Karamazov no Kyoudai Episode 5 Recap

In episode 1 of Karamazov no Kyodai, we got an introduction to the case. In episode 2 we got Isao’s story. In episode 3 we got Mitsuru’s story, and in episode 4 we got Ryo’s story. Now it’s kind of like the detective’s story as he’s narrating things, plus we see more of the brothers’ stories leading up to Bunzo’s death.

Episode 5: A Mask that Comes Off

This episode opens detailing what information has been gathered about Kurosawa Bunzo from the time and date of his death, how he died, and who was the first to find his body. Apparently Bunzo died between 4-6 PM and Ryo came home at 7 PM and found Oguri unconscious at the foot of the stairs. That event made him rush to check on his father who was laid out naked on his bed, dead, with only a blanket covering his genitals. Circumstantial evidence leads our detective to suspect it was one of the three sons, thus they were all asked to come in for voluntary questioning where he learns that none of the boys has an alibi for the time that the murder took place and they all have a motive.

The detective goes in to visit Mitsuru first and apologizes for making him wait. He then complains that his wife is upset with him working overtime. We then cut to the detective continuing his conversation with Ryo and saying that murder occurs over the most trivial matters due to someone reaching their limit, but this case is different. The detective says he feels a vengeful spirit or deep-seated hatred. Now he’s talking to Isao about the gradual build up that led to the murder. The detective then demands to know which brother killed Kurosawa Bunzo. Ryo looks nervous while Isao and Mitsuru have more controlled expressions on their face.

Isao goes downstairs and asks where Ryo is. Shuematsu says that the youngest Kurosawa boy says he had no appetite. Isao recalls the previous night and Ryo’s words about the person who should be gone still being around. Enter said man. Bunzo orders Shuematsu to hurry and clean his room to rid it of the cheap perfume. Bunzo complains about cheap, idiotic women and says he should take time to sample and enjoy a higher class woman. He asks Isao’s opinion, but the middle boy says he has none. Bunzo says that is impossible since Isao is his son. Enter Sugiyama. Bunzo says the guest is for his son, but Sugiyama-san wishes to talk to Bunzo directly.

Upstairs, Ryo is pacing his room morosely. He walks over to the window and stares listlessly out recalling his favorite professor’s death. He then notices something outside and goes downstairs to overhear Sugiyama begging for Bunzo’s leniency and continued business. Bunzo ignores this and Isao catches sight of Ryo who goes outside to talk to Ichiro. Ryo wishes the little boy to come inside where it’s warmer, but Ichiro refuses. He likes his onii-chan, but he does not like the rest of the Kurosawas. He then tells Ryo that his mother needs a surgery. Back inside Sugiyama is delivering this news to Bunzo as well. Sugiyama gets down on his knees and even begs for forgiveness to save his wife and employees. Isao is affected by this, but his father could care less. Isao is horrified by Bunzo’s asking if he heard something.

Outside, Ryo listens to Ichiro explaining about how his father is determined to save his mother and the employees—he’s even prepared to die! Inside, Bunzo says that the public must be made to realize that they cannot gross him. This makes Sugiyama a useful fool. Bunzo then gets up and goes upstairs where the desperate Sugiyama tries to follow, but is held back. Isao just sits at the table, tears in his eyes. He knows how bad his father is, but why is it that he cannot bring himself to go against him? Why? Meanwhile, Ichiro tells Ryo he wants to get back to the life. What does that mean? Ichiro says he thinks about his mother everyday, worrying about whether or not she will be worse the next day. Mrs. Sugiyama then tells Ichiro his mother says the same thing. She wakes up and immediately worries about her husband and son. Ryo says they are a kindhearted family. Ichiro then says that he prays everyday since he can’t do anything in order to return to the life.

Mr. Sugiyama comes outside and calls out to his son. Ichiro asks how it went and Mr. Sugiyama forces a smile and says he will do his best. Sugiyama then bows and apologizes for his rudeness the other night. The father and son go to leave, but Ryo stops them. He promises to do his best to figure something out. Even though Bunzo is his father, he cannot turn a blind eye to what is going on. Ryo promises to talk to Isao in hopes that he can convince his older brother to help. Ichiro thanks the kind big brother and the Sugiyamas then leave. Was this event the catalyst?

