This episode certainly recaptured my attention. I wasn’t sure when they would reveal the murderer to the audience but they’re cutting it pretty close with only two episodes left. That leaves an episode on how Satoru survives and probably another episode to arrest the son-of-a-b*tch and the aftermath. Now did everyone guess the right guy? Honestly, at this point in the anime, who could be left…? It was a certainly a surprise to see when they would reveal what Gaku has up his sleeve though. I didn’t think he would actually confess his crimes to Satoru straight-up but it turns out he was going to murder the kid anyway. The scene in the car was a memorizing one; I couldn’t look away for the entire half of the episode while Gaku had this murderous face on him. He went from the friendly teacher to a crazy psychopath in 30 seconds flat.
Gaku doesn’t thoroughly explain why he does what he does (yet) but it seems to me like it’s a game for him. He’s “hunting” these girls for sport to try to outwit his “opponents”. Up until his point, I don’t think he was really playing against anyone so his goal was just, not get caught. Now he has a challenger – Satoru, who has actually fouled his plans not once but twice and he’s not going to be beat a third time. I was right last week when Satoru turned into Gaku’s main target. After Gaku realized that Satoru knew more than the “average kid” should, he went on to trap Satoru to confirm his suspicions. I would expect that the murderer would be smarter than Satoru so it wasn’t a shock to see Gaku with the upper hand. It was still interesting to see just how he cornered Satoru and unfortunate at the same time because I never thought Satoru was that bright. If Gaku could go years and cross towns without being caught, there’s no way that Satoru (even knowing the future) could best him. Satoru’s biggest mistake was definitely trusting too many people at once, especially adults like Gaku and his manager whom he didn’t really know that much about. I might forgive Satoru for telling his friends about his plans, but this kid has got to learn that if an adult is commiting these crimes, he should be more careful of who he goes around questioning and telling things to. It actually bothered me a lot that Satoru would spill the beans to his teacher in the car – I get that your teacher should always be someone who you can trust but come on! When you don’t know better, everyone is a suspect.
The question still remains as to… how will Satoru escape and how will Gaku get caught? Will it be something that happens in the past or the future? Given everything that’s happened so far, even if Satoru survives, the future is going to definitely change and who knows what will happen then? Will Satoru’s mother still get involved? After all, that’s the reason that Satoru revived the first time and his primary objective. If Gaku does manage to escape and go to another town, maybe he’ll wreak havoc there, and continue to do what he does. Since I don’t know Gaku’s motivation yet for kidnapping and killing children, I’m going to assume that he’s not going to stop unless he ends up in jail.
Asides from the actual events of the episode, I thought a lot of things were really well down from the inclusion of Aya to the delivery of Gaku’s murderous intents. The episode made me feel hopeful, scared, nervous and happy all in the span of 20 minutes, which is hard to do. Hopeful and happy because Satoru and friends were able to save Aya and Hiromi (and of course, Kazu’s newfound crush!) but scared and nervous because of Satoru’s pending doom at the bottom of the river. It’s crazy how much information was crammed together this week; although I was expecting it given all the prior weeks of less dramatic episodes. Every show will have it’s highs and lows and as Boku Dake ga Inai Machi reaches its final stretch, I’m expecting nothing but highs. The manga ended a bit more than a week ago too so the anime better not fail to complete its ending properly. Please refrain from spoilers as well if you already know the ending, thank you!
Author’s Note – Apologies for the late posts these days guys! I’ve been busy moving across the country so Durarara!! will be posted late as well. Thanks for being patient with me and I’ll try my best to finish up this season properly!