“Out of Control”
…Another revival! And we’re taken back to Satoru and Kayo’s first date. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t think that Satoru could revive back to a specific time and place repeatedly but it’s likely linked to his current situation. This is probably one of those pivotal moments where Satoru could make a difference to his present timeline (under tragic and stressful circumstances) and thus why he’s transported back. I love the emotional scenes that really touch your heart when he sees Kayo and his mother alive again. It must take such a toll on you when you jump back and forth between timelines.
Finally – the other mysterious 11-year-old boy that everyone has their eyes on, Kenya makes his move. And possibly in the most suspicious way ever. He claims that Satoru has “matured” and “turned into a different person” but Kenya himself, acts like an adult too! His observations, the calmness of his voice and just his demeanor isn’t like an 11-year-old’s. Even Satoru (as a 29-year-old) acts more like a kid! Just in the short amount of time that Kenya has been observing Satoru, he’s already noticed a lot about him. Why would an 11-year-old care so much about another 11-year-old staring at a girl? If Kenya liked Kayo, then that explains why he’s so anxious about Satoru these days (and seems so knowledgeable about Kayo in general). However, if not, then I just find it very odd that he even notices these things at all. No one else in class seems to notice the changes in Satoru’s behavior (definitely not his other friends) and the fact that Kenya literally stalks Satoru? That’s a bit extreme. Why would an 11-year-old do that? Don’t most kids just want to eat, play and have fun? What else do you have to be worried about?
Besides Kenya’s suspicious actions, Satoru himself is finally pulling some moves and doing more than last time. He actually has a plan! And personally, I think it’s actually a very smart plan, even if it includes Kenya. I still haven’t decided if I trust Kenya or not yet – he is a kid, but he seems a bit too smart for your average kid and we did see him talking to Gaku late at night. Not that Gaku is a bad guy… maybe it’s just all bait. Anyway, I’m so proud of Satoru this episode for making some bold moves to physically try and save Kayo’s life. Not just by befriending her but by kidnapping her! You go Satoru! And somehow Kayo agrees to this crazy plan to live in a bus for a few days. I guess there’s nothing to lose when your other option is being beat when you get home. Something about seeing Kayo relax and eat cup noodles with Satoru felt so comforting to me. It’s like they’re both runaways, living in a heated abandoned school bus who only have each other. About the only mistake to Satoru’s plan though, had to be the inclusion of other people. Clearly he trusts Kenya (and his other friends), but you just never know so you can’t be too cautious. The more people that know of Kayo’s location, the more likely she is to be found out. However, I still give Satoru the credit for going this far and making strong attempts to keep Kayo away from home. Let’s hope it pays off. The most interesting scene to come out of his endeavors were when his eyes glowed red for the first time. A sign of a killer? I think it’s just a symbol of his intent to really push Kayo’s mother down the stairs.
The man at the end – to me – is probably either Yuuki or the murderer. I’m guessing Yuuki because he sounds like he is either a pedophile or knew Kayo prior to these events and is genuinely happy for her to have friends. I thought it was the latter but he does have an ominous aura around him that makes him untrusting (and makes him feel like a stalker). It’s the shifty eyes I’m telling you. My other guess would’ve been the actual murderer entering the school bus. That might be a bit too obvious though and I don’t think the author would give away the killer so quickly. If he’s smart enough to find Kayo in the bus, I hope Satoru is smart enough to use this as bait to lure out the true murderer. I wouldn’t want to see another case where Kayo ends up missing (and dead) so for the sake of Satoru’s sanity, this better be his last revival and he better succeed.