The town meeting is called – what should be done about this Satoko situation? It becomes a sticky situation that stretches beyond the abuse of a little girl – the Houjou family were the one that adamantly protested the construction of the Hinamizawa dam, and any abrupt action may be seen as an attack on the Houjou family, even though the dam project was completed years before. It’s a network of fear, mistrust, and closely guarded reputations, with its roots all the way down to the Shinozaki family – with onibaba at the helm.
Keiichi decides the only way to actually get something to happen is to go to the source – he storms into the meeting and makes his declaration – are you with me or are you against me! The men don’t take too well to such insolence, and start spewing crap, until Shion steps in and flexes her political muscles by making note of some shady dealings within the local government. Keiichi continues by saying that Satoko is a member of their village – everyone should band together and help her!
All that’s left is… convincing onibaba to take action. Rika… is getting hope again!
Well, the meeting with onibaba goes something like this:
– Help Satoko, she’s getting pwned
– Wtf, you waste my time on this trivial bs
– Hi, I’m Maebara Keiichi, if you don’t help her I’ll smash your brains in and have Mion succeed you so she’ll say yes
– You little cunt, I’ll slash you to bits
– I don’t care what you say, just help her you old hag
On the way back, Rika asks Keiichi if Satoko can really be saved from this fate. Well, yea, he says – and don’t use the word fate so easily! It’s obviously not the case.
So the phones start ringing and the bureaucracy starts to move – slowly. Until the entire village gathers in front of the child services office and work their falungong magic. It doesn’t work too well and are just ignored… until a call comes in from the mayor’s office. A call is made to the Houjou house.
Meanwhile, Satoko is getting her ass kicked and whines for her nii-nii.
So the proper authorities are finally on their side, and the call has been made. At this point, I’m thinking several things:
– What if he doesn’t pick up the phone?
– Why is the whole town so afraid of this one loser?
– Why didn’t Satoko move all the stuff out of nii-nii’s room when Teppei wasn’t there?
– Oh boy, only two more days until Lucky Star!
Anyways, considering that we’re not even halfway through the series, this is setting up for some epic failure. Even with the entire town behind their cause, something is bound to go wrong (or it might just be too late), and everyone just ends up dying again. Poor Rika, all this stuff going for her this time around and she still can’t make it happen – so what’s gonna happen when things don’t fall in place the next time around?