I hope everyone is doing well.
Things have improved a bit, at least for now, seeing as I have not been able to resume writing a new story like I have planned, but I am just glad that nothing is keeping me from being able to keep following the simulcast I decided to follow.
Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode available, which is Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 10.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Satoru has finally made contact with second victim of the 1988 case, and even found out that somebody else is now being targeted by the true culprit behind all of his troubles.
However, when trying to take measures to keep the culprit from getting their hands on this new target, Satoru is captured by the culprit, who has other plans for the boy standing in their way.
I kind of liked this episode.
While some people probably are not happy that the only major suspect of this case turned out to be the culprit, I am actually glad about this turn of events.
After all, there are only two episodes left after this episode, and there should not be any major questions left behind in the last two episodes, especially considering that the only thing left is stop the culprit from committing any more crimes.
Not only is it good that the mystery is finally over, but it is always good to be reminded that one should not overlook the obvious, though I am pretty sure that fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres know all too well that overlooking the obvious is a mistake that is as deadly as making assumptions based on very little information.
Seeing as the manga had quite a bit going on in between the events of trying to get in contact with the second victim and the point in which the culprit revealed himself, I have to be thankful to A-1 Pictures, because if they followed the manga more closely, things would have been really tedious for something that has lost its mystery aspect.
I also liked how there were a few funny parts present.
The funniest of which was when Satoru and his friends made contact with Aya.
Watching the whole thing play out reminded me of how Mikoto Misaka, and likewise, we in our society, get embarrassed about the things we like or do, because our peers all think it is something that we should have outgrown, and it really made me chuckle a bit.
Even though this does happen in the manga, I cannot really remember laughing too much about seeing this like I have while watching this episode, and I have to give A-1 Pictures quite a bit of praise, especially considering how serious things are going to get.
The thing that caught my interest the most though was how this episode ended.
While following the latest target of the 1988, Satoru found out that the one responsible for the events of 1988, as well as his murder mother and the arson incident in 2006, was none other than his very own teacher.
Now, the revelation that Yashiro was the culprit all along was not that surprising to me, considering all of the flags he rose in my mind while watching this episode and the fact that I have read most of the manga already, but I was left wondering about SatoruÔÇÖs fate.
Yes, the manga does end a chapter on this note too, but while reading those events, I more of got the feeling that the series was over and Yashiro won.
Here, however, knowing that there are two episodes left and that Satoru has yet to have one last confrontation with Yashiro, though I am not going to confirm whether or not Satoru survives the events that happened in this episode, I am wondering how Yashiro will finally be stopped once and for all, which makes me want to see the next episode already.
Seeing as there was a lot different from the manga here, such as Hinadzuki being removed from various scenes that she was present for in the manga, I hope that A-1 Pictures does not ruin the events that will happen after this episode, because they have done a fairly decent job with this anime adaptation.
For now though, I think A-1 Pictures is still doing a pretty decent job with this show.
Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked.
The fact that A-1 Pictures did not beat around the bush in revealing the culprit and that I actually get the feeling that this is not the end, whereas the same events in the manga felt like it was over, this was quite enjoyable.
Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.
However, aside from the disappointment that a few scenes from the manga that I liked were removed, though with the short run the show has makes it understandable, and would have made less sense, there was only one thing that really bugged me.
For the fourth episode in a row, there seems to be still be some issues with video quality.
While the previous episode did not seem to be to problematic, there seemed to be far more issues with this episode, because there were quite a few scenes that were not that easy to see what was going on.
Now, a lot of you guys may be saying that it is because of how Crunchyroll gets it online, which may definitely be an issue, though it is hard to verify because comparing online streams against other online streams is not as easy as comparing a video file with an online stream, due to posting being at different times for different sites, but I highly doubt that due to the fact that I noticed these problems when watching the previous episode later than usual.
I am not too sure what A-1 Pictures is up to, but I sure hope that things like this are not present on the DVDs that Aniplex of America will likely release, though I also hope it gets a dub, since Silver Spoon is most likely not the only series Aniplex of America released as sub only.
Still, it does not affect the quality of the episode enough to make this too much of a big deal, so this is still just a minor issue.
While the video problems do affect the quality of the episode, the fact that it has not become worse than it was two episode ago means that it can be overlooked.
Despite the fact that A-1 Pctures is not delivering well in the video quality department, the good outweighed it enough to make this worth watching.
I recommend this to everyone, especially those that want to try something new, because the events of this episode are going to be important in setting the stage for the final showdown in the final two episodes.
What are your thoughts on Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 10? Did you like it or hate it? Regardless of how you feel about it, were there scenes you wished were present, like I did, but were not? Was there anything you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.