone so important from Kimihiko, and doesn’t know if taking on the role of a detective with such sins is right. But unless it takes the place of a tuner, the evil organization SPES will be left to its own devices, as no one else has time to deal with this crisis among countless others that threaten the Earth and humanity.
As Nagisa sorts out her feelings, Kimihiko begins to think about what could be “wrong” with Siesta’s story shown to him and the others. The Android version of Siesta insists there’s a flaw in what they’ve been told and it’s up to them to find out, but that’s easier said than done when it’s something so steeped in the supernatural .
As if that wasn’t enough, this book also explores some of Charlie’s story with Siesta and shows us how Saikawa fits into all of this, since she originally appeared as a single character in Book 1. Saikawa is now almost as tall as Siesta herself, which I didn’t expect originally. While I appreciate that it has a purpose now given the size of the show’s cast, we don’t need characters that don’t make sense to the overall story.
I’ll admit, even though I still liked this volume The detective is already dead there is a feeling that the author has jumped on the shark. So far I’ve been more or less okay with the supernatural element of the story, but the Twelve Tuners seem to be taking it too far. Above all, knowing how many supernatural beings are said to be in the group and what crises they are said to have ended. We’ve certainly strayed from what I loved about the show in the beginning, which was Kimihiko solving puzzles for clients.
The ending of this book sets things up for things to get even more ridiculous in the future and will no doubt serve as a stopping point for quite a number of readers. In the meantime, I’m conflicted because I’ve gotten used to the cast and want to see their story through to the end, but there’s no denying that the story got silly. Maybe author Nigozyu can bring it back now that the story we started in Volume 2 is more or less complete, but I’m definitely not confident about that.
The other issue I have is that for a character who’s supposed to be dead, we’ve seen a surprising amount of siesta. She has an important role to play, but when we met Nagisa in Volume 1 I always thought she should replace Siesta as soon as possible. When Siesta reappeared (even in android form), Nagisa didn’t have time to really evolve.
Again, in this book, which is supposed to be about taking the place of the tuners, the interaction of Siesta and Kimihiko overshadows everything. Kimihiko is the protagonist and this is her story, but Nagisa certainly deserves more attention than she’s had as an accomplice lately. This series needs to be able to stand on its own two feet without a siesta or being held as a crutch forever – and I say that as someone who loves the character.
The detective is already dead Volume 3 is coming to the West thanks to Yen Press and will continue to be translated by Taylor Engel. The translation reads well with no grade problems. Volume 4 of the series is due to be published in English in August.
Total Volume 3 of The detective is already dead proves an erroneous reading with phrases that seem downright ridiculous. If you like the cast, they’ll definitely go with you, but it’s hard to deny that the series’ quality is rapidly declining as it rushes to stuff too many ideas. If Volume 4 can’t pick up the pieces, it can’t be worth going on much longer.