While all this is going on, Mitsuru is getting drunk at a bar. Surprise, surprise. In walks Kurumi with a man and she immediately draws Mitsuru’s eye. He drinks some more while glaring in her direction. I can’t blame him for hating her. When her date gets a call and Mitsuru’s companion gets up and leaves, Mitsuru demands how Kurumi can show her face. She doesn’t get why she can’t. Mitsuru then says she has no morals. Is that a compliment? Of course it wasn’t, but Mitsuru angrily says it is. He never would have imagined that his father pulled Kurumi’s strings. He then asks if she had fun helping Bunzo trap him. Kurumi says it’s just business to her. Of course. That’s why Bunzo chose her—the two are alike. Kurumi doesn’t suffer the pain of having a heart, right? That’s how she keeps calm and hurts another’s heart. Kurumi gets worked up a bit and says that’s right. At least Mitsuru has a place to return to—he has no meaning to hell as she does. Mitsuru gets angry, but Kurumi cuts him off—can he come down to hell? Can he lower himself to her level? Her date returns and they quickly leave.

At the Kurosawa house, Ryo knocks on Isao’s door, but gets no response. He lets himself in and looks around the room. He notices the manuscript on Isao’s desk entitled “The Dirty-Blooded Family.” Ryo immediately picks it up and starts reading. You have to love the opening that states “[t]hat man was murdered naturally to be murdered.” The manuscript goes on to say that the murder is to destroy the blood relationship and sever all ties. Ryo reads faster and gets more and more uneasy when he comes across the phrase “I’ll kill him.” He then hears someone at the door and looks very uneasy.

Back in the interrogation room, the detective questions Ryo on Isao’s ability to kill Bunzo. Ryo doesn’t believe that Isao is capable of such an atrocity, in spite of the manuscript. We then cut to the detective telling Isao about Ryo’s unwavering loyalty to his brothers in his believe that they couldn’t/wouldn’t kill their father. The detective says that Ryo has such a pure spirit. Isao agrees to this—Ryo has so much more than Isao himself has. Since Ryo is so pure, isn’t it possible he’s the perpetrator (is that supposed to make sense? Unless he’s saying his goodness and purity is what made Ryo get rid of that demon called their father). Of course, Isao doesn’t think that his baby brother could kill Bunzo. The detective asks if he’s certain.

We then cut back to Isao’s room. He enters and find Ryo standing by his desk sans manuscript. Isao quickly crosses the room and throws something on top of the manuscript to hide it and asks what his little brother wants. Ryo says it has to do with the Sugitaku issue (that’s the name of Sugiyama’s business). Isao sits down and Ryo says he can’t ignore it. He wishes to save that family. Isao loosens his tie and says they should drink while they discuss the situation. Suematsu brings snacks and wine and asks if they need anything else. Nope. He leaves and both brothers take a drink. Isao asks what Ryo wants him to do. Ryo’s answer is simple—do the right thing. What is that? Isao wonders if this all comes down to Sugiyama Ichiro. Isn’t Isao wondering as well why such a little boy needs to be tormented like he is?

Ryo believes both parties should admit their mistakes and move on. That’s true. They could possibly save Ichiro by doing that, but there would then be another victim. Who? The Kurosawa estate would lose a lot of money and their subsidiaries would all be harmed as well. Suicides and other business closings could happen. Thus more people are adversely affected to save one family and company. Isao asks if Ryo really believes such a sacrifice must be made to protect Ryo’s important people. Ryo angrily says that isn’t what he meant at all. Isao leans in and says he doesn’t deny Ryo’s words. People live in on sacrifice—that’s how they survive and become stronger. Ryo says that isn’t strength but merely greed. Isao abruptly changes topics. Why does Ryo want to be a doctor? To save people. Why does he need to be a doctor to do that? He can be a nurse or a student with medical knowledge. Why choose being a doctor? Ryo goes to answer, but Isao cuts him off. Being a doctor gives you status and power. Ryo knows this in his heart and wishes to step over someone so he himself doesn’t get stepped on.

