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"Blotted Page" is the 11th episode of the season "Three Vessels" and the 63rd episode from total.
Kamisaka Rokuro is a novelist whose mystery genre book, The Skyscraper's Shadow, has received publicity due to murder of a girl by a mechanism that seems inspired by it. The murderer, later captured, ties a barbell to a rope then to her then tosses the weight off the roof of a skyscraper. Due to this and similar incidents, his book's popularity skyrockets over the Internet, while outside of the Internet, it remains largely unknown. Kamisaka agrees to be interviewed by a reporter from the Editing Department, Asaba Sumi; however, the Editor-in-Chief changes the final draft so the magazine would sell more. Asaba feels it was her fault that Kamisaka receives blame as the murderer's instigator, and she seeks him to apologize to him.
In the meantime, the first victim's older sister, Michio Yui, meets separately with Kamisaka and the murderer, Chochi Hiroto, to see which one of them is to blame. She intends to send one of them to Hell. As Michio meets Kamisaka Asaba approaches. Together they decide to each send one person to Hell in order to banish three people all at once. Michio chooses the Editor-in-Chief, Asaba chooses Chochi, and Kamisaka chooses his fair-weather friend. They enter the names then meet together in a hotel room. Simultaneously, they pull their threads.
After the banishings, Kamisaka suggests they all have a drink together, but as he grabs a beer from the hotel mini-bar, he disappears. As he is ferried he learns Chochi Rika, the murderer's mother, blamed him for inspiring her son and banished him.
- This episode marks the first time when Ai's service is used by three people to send three other people to hell in the same episode at the same time. It is also the first time more we hear more than one of her companions declare, "your grudge has been heard."
- This is also the first episode where four candles are shown near the ending scene, whereas no more than one candle has been shown before in one episode.
- While he is being ferried Kamisaka is confronted by Kikuri who demands to be given the furigana--the small hiragana pronunciation often placed below kanji to aid in recognition--so she can read his book.