This ended up even later because I took an extra week to get back from Japan due to getting hospitalised with influenza over there. But I’m back now!

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“We’re HOW many episodes behind now?!”

Despite all Satoru’s efforts, he was not able to prevent Kayo’s death and she disappears from his life. To make matters worse, the next child due to be murdered – Aya Nakanishi – has also now gone missing. Eventually, when Satoru sees Kayo’s mother disposing of Kayo’s clothing (or possibly even part of her remains) without a care in the world, it freaks him out so much that his recall ends and he suddenly finds himself back in the present day.

Unfortunately for him, he’s back right where he left it – wanted for his mother’s murder. Luckily for him, his workmate Airi believes his innocence and even helps him hide.  He uses the time that she buys him to try and research more into the child abduction cases, where he realises that even though he couldnt save Kayo, the information in the books has changed to reflect her ‘new’ date of death. In other words, it actually is possible to change the past and his actions had affected something after all.

Unfortunately again, the police are closing in on him and something more sinister is closing in on Airi…

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I didnt notice at first, but Kayo actually has the exact same ‘are you stupid’? catchphrase Kayo did, except the tone is different.

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boy do you think this guy whose face is strategically not shown for the entire scene is gonna be Suspicious

The moment I was waiting for confirmation on has occurred, then – Satoru went Back to the Present. He’s convinced that he wasnt able to change anything other than Kayo’s death date but that’s kind of hard to determine at this point.

While it’s true that this episode was pretty exciting and kept me in suspense, there were two major things that kind of irked me. First of all is the character Airi. Now, I knew she was going to play a bigger role since the first episode because it didnt make sense to introduce her and then not do anything else with her. The problem is that because of this, in this episode we suddenly switch to her being a major character and there just honestly isn’t enough we know about her. She’s a peppy, 17-year-old workmate who has the potentially creepy attention of the pizza place’s manager and she seems to like Satoru a good deal, but other than that? …Well okay, she did also show that she’s pretty though when she fought back against the manager lying about wanting to help Satoru. My issue with her is that she seems to be one of those characters where the narrative kind of sets up what it wants us to think of her without having the character show us who she is on her own. It seems like everything she does is ‘just because’ and ‘the plot said so’. Why does she immediately trust Satoru? (Even Satoru himself is skeptical of this). Because apparently her father ended up divorced and jobless after being wrongfully accused of stealing a chocolate bar (what the hell). Everything about her character so far just seems kind of awkward to me in a way that none of the other characters in this show do. I hope I’m wrong about that, because I do want to like her. (But seriously, her whole story about her father made no goddamn sense what the shit)

My other problem is something that I’ve already ranted about but why is absolutely nobody in this show raising the issue of Hiromi? You would think that when Satoru is confronted with the news of Aya Nakanishi missing, he would think “Oh shit, that means Hiromi, who is one of my good friends, is going to die very soon, and I should work at preventing that seeing as I couldn’t save Kayo’. But, you guessed it, once again it’s just not even touched on at all. Even when Satoru goes into the present he doesn’t even confirm whether Aya or Hiromi actually died or not. Am I really the only person who keeps getting annoyed by this? Why did they make one of the murder victims one of young-Satoru’s friends in the group he is basically always seen hanging out with if it is literally never spoken aboutDid he just forget? What is going on here? Please tell me I’m not the only person who gets so mad about this inconsistancy.

And speaking of the past – there’s the obvious inplication that Kayo may have died for a different reason this time – but if that’s the case, wouldnt that also affect the future? Was Sachiko’s murderer the original murderer or not, and if he isnt, what reason did he have for murdering her? This mystery, at least, seems intentional.

Anyway, we have another incredibly suspicious character being introduced in the form of some guy talking to the pizza manager. He seems very different to Sachiko’s murderer but also to any of the other suspicious characters so far – but there is the implication that it may be him who is behind the arson that happens at the end of the episode. Was this in order to flush out Satoru, or to kill Airi? It looks like the present timeline is slowly gathering even more mysteries than the past.

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Aw, looks like things are looking up!

