I hope everyone had a good week, especially now that we are in the month were spring begins, fall if you live in the southern hemisphere.
My week was kind of stressful, but at least I can relax by watching a favorite show, like the one I decided to follow this year.
Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode available, which is Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 9.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After resolving HinadzukiÔÇÖs problems and taking her out of an abusive home, things seem to be going back to normal.
However, SatoruÔÇÖs work in 1988 is not over because the one who killed his mother in 2006 and was also responsible for the 1988 case is still on the lose, and Satoru must now figure out how to not only keep one individual safe, but also make sure that the third victim does not get targeted.
I kind of liked this episode.
While I was not too happy about how HinadzukiÔÇÖs mother was treating her, despite knowing what the two went through with who seems to be KayoÔÇÖs mother, I still kind of feel sad for her.
Still, that does not mean I would not have slugged her, if I did not need to worry about my stamina or wasting too much energy.
The fact that I do feel sad for her though reminds me of when Tomoya finally made peace with his father after taking a trip with Ushio and finding that his father went through exactly the same things he did in Clannad After Story.
Even though the events surrounding the closure of HinadzukiÔÇÖs part of the 1988 case was in the manga, I donÔÇÖt really feel like I was as emotionally involved with the situation.
On the other hand, with how well this portion of the 1988 case was adapted from the manga, and things being added or removed, I actually felt like I was emotionally involved with everything, much like I felt a little more emotionally involved in the Sisters arc of the Railgun anime than I was in the manga version of that arc, I have to give A-1 Pictures some major applause.
I also liked how I did not feel like anything was missing in this episode.
Seeing as how this series is only going to be 12 episodes long, unless A-1 Pictures decides to extend the series out longer, like how Pandora Hearts Volume 22 went from being the penultimate volume to the antepenultimate volume quite soon after it was released by Yen Press, I kind of see how things need to be cut out here and there.
Normally, this kind of thing ends up ruining shows, especially since this episode covered roughly four or five chapters of the manga, which supposedly ended at chapter 44, because a lot of important details tend to get cut out.
Fortunately, during the course of this series, A-1 Pictures has made some wise decisions about what to cut out, and was able to make this series interesting from the very beginning, and they did not cut out anything important to the greater mystery of this series, though some things were heavily altered, when compared to the manga.
I also liked how there were a few funny things that occurred.
While it was not as funny as the time Hinadzuki and Satoru were embarrassed by people teasing them and saying that Satoru likes Hinadzuki more than a friend, or even Satoru talking about things that probably will not happen anymore due to his meddling in 1988, I still kind of got some chuckle out it.
There were two things that caught my interest the most though.
First, Satoru started gathering data on the second victim of the 1988 case.
While this is something that I would probably do if I wanted to help people, considering my background in computers and that, as I brought up in a post about my views of optimism, pessimism, and realism, I try to apply something from that world to all of my problems, I wonder how exactly Satoru is going to keep this next girl safe from the killer, since the only thing established by SatoruÔÇÖs memories is that most of the criminalÔÇÖs victims are female.
After all, the next victim is not from SatoruÔÇÖs school, so that makes it harder for Satoru to keep an eye on her harder.
Because of this fact, I kind of want to watch the next episode right, though I already know where this is going to ultimately lead Satoru.
As a result, I have to really give A-1 Pictures quite a bit of kudos, though not as much as they have normally gotten, because they did not really surpass the experience of the manga here, like they usually do.
The second thing that caught my interest was the behavior of SatoruÔÇÖs teacher.
Back in episode 3, when Satoru first talked to his teacher about Hinadzuki, the teacher seemed to already know about what was happening and showed too much interest in her.
However, that was not enough for me to say that the teacher was the prime suspect behind the 1988 case and the 2006 murder and arson cases.
In this episode, the teacher seems to be acting even more suspicious because he tell Satoru how to pick up chicks, which children of SatoruÔÇÖs age in 1988 should not be interested in, and even fidgets a lot.
Even though many people think that the teacher being too obvious of an answer, due to what has happened, no matter whether one is watching the anime or reading the original manga, things like this is what makes me not really want to call this series a mystery series at all.
Besides, there are not really any other suspects in 1988 cases, since data from the present year of the series suggests that this kind of thing has been happening before HinadzukiÔÇÖs mother started abusing her, and nobody else has really raised any red flags like the teacher has.
