After safely rescuing and protecting Kayo, Satoru recognized that he had successfully changed history. This time, Satoru and his friends step up to prevent more crimes to happen – they focus on the next possible targets, Hiromi and Aya.
In this episode, we will finally come face to face with the criminal. Who is it? Before we find the answer, let me share with you the story’s highlights.
Synopsis: Episode 10
Aya Nakanishi is next on the murderer’s victim list. Satoru wants to minimize the time that she spends alone. To do that, Satoru and his team start socializing with her.
Aya can’t care less. But, thanks to the powerful statement by Kazu, Aya changes her mind. She joins them at Satoru’s hideout. Eventually, all three – Kayo, Hiromi, and Aya – are removed from the murderer’s target list.
Things are going well but Satoru starts contemplating on possible “second choice” victims that the murderer may target.
He then realizes that one of his classmates, Misato, has trouble fitting in to the class, and, plots a plan to prevent her from being alone. He stalks her. At an ice hockey tournament stadium, he unexpectedly lost the sight of her. A mysterious van is there, and quickly drives off. In sheer panic, Satoru asks his homeroom teacher Yashiro who happened to be there to tailgate the van.
Satoru Hopes Yashiro Could Have Been His Father
Satoru doesn’t have a farther. Satoru’s homeroom teacher, Yashiro, always finds the time to listen and help Satoru. Over time, Satoru starts overlapping his father figure on Yashiro. In this episode, there are several scenes where Satoru receives some influence from Yashiro.
Let’s begin with the prologue scene that features Satoru who is stuck in the original scenario; it’s his graduation day. In this scenario, Kayo and Hiromi had been gone, killed by the murderer. Satoru felt desparately empty. The homeroom teacher, Yashiro, spoke in front of the class that life is all about filling in something that you see missing from your life.” Satoru found solace in these Yashiro’s words.
Next, I want to take a look at the scene where Satoru talks to Aya Nakanishi for the first time. In the previous episode, Satoru asked Yashiro what is the best way to befriend a girl with whom he never met before. Yashiro advised Satoru to simply talk about something that the girl is interested in, as it would help her lower the guard. Satoru seems to turn this advice to practice: you can find him talking about Aya’s piano lessons and the book she is reading.
Finally, in the scene where Satoru and Yashiro give chase to the suspicious-looking van, Satoru confesses something. Satoru tells Yashiro that he is doing an investigation game, and trying to make sure Misato is not going to be alone. Yashiro appears to be impressed. Satoru goes on and tells Yashiro that he is “I’m just trying to fill up something missing in my heart. Not only mine, but other’s too.” –Satoru realizes that he has just borrowed words from Yashiro’s speech without thinking, and feels awkward.
Is Yashiro Responsible for This?
Just to break the awkwardness, Satoru thinks of offering those candies to Yashiro. He rememberd that Yashiro keeps tons of candies in the glove box as he is trying to quit smoking. He opens the glove box, and to his surprise, he finds that the candy is all gone, instead, a box of laxatives is sitting there. Puzzeled, Satoru looks up at Yashiro, who, is looking back at Satoru with a creepy expression on his face.
“Well… this isn’t my car.”
Yashiro starts a monologue… no, it is his crime confessions. Satoru quickly learns. Yashiro is the serial killer…!
Let’s look at the key points from Yashiro’s confession.
Yashiro invited Misato to watch an ice hockey tournament, because, Misato is a bait to lure out Satoru. Yashiro wanted to confirm that Satoru is planning to deter Yashiro’s plan.
Yashiro started feeling suspicious about Satoru a little while ago. To be precise, it was when Satoru started stalking Aya between her school and her home. That day Satoru walked behind her unnoticed, from her prep school, all the way to her house. It was the day Yashiro plotted Aya’s abduction, which explains the reason why Yashiro filled the car’s glove box with candies.
This is the second time that Yashiro’s plan got stalled because of Satoru’s intervene. First was Kayo, and this time, Aya. His confession here confirms that he had plotted Kayo’s abduction all this long.
The car his is driving in this scene are not his own, he stole it, for the specific purpose he has in mind, as to what he is going to do next.
Satoru is in Danger!
Yashiro gives praise to Satoru, who always sees ahead and prevents Yashiro from what he planned to do.
“Honestly, hands down, I’m impressed. You act like you’ve seen the future. What I’m going to do next is not a revenge. No. It is simply a compensation for not being able to satisfy my desire.”
All Satoru wanted is to bring peace to the town he lives in. All Yashiro wanted is a death that’s meaningful only to Yashiro and no one else.
Yashiro let the van roll into a river, leaving only Satoru in the passenger seat, locked up in the sticky seat belt. As the car sinks deeper into the freezing water, Satoru starts seeing memories flashing through his mind. Mom, friends, Kayo, Airi…. The flowing graphic treatment in this scene represents the Revival, which was applied multiple times in the past episodes. Those swirling strips start falling apart and become fragmented. It suggests that the Revival is not going to happen ever again, plus, Satoru’s consciousness is fading away in the icy water.
Will Satoru survive this crisis? What a cliffhanger! I just can’t wait for the next episode!