The NEET crew are enjoying themselves at an arcade as they learn Ayaka’s brother, Toshi, is in town after a lengthy time away – however his arrival is not particularly a joyful reunion. He’s clearly quite sick, and has some personality problems as his actions imply – he begins to cough quite severely and although Ayaka attempts to comfort him, he aggressively pushes her away with words before exiting the arcade.
Narumi follows after him – they have a minor discussion which seems to prepare the stage for a gloomy tale. He says Ayaka is using Narumi as no more than a replacement for him, and the single reason she cares for him is to atone for iniquitous things she’s done in the past. His credibility is questionable however as he’s obviously not a very respectable fellow – before venturing off into the night with a supposed “friend” of his, he takes a pill dubbed “Angel Fix” which seemed to have re-energized his mental instability.
Ayako becomes upset as everyone is withholding information about her brother from her – not only is her brother refraining from telling her much, not even the NEET unit is willing to speak with her on the matter. Even Narumi puts forth an effort to avert the topic – though he, and the rest of them, do so with good intentions. They of course do not want to devastate or worry her, and the matter of the fact is, her brother is engaging in some shady activities. Yet even then, she realizes they are hiding the truth from her which only leaves her saddened in the end.
She temporarily becomes irate at Narumi for not only concealing facts from her, but he also asks her about the crude statement of her brother – “Am I a replacement for your brother?”.
The complexity of the situation elevates as the Fourth initiates an investigation with Alice and the NEET detective group over an unnerving drug spreading around town – “Angel Fix”, the very same which Ayaka’s brother feverishly ingested and possessed a sack full of.
This episode feels to be another of Kamisama no Memochou’s taste of things to come – Narumi is on the outskirts of the problem, yet he wants to travel further and figure it all out for Ayaka’s sake. On top of the already enveloping troubles, at the very end of the episode Narumi was recalling a rather bloody scene of a fallen Ayaka laying motionless on the ground – of course we want to know the story behind that matter as aside from being on the verge of death, Ayaka appeared to have been in poor physical condition from the rings around her eyes.
As the episode feels to be essentially preparing for what will happen next – we can expect things to escalate as with previous mysteries presented.