I noticed some similar themes between the same episodes of each season, so i thought it was interesting enough to mention:
-actual continuous problem of the series (minimum stealing) implied shortly in the end of it
-Nice only uses his Minimum at the very end of the episode
-case was money related (Hikaru’s manager had a money scheme off of him, guys wanted to bust the safe in hopes of money)
-thing people wanted wasnt what it seemed (Hikaru wasnt actually pretty, safe only had porn and not money)
-sex was a detail in the case (the fans wanted it, the girl in s1 was sleeping with the guy and thats how she got the password)
-Nice and Murasaki need to enter a school
-Nice figures out the issue (that the teacher was helping the bullying, that Art was in Facultas) because of what he observed in pictures taken
-Minimum goes on a rampage in full view of the public and the police fail to stop him
-said Minimum was loose in public due to the evil guys (saikyou, Moral)
-Honey is taken hostage, put on a vehicle with hands tied and Three has to rescue herDo I honestly believe this to be 100% on purpose? I dont think the writers sat down and went “lets see how we did s1 so we can mirror that”, no. However, while the studio changed, the old studio’s writers are supervising the script, so…
It could be that this is simply a structure well liked by the writers (like, slowly build up the culprit, only show off MC’s power at the end of first ep for impact, have an episode with an impact on the general population and then cut to an episode to flesh out side characters etcetc) and because this is a story telling structure they like, they repeated that both seasons.
That said, I feel like we might deviate more from s1’s structure next episode, as they cant afford to move as leisurely as s1 did.
So I predict for ep05: like for s1, it will have some weird and hilarious shenanigans, BUT will be mashed with s1’s ep06: aka, focused also on Birthday and Ratio’s relationship and issues.