Ryo looks horrified and shakes his head. Isao says he isn’t criticizing his brother. It’s perfect natural and nothing to be ashamed of: “A strong person and a weak person knows their place, and work out differences to live happily.” Ryo asks if Isao means a weak person can only give up. Isao replies that the weak should cling to the strong if they encounter problems. It’s an idealistic fantasy that people can join their hands in happiness. Isao urges Ryo to stop turning his eyes from reality. Ryo angrily replies that he doesn’t. Ryo says that he has decided to face reality. Isao (what an interesting expression on Ichihara’s face) asks if that is really the case. He swipes the food off the table and sits on it (I wonder when they filmed this scene if Ichihara ever accidentally kicked Hayase trying to cross his legs?) leaning in close to Ryo. Then he asks Ryo what he would do if someone had a gun pointed at Ryo’s head for no reason beyond the gunman was high on the thought of having control over another’s life. Isao then asks how Ryo can possibly peacefully resolve the incident. Ryo tries to think of something quickly, but can’t and Isao tells him there isn’t enough time to consider so long. Ryo finally breaks down.

Crying, he pushes down Isao’s “gun” and jumps up. He will kill the gunman before the gunman can kill Ichiro. Ryo shakes as Isao says that is just what he wanted to hear from his baby brother—that’s the right answer… hmm… not sure I believe it is. Ryo says be that as it may, he chooses hope. He wishes to believe there is hope in this world. This unsettles Isao considerably. It’s like he doesn’t know what to do now that while Ryo proved the point Isao was trying to make, Ryo did turn it all around, too. Isao goes to say something, but his little brother is heading towards the door. How strange that they are brothers who grew up in the same house with completely different ways of thinking. Isao gets up, tears in his own eyes. Ryo says that something exists inside of himself that he doesn’t know yet. Why doesn’t he know it? Because Isao always protected him. Ryo then rushes out the door and Isao’s hand shakily goes up and clutches his left shoulder.

Back in the interrogation room, the detective again asks if Ryo isn’t capable of murder. Isao swears that his baby brother couldn’t have possible murdered their father. Back to the past, Ryo goes downstairs and asks if Suematsu knows of anyone besides Oguri who knows about Shipri. Suematsu doesn’t because he hasn’t been working at the Kurosawa house for very long. Ryo leaves and we cut to Isao writing furiously in his manuscript:

A pure, innocent kid pays for adults; however, when that kid grows up, he may make the same mistake. The dirty blood wakes the dirtier blood up. Like water gushing from a spring, the blood of the cursed family never dries out. That’s why I must cut off my hands. That’s my fate.

Wow. Wicked. Isao rights as if he’s possessed by some demonic force. He stops and looks in the mirror and sees something black on his shoulder. He freaks out as it starts to spread. He falls off his chair, scattering the manuscript everywhere. Suematsu rushes in to help, but when he touches the papers, Isao grabs them from him and tells the servant to leave. Suematsu takes no time in rushing out of the room. When he’s gone, Isao straightens up and looks at himself in the mirror once more.

In the present, the detective is talking to Mitsuru. He praises the brothers for being firmly united, impressing him. Mitsuru thanks him for that. The detective then says he must shift his focus to another focus then. What is that? That the Kurosawa brothers joined forces to kill their father. Mitsuru laughs at this and takes out a cigarette. His smile fades when the detective (who we finally learn is named Irie) says he has to continue doubting innocent people until the guilty party confesses. Irie is then called away leaving Mitsuru alone. Mitsuru takes the cigarette out of his mouth and recalls his promise to take his brothers far from Bunzo.

We then flashback to a drunk Mitsuru passed out at the bar. Kanako comes to pick him up. When Mitsuru falls to the floor, he hugs her tightly and apologizes for being so weak. He vows that he will bring this all to an end. Back in the interrogation room, Irie’s words echo in his head. Mitsuru’s expression becomes resolute and when Irie enters, he stands up to tell him something, but Irie happily announces that Oguri has woke up. We then flash to see Ryo and Isao looking not very happy at this news.

Irie goes to Oguri’s hospital room and demands to know who attacked Irie that day. We then get glimpses of all three nervous sons while then seeing the murder take place by a hooded figure all dressed in black. And that’s where this episode ends.

So who was unmasked in this episode? I guess… we just really saw more and more motives for all three boys to kill their father. What a mystery. There is one thing, though. With these flashbacks, it definitely looks like whoever the killer is was working alone. Ah,  I want to know! Previews for the next episode show our boys confronting their pasts, so we are closer and closer to the resolution.

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