For the most part, this week’s episode was more about triumph than error. It was an endearing look at 11-year-olds in a “relationship” – cute and sweet. Satoru has progressed his relationship with Kayo and they’re already going on dates, and holding hands… that’s adorable right there. He even says so himself, he’s a 29-year-old man that finds an 11-year-old girl pretty. Somehow I don’t find that creepy but maybe that’s because Satoru doesn’t behave like a 29-year-old would. He’s still very naïve, straightforward and he’s not willing to push for big changes. I noticed it a bit last week, but more so now, Satoru hasn’t really done anything to make a difference. He needs to do more, do bigger, louder things to really change Kayo’s fate. Standing up for her in class? That’s a great example. Losing to the same boy in skating? That’s not a great example even though he’s fully capable.
For the most part, this episode actually gave me a lot of hope and happiness for Kayo and Satoru. He tried his best to save Kayo and he made it past what he thought was “Dooms Day”. He ended up celebrating their birthday, he saw his friends and they ate a bunch of sandwiches together! What a great day. What touched my heart were all the moments leading up to the scarf though. The fact that Satoru walked Kayo home almost every day. He stood up to Kayo’s mother even though she’s such a terrible human being and he even bought her a present! Oh my gosh, childhood love is cute! Not to mention that Kayo took the time to make something for Satoru in return. A handmade gift? It’s got to be a scarf or hat… all preteens knit their boyfriends a scarf. Kawaii!!
That love is short-lived though. When we get to the end of the episode, the fairytale is over and Satoru is hit with reality. Kayo is late for school. Kayo is absent from school. This doesn’t mean that Kayo has been murdered or kidnapped… but once Satoru took his eyes off the prize, he might have lost the opportunity to change fate. I don’t want to speculate too much. Kayo’s mom is still a huge suspect in this case right now, but to the point of killing your daughter?. She knows that Kayo has a “boyfriend”, so to carelessly “get rid of her” would point all signs in her direction. Unless she doesn’t think that the police will trust Satoru’s testimony. During that fateful day of March 1st, there were also a lot of other suspects that got a bit of screen time. Everyone from Kenya to Gaku to Yuuki… you just don’t know who’s going to make a move. All I know is that someone is guilty or guilty of knowing more information and it’s going to be revealed soon.
Another thing that struck me as odd was how Satoru’s memories are beginning to fade (or potentially change overtime). Is this becoming his new future or present? I don’t think he has another shot at changing history so I believe that maybe he’s going to have to live out this life again. Like this is now his present. I don’t see any possible way of him changing his past and then going forward 11 years (that’s a bit too convenient for me). A few other subtle (or not so subtle) conversations this week that struck me as odd was how the girl that sits beside Satoru thinks that all the other girls in the class are flirting with Gaku. Flirting?! I mean, they’re 11 so they’re not oblivious if they have feelings for a man, but these girls are so young and it’d be twisted for Gaku to treat them as anything than his young students. I still don’t see the connection between Gaku, Kenya and the murderer… but I still would keep my eye on him since his actions are too suspicious. And I’m sorry if he turns out to be a good guy, but d*mn, the anime is not painting that picture right now.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: A relatively sweet episode about a young boy’s efforts to save his “girlfriend”. I was almost fooled into thinking he made it. Then again, I don’t know if he actually failed (yet?) so let’s wait and see…. #Bokumachi #僕街