On the other hand, I am not going to officially confirm whether the teacher is indeed the criminal, or if Kei Sanbe is just setting him up, like people think he is, though I could pretty much confirm it, if I wanted to.
Still, I want to applaud A-1 Pictures, because, despite the fact that one car scene was replaced with a school scene, people would not be saying the teacher is too obvious if they were not able to make him look suspicious as quickly they did.
Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.
The fact that I felt sad for HinadzukiÔÇÖs mother, as much as I want her to be beaten to bloody pulp, and A-1 Pictures did a good job making me interested in finding out what Satoru plans to do about the second and third victims in the 1988 case and was able to make people think that the teacher was too obvious of a culprit, just like the manga did, made this episode fairly enjoyable.
Although I liked the episode, there were some issues.
Fortunately, only two things really bothered me.
First, for a third episode in a row, there seemed to be problems with the footage used.
Now, this is not quite as bad as it was in the previous episode, but it is still kind of disappointing that A-1 Pictures is not giving Crunchyroll any good footage for their episodes, especially since I watched this episode two days after release on Crunchyroll, instead of a few hours to 1 day, like I have usually done.
Due to this fact, I kind of donÔÇÖt want to give A-1 Pictures any leniency, but I do have to give them some credit for not making things any worse than before, so I will just leave this as a minor issue, hoping that the problem will gone entirely before the anime ends this month.
The thing that I hate the most though was the car scene with Satoru, his mother, and his teacher.
While it does have some importance to the overall mystery of the series, I just could not really find this as believable as I did in the manga.
If I had to say why, it has to be because of two reasons.
First, because there was only one car scene that occurred in this episode, A-1 Pictures tried combining the scene where Satoru discovers his teacherÔÇÖs hidden stash of candy, which occurred in the 25th chapter of the manga, and the scene where SatoruÔÇÖs teacher gave Satoru and his mother a lift, which occurred in 27th chapter of the manga, into one scene.
Yes, the important things, like SatoruÔÇÖs teacher fidgeting and the candy stash, which will have some significance later on in the series, were still present, but if he wanted to keep it a secret, SatoruÔÇÖs mother should not have been in the car at the time the candy was discovered.
Second, when Satoru asked his teacher how to get close to girls, I do not even remember seeing SatoruÔÇÖs mother asleep in this episode, like I did in the manga version of the events, yet she let the conversation continue on.
I am not too sure about you guys, but I think that a teacher should not be telling elementary school students how to hook up with the opposite sex, and a child should probably talk to a parent or elder sibling about this instead, even if talking to them will most likely result in the continued false assumption that men and women are different on more than an anatomical level.
Honestly, though, who would even want to talk to a child about things like talking with somebody of the opposite sex, as if the child wanted to be in a serious relationship?
I sure would not want to be doing that, though my views on how relationships start and who should start it differs from the norm because I have observed quite a bit of things hidden in plain sight, such as the fact that both men and women are able to choose who to spend the rest of their lives with, and that both genders experience things like crushes and/or unrequited love.
Still, it does not make sense that SatoruÔÇÖs mother would not end such a conversation if she were awake, like I was led to believe in the anime adaptation of these events.
Seeing as the manga does show that Satoru checks if his mother is asleep, the only one tat can be blame is the staff behind this series at A-1 Pictures.
Come on, guys! Satoru may be an adult in a kidÔÇÖs body, but like the very early portions of Detective Conan, only the audience and Satoru, himself, knows his true age, so all of the other characters should be treating him like a kid.
For now, I am just glad that things did not enter a really creepy stage, like progressing beyond a platonic relationship, but that fact alone is not good enough to to overlook this kind of problem.
While there was not too much to dislike and one issue was not as bad as last time, the fact that an important moment did not seem to be very believable did kind of ruin my enjoyment.
Despite the fact that some things were not very believable and another issue is present for a third episode in a row, the good outweighed it enough to make it worth watching.
I recommend this to mostly everyone, even those that want to try something different, but because of what will happen from this point on, I cannot really recommend this to fans of mystery.
What are your thoughts on Boku Dake ga Inai Machi episode 9? Did you like it or hate it? If you liked it, do you think that there is still a mystery present? Feel free to comment.
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