OP: 「Re;Re」 by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Gosh, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is one of those anime which every little thing feels like it’s foreshadowing what’s going to happen. I have my eyes glued to the screen as I watch and listen for any subtle clues that might solve this mystery. Obviously I’m not meant to guess what’s going to happen this early on, but it’s good to remember for later episodes. Simple things like the bruises, the students’ stories, and even Satoru’s friends could all be pointing Satoru in the right direction. It’s only the matter of what that direction is and how Satoru will make a difference.
This week we meet the very quiet, keep-to-herself, Hinazuki Kayo (Yuuki Aoi). The girl who doesn’t talk in class, has no apparent friends and wanders around after school until dark. I wish there was a better way to describe her, because she’s not weird or mean, she’s just reserved. I’ll admit that if I was an 11-year-old kid, I probably wouldn’t reach out to her either so I actually don’t blame Satoru at all for ignoring her that night at the park. Nobody probably gave it too much though either when she disappeared (unless it was school-wide news). It’s only when you find out that her body was discovered that everyone starts putting everything into an internal perspective and they talking about her. ”If only I talked to her that day…” or ”I remember when she did this…”. This is especially true for children because you don’t know any better and you don’t see the consequences of your action until they’re that bad. Now I don’t blame any of kids for what happened (not yet anyway…) but I can see why that kind of event is so traumatizing for children. It leaves a huge impression on you and you might always wonder “What if…”.
Satoru is not your average kid anymore though. He’s a 29-year-old in a 11-year-old body (Tsuchiya Tao) and he thinks like a 29-year-old would. If this was a comedy instead of a psychological thriller, there are so many jokes that I can imagine happening right now (especially when he touched Kayo’s hand!). Anyway, the internal struggle is real guys… dealing with the fact that you don’t remember anything about being 11, plus you have to figure out what you’re actually trying to accomplish now. You don’t know where to start, and you’re just happy to see that your mom is alive. Honestly, the whole thing would feel so surreal because you have a chance to re-do your life and that’s a lot of pressure. Like I was saying before, Satoru didn’t know any better as a kid about what was going on but now, with all this hindsight, he has a chance to make it right. He has his one shot to save Kayo’s life (and his mom’s) and hopefully not make himself out to be a crazy child in the process. It’s so interesting just listening to both his seiyuus talk outloud from both a 29 and 11-year-old’s perspective. I applaud A-1 Pictures for being able to portray Satoru’s circumstances so accurately. That and the mood fits so well with that feeling of gloom and doom looming over your shoulders (too much rhyming there sorry!).
Please remember to use spoiler tags if you’re a manga reader and want to share information. I will be watching the comment section. In terms of what I’ve gathered this episode… I think they’re heavily implying that Kayo is being domestically abused; particularly by her mom. I would be very shocked if that didn’t end up being the case. Someone is also lurking around who is likely the murderer’s (or Satoru’s “friend”) and all signs point to him as being the murderer. Whether or not that ends up being the case will be the question. I’m sure Boku Dake ga Inai Machi has much more up its sleeve than a quiet girl who runs away from home and meets a stranger on the street, only to be taken away and end up dead. There are some strong implications of Satoru’s future friend, Katagiri Airi (Akasaki Chinatsu) being involved so maybe she’ll have a larger role in the story. Or love interest. You know, because I like that fluff.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: I love how everything feels so ominous in #BokuMachi. It’s like everything is foreshadowing what’s to come. I always gets so heartbroken watching stories about child abuse. Children deserve a better upbringing.
ED: 「それは小さな光のような」 (Sore wa Chiisa ni Hikari no Youna) by Sayuri