With the books covered, it looks like I can get somewhat of break, but that does not mean that I will stop posting here.
After all, I did decide to cover one simulcast this season, whose first episode is finally available to people who want to watch for free, so I should not slack off, like the people who have given me grief with the electronic publication I maintain for a church.
Today, will be reviewing the next episode in that simulcast, which is Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 2.
As I have given a series synopsis in my review of the last episode, I will not go over it again.
After realizing that he is back in 1988 and is now a child again, Satoru begins living through the events of childhood, while also remembering everything what had happened back in the time he came from.
However, being unsure of whether or not this second chance at childhood is really because of his ability, Satoru begins to make his move to prevent first casualty of the case that ultimately caused his mother's death, but since he is the only one who knows what will happen in the case, he is to have a tough time bringing about the first of many happy endings needed to change the future.
I kind of liked this episode.
I really liked how Satoru's past is being explored by having him relive it.
Back in the first episode, as great as it ended up being, I did not really understand what Satoru was feeling around the time he rescued a child from certain death or even why his mother's death traumatized him so much, aside from the obvious fact that it would bother anybody to see a family member in a pool of their own blood like Satoru's mother was, though I kind of feel much more sad to see her die than I did in the manga.
However, now that Satoru is getting a chance to relive, we finally get to see what happened during the case from 18 years.
Then again I am not too sure how much will be revealed at this time, because from what I remember from the manga, Satoru does return to the present once before things go back to 18 years ago, and A-1 Pictures may decide to cut more material, which I hope is just unnecessary events, like the events that happened before those leading up to the death of Satoru's mother were cut from the pilot.
For now, I am just glad that the case from 18 years ago is getting some focus, as solving it and capturing the true culprit is still the main focus of this series.
I also liked how there was more interaction between Satoru and his mother, who is now alive again due to the fact that Satoru is reliving his past.
While it was hard not to feel something for her as she passed away and she and Satoru did have more than zero interaction, I still did not really understand their bond that well, outside of being the caring mother that she was portrayed to be.
After all, her death was what motivated Satoru to want to find out the truth of 18 years ago.
Here, she talks to Satoru and has a very deep interest in what is going on in his life, as a good mother should, and even picks on things quickly, which does not surprise me because she does seem to have a background of investigating things professionally, most likely as an investigative journalist, though I have no way to confirm that was indeed her profession, and as the series progresses, I have no doubt that the bond between him and his mother would be more fleshed out, no matter whether A-1 Pictures decides to keep Satoru in the past or temporarily return him to the present, staying true to the manga.
The thing that I liked the most though was that Hinadzuki, who Satoru regrets not saving the first the case from his childhood occurred, finally made her official appearance.
While she did make a brief appearance in the pilot, mainly in Satoru's flashbacks, I did not really get the feeling that she was going to be that important, except for being the first victim, which was not revealed until a bit later in the pilot episode, and that Satoru regrets not doing something for her.
Now that she has appeared, I am glad that more will be revealed about her, even if she ends dying again, which I cannot say because that would probably spoil too much and A-1 Pictures may take a somewhat different route, even if they plan to have the anime end like the manga will, if an article on Anime News Network is to be believed.
Not only will more information about Hinadzuki be revealed with her official appearance, but it also allows the audience to see what kind of people the culprit is targeting.
As many people who follow the detective, mystery, and crime fictions genres, and even those who actually investigate crime for a living know, when one is trying to solve something like a serial murder case, or even any case of a major crime with multiple victims, it is important to find out what connects the victims together, whether that be the people they know, their social life, or anything else they share in common.
Seeing as things follow this path in both this episode and the manga itself, both Kei Sanbe and A-1 Pictures really seem to understand how to execute stories like these and deserves quite a bit of praise, though I am still not too certain whether I would classify this as a mystery series.
Still, it does make me want to see the next episode and find out more about Hinadzuki, so that I can determine what the similarities between her and the other victims are, even though I do already know what the main connection is between her and the other victims.
Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked, at least without giving too much away.
The fact Satoru reliving his childhood life allows me to explore the relationship he had with his deceased mother and details of the case that happened 18 years prior to the death of his mother, such as what connects the victims of the 18-year old case, made this episode pretty enjoyable.
Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.
However, seeing as the only thing that I could have complained about, which was how slow this episode felt, is a pretty understandable issue and is necessary to learn what one needs to know, nothing really bothered me too much, and most likely will not until the show ends.
As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that there is quite a bit to like and the only noticeable flaw will actually help flesh things out, this was definitely worth watching.
I will hesitantly recommend this to fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, since it seems to be delivering things that fans of those genres, despite the fact that I am not too certain whether I can call this a mystery series.
As for everyone else, I would still happily recommend this, especially to those that want to try something different.
What are your thoughts on Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 2? Did you like it hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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