Family is a common theme in Boku Dake ga Inai Machi that was very unexpected when I first started this series. The idea of appreciating the family that you have or leaving a terrible family behind is so prominent that it actually brings tears to my eyes. From the second episode, you already see that family bond between Satoru and his mother, Sachiko which really makes you appreciate your own mother a little more. My family has always had its rough patches and especially with my mom, we’re both stubborn and don’t see eye-to-eye. Plus we don’t live together which makes me feel worse when I do see her and we argue. Sometimes when we do fight, I feel an overwhelming amount of guilt and remorse when I imagine that this could be the last thing that we talk about. You never want your last words to a loved one to be tainted so I can see where Satoru is coming from; but to a larger degree because he’s actually living with this time lapse over and over again, not knowing what’s going to happen. I hope that if Satoru manages to save his mother this time, he takes full advantage of the extra time that he has with her. Sachiko loves her son, but more so, she trusts his judgment and his decisions (as an 11-year-old!) and I think that says a lot about her character. She’s a pretty good mom to know what’s going on with his life even though he doesn’t say anything to her out loud. She’s also been doing it all on her own and I have huge respects for single parents that are able to raise a child up so well by themselves.
On the other hand, Kayo grew up in a horrible family environment – I wouldn’t even call it a ”family” at all. Her mother clearly doesn’t care about her and literally hasn’t notified anyone about her MISSING child for days! What is this? At first I thought, maybe Kayo’s mother has issues. Maybe she drinks a lot or has schizophrenia or MPD… but now I just can’t think of any more excuses for her behavior. She is simply a terrible mother – and human being for that matter. She still wants to save face, but she’s not helping anyone (especially herself) by avoiding the issue. Obviously the first step is to even admit that you have problems, but I don’t think Kayo’s mother will be admitting anything soon. She needs to be caught red-handed and that’s hard to do when Kayo is “kidnapped” and Child Services can’t really prove anything (other than Kayo isn’t at home). I wish they could do more to try and help Kayo but it’s hard when you have no child or parent to confirm anything.
The moment of the year so far has to be this episode… when Kayo looks at the breakfast which Sachiko prepared for her and bursts into tears. It makes me want to cry with her. Kayo is coming from a family that never behaved like a family and she’s welcomed into this home which treats her better than ever. That alone is enough to make me feel for Kayo. From the looks of it, Kayo’s mother never did anything for Kayo other than keep her alive. A few yen for breakfast? Eating alone in the park? It makes me want to pick Kayo up and adopt her as my own. How can any mother who gave birth to a child even think about abandoning her and not doing her due diligence as a parent? The tears from Kayo are those of a child that feels neglected and lonely and she realizes it now. Being with a proper family like Sachiko and Satoru has opened Kayo’s eyes to what she deserves. And that’s a better life with an actual family. I seriously hope that she gets it; whether it’s with Satoru or not, she deserves better.
Now that I’ve made my rant about what a terrible person Kayo’s mother is and how I’m incredibly passionate yet upset at the situation, let’s look at the rest of the episode. I don’t think it’s hard to guess who the murderer is at this point. All the signs point to one individual (whom we’ve already met) but it’s not even about the identity of the murderer anymore, it’s about how to prevent him from killing again. What’s more important to me is, what’s his motivation? Why does he do this and what does he get out of it? He’s a smart individual and he’s not mentally insane, so I think the killer is doing it because he’d be considered a “psychopath” by definition. He does everything for a reason and with careful consideration; even to the point of framing others for his crimes to cover his own tail. The interesting piece is how Satoru is going to stop him and change the course of his future. Will that mean exposing who the murderer is? Or will saving Kayo and Aya be enough? Interestingly enough, it looks like the killer has moved from Kayo to Aya very quickly just with the disappearance of Kayo. I think that means Satoru will still ultimately fail if the other victims are still being targeted (we’re talking about a serial killer afterall). His best bet would be to catch whoever is going after these children, but we’re now getting into uncharted territory which makes it harder to predict the murderer’s actions when Satoru doesn’t know what will happen. His biggest advantage so far has been his knowledge of the future from hindsight. Now that he doesn’t have that, he’ll have to rely more on his own wits and abilities to be keep one step ahead of the killer.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: It’s not about who the murderer is, but how Satoru is going to save Kayo. It’s getting super so nerve-racking! =X That final scene with Kayo made my heartache. I love the family theme in this series; so unexpected #僕街 #BokuMachi