ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) – #03
KONNICHIWA! Emi again. Satoru was sent back by his ability 18 years in the past. He thinks that saving Hinazuki is the key to know why he was sent back. He invited Hinazuki to his birthday party in order to approach her. This episode you will see hints that show how the future slowly changes. Without any further ado, I would like to introduce the highlights of Episode 3.
Summary of Episode 3
If Satoru is able to figure out when Kayo Hinazuki will get kidnapped he should be able to stop the incident. He determines that there should be around X days left until Hinazuki’s birthday. He asks Hinazuki for her birthday but Hinazuki is not telling him. Yet Satoru is not willing to give up and asks Yatsushiro in the staff room and successfully figures out the date of Hinazuki’s birthday.
By the middle of the episode, Satoru is confident that March 1st will be the day that Hinazuki gets kidnapped. Later on, he went to Hinazuki’s house but what he saw was an almost torn down house with Hinazuki locked in….
1st Highlight Satoru is getting closer to the truth
In episode 3 a couple of mysteries have been solved. One of the solved mysteries is the day when Hinazuki will go missing. Hinazuki will go missing in March and she was 10 during that time, which means that there are X days left until she gets kidnapped. Satoru figures out that Hinazuki’s birthday is on March 1st. Since it is Feburary 19th now, there are only 11 days left until she gets kidnapped.
The second thing that Satoru discovers is that Hinazuki is subjected to violence. Satoru finds it weird not seeing Hinazuki in the park and pays a visit to her home, where he finds out that Hinazuki is being abused. He can tell by observing Hinazuki’s mother.
To me, It really hurts me to see Hinazuki being abused by her parents. There are still many abusing cases like Hinazuki in Japan and I think that this anime also includes elements of current social conflicts, too.
2nd Highlight The smile that Hinazuki shows
This episode is not pretty brightful since there are scenes where Hinazuki is subjected to violence. The only scene that I think is cheerful is the scene where Hinazuki smiles for the first time. Satoru invites Hinazuki to see a christmas tree even though it is not Christmas. Hinazuki is moved by the starry sky and the beautiful tree and shows us her first true smile. I wonder how the future will be affected if Hinazuki manages to open her heart. Anyway, I think in this episode I am saved by Hinazuki’s smile.
But there are still a few things that drag my attention. Satoru is acting carefully based on his memories 18 years ago, but
sometimes he repeats the mistakes he did in the past and things don’t end pretty nicely. If these mistakes don’t really affect the future, then I guess it is fine but I really hope these tiny mistakes won’t change the future. So how was it? The next episode will be aired soon.
Please check this anime out!
©Kei SANBE 2015／KADOKAWA