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ok never mind

Out of 5,
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Episode 6

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I barely have any screencaps of present-day Satoru.

Airi is saved from the house fire – an act of arson undoubtedly by the true killer to get her out of the way – by both Satoru and the pizza manager, although the pizza manager gets to take the credit while he flees.
Eventually, Satoru decides to try the phone number he had been carrying around all this time and it turns out to be for his mother’s old boss Sawada. Apparently, she had contacted him about the abduction and murder cases shortly before her own murder. Sawada had also dedicated himself to investigating many cases that he believed werent properly solved – including the serial child abductions, and he meets with Satoru to discuss it further.

In the current timeline, Kayo was not abducted from a park as she was originally, but from the shed outside her own house when she hid there after her mother beat her within an inch of her life – by ‘Yuuki’ (AKA Jun Shiratori), whose bootprints were found outside the house. Sawada invites Satoru to look over his notes and his own deductions, however Satoru can’t help but disagree with them, particularly in his assment of the murder of his childhood friend Hiromi. From Sawada, Satoru manages to find some lists of suspects, although it seems that Sawada mostly suspected Yuuki’s father, and that Yuuki trying to cover for his father is what lead to his downfall of seeming too suspicious.

Satoru eventually meets up with Airi again who tells him about the suspicious person named Nishizono, a city councilman who often visits the pizza place to talk with her boss. She believes that he would have been able to take a peek at the shift schedule to help in targetting them both, however this only confuses Satoru more as he did not see the name Nishizono anywhere on the suspect list.

Their meeting is rudely cut short when the police show up and arrest Satoru…

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is there a reason your eyes turned red sir other than to make you look suspicious as hell

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funnily enough I thought she was just walking down the street and going into a convenience store with the drip on until I realised it was the convenience store inside the hospital.

Okay, finally. Not only are we finally talking about Hiromi, but it looks like his murder is pretty crucial to figuring out the identity of the killer. The reason for this is Hiromi’s androgyny – Sawada believes that the killer killed him by mistake, thinking he was a girl, and therefore the killer would have to be someone who didn’t know Hiromi and thus wouldn’t have known his true gender. Satoru disagrees with this and believes that the killer did know Hiromi was male, and chose him as a target solely to throw the police off his trail, by making them think that he was someone who didn’t know his gender. Again, I’m still annoyed at the bizarrely detached way in which Satoru talks about this. Wasn’t he your friend?! Werent you just hanging out with him alive moments previously in the timeslip?! I really can’t be the only one who keeps being annoyed by this, but its driving me nuts, and not just because Hiromi is goddamn adorable and I sincerely hope that he ends up being saved.

Anyway,  if the killer is someone who knew Hiromi was actually just a boy that looked like a girl, that means that once again the biggest suspect is the teacher, which is annoying. They’re really telegraphing the teacher to be suspicious as all get-out and I’m actually going to be pretty damn disappointed if it really is this blatantly obvious. That doesn’t explain who Nishizono is, though (but his build is very different to any of the other characters, again, unless there’s more than one killer, which is entirely likely). Nor does it explain why the show seems to be going out of its way to present Sawada as being suspicious as well, glowing eyes and all. It’s a little over the top at this point.

This is also the first episode I’ve seen so far that actually reminded us of the fact that Satoru is a manga artist – where he shares with Airi the idea he has for a story that seems to be slightly mirroring his current circumstances. The story is about a grim reaper who, in trying to save a single child’s life, ends up mistakenly involving others and causing them misfortune. It’s a little hamfisted, but I imagine we’ll see that metaphor again in future. I’d read it, though.

I don’t really know what it is. The show is still really interesting and is keeping me watching. Yet, somehow, these episodes set in the modern day just arent half as good as the ones set in the past. Maybe these characters are less interesting to me, maybe the despairing mood talking about all these dead kids is a little too oppressive. (hearing about poor Hiromi was kind of hard to watch) I’m not sure what it is, but I hope Satoru manages to timeskip back soon.

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Hiromi ;_;

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so the perp definitely has glasses?

Out of 5,

 

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