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  • In episode 36, Atsushi is show to have Super Speed so powerful, he can run past dozens of guards and cameras without being seen. But later in the same episode, he can't catch up to Pushkin, who is running away on foot at a rather slow pace.
    • Stealth is different from speed? Exhaustion, maybe too? After all, Atsushi is just an 18-year-old boy.
      • Atsushi didn't show any signs of exhaustion (he had enough energy left to get into a big fight very shortly afterwards), and even if there was a limit on his ability to dash that fast, he didn't need to use it; all he had to do was accelerate to an above-average speed, which should have been easy for him (just turn his legs into tiger legs). The ability didn't seem to be stealth, we could clearly see that he ran right in front of the guards but was so fast they didn't have time to process his presence.
  • Why was Mori so surprised seeing Tanizaki's Ability in chapter 31? He had seen it before and even exploited it back in Anne's Room, but in chapter 31 he looks so surprised and even says: 'An Ability that can project solid illusions?' as if it was the first time he sees it.
    • Because the last time he saw it was in Ann's Room. Making the assumption that Tanizaki's Ability was "illusions" was logical. He had no way of knowing at the time that his illusions were solid.
  • After watching episode 4 of the first season (Chapter 4 of the manga), I'm really confused about how the ending of it. Why didn't Kunikida ask Atsushi where he went or even why he left? Better yet, why didn't anyone tell Atsushi that the Black Lizard attack on the ADA wasn't his fault and that no matter what, he's still a member of their team for better or worse? The kid tried to run from the ADA in order to protect them, having felt responsible for putting them in danger, came back to help them in their time of need, but Kunikida just treats him like a nuisance and when Atsushi is upset, he just dismisses him as some kid who wandered off for kicks and gets mad if he receives criticism in any way. Dude, would it kill you to TRY to be a little more understanding and sympathetic? He doesn't even ask him any questions or make any effort to understand his reasons for doing what he did or comfort him in any way. I know Kunikida's meant to be the uptight, straight laced one in the cast, but with the way he treated Atsushi at the very end, he just comes off as a Jerkass for not even bothering to explain things to Atsushi or even understand his plight in any way. Why?
    • He's practical-minded, and remember that Atsushi was a frequent victim of this. Kunikida in general is a not very understanding person, as he doesn't like/understand jokes or other people's problems if it doesnot affect him personally.
  • Does Rampo really not know he doesn't have an ability? He has a brilliant mind but is clueless to many basic aspects of life, he's extremely observant but behaves like a child most of the time, and when it comes to Ultradeduction, he stubbornly insists it's an ability despite multiple evidence to the contrary. Is he well aware of the truth but pretends otherwise because he'd hate to be (in his own words) "an ordinary person"? Does he suspect the truth, but doesn't want to admit it, even to himself, because that would mean Fukuzawa lied to him? Or does he really not know?
    • Have you read the Founding Novel? He's purposefully avoiding the thought of being normal. In Dead Apple, he outright says that he's normal, but here he likes it because he doesn't have to fight.
    • Consider his character development: in the Founding Novel, age 14, he was so troubled by his own uncanny intellect that Fukuzawa made up "Ultradeduction", thus preventing him from having a mental breakdown; Ranpo believes this lie for years, though it evolves from a lifeline that keeps his sanity to a childish belief; by the time he and Yosano get trapped in Poe's murder story, where no abilities work, he is forced to confront reality in order to save his friend, though he still seems upset by the fact that he's been lied to all these years; and finally, both in Dead Apples and the begginning of Decay of Angels he's come to full terms with the truth, but he still keeps up the charade because it's become part of him by now.

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