Episode 5 Plothole

SPOILER WARNING: Don’t read this if you haven’t played End of the Golden Witch yet. Seriously!

Well, anyway, Episode 5 proved itself to be a slow, torturous and roundabout episode. The “First Twilight” and the subsequent closed room debates to place the blame on my mother for the crime ended up being discussed far longer than was necessary, although we got respite in the form of Battler showing up and kicking copious amounts of ass (at least once after getting his own handed to him). That being said, at the mock-trial, detective Furudo Erika’s constructed theory suffered more than a few holes poked in it, mostly in-game, but I believe (and this is probably not a new thing) I stumbled upon something that may just be the result of an error on the part of the writer himself.

Basically, we’re supposed to believe that, due to the cross-checking of alibis between the hours of 24:00 and 6:00 AM on October 5th, the only window of time in which the culprit could have committed the epitaph-like murders are within 24:00 and 1:00. The victims are located in the guesthouse, along with the (alive) servants Kumasawa and Gohda, as well as Doctor Nanjo, and Erika. But since everyone’s alibi has been checked, none of these suspects are guilty. In fact, the only person without an alibi is Natsuhi. If you’ve played the Episode through, you’ll know how that is supposed to turn out; however, some people might not have caught this tidbit.

But Rosa was one of the victims.

Rosa leaving at 1:00? But Rosa was a victim, and if Natsuhi is the culprit, the murders only could have taken place between the hours of 24:00 and 1:00. Are we supposed to believe that Rosa somehow manifested herself back in time to get killed by Natsuhi in the 2nd floor of the guesthouse? Wouldn’t it take several minutes just to walk there? So have I stumbled upon a mistake, a plot hole, or is this supposed to be interpreted as an intentional clue towards an alternative theory (besides the other one presented) about who is the culprit? The writing itself speaks in favor of it being intentional, but that would leave a gaping hole in Erika’s theory that neither Beatrice nor Battler caught.

Anyway, leave your thoughts in the comments!


2 Responses to “Episode 5 Plothole”

  1. 1 Sacchi
    January 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Have you read the secret tea party? Spoiler:

    Battler uses blue truth to show a possible truth: When Battler screamed, Jessica and the others were still alive. I didn’t understand much, I need to go all over that again, but apparently Rosa and the cousins didn’t get killed in the second room of the guesthouse. Battler red-truth attacks Ericka to prove this. The murder wasn’t commited from 12:00 to 1:00, but from 6:00am onwards, something like that. Ericka has no way of knowing that at the time that Battler screamed, everyone was still alive due to the fact that she immediately ran to see Nanjo’s room to check if the seal was still there. Something like that.

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