The criminal group known as The Monster with 21 Faces appeared frustrated in the previous episode. In this fourth installment we realize that they are just getting started. Their focus on Ezaki Glico candy has shifted to various other food companies, Morinaga and Co. in particular. Previous promises from The Monster of escalating danger to the public of Japan are being kept. It seems like The Monster with 21 Faces is everywhere, all at once, expanding their reign of terror. This episode tells the beginning of why these crimes started garnering worldwide news coverage.
I particularly enjoyed the part when Japanese authorities got their hands on the security footage. The Video-Taped Man is the first footage introduced in the series and that’s always exciting in any true crime story. It was neat to explore down the YouTube rabbit hole of viewing the fuzzy image of the man and hearing other’s opinions on the case.
One aspect of this series I haven’t touched on yet is the ineptitude of the Japanese law enforcement. The continued mistakes and cross department fighting is extremely frustrating. Every stake out seems to have repeated mishaps that are never corrected. It will be interesting in the future episodes to see if this is ever addressed. Wishful thinking.
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