Day X came and has gone. Satoru is sure that his actions so far started affecting the tide of history, slowly but surely. That said, he can’t predict how next changes would affect succeeding events. He can’t afford a single mistake… Determined to avoid the worst outcome, Satoru pours in all he’s got.
Synopsis: Episode 8
Instead of going home, Hinazuki spends nights at Satoru’s secret hide-out – a scrapped bus. She’s not alone. Satoru and his friends support her during the hardship. Satoru’s grand scheme is to stage her missing by their own hands, in order to invite the police force and city services to intervene and rescue her. This way, Hinazuki’s abusive mother and the serial murder are forced to stay away from Hinazuki.
Despite the kid’s expectations, the adults show slow responses. Hinazuki skips school more than days, but, their school doesn’t react, and several days pass.
Only two adults start noticing changes in Satoru’s behavior. Sachiko and Yashiro. They begin learning, or at least try to learn what is actually going on.
One night, a figure appears at the secret hideout. An adult male. He leaves cardboard boxes behind. Satoru investigates the content and shivers in terror.
Highlight 1: History Started Changing
Thanks to Satoru and his friends’ efforts, things are changing around Satoru. For example Satoru’s homeroom teacher’s attitude.
Yashiro pays a visit to the Child Welfare Center, out of his concern about Kayo’s abusive mother. After speaking to the consultant staff, Yashiro visits Kayo’s house.
Satoru is relieved to learn about this development. If things go well, Kayo will be safely transferred to the protection under the city’s municipal service. This should prevent her from accidentally getting involved in the kidnapping.
Highlight #2: Tension Rises Again
In the middle of the night, one day, someone approaches the scrapped bus where Kayo is hiding. Nothing bad happens to Kayo, however, the mystery guest leaves some boxes behind. Satoru opens them up, and to his surprise, he discovers equipment that was supposed to be used in the serial abduction cases. From the facts he knows, Satoru deduces that he is still in the midst of a history loop.
This scrapped bus is a bad idea. We are not completely out of the murder’s reach…
Satoru moves on to his next plan, which is to bring Kayo to his house.
Highlight #3: Sachiko’s Generosity
Throughout the show (which counts eight episodes so far), Sachiko’s sweetness never fails to shine. This episode puts extra focus on her deep humanity, especially, he motherly kindness to Kayo is striking. Let me pick up three heartwarming scenes.
First, Sachiko prepares a bento lunch for Kayo who is staying low at the scrap bus shelter. Sachiko pretends like she made an extra one for Satoru. This is her way of giving assurance to Kayo through Satoru.
The second scene comes after Satoru decided to desert the scrapped bus and hides Kayo at his house. Sachiko invites Kayo to take a hot bath together. In this scene, Sachiko and Kayo are just like mother and daughter.
The last thing I want to point out is the breakfast scene. After a sleepover at Satoru’s house, Kayo wakes up to a nourishing hot breakfast, which, Sachiko prepared for Satoru and Kayo. Kayo’s own mother never cared to feed Kayo properly, let alone breakfast. What Sachiko did for Kayo might not be any special thing for regular kids from normal family. But, Kayo has been neglected by her own mother for a long time. Sachiko’s kindness toward Kayo might be the very first motherly love Kayo has ever experienced in her life. With a hot meal in front of her, Kayo stands there, shocked. Tear after tear roll down her cheek, as she cries her eyes out.
I’ve never seen Kayo wail like that. This scene was so moving it made me cry. It felt almost painful, as I imagine all kinds of things this kid might have to go through when she is finally removed from her own mother’s custody.
How did you enjoy the show?
Things are shifting to better directions. I’m looking forward to seeing more of what happens to Kayo next.
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