Log Post #8 of 23
Log Post #8 | From: warpio | Posted: 4/23/2017 12:39:00 PMUpdated: 4/23/2017 02:58:14 PM
|I'm really getting into this plot now... These twists are very clever and I hardly ever see them coming until right before it is revealed. |
I think this whole episode in general might be one of the best ones in the series. Might be too early to say though because I haven't finished it, but I'm loving the story and character interaction. Rayfa is really cool and has a lot of character development just within this single episode. Maya is great too... and all of the twists and "gotcha" moments make perfect sense and give you plenty of opportunity to guess it ahead of time.
Episode 3: The Rite of Turnabout - Trial part 2 recap
Rayfa almost seems like she's on Phoenix's side for a bit, then she goes back to her usual "you're going to hell" thing right before leaving.
oh wow, I think my theory was right... Nahyuta looks like he wants to convince the judge that the divination seance is unnecessary. he must've seen that it doesn't help his case this time, but before he can argue it, Rayfa stops him.
hmm... this is not what I expected actually... Rayfa's divination failed. That's what Nahyuta was about to bring up... maybe it's because this guy's real name is not Puhray Zehlot?
the obvious conclusion everyone gets to is that this victim must've been an illegal immigrant using a fake name... however, that doesn't help Phoenix's case in the slightest. The hints during the cross examination made it very clear that Phoenix needs to somehow find out this guy's real name so that Rayfa can do the seance for him, and that'd only be possible if he isn't actually an illegal immigrant.. then I noticed the tattoo it shows on the crime scene photo. It turns out that's a tattoo that only born citizens of Khura'in can receive..
Nahyuta looks it up, and finds out that this guy's real name is "Rheel Neh'mu"...
... you kiddin me
Rayfa does her seance, and at first it seems like it shows exactly what everyone expected... the victim was staring at the green pattern on the ground when he suddenly got attacked and died... oh and also he heard the music from Maya's rare Plumed Punisher toy, just to add even more evidence against the accused...
But it was really easy to figure out what to do here. The victim had the scent of Gingil on him the whole time, and that's where Mrs. Inmee's statement came into play, and Phoenix pointed out that because of this, the victim must've been killed the day before the rite, shortly after he ate the Gingil. Rayfa fixed her statement, and then I quickly pointed out another inconsistency, the fact that the ground should've been covered in ice on the day before the rite, but the victim doesn't see any ice at all. Then I presented the photo of the rebel hideout to show where he actually died, facing green a wall with the same pattern as the plaza floor. Then Ema tested the blood stain inside the hideout, and learned that it belonged to this victim.
Now we're totally getting somewhere. I was a bit stuck for a while though, when Phoenix was trying to show how the victim's time of death was faked. I eventually realized it must have something to do with the shoveled snow in the sanctum... the body was kept there for a day so it would stay cold.
And then Maya points out that one of the pieces of evidence against her can be invalidated by something that was at the rebel hideout... oh yeah... that place had a lot of Plumed Punisher merchandise, including something that plays the theme song.
But Rayfa points out that the dagger fingerprints are still the main thing that points to Maya as the most likely culprit, and she revises her insight statements to be more truthful... but Phoenix isn't done yet, he says there's still an inconsistency... yeah I see it right away... the victim felt something "heavy" before he was killed, but he was standing up...
this next twist was really cool, I didn't see it coming. Phoenix has to present something that shows how the victim could've been killed by something other than the dagger that was placed into the wound.. it turns out to be the statue on the revolving door to the hideout. so the victim died by having the stone slab fall toward him and push him onto the statue's spikey part. The judge agrees with Phoenix on this, and it makes the fingerprints on the dagger meaningless. This judge seemed very biased in the first case, but by this point I think Phoenix has managed to turn him into a proper unbiased judge and he's now almost indistinguishable from the personalities of all the other judges in the series...
He seems to have gotten through to another person as well... Phoenix tells Rayfa that her divinations are only a means to finding the truth, and that lawyers are necessary to help interpret her insights to get closer to the truth.
Rayfa: "B-but... That means I... I have been misinterpreting the voices of the spirits all this time?"
Phoenix says Maya couldn't have done it, cuz she'd have no reason to place the dagger with her fingerprints onto the body and then move the body to the plaza. The judge agrees Phoenix's argument makes sense, but Nahyuta then comes up with his own version of what happened... he says that this victim followed Maya to the sanctum where she found the rebel hideout, and then Maya killed him there, and placed the dagger and his body at the plaza in order to show that Lady Kee'ra is still a threat to the rebels.. and then during the rite, the high priest found out what happened and Maya killed him too.
Now Phoenix has to accuse some other person who had known about the rebel hideout and could've done it... is this what I think it's gonna be? But then who killed the high priest?
yep, that's it... I guess this case is not quite over yet.
Phoenix: "If only the high priest could tell his side of the story."
Maya: "...Wh-what? Do I have something on my face?"
heh... I see where this is going... These Khura'inists are about to find out that Maya actually has greater spiritual powers than the princess of their country.
everyone is shocked that Phoenix even brought this up.
Judge: "I am frankly astonished you even know of such a thing. But spirit channeling is a secret art that only Her Eminence Queen Ga'ran can perform."
Phoenix asks the judge's permission to let Maya do a spirit channeling.
Rayfa: "That's enough!"
She and says that if Maya's attempt at spirit channeling fails, and makes a mockery of this sacred art, she'll have us executed on the spot... sheesh
Phoenix and Maya aren't worried at all about this, obviously... but sheesh, that's harsh.
Rayfa says it's okay to go ahead with this. Even if they accidentally channel an evil spirit, she has a special magatama that can end the channeling right away.
I don't know how long this last part is gonna be so I'm stopping here for now.