Apparently, the mysteries get stranger as Haruta tries to solve another one in order to find out why Miyo doesn’t want to join the band.
I have to admit that the mystery in this episode gets even stranger, or rather, it’s not that much of a mystery, but a puzzle. Apparently, Miyo quit the Oboe since her younger brother died from an incurable disease (probably cancer of some type) during her band’s competition. As a result, she regrets leaving him alone in order to participate in the band instead of spending his remaining time together solving puzzles. In short, Miyo basically gave up on the Oboe when she went to high school and spends most of her time solving puzzles and locking herself in her room.
Aside from the drama, the mystery is not much of a mystery as Miyo challenged Haruta to solve a Rubik cube that is painted all white. It makes me wonder, why would anyone do this? No matter how hard Chika and the others tried, they couldn’t solve it aside from making some observations like smelling and touching it.
On the last day of the challenge, Haruta had Miyo come and he painted over it to loosen the cover, which reveals a message from Miyo’s younger brother. She basically has Chika and one other girl restrain her while he paints over the white fabric. It’s difficult, but he managed to reveal the message he left, thus solving the puzzle.
To me, I still feel that the show still falls short on the mystery and music aspects even though the drama made me tear up a bit. Sure, it’s clever for her younger brother to cover the original squares and paint it white to make the puzzle difficult to solve without doing some observations first, it’s just not a great premise for a mystery. A detective wouldn’t tamper with the evidence like that. But hey, it works and they finally got Miyo to join, so it’s all good.
In the end, it makes me wonder what is the show is about since it is not doing that great on the music nor the mystery aspect. Probably the only enjoyable thing this show has to offer is probably Chika herself, even though she barely contributes anything to solving the mystery. At least Shoutarou from Sakurako-san was far more useful than her in regards to solving mysteries. Who knows, she might get better.