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Airi is trapped, but Satoru arrives in time to help. After escaping the scene, he goes off to search for the real culprit. After gaining an ally in his mother’s old coworker, he starts to gain a clearer picture into what’s happening.
The manager is still quite the enigma. Last episode I would have banked on him being a pawn of the real culprit, if not implicitly working for him. Now we see he does care about Airi, he just may also have some inappropriate feelings towards her. I suppose this show has not shied away from showing people as flawed despite their otherwise good intentions, so maybe his shady action last episode was all meant to lead us off the trail. I suppose this is a very small thing, but I’m finding the timing very convenient that Satoru comes back just as the house is up in flames. The explosion from last episode, strong enough to knock out windows, would imply some kind of forceful gas explosion as the cause, but Airi comes out of the encounter totally fine. No burns, no nothing. It’s a little bit of implausibility for a show that’s been pretty good at sticking to the facts so far.
I’m also very confused about Satoru’s conversation with Sawada. At first, Sawada seems to suggest what we saw before, that Hinazuki was killed when her parents left her for dead. Now, he seems to be suggesting that the true culprit of all these crimes actually took Kayo out from the cold and then froze her to death, when she would have done so anyway. The incredibly roundabout way of doing this makes the motive of this criminal very bizarre. Does he kill simply for the thrill of successfully pinning it on someone else? The mysteries do paint the true killer in a very sinister light. His connections that have allowed him to get away with so much remind me a lot of certain parts of L.A. Noire. Fortunately, this time that kind of story is the narrative crux, not a last second swerve from out of nowhere like that game pulled.
It seems like trust and belief are really getting pounded into us as themes of this part of the story. Airi and Sawada’s faith in Satoru are what have allowed him to continue on past all his hardships. My favorite line by far is Sawada’s reasoning for trusting him “Your mother didn’t raise a killer.” This is why character witnesses are allowed in criminal cases. Knowing someone’s disposition means you can trust certain things about them, and Airi and Sawada knowing the kind of relationship that Satoru and Sachiko had made their faith in their bond as mother and son absolute. Satoru has had his faith in others rewarded so much that it almost seems perfectly set up for that same trust to be eventually betrayed.
This episode took such a big swerve from what I thought the plot arc of this story would be that I really don’t know what’s going to happen next. I assumed returning to his childhood days would be the norm, and his time as an adult would only be very temporary to gather what information he could. Now we’re going to be going into a third episode of being on this track, but we know he has to go back eventually. There is so much unsolved about the past that it’s impossible that we will never return there. So that leaves the big question, how? I assumed the death of someone important to him, this time Airi, is what would catapult his Revival. Now that he’s been arrested, how can he possibly have that chance?
- Were the two police bodyguards being intentionally terrible at their jobs the whole time? What if someone killed her?
- Hiromi is a boy. I guess that solves that. Still doesn’t explain why Satoru cares a lot more about how Hinazuki was murdered rather than someone who was actually his close friend.
- I am sort of glad that Satoru finally got caught, because otherwise it would make Japanese Police seem like the most ineffectual law keeping force of all time considering how obvious he’s been about his movements.