I knew it! For once I called something right and it was the importance of Satoru’s reporter-friend from way back when. No one of unimportance would have such a close-up here so I knew he would come back (either good or bad). In this case, it’s a good thing and he’s the contact point for both Satoru and his mom. Satoru’s mom was a wise lady to solve the case all by herself, but that might be because she was already suspicious of Kayo’s death. For someone that has no personal matter in the case (other than her son’s involvement) Sachiko is a sharp thinker and I have huge respect for her. Sachiko, along with Airi are great examples of strong female characters that just steal the spotlight in anime. They actually exemplify what they stand for and rather than sitting around thinking of doing something, they get up and do it. In this case, Sachiko takes matters into her own hands to investigate – and even though it leads to her death, hopefully Satoru will take what his mother has left behind and run with it. I hope Sawada (Ohkawa Tooru) runs with it and helps Satoru find out who the true murderer is.
While I think Sawada will be a great companion for Satoru, I think he’ll need more help than that. I find it ironic (and maybe the author purposely designed it that way) but the murderer has been known (at least by Sawada and Sachiko) to pin murders on other people for serial kidnapping and murderer young children. And here you have Satoru, being listed as suspect #1 for his own mother’s murder (whom was also killed by this same murderer) falling into the same repeated pattern. So it’s pretty conclusive to say that all these individuals (Yuuki for example) did not commit these crimes that they’re being framed for. And hiding in plain sight is the murderer, just smirking to himself. Who is he? And how doe he rise to power so quickly? Being an authoritative figure obviously makes it easier for him to influence people of power (the police force for example)… but it also gives him privy to information and investigation tips that others might not know. It makes it easier for him to cover his trackers. Unfortunately for Satoru, that also means that his chances of getting out of this one will be hard. He has a lot of circumstantial evidence against him so we’ll see if he can get a good lawyer or go back in time again.
Into the actual case itself, there’s a lot of clues and hints that were laid out because of the time skip. Sawada told Satoru a lot of what the police actually investigated and what they gave as circumstantial evidence during the case trial. I feel that it’s really unfair sometimes to pin people down due to stories that the police fabricate because that’s what fits the evidence at the time and they don’t know any better. Also because they (probably) personally really believe it and they’re under media pressure to do something about a serial killer/kidnapper. An example would be Satoru’s friend, Hiromi who was in fact a boy, but was murdererd because a) the killer didn’t know Hiromi was a male or the more likely b) to throw everyone off his pattern and track. The fact that this killer is going around targeting specific young girls and then sabotaging other people while still doing it to this day – isn’t information that the police (or Satoru) would’ve had at the time. As a result, I really don’t think Satoru or Sawada should be blaming themselves for something that couldn’t have been done without seeing these repeated cases. In hindsight, it’s easier to see patterns when you have more data points so the fact that the murderer is going out repeating things will make it more traceable for Satoru and Sawada now. Satoru is putting a lot of pressure on himself to solve these cases, but he’s matured a lot in the past 2 episodes with Airi on his side. Plus I love how he’s more resourceful now and putting the pieces together.
Airi was a great side story this episode, with the focus on her and her family as well as her involvement with Satoru. I will say again – I really like her and I hope she doesn’t become a victim just because she’s a nice person (and trusting person). Although Takahashi was the primary suspect in my mind as a fire-starter (and he got to the scene of the crime very quickly), somehow the impression he gave off while rescuing Airi was more like serious concern for her well-being. As someone that probably has a crush on Airi, I can’t see Takahashi wanting to literally harm her in any way so perhaps he’s just an innocent bystander that happens to be acquainted with the wrong people (*cough Nishizono). On another note, Airi’s mother seems like a really caring and gentle mom and I can see why Airi was so torn between her mom and dad growing up. You have a mother that’s willing to pretend to be you to trick the cops, and then you have a father that you believe is innocent and still can’t reconcile with your mom. That’s a tight spot to be in, especially with family involved. Now that she’s grown up, Airi has taken a lot of these lessons to heart growing up and I can see why she is the way she is; particularly towards Satoru. Her character doesn’t appear to be any more involved than it already has been, so I take back my theory of Airi being related to the murderer… but her relationship with Satoru doesn’t make it easier either of them. The murderer only has more leverage against you when he knows that you have friends.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Wooo… I knew the reporter was going to make a comeback 😉 No one has such a closeup without being named. A ton of info this episode about Kayo’s death but also about the murderer. AND you see his face! Kinda..I thought Airi was more involved but now I just think she’s serves as a rock for Satoru. He’s grown up a lot in just these 2 eps.