I’ll talk about this week’s episode in two parts – the first time being about Kayo’s mother and the other being about the aftermath. The episode started off with Kayo going back home and her mother reacting very strongly towards Sachiko’s presence. Her violent behavior is spotted by the Child Services and they pretty much take custody of Kayo and claim that Kayo’s mother is unfit to be her guardian. Obviously. I’ve been waiting for this moment since the beginning and to finally see her held accountable for her actions was satisfying. It didn’t go the way I expected, but it was nonetheless, a well-deserved ending for Kayo. She didn’t end up at an orphanage, but instead ended up with her grandmother who wanted to make amends. I think that’s the best case scenario for her situation since she can still be close to family, but not with family that abuses her. Even though Satoru won’t be able to see Kayo again, she seems happy with the way she left things off and she even thanked Satoru for that. I hope she doesn’t get the short end of the stick and somehow ends up dead again in this timeline. This looks like the best alternative Satoru could’ve taken and I’m happy it worked out.
Kayo’s mother unraveled very quickly this episode. I want to note that while I feel sympathy towards her, in no way do I empathize or agree with her tactics of dealing with her issues. I simply think her actions were a product of her circumstances in the past few years and although it’s not right, at least it’s explainable. I knew she must have motivation or deeply rooted psychological issues for hitting Kayo and I was right – similar to how I think the murderer/killer out there has a reason for why he does what he does. The flashbacks were evident (as well as Kayo’s grandmother’s testament) that Kayo’s mother was abused by her ex-husband and she took it out on poor Kayo. I don’t know the reasoning behind the abuse, but Kayo’s mother suffered a great deal to put up with the injuries over the years. I’m also suspecting that the man was Kayo’s father – which makes it more difficult for Kayo to witness. This explains why Kayo has never spoken up about her mother’s abuse and instead, protects her because she knows why her mother is this way. Children are a lot more observant than adults may give them credit for and this is an example of that. Kayo clearly notices that her mother is being hurt and she tries to protect her, both physically and literally when she doesn’t report child abuse. That doesn’t mean that hitting others is right – two wrongs never make a right – and in no way am I saying that it justifies any party’s actions in this family, but just seeing Kayo’s mother past makes me pity her (and Kayo’s grandmother). It makes me feel content with the context given for her issues; however it only makes me realize what a great daughter Kayo really is. That girl deserves so much better. I hope Kayo’s mother gets the help that she needs now because she needs counselling and assistance getting back on her feet.
The second part of this episode was about the aftermath of the situation and Satoru trying to figure out how to prevent the next two victims from being murdered as well. The funny thing that I mentioned last episode is, Satoru is venturing into new territories beyond what his future indicated. By saving Kayo, he’s already altered what would/could be and the murderer/killer may already be switching his plans to go after someone entirely different. The fact that the murderer was already planning to go after Aya after Kayo disappeared demonstrates just how much of a difference Satoru can make. Now that Kayo has officially been “saved”, the murderer has already changed his plans again and emptied out his bag from the deserted bus and will likely go after some other kid. The question is, who? Is it still Aya or Hiromi? I don’t think so… I think the killer has his eyes set on someone else… maybe someone else in the class or maybe even Satoru for upsetting his plans?
Going to spoiler tag this just in case people don’t like to read theories and potential spoilers:
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Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Finally! Satoru has a win! So proud of him =) Hope this doesn’t come back to haunt him. Now the question is, who’s next? Aya? Hiromi? Another classmate? Or maybe even Satoru himself? #BokuMachi