Satoru’s actions made a positive impact on his history, casting a light of hope toward a brighter future, bringing an end to one of the nightmares eighteen years ago. This episode starts from the scene where Kayo returns to home for the first time in days, accompanied by Satoru and Sachiko. Let me share with you some key points of the story.
Synopsis: Episode 9
After three days of self-staged M.I.A., Hinazuki returns to her own home. Hina’s mother, Akemi, raged at the sight of Satoru and Sachiko standing behind Kayo, and, she brandishes a shovel at them.
Sachiko narrowly dodges the blow. Right on the cue, the Child Welfare Center employee and Satoru’s homeschool teacher Yashiro appear themselves.
The Child Welfare Center staff informs Akemi that Kayo should be under their temporarily custody. Akemi visibly gets mad at this suggestion, she drags Kayo, stomping away, shouting that she’s going to appeal to police. Satoru doesn’t like it. If Kayo is pressured at the police station to talk about staged kidnapping, it would be disadvantageous for them… Adding to the rumble, Yashiro pulls in one more person to the mix, someone whom no one else sees coming. The person’s plea drastically changes the situation.
Finally, She is Saved
The person who Yashiro brought in to the scene is none other than Akemi’s mother and Kayo’s grandmother.
Akemi is a victim of DV, which was the direct reason of her divorce. Her ex tormented her physically and mentally. With the wounds inflicted on her, and with the anxiety that she must provide the family on her own, Akemi began reflecting the negative emotions to her own daughter, and grew violent.
Akemi’s mother feverishly apologizes to Akemi, with knees on the ground, crying. She makes a sincere plea. It’s my fault. I’m sorry. I knew the hardship of a woman feeding the family on her own, but, I failed to help you… She puts her forehead on the ground.
Akemi feels sorry for herself, and runs to hug her mother, also crying.
On the contrary, Kayo has no mother to hug or shoulder to cry on. She coldly looks away from her mother and grandmother.
Who is the most tragic person in this picture? I have to say it’s Kayo. She didn’t do anything wrong. That said, I understand Kayo’s mother deserve some sympathy, well… This abusive mother needs to give up her daughter, because she deserves a better treatment.
In the end, Kayo is safely taken in to protective care. Satoru’s actions helped Kayo from being murdered, bringing a happy end. In other words, Satoru finally saved Kayo…!
The abduction murderer’s next target is Hiromi, and also, one more girl in a different elementary school, Aya Nakanishi. Now that Kayo is safe, Satoru wants to save Hiromi and Aya altogether from becoming the victims of the serial killer.
Hiromi is one of Satoru’s closest classmates, so it is relatively easy to keep her accompanied. But, that is not the case for Aya. She goes to a different school. Satoru starts his project by researching Aya’s typical day schedule.
Even after Kayo’s case is settled down, Kenya can’t stop noticing Satoru is busy working on something other than school life. He joins Satoru in his investigation game.
They paid another visit to the scrap bus that they used to hide Kayo. They find mysterious footsteps at the entrance of the bus. Also they notice that the items belong to the serial killer is gone – the backpack and the box filled with charcoal.
Satoru informs Kenya and Hiromi that the serial killer is targeting children, even though the actual murder hasn’t occurred just yet. Satoru is unable to present solid evidence, nonetheless, Kenya and Hiromi decide to trust him.
Believing in others. This is one of the main theme of the show. In the beginning, Satoru was working on his own to solve mysteries. Gradually, his trusty friends join him in the campaign. Airi, Kenya, Hiromi… Come to think of it, in the beginning, Satoru was not an outgoing type at all. But look at him now, thanks to the experiences he had picked up through the Revival phenomenon, he is growing to be a candid, straight, and outgoing individual.
So how did you enjoy the show?
In the next episode let’s see if… or how… Satoru saves the two other girls, Hiromi and